Meet the Aspire in the Community team, Barry, Marie, the residence managers, and Luna ( The Aspire in the Community mascot)

We strongly believe in the following values and the care we provide is underpinned by them, with all of our staff being selected to join our teams, based on their personal commitment to these values:

A.S.P.I.R.E: Achievement, Support, People First, Integrity, Rights, Excellence.


Joint Managing Director

” Hi my name is Barry Taylor,

I am the joint Managing Director of Aspire in The Community. I live in Huddersfield with my wife Lynda, my two children and my Cavapoo dog Luna. 

I have worked in care services since 1992 initially as a Support Worker in Sheffield at the ripe age of 23 and since then I have progressed and worked at every level of front line care delivery and management/senior management within my field of work.

I am very proud to say that since Aspire’s inception in May 2009 the company has grown into a highly regarded, well respected organisation which caters for individuals who require differing levels of support to maintain a wonderful life………..everyone deserves a wonderful life I am sure you agree. I have a real passion for what we do and the quality of services which we provide, quite honestly I love what we do.

In my spare time I have a real appetite for the outdoors which also includes a love of camping with my family, and for my sins taking my daughter to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford. “


Joint Managing Director

My role here at Aspire in The Community is joint managing director. I am responsible for the delivery and quality of care within the company – a responsibility I take very seriously as I want to ensure that every person we provide care to, loves being here supported by us, feels part of our “family” and is able to achieve their fullest potential.

I have been working in social care since 1991 and I have learned so much from every person I have supported. I firmly believe that every individual, irrespective of their behaviours can be supported in their community, making friends and benefiting from enjoying their interests and hobbies, as well as work and educational opportunities.

I really enjoy spending time in every one of our services, listening to the people we support and ensuring their needs are being met in the most person-centred ways. I have been proud to see many of the people we have supported, moving onto more independent living in the same way I have been proud to see service users with the most complex of behaviours, living purposeful lives in their community.

In my personal life, I spend most of my time with my daughter and husband watching my son playing rugby. We are all huge Rugby League fans and love being on the side-lines at weekends cheering him on!

When I’m not watching rugby, I love catching up with and spending time with friends and other members of my family.


Operations Manager

“I am Jo Denning the operations manager. I started with Aspire in the community at the beginning of May 2021 and I have worked in health and social for the past 30 years.

I have worked at every level within the care profession which I believe gives  me a good understanding of what support and training our staff need as well as our service users. My goal is to ensure everyone we support has a voice, has a say in the running of their home and most of all how they wish to be supported. It is important that our staff are trained to ensure our service users get the best support possible. If you can say to yourself after every shift I would be proud for any member of my family to have received the care and support I have given today then you have achieved our goal.

I am proud to be part of Aspire in the Community’s team.

Outside of work I love spending time with my family I have 2 amazing grandchildren who bring me so much joy. Long walks with our ageing Staffie helps me to relax at the end of a day”


Finance Director

“I am the Finance Director and Company Secretary of Aspire in the Community and live in Bamford with my wife. We have three grown up children and three adorable grandchildren.

I am Chartered Accountant with over 50 years’ experience, including over 30 years of running my own general accountancy practice. During this period, I have been providing accountancy and financial advice to businesses specifically in the care sector.

I have been managing all the financial aspects of Aspire in The Community since the company’s inception.

My hobbies include walking, travelling, visiting theatres and I love my football as a proud season ticket holder of Manchester United for many years.”


Manager @ The Gate Residence

“Hi my name is Kelly and I have worked in social care since 1998. I began working with elderly clients in nursing homes on a YTS scheme and that’s where my passion for providing care really began.

Since this time, I have worked incredibly hard and developed in my role at Aspire from a support worker right through to my current role of Manager of ‘The Gate’. I oversee all aspects of running this wonderful service and thoroughly enjoy supporting people to develop their skills and become more independent. I absolutely believe that people with Learning Disabilities should, and can be supported in the community whilst feeling safe and valued. I believe that everyone should be provided with this wonderful opportunity.

I love spending time with my family and in particular, my beautiful niece and nephew, and I also love socialising with friends.


Training and Development Consultant

My name is Jennette Askew and I am in a privileged position to nurture, support and above all, provide the highest quality training for Aspire care.

