Our Leadership 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.

Mandy Whyatt

Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company

Mandy joined Aspirations in November 2012. Her career has included operational and managerial roles; over the past 11 years she has focused on human resources management. Mandy was the Managing Director of The Leaving Care Company which was acquired by Aspirations back in 2013. As well as continuing with the role which she has also continued to ensure that her teams deliver a high quality, effective and outcome-led service to all the young people they support.

Denise Smith

Head of HR and Training

Denise joined Aspirations in February 2014.She has over 25 years of experience within Human Resources at both operational and strategic levels. Denise started her career with Lloyds Chemists as a Human Resources Officer supporting the Retail Operations Team in a multi- site environment. Denise is passionate about ensuring that the whole Aspirations Team is treated equally and everyone has a voice. She believes that staff Training and Development is key.

Dan Coleman

Head of Quality

Dan joined the Quality team in January 2012. He has worked in various roles within the care sector over the past 16 years. These include supporting people with mental health diagnosis in recovery programmes, as well as adults with learning disabilities. He has worked for public, private and voluntary sector organisations within a wide range of traditional and non-traditional services. Dan has an Institute of Leadership and Management diploma in Quality Management.

Glenn Buckley

Finance Director

Glenn joined Aspirations at the start of 2015. A Chartered Management Accountant, he has more than 20 years’ experience working in senior finance roles in manufacturing, construction and engineering, and this is his first role working in the care and supported living sector. Glenn has developed a range of transferrable skills in business and financial management that are being used to ensure the Group continues to deliver good service to all the people Aspirations support.

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.

Naomi Owereh

Naomi Owereh

Austim Lead

Naomi joined Aspirations in June 2016 having previously worked for local authorities and a number of specialist learning disability providers. Naomi has a Masters of Education in Autism and a wealth of experience helping staff teams supporting people with autism to think in a more ‘autism-intelligent’ way. Naomi is passionate about outcomes for people with autism. She works closely with the quality team and operations to ensure her training, tools and resources and individual referral work has the most beneficial impact possible.