Meet our Executive Board who make the decisions within Aspire
I have lived in Salford for 30 years and was delighted to have the opportunity to be part of Aspire. I became the Chair of the Board in October 2016. I have worked in public services and voluntary sector organisations for my entire career specialising in partnership working and services for older people, people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities.
My job as Chair of the Board is to encourage our employees, who are all entitled to have a share in the company and be owners of it, to be the best they can be. Our job is to listen to what people we support say they want to improve their lives and help to make that happen for them.
My job also includes leading the Board in planning for the future of Aspire. Our values are at the heart of this work and as a community interest company Aspire has a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the cities and towns within which we work and as Chair I have a responsibility to ensure that we can demonstrate ways in which we do this.
Hello I am Lisa, it’s my privilege to be the Chief Executive Officer of such a great organisation. I work with the board, management teams, employee owners and people supported to ensure Aspire always delivers safe, creative and excellent support services underpinned by our values. I also take the lead in ensuring that we have clear and aspirational plans in place for our future growth and development. I have lived in Salford most of my life and spent my career managing and improving health and social care services in charities and not-for-profit organisations in and around Greater Manchester. I feel passionately about the third sector and the added value and innovation it brings to the health and well-being of our communities.
Hello I’m Kim I have over 40 years in Social Care. My background is in Operational Management of adults with learning disabilities / complex needs and older people with dementia. I have a number of Health and Social Care and Teaching qualifications and a range of qualifications in Management and Leadership. My role includes supporting the Chief Executive to determine and deliver on the company’s strategic objectives, regarding future planning and workforce development in line with the vision of the organisation. I am also responsible for all the operational service delivery across Aspire.
I am passionate about improving the services for the people we support, to achieve better outcomes and provide greater choice. I believe Aspire can make a difference and I want to ensure that my contribution helps to achieve this.
I am a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience in finance, mainly within public services. I have been involved at a senior finance level across a range of services during my career but my focus has mainly been in health and social care.
As Finance Director, I am responsible for all aspects of finance at Aspire – this includes setting and monitoring budgets, preparing our annual financial statements, ensuring we have robust financial controls in place and developing financial strategies to support our long term growth. I also have responsibility for support services and act as Company Secretary, therefore ensuring that we have proper governance arrangements in place and effectively meet our statutory requirements.
I thoroughly enjoy my role within Aspire and I am very passionate about working closely with my colleagues to improve financial awareness and ensure that we make sound financial decisions, make the best use of our resources and continue to provide quality services.
I qualified as an accountant in 2000 and worked in a number of sectors over the last 20 years including Utilities, NHS and currently Network rail where I am the Finance Director for major investment along the corridor between Liverpool and Hull.
As a Non Executive Director my role at Aspire is to provide a contribution to the board by providing independent oversight and constructive challenge to the executive directors. I also chair the Finance, Audit and Risk sub committee which is attended by both Executive and Non Executive Directors, this is an important part of Aspire’s corporate governance framework. The sub committee provides assurance to Aspire’s Board on, Risk, Finance, through the annual Internal audit programme and reports and at Financial Year end Aprie’s accounts through review by our External Auditors.
My connection with Aspire stems from my time working in the NHS, and despite my change in industry my role as a NED allows me to continue to participate in the care sector. I am passionate about ensuring we provide high quality care for the people we support and our stakeholders.
I have worked in HR for the whole of my career, most of it in a social care setting prior to taking early retirement from the Probation service in 2015. Since then I have undertaken various projects.
In my role as a Non Executive Director on the Board, I have responsibility for providing an oversight and external perspective in relation to company performance and decision making, with a particular focus on HR and staff development matters. I am also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk sub committee with the responsibility for providing a level of scrutiny and oversight and highlighting any specific issues requiring full Board attention.
I have been privileged to be a Board member since Aspire was created in 2015 and I have seen the company develop and thrive. I take enjoyment in hearing the inspiring feedback and success stories from the management team, Employee Owner Director and employees. I particularly enjoy visiting the various locations and seeing the close working relationships and positive improvements that staff can achieve for service users, families and carers.
I have spent my working life in the NHS and higher education. I trained as both a social scientist and as a nurse, I worked as a nurse in Sheffield before moving into research and teaching in health and medicine at the University of Liverpool. My focus was on people’s experiences of health and care services in the community, with a particular interest in inequalities and how to challenge them. I later moved to work in the Department of Health as Director of Education and Training for the NHS in England, before moving to the University of Salford where I led the Faculty of Health and Social Care and set up the Salford Institutre for Dementia. I also bring Board-level experience of several national and local organisations.
I have a long standing passion that services should be “person-centred”, positive about and respectful of the people whom they serve. When I was setting up the Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford, I worked closely with the Humphrey Booth Centre and was very struck by the positive ethos of the approach taken. When Aspire was “spun out”, I was delighted to be invited to join the Board at the outset, and to play my part in developing a not-for-profit Social Enterprise which truly put the people whom it serves at its heart.
At Aspire, I am the Non Executive Director and a Member of Quality, Safety and Compliance Sub-Committee.
Before retiring from a career in Adult Social care three years ago I worked for Salford Social Services as Assistant Director and before that various other city councils. As a non executive director for Aspire I attend Board Meetings and sit on the Finance and Risk Sub Committee. My aim is to see that Aspire continues to be a person centred organisation which supports people to have better quality lives. I want to see communities that are diverse and integrated where everyone has the opportunity to grow and develop. I am pleased to still be part of a great organisation and work with great people to see improvements in people’s lives.
I have worked in Salford for 33 years having previously served an apprenticeship on what was then British Railways Engineering Limited as a coach builder. My experience involves working across many learning difficulty day services and most recently at Humphrey Booth Resource Centre as Dementia Lead. I have also been seconded to the University of Salford to work at the Institute for Dementia and as part of the Young Onset Dementia study. I have a strong belief in lifelong learning and completed an MSc in 2019.
I believe that Aspire promotes and acknowledges the value of employee owners and I hope to continue the good work of previous Directors in this area by representing them in a way that is meaningful and honest. The values of Aspire very much align with my own, as does the person centred ethos emphasising the person at the centre of all we do. My underlying philosophy is that we can always be and do better when promoting well-being, choice and independence for the people we support and their families and it is this belief that underpins my work as part of the Quality Development Team. I am proud to represent Aspire both within the organisation and in the wider community and have the utmost respect for the people of Salford.