Our Children and Young People’s Team

To enable us to deliver excellent services in line with our mission, Aspirations recognises it is crucial to have the right people in our teams.

Simon Richards

Simon Richards

Head of Crossways Care (Children’s Residential Homes)

Simon started at Crossways in October 2008 as a registered manager. He started in the care sector working with EBD children in 1999 and has used his experiences to ensure all children at Crossways have the chance to reach their own Aspirations in life.

Simon leads his teams with passion and determination to ensure that not only the children are succeeding, that the staff will realise their own goals.

Kiks Sheppard

Kiks Sheppard

Head of Quality & Education, Children’s Services

Kiks, who earlier this year was nominated and accepted as a Fellow of The Royal Society, felt so passionately about trying to make a difference to the outcomes of disaffected young people that she decided to leave her successful career in graphic design to retrain as teacher. Initially, Kiks joined Aspirations Woodspring’s School as teacher having worked previously in some of the country’s most deprived areas teaching and mentoring disaffected and disengaged students. Her past experiences were invaluable in teaching in a school for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and the impact which she had on the running of the school and the students was such that she was made Head Teacher. Given that Kiks has helped to turn the school around and supported and guided her staff team to ensure that the young people who attend Woodspring are achieving more than anyone thought possible when they first joined, Aspirations are delighted to have appointed her as the Head of Education for the groups children’s residential services. One of her key responsibilities in this new role is to develop and implement an education strategy that sets out what we at Aspirations want for each and every child we look after.