I have been a trustee of Aspire since March 2016. The aims of Aspire chime very well with my interest in helping to sustain independent living for the more vulnerable, regardless of age, disability or health.
I’m also a trustee of two other charities: Manor Gardens, a community health and wellbeing charity across Islington (Chairman from December 2016) and Electrical Safety First, a national campaigning charity. Just like Aspire, both of these organisations continue to experience considerable positive change and growth opportunities in their respective areas of focus.
My early working life was spent with Barclays – well all 27 years! That equipped me well with a range of knowledge, skills and experiences that have enabled me to undertake leadership roles developing and delivering services for the vulnerable from with private and third sector organisations – something I have been doing with a number of organisations over the past 13-14 years. Latterly I was heading the national body for Home Improvement Agencies (about 180 mostly not-for-profit organisations, nationally) between 2010 and 2015.
My wife Liz heads up special needs at a local school in the Chalfonts and our youngest son is about to head off to University after completing A levels in 2017. Swimming and walking are the main past-times plus regular cultural top ups to Italy!
Dr Angela Gall FRCP graduated from the University of Aberdeen, and following specialty training in Aberdeen, Oswestry and Australia, she became a Consultant at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre in 2002.
Angela has a wide range of clinical interests including SCI in children, spasticity management, upper limb function and health and fitness after SCI. Angela has been involved as a clinician in many national and international projects, is Honorary Civilian Consultant Advisor in Rehabilitation Medicine to the Military Services and is the clinical research lead for the London Centre.
Angela became involved with Aspire and a Trustee having witnessed first-hand the excellent range of services the charity delivers.
Chris became the Managing Director of Interserve Learning & Employment UK in December 2014. He is responsible for the development and delivery of its UK welfare, skills and education business. He was previously the Managing Director of Rehab Jobfit, a unique, Joint Venture partnership between Interserve and the Rehab Group, delivering employability programmes on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.
He remains a Board Director of the JV as well as being on the Board of Interserve Service Futures and a Trustee at Aspire. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Aspire Law.
David joined the Board of Trustees in November 2013 bringing with him over 40 years of commercial expertise – mainly in Sales and Marketing, General Management and Business Consultancy, including working for ICL (now Fujitsu) for over 20 years. David now chairs two of the Aspire sub-committees – Fundraising and Marketing and Leisure Services. During his business career he was also a Trustee of other charities and chaired a number of non-departmental public initiatives in the Creative Industries and Education. He is also a Lords Taverner and a member of the Herts regional committee.
David was first introduced to Aspire through his membership of Porters Park Golf Club and chose Aspire as his nominated Charity during his year as Captain in 2012. Still a single figure handicapper, he was also Director of Cricket at Radlett Cricket Club. He sees an ongoing link between Aspire and Sport, is a passionate supporter of Aspire’s Instructability Programme, and he has already introduced a number of wheelchair users to the principles of golf as an inclusive sport.
Married to Fiona, an Executive Coach and Behavioural Management specialist, he has two adult daughters and is a proud grandfather.
Ed has been a Trustee with Aspire since 2013. Since 2000 he has worked across the investment sector, strategy and financial services, and more recently the Impact sector. Currently a Principle Consultant with a leading London based umbrella Fund Management company, he has previously spent three years scaling social ventures with the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
Originally analysing Bill Gates’ Teledesic Satellite system project while working on his thesis at Oxford University, Ed then moved into the investment world and quickly became an entrepreneur himself, founding Warranty EX, which he sold after three years of growth.
Paraplegic from the age of 25, Ed is also a semi-professional film and classical music composer and enjoys many sports such as skiing and scuba diving.
Jonny leads Supply Chain Finance for pladis in the UK, the global biscuit and confectionery company which brings together the iconic brands of McVitie's, Jacob's, go ahead! and Godiva.
After graduating with an Accountancy degree, Jonny became a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Following 5 years in professional practice, Jonny stepped into industry joining Heineken in their Pub business. Following this, Jonny worked with the international logistics business John Menzies on Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations. In 2011, Jonny joined United Biscuits (now part of pladis) guiding the business through major change programs including the company sale to Yildiz Holdings, culture change programs and most recently the formation of pladis in June 2016.
Other than his core expertise in Finance, Jonny has experience and a keen interest in strategy, organisation design and people development. He joined Aspire in 2016 as Treasurer and Trustee.
Jonny is a keen tennis player, enjoys playing golf (albeit particularly badly) and going on international adventures.
Luke has been a Trustee since 2005. He sustained a spinal injury in 1990 and subsequently completed a BSc Econ in Politics & Social Anthropology. Luke's career has been nothing less than diverse, from banking to acting to property, with the best - he assures us - still to come.
Luke is married to Yasmin whom he met whilst appearing in BBC’s Casualty. Aside from enjoying Aspire governance, Luke enjoys an array of interests from international security to the environment to butchering the French language.