Our people

Meet the team

Our Executive team and boards

Our Executive team is led by Sinéad Butters MBE, Group Chief Executive, who is supported by five executive directors.

Each business has a board who are responsible for delivering the vision of ‘Building Better Futures’.

Working together as a team, each board makes decisions on a wide range of issues that contribute to the delivery of this vision.

Take a look below to meet our Executive team, and the various boards who support us across we are aspire.

Our Executive team and boards

Our Executive team...

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Sinéad Butters MBE

Group Chief Executive

Sinéad has been Chief Executive of Staffordshire-based Aspire Housing since 2006. Under her leadership the business has grown and broadened its services via the acquisition...

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Dan Canavan

Executive Director of PM Training

Dan joined PM Training in 1996, setting up the first gardening team and developing the Homeworks property management service, which now boasts more than 60...

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Ian Gleave

Executive Director of Organisational Development

Ian started his HR career specialising in management development before moving into more generalist HR and management positions. His senior leadership experience spans public, private...

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Dan Gray

Executive Director of Property

Dan is an experienced property professional, who joined Aspire in 2005 and leads on development and home ownership sales, strategic asset management and landlord compliance...

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Andrei Szatkowski

Executive Director of Customer Experience

Andrei is an experienced housing professional at board, executive and senior leadership level. Andrei has over 25 years’ experience within local authorities and housing associations...

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Mark Thrasher

Executive Director of Finance

Mark joined Aspire in August 2018, from Raven Housing, based in Surrey, where he was Group Director of Finance. Mark has worked in the housing...

Aspire Housing board

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Aman Dalvi

Aspire Housing Chair

Aman Dalvi has worked in senior positions for many years, including as Chief Executive of three different organisations where he had led multi-disciplinary teams. Aman...

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Sinéad Butters MBE

Group Chief Executive

Sinéad has been Chief Executive of Staffordshire-based Aspire Housing since 2006. Under her leadership the business has grown and broadened its services via the acquisition...

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Nicola Winn

PM Training Chair

Nicola is the managing director of Creative Bridge based in Lutterworth. She has previously worked in senior roles at Leicester Housing and the CIH. She...

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Ian Dale

Ian is a retired chartered accountant who has spent his entire career in the financial services industry, working in senior finance roles in both the...

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Jenny Danson

Jenny is the owner and Director of an Interim leadership company and has worked in a range of senior interim roles mainly within the housing...

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Mike Lawton

Mike is a senior executive with Michelin Tyre plc. He has held strategic roles within private sector organisations both in the UK and as an...

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Neale Clifton

Neale is a retired Chartered Town Planner who has spent his whole 40-year career in Local Government. Over the last two decades he has operated...

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David Hunter

David is a retired Chartered Accountant, having spent over 37 years in practice gaining wide experience of accounting for and auditing of social housing providers...

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Alasdair Macarthur

Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Alasdair worked for 30 years in IT in large, blue-chip utility companies. His skills and experiences cover portfolios and programmes, customer support, and a wide...

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Marina Barrett

Customer Board Member

Marina spent most of her working career in public sector, providing financial management of the externally funded neighbourhood renewal and economic development projects, delivered in...

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Paul Northcott

Paul Northcott is the Staffordshire County Councillor, representing the Newcastle Rural division. He is also the newly appointed CCSM (Community Cabinet Support Member) for Newcastle-under-Lyme...

PM Training board

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Nicola Winn

PM Training Chair

Nicola is the managing director of Creative Bridge based in Lutterworth. She has previously worked in senior roles at Leicester Housing and the CIH. She...

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Dan Canavan

Executive Director of PM Training

Dan joined PM Training in 1996, setting up the first gardening team and developing the Homeworks property management service, which now boasts more than 60...

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Cllr Elizabeth Shenton

Elizabeth has been a Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Councillor for over 12 years, holding many key positions including Council Leader and Deputy Mayor. Elizabeth has over 20...

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Alice Belcher

Alice lives in Scotland although her ties remain with Staffordshire. She is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Dundee, having previously lectured...

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Paul Newell

Paul is a qualified accountant and was formerly a Partner at Clearwater International, a cross-border advisory firm specialising in corporate finance. Paul has worked alongside...

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Maqsood Ahmad

Maqsood has 15 years of experience of developing and delivering policies and programmes on behalf of ministers, board members and chief executives. Currently Maqsood is...

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Barry Pitts

Barry recently retired from a local housing association as the Director of Business Development and Director of Arch services. Barry has over 28 years of...

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Sarah Tudor

Born in Stoke-on-Trent and a graduate of Staffordshire University, Sarah has over 18 years’ experience in corporate learning and development and in higher education. In...

Realise charity board

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Wendy Dean

Realise charity Chair

Wendy joined the Realise charity board in February 2019. She is the Managing Director and founder of the Strategi Solutions Group, offering culture change to...

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Sinéad Butters MBE

Group Chief Executive

Sinéad has been Chief Executive of Staffordshire-based Aspire Housing since 2006. Under her leadership the business has grown and broadened its services via the acquisition...

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Christina Holdcroft

Patron

Tina is a director at Holdcroft Heating and Gas Fitting as well as a managing partner at Dame Belle. She previously held a senior role...

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Cllr Gill Heesom

Gill has been a Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Councillor since 2010, was Deputy Mayor and then Mayor from 2017-2019 and has held various roles on council committees...