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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Andrew Kell, Assistive Technology Manager Andrew Kell

Andrew is responsible for our Assistive Technology programme that gives people  access to computers, tablets and smartphones regardless of their level of injury.   

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Andy Shipley, Policy Manager Policy Manager Andy Shipley

Andy is responsible for representing and advancing the interests of Spinal Cord   Injured people in the decision making process. 

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Belinda Milrod, Housing Manager Belinda Milrod

Belinda manages our Housing programme, working with Housing Associations to increase our stock of properties and ensuring the smooth running of the service for our tenants.

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Claire Wilson, Housing Case Officer Claire Wilson

Claire supports the Housing Case Team with admin, managing referrals and the day to day running of the Service.

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Colleen O'Shea, Welfare Benefits Officer Welfare Benefits Officer Colleen OShea

Colleen supports the Welfare Benefits Advice Team with admin, day to day case management and completing benefit claim forms.

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Joslyn Kofi-Opata, Services Officer Services Officer Joslyn Kofi-Opata

Joslyn provides administrative and service support to Aspire’s Housing and Assistive Technology services.

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Kim Elliott, Grants Officer Grants Officer Kim Elliott

Kim is responsible for the administration of the Aspire Grants which includes organising the committee meetings, the budget, updating the data, communicating with the applicants and committee members.

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Laura Hagan, Housing Case Manager Laura Hagan

Laura provides support to those with housing difficulties and concerns, offering advice, guidance and individual case work to help ensure everyone has a safe, accessible home. 

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Nicola Lazare, Welfare Benefits Advice Manager Nicola Lazare

Nicola manages the Welfare Benefits Advice Team and handles the more complex cases. 

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