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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Cara McKenna, Housing Case OfficerCara McKenna

Cara 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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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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Hannah Wyatt, Independent Living Advisor ManagerHannah Wyatt

Hannah manages the Independent Living Advisors.

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Hari Buyukertas, Welfare Benefits Advisor Hari

Hari provides advice and support to people who are concerned about their benefits, or believe they are not receiving their full entitlement.   

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Holly Onslow, Charity Support Officer Holly Onslow

Holly supports both the Services and Fundraising departments with general admin, case studies, database management and fundraising events.

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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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Laura Hagan, Housing Case ManagerHousing Case Officer 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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Makbule Tilkidag

Makbule Tilkidag, Housing Advice Administrator

Makbule supports the Housing Advice Team with admin and day to day case management.

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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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Phil Kelly

Phil Kelly, Money AdvisorPhil Kelly

Phil provides advice and support to people who have money or debt issues, helping them take back control of their financial situation

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Wendy Carnell, Patient Education Administrator Wendy Carnell

Wendy looks after the Patient Education Programme

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The team