Brian Carlin, CEO CEO Brian Carlin

Prior to working in the charity sector, Brian worked in Contract Leisure Management and has also been a part-time post graduate business lecturer. This followed a period of service with the Royal Marines and an MBA at Anglia Polytechnic University.
In 2001, Brian was appointed to Chief Executive of Aspire, where he has combined his experience in the Fitness Sector and his business pedigree to lead the charity through a period of massive expansion. Brian is very actively involved in the third sector and currently serves on the Board as Chairman of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity and The British Triathlon Foundation Trust. In addition to this he is a Longford Trust Mentor and supports former prisoners through higher education.  He is also a representative on steering groups with UCL and Loughborough Universities and was a founding partner of Aspire Law. 
Brian is also a keen cyclist and triathlete and since 2010 has been selected every year for the GB Age Group Long Distance Triathlon World and European Championship Squads.  

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Alex Rankin, Director of Services Alex Rankin

Alex did an MA in the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at Exeter University, specialising in pre-1918 films. He has singularly failed to use any of the knowledge gleaned from this course in his career to date. A very short stint in the world of corporate IT convinced him that he'd rather be elsewhere and Alex has worked for not-for-profit organisations ever since.
Alex joined Aspire in 2005 to launch their Campaigning work, a significant new venture for the Charity. In a relatively short space of time Aspire established excellent working relationships with key Parliamentarians and now regularly provides expert opinion on a wide range of issues. In 2009 Alex moved across to manage the Services Team; the department has grown significantly since then, expanding core programmes and adding new services for spinally injured people. This trend looks set to continue, particularly with the current rapid growth in the number of Aspire Houses available. 

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Paul Parrish, Director of Fundraising and Marketing Director of Fundraising and Marketing Paul Parrish

After 15 years in the world of advertising where he worked at IPC Magazines, The Independent and The Big Issue, Paul changed career and moved to the not-for-profit sector. He subsequently worked with Cancer Research UK as their Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager. Between 2005 and 2012 he was the Fundraising and Marketing Director for a Hertfordshire hospice before joining Aspire as Fundraising and Marketing Director. A committed fundraiser, he is a firm believer in developing relationships between the charity and its supporters and not just asking for support without proper consideration. You will always receive a hearty thank you from Aspire

As well as managing fundraising and marketing for Aspire, Paul also believes he should lead by example and is personally committed to raising money for charity. Since 2007 he has raised over £64,000 through a series of ever longer endurance triathlons. In September 2014 he became the oldest person to complete the Arch to Arc, the world’s hardest triathlon, becoming the sixth fastest person to do so and raising over £24,000 for Aspire.

A father of three children, Paul fits his busy training schedule around work, going to gigs and eating out whenever anyone else is prepared to pay. 

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Tasha Webster, Director of Operations Tasha Webster

After a two week stint of work experience at the Mike Heaffey Centre, Tasha worked part time for Aspire as a receptionist and children’s party host whilst at College. She then went on to work in the leisure industry as a swimming teacher and children’s holiday camp manager before returning as Assistant Manager of the Mike Heaffey Centre in 1997. She was part of the management team overseeing the build of the Aspire National Training Centre and in 2002 she became General Manager.
Tasha is now Director of Operations responsible for operational systems, quality and personnel management of Aspire with specific responsibility for the day to day management and strategic development. Tasha has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Hertfordshire University and the CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.
Tasha is married with four children and plays hockey for Harrow Hockey Club.  

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