Dr Saroj Patel, Chair

David Holden, Vice Chair Trustee David Holden

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.

Andy Chaplin Trustee Andy Chaplin

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!

Jonny Jacobs Trustee Jonny Jacobs

Jonny heads up the Commercial and Supply Chain Finance team at M&S Foods. Prior to this, Jonny led Strategy and Transformation for pladis UK&I, the global snacking company which brings together the iconic brands of McVitie's, Jacob's, go ahead!, Flipz and Godiva. Before that, Jonny was the interim CFO for the North America business and led Supply Chain Finance.

He became a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has a wealth of experience working for global organisations such as Heineken and John Menzies in Finance, Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy.

Jonny was named Young Chartered Accountant 2017 by ICAS. He has a keen interest in organisation design and people development. He led the Mental Health initiative at pladis UK&I and the national "Let's Talk" partnership between McVitie's and Mind.

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.

Dr Frederick Middelton

Reg Coote

The team