I am a highly accomplished and qualified lifelong learning trainer, coach and development consultant with over 20 years’ experience of working in the vocational education sector.

I have a specialist knowledge of the care sector Diploma qualifications criteria and the CQC and OFSTED standards, which I embed into my training delivery.

Coupled with my experience of learning and development delivery and working through transformational change, I have developed an approach that is person-centred, participative and highly interactive.

With a practical eye for detail and people I am able to simplify complexity, making training applicable, relevant, and fun.

My mission is to develop participants’ skills and knowledge to achieve their individual learning goals.


Manager @ Station Rd

My name is Claire Newman and I am the manager of Station Road in Lundwood.

I have worked in Health & Social Care for nearly 5 years now starting off as a weekend support worker and working my way up the ladder. I have managed services in Barnsley and Sheffield previously, supporting adults with learning difficulties, autism and brain acquired injuries. I also have experience managing respite services for clinically complexed guests.

I came to Aspire in September 2020 and joined the team at Station Road.

I am a mum of 7 children and very much a family oriented person. I enjoy holidays in the sun and visiting interesting places and landmarks. Family means the world to me and they are the back bone to everything I do and achieve.

I have a keen interest in the administration of medication and the BNF isn’t usually too far away from my bedside table. Besides that I like to relax with a nice glass of rose and a period drama.

Working in health and social care is not just a job it’s a vocation, a calling and making a small difference to someone else’s life is the best feeling anyone could experience and this is what gets me out of bed every morning with a smile.


Manager @ Rushbrooke

Julie - Rushbrooke Manager

My name is Julie Gibson, I joined the organisation in June 2021 as the Manager of Rushbrooke in Huddersfield. I have worked in care for 34 years . I am a qualified LD nurse and have been a Registered manager for the last 17 years.

I have worked in a variety of settings, residential, supported living and nursing services. I am committed to promoting, dignity choice and respect in the services I work in.

I am passionate that the service users I support have the same access to leisure and  health services and lead a varied and fulfilled life.

In my spare time I enjoying spending time with family and friends and walks with my dog.


Manager @ Burton Rd

I am The Registered Manager At Burton Road and very excited to start my new Journey with Aspire In The Community.

I have worked in the Social Care Sector for 30 years in various roles which has given me experience and knowledge which has been beneficial to my personal and my professional development. I can honestly say this is where my heart and passion lie, making a difference for the service users which I support. My objective is very simple! To provide the highest quality of care to all of our service users in a caring, friendly, safe, fun welcoming environment.

I have a husband, daughter ,son and 2 dogs who all take most of my spare time following our interests in all sport. You are likely to hear us cheering on the Mighty Rhinos at Rugby league fans or Manchester UTD football team. I love Plenty of walks, enjoy yoga, gardening and singing in the church choir, they all help me to keep relaxed.

Look forward to being part of the Team at Aspire.


Positive Behaviour Support Lead and Trainer

‘People supported, who display behaviours we call challenging are attempting to communicate an unmet need, what we call ‘challenging’ is their way of communicating distress.’

My name is Mark and my role at Aspire is to lead on organisation wide positive behaviour support and capable environments. To reduce restrictive practices through quality-of-life improvement, I provide strategy and policy review, training, coaching, and mentoring to support staff, management, and leadership teams in using evidence-based approaches.

I have been delivering training for over twenty years, and a principal instructor under the BILD code of practice for physical interventions since 2009. I have worked with hundreds of organisations, training many hundreds of trainers and thousands of staff working in Adult Learning Disabilities, CAMHS, Mental Health, Acquired Brain Injury, NHS Acute hospital settings, Dementia, Foster, and Adoption Services in the UK.

I am a visiting lecturer at the University of South Wales as part of the BSc Violence Reduction delivery team, a CAPBS Coach, and trained in Functional Behaviour Assessment, I also practice Non-violent resistance (NVR) to support the families of those children and young people displaying behaviours of concern.

I am married with two grown up children who make me proud every day, three rescue dogs, and in my spare time I enjoy reading and coaching children, and young people, the gentle art of Aikido.

” I’m Luna – the office dog!!!

I love coming here and it makes my day when service users and staff members pop in to give a stroke! Everyone is brilliant, the best team ever! Woof “

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