Our Non-Executive Directors/Trustees
What a lovely bunch!
Our Non-Executive Directors (NEDs), or Trustees, are responsible for the governance of Aspire. They make sure that everything we do complies with our Articles of Association and our strategy, vision and values.
They have significant responsibilities around our compliance with legislation and regulation, particularly about our finances as a charity and not-for-profit company.
NEDs/Trustees must declare that they are a ‘Fit and Proper Person’, so we can all be confident that they know what they are doing!
NEDs/Trustees are volunteers and give Aspire a lot of their time. They have an enormous range of experience, including in health and social care, business, human resources, finance and the law. They share this knowledge at our Board and help to make Aspire the great organisation that it is.
One of our NEDs/Trustees has lived experience of a learning disability and brings invaluable skills and insight to our Board. Together with our Service Quality Director, this ensures that our organisation is led and our development informed by people with lived experience.
Our Service Quality Director and Chief Executive Officer are also NEDs/Trustees. This is unusual but ensures that everyone on our Board is committed to our vision and values and has the best interests of each person we support and our great staff at heart.
Staff members, people we support and members of their family or circle of support can become a Company Member. This is an important role that makes sure everyone’s voice is heard and can influence the way we develop.
Company Members elect an Independent Director who represents them on Aspire’s Board of Trustees. They attend Annual General Meetings and can vote on important matters.
Our Service Quality Director (SQD) leads on Company Membership and he would be happy to explain what it means and its purpose – as well as encourage you to apply!
Aspire’s Staff Forum
Aspire’s Staff Forum is a sub-committee of our Board of Trustees. It is chaired by one of our Trustees and reports to our Board.
Our Staff Forum ensures that all our staff have a voice. Each team is represented on our Forum and can bring ideas for discussion. The Forum is invaluable for talking about events, terms of employment and Aspire’s strategic direction.
Our Health and Safety sub-committee (HASC)
Our HASC is chaired by one of our Trustees and each team has a representative. The Committee meets four times a year and representatives look at reports from our Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) and talk about important matters that affect the people we support and our staff teams, so keep us all safe and well informed.