I have had the privilege of being Chief Executive of ESPA since April 2006. I am passionate about ensuring that people on the autism spectrum receive every possible opportunity to achieve their personal ambitions and live a life they enjoy.
Finance Executive and Company Secretary
Karl joined ESPA in December 2004. After graduating from Newcastle University in 1994, he then went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. He worked in practice for 8 years in a variety of roles before moving into industry with Barrett Developments Limited. Since his arrival at ESPA, Karl has transformed the financial management of the charity and has been instrumental in driving the strategic direction of the charity forward, along with achieving many cost savings and efficiencies.
I joined ESPA in July 2015. My role is to embed continuous quality improvement across residential and day services, developing systems and processes to monitor and review performance, impact and outcomes. Strong values and a person centered culture are very important to me and I strive to ensure that the specialist support we provide is innovative and forward thinking.
I joined ESPA in 2012 after leading a number of high profile local and national level initiatives aimed at positively transforming the prospects of learners. I have worked within further education for over eighteen years taking up teaching and management positions in leading Further Education Colleges around the country. As the strategic lead for the College I manage the senior team and the college residential managers.
I have worked for ESPA since 1997 during which time I have managed a number of residential and College services. My present role is as Development Manager with a particular focus on designing and developing a diverse range of highly individualised domiciliary and outreach services across the North East.
I am part of the College’s management team have headed the Admissions Department for several years. I also have specific responsibilities for the management of student data, funding and the day to running of the College.