The Executive Team
Caroline Harrison FCA - Group Chief Executive
Sets the strategic direction and vision for Aspire-igen
Nick Whiteside - Director of Employment & Skills
Leads on two key areas – adult guidance (includes National Careers Service), and Targeted Support Services for young people (includes Connexions)
Joanne Dye - Director of Learning
Heads up a range of outstanding programmes for young people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training, including our aspire2work Study Programmes.
Andrew Roberts ACA - Finance Director
Manages the finance function across the group and is a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience in the financial management of complex organisations.
Sarah Stabler - Director of Quality & Performance
Manages the quality assurance, audit & compliance and management information teams. Provides support and development across the organisation to ensure continuous improvement of our services.
The Senior Management Team
Adam Dagger - Head of IT
Jo Hainsworth – Head of aspire enterprises
Lisa Storey-Aung –Data and Compliance Manager
Liz Pope – Group HR & Development Manager
Lynne McLaughlin – Head of Targeted Support Services
Rick Cowling – Head of Shine Schools Careers Service
Rob Mifsud– Head of aspire2work Learning Delivery Team
Ian Hartley - Non-Executive Chair
An economics graduate and Chartered Accountant, with a background in the textile industry. Ian is Chief Executive Officer of the British Wool Marketing Board based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Ian also serves as Chair of the Campaign for Wool.
Caroline Harrison - Group Chief Executive Officer
Caroline is a Chartered Accountant, with many years’ experience in directing and managing third sector and charitable organisations, where she has developed a strong interest in education. Caroline is currently a member of the Board of Careers England, the Bradford Workforce Development Advisory Board and the Leeds Youth Offer Stakeholder Group. She is also a board member and previous Chair of Careers Yorkshire and the Humber.
Caroline was awarded Yorkshire Finance Director of the Year 2013. And in 2015, Caroline was nominated for the Barclays Inspirational Yorkshire Businesswoman of the Year. In 2017 she was presented with 'Most Supportive Business Promoting Diversity & Citizenship' award at the Barclays Yorkshire Celebrating Women in Business Awards 2017 and also won 'Director of the Year' in the not for profit category at the Yorkshire Business Ledaers Awards 2017.
Michele Sutton MBE - Safeguarding Lead and Chair of the Quality Improvement Taskforce
A highly experienced leader in the field of Further Education, being formerly both Chief Executive and Principal of the Bradford College Group, and a past President of the Association of Colleges, Michele is our Board Safeguarding Lead as well as Chair of the Quality Improvement Taskforce. As a trustee of UCAS and a retired board member of the Quality Assurance Agency, she is well placed to drive improvement across all of our operations.
Yasmin is educated to postgraduate level, currently employed as head of a domestic abuse charity in the North of England. She has over 20 years’ experience of leading on women’s rights/gender based violence, services to young people aiming to raise aspiration, education training and working around mental health. As a feminist she is passionate about equality of opportunity and human right issues and regularly campaigns for change. Since 2000 she has been instrumental in setting up a range of innovative services for vulnerable people in West Yorkshire in addition to developing national working initiatives for marginalised groups. She is a confident and strategic thinker achieving organisational vision. She has proven to be an ambassador of Third Sector organisations; sitting on a number of strategic partnerships, she has representation on these partnerships with the aim to influence better outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society. She has previously worked for the Government, Women’s Aid, Housing Association and NGO’s. In 2015 she set up International Intervention, Rehabilitation and Protection (I-RAP) a charitable secular agency working with children and young people at risk if Child Sexual Exploitation.
A retired economics teacher and local Councillor, who as Chair of both Nell Bank Outdoor Learning Centre and an experienced school governor is expertly placed to support the development of our Learning programmes. As Chair of the Bradford Lord Mayor’s Appeal fund, John also further strengthens our community links.
Dr Barrie Hopson
Widely acknowledged for his expertise in the careers profession, Dr Barrie Hopson is both a published author and successful consultant working with blue chip companies. He is currently Chair of the Quality in Careers Education Commission.
Lucci Dammone LLB
Lucci is a partner in the international law firm Squire Patton Bogg, where he leads the Litigation team in Manchester. He is an associate of the Association of Pension Lawyers, CEDR Accredited Mediator and a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution
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