The Aspired Futures trustees ensure our charity is carrying out its service for the benefit of the public and act in our charity’s best interests. The trustees ensure our charity is accountable and manage our charity’s resources responsibly, acting with reasonable care and skill.
As Director of Operations at Blackpool Coastal Housing I understand the challenges faced by Aspired Futures in supporting children and young people to cope with and thrive in difficult home life situations. As a mother myself as well as a professional within Blackpool I bring to the organisation a passion for opening up opportunities for our children that they are unlikely benefit from otherwise. I’ve worked for many years with the Aspired Futures team both as a referrer into the service and as a Trustee. I am able to bring to Aspired Futures a wealth of experience of working with voluntary and statutory services across Blackpool and offering advice on leadership, management, governance.
I am an HCPC registered Social Worker with 20 years of experience of managing and delivering long term bespoke services within the voluntary sector as part of multi-agency support packages for vulnerable families, children and young people with a wide variety of complex needs. Years of “hands on” practice in complex deprived communities across Blackpool has enabled me to become a confident solution focused practitioner who very much believes in “working with” people who are in need, following the Social Pedagogy “Head, Heart, Hand” principle. Additionally I have gained knowledge in all aspects of managing and sustaining charitable voluntary organisations.
It is an honour being a trustee with Aspired Futures and having the opportunity to contribute to this excellent service, albeit in a comparatively small way. I have a diverse background and extensive experience as senior manager within the public, voluntary and independent sector enabling me to bring a breadth of experience to my trustee role. In my daily work I am the Deputy Head of Urgent Care (community) across Fylde Coast Integrated Urgent Care Services and I am also a practicing Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. I am passionate about our local community and very proud and humbled by the work that Aspired Futures undertakes to support local children and change their lives.
I became interested in Aspired Futures after I saw three of the young people give a presentation at a meeting of the Blackpool Business Leadership Group. Their delivery to a room of 100+ business people at a breakfast meeting was so powerful I decided to learn more about the organisation and the services it provides. Over a period of three years I have become closely connected to Aspired Futures and am delighted to serve as a trustee bringing my business and financial knowledge, skills and experience as the Managing Director of one of the largest Waterparks in Europe. I am able to offer strategic business thinking at trustee meetings and by being a sounding board for business development and change. I am delighted to hear the views of the children and young people themselves through the Have Your Say presentations and by joining in group sessions or meal times for a social catch-up. I am wholeheartedly committed to true equality of opportunity for all and promote excellence of service in my professional role and in my determination to ensure Aspired Futures reaches and supports the most vulnerable children in Blackpool.
I am proud to have been a founding member of the Aspired Futures charity. Having previously worked with the core team supporting their delivery of family support in the Blackpool area I am acutely aware of the high level of need for safe, innovative and quality therapeutic support services for vulnerable children and young people. I feel my experience as a team member and, more recently, a volunteer enables me to contribute effectively as a trustee. I am knowledgeable about the third sector and social care provision and have a life-long knowledge of the Blackpool area. I welcome every opportunity to communicate with Aspired Futures children and young people and my fellow volunteers to canvas their views on the services being provided and present their suggestions for change.
My contribution as a trustee of Aspired Futures is my experience, knowledge, skill and vision in special education provision as the Principal and proprietor of five SEBD schools and as a national Behaviour Management Consultant. This broad knowledge and experience enables me to recognize and evaluate the services provided for severely complex children with professional integrity. During trustee meetings and consultations I am able to provide the academic perspective for children in primary and secondary special education and share knowledge of proven methods of working to enable children with additional challenges to reach their full potential.