Heather Aspinall, Chief Executive
I have been Chief Executive here since 1994 having previously worked in adults and children's social work and management for local authorities and a large national children’s voluntary organisation. I led the Association through its £5 million Appeal and move from the centre in Rose Road to the Bradbury Centre in 2003, and its growth from under £1 million to £3.5 million turnover this year.
I see the difference people make to the lives of disabled young people and families every day - Rose Road has a really special atmosphere and continues to inspire me. I will be retiring in 2017 and I look forward to seeing Rose Road continue to flourish and develop with a new leader.
Senior Management Team
The Association has an excellent Senior Management Team with a range of skills and experience from both the voluntary and private sectors:
Sarah Marshall, Director of Services
I joined Rose Road in February 2016 and I am truly honoured to be working for such a passionate organisation. The children, young people, and families we support are at the heart of everything we do. We provide overnight short breaks in Oaks and Acorns, outreach and one to one support through our Community Services and Activity Schemes. My role is to improve the existing good quality that is already in services and to embed true person centred support.
My first role in social care was working with children with Autism 17 years ago and since then have worked in a variety of managerial roles. This ignited the passion I have for improving the standard of care and support we deliver in services. Disabled children and adults need to be given a louder voice in today’s society, there are still too many barriers and a general lack of understanding and fear about disability therefore it is our duty to influence social change. I am really excited about the future of Rose Road and feel privileged to be part of the journey.
Carol Dixon, Director of Family Services
I have worked for Rose Road since 2011, when we won the contract to deliver the Parent Voice service across the whole of Hampshire. I started as Participation Coordinator, moving to the Programme Manager role in 2014. We now deliver a range of information, advice and participation services to families in Hampshire, Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole, West Berkshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, and I became Director of Family Services in April 2016.
I oversee our range of Family Services and the family services central communications team. I work strategically with our local authority partners and am always looking for new opportunities to expand our services so that more families can benefit from the Rose Road approach to information and participation.
As a parent of two disabled young adults I am passionate about empowering families by providing them with the information they need. Rose Road is full of passionate, caring people who make a difference to families every day and I am proud to be a part of that.
Louise Clarke, Director of Business Development
I started working at Rose Road in 2009 setting up our Parent Voice Information Service. I joined the Senior Management team in 2012 and became Head of Community Services in 2014. My role as Director of Business Development commenced in March 2016.
Within Rose Road, I am responsible for the Association’s funding i.e. Fundraising activities, applying for grants and tenders and finding new opportunities for expansion and growth. My role also includes organisational development such as IT support, marketing and communications. My mission is to involve more parents and young people in the development and design of our services so that we can continue to meet and exceed your expectations.
I love working at Rose Road because every day, I see the smiles on the faces of the children and young people we support and the dedication and commitment of the staff who support them. I see the difference that the generosity of our supporters and funders make to the families we support.
Kevin Porter, Interim Business Support & HR Manager
As an interim HR Manager, I am here to provide support and guidance to the management teams and administration functions, so that we can create an organisation that is efficient and able to expand to the needs of our users. This will enable our managers and their teams to focus their attention on the children, young people and families that we support. Having a motivated team in an organisation that has the passion it has to care for the client users, is key to the success of everything we do. Creating great people strategies and less bureaucratic policies and procedures will allow us to continue that focus.
This is the first opportunity I have had to work in social care, and I have been truly touched by the love, care, attention and passion that the individuals have for those that they support, here in Rose Road.
Neil Evans, Director of Finance
I have 20 years’ experience of working in the charity sector as a Director of Finance. I currently head up Solent Support Solutions, a not for profit company created by the Rose Road Association and Solent Mind in April 2012.
Solent Support Solutions employs 9 staff who provide Finance and IT services to the two founder charities.
As part of the Senior Management Team it is my responsibility to ensure the long term financial viability of the Association, secure and manage the financial resources needed to deliver the objectives in the business plan, manage the financial risks which threaten the delivery of the Association’s strategy, provide efficient financial processes and provide business support and quality decision making.