Jane Harrison

Jane Harrison

Founder and Director

My career has always centred on working with people and I am passionate about making a difference!

I started my early working life as a Registered General Nurse specialising in children and then trained as a Health Visitor and Specialist Health Visitor for children with special needs. Following that I led on the development and delivery of five Sure Start Local Programmes in South Tyneside before leaving the local authority for the private sector.

Since then I have been immersed in the early years and disability agenda and led and worked on national DfE policies at a national, regional and local level.

Recent experience has included supporting local authorities with the implementation of the Aiming High for Disabled Children, Impact (Short Breaks) and Early Support programmes as well as working as a Strategic SEND Lead for a local authority.

I am an Associate Trainer for the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and currently deliver Independent Support and Key Working training as well as delivering SEND/outcomes training and workshops amongst other things to local authorities and their partners.

I have extensive experience of supporting local authorities, VCS and their partners to make the organisational and culture changes that are needed for them to transform services – working in partnership and co-production as I do so.

I enjoy the challenge of developing new ideas, tools and resources that improve performance and contribute to delivering more effective and efficient services.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, music, sport and travel.

Ernie Pallas

Ernie Pallas

Director of Operations

Following my school education, I went to university to study for B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Biological Sciences and Immunopharmacology respectively. I commenced my career in scientific research, however, soon realised that this wasn’t for me!!!!
I changed career and went into teaching working as a college lecturer in Biology/ Health Care. I enjoyed teaching, however, decided I needed a new direction. I retrained and taught Science in secondary schools which I loved. As a school teacher, I gained experience working with students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Whilst working in schools, I was fortunate to be promoted to the roles of Assistant Head of Science and Professional Mentor. The latter involved mentoring student teachers during their teacher training placements at schools.
I have experience of writing curricula (training programmes) as well as developing differentiated resources to meet the educational needs of all students. The latter is important to ensure all students are included in lessons and make educational progress over time.

These skills will be useful in developing and delivering the training programmes of the company.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, walking, visiting the cinema/theatre and travelling.

Tina Hamilton

Tina Hamilton

Co. Administrator

During my entire working career I have been office based from entry level as Office junior working my way up through the ranks within the Administration Sector. Once I had reached my goal I then decide to open a fashion boutique whilst bringing my daughter up at the age of 2 years old. 17 years on working 24/7, I decided to sell the business and enjoy family life.
Areas of Expertise: -
I am highly motivated, conscientious, organised individual with exceptional communication and problem solving skills. Mature, confident and team spirited. I work with a flexible, helpful and friendly approach. I have effective time management and strong interpersonal skills, which are backed by an extremely motivated attitude. Full of initiative and common sense, always giving 100% commitment.

Lindsay McCulloch

Lindsay McCulloch

Independent Support Worker / EHC Plan Writer

After working for 20 years as an Executive Assistant to Senior Management I took a change in direction and have now worked for five years as a Team Leader for the Education Centre for children with Down Syndrome (ECCDS). I am also a parent to a eight year old daughter with Down Syndrome.

I have worked for nearly two years as an Independent Supporter with Aspire along with my Team Leader role with ECCDS and I love working with families and their children with SEN.

I am trained in Makaton Sign Language, Portage Workshop, Parent Trainer Workshops in Safeguarding/Confidentiality/Data Protection/Diversity & Equality/Communicating with Disabled Children and Teaching and Supporting Children with Down Syndrome and Behaviour in Children with Down Syndrome.

I have worked with families over the last two years with ASD and complex disabilities and have gained experience in a range of different SEN needs.

Suzanne Caile

Suzanne Caile

Independent Support Worker / EHC Plan Writer

I have been a Primary School Teacher for twelve years and during this time I have taken on the role of SENCO and Specialist Teacher in a Speech and Language Resouce Unit. I enjoy learning and developing my skills by gaining qualifications, including a Level 2 NVQ in Dyslexia.

My interest in this line of work began when I worked with children with additional needs as a Play Leader at a play scheme for Disabled Children whilst I was studying. As part of my Masters Degree I undertook research comparing provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools and Specialist Settings.

I have worked with adult learners over the past three years to improve their Maths and English ready for work. This included working with adults with behavioural difficulties and disabilities.

I have excellent communication skills and like to work in a relaxed atmosphere. I am passionate about supporting and developing others and I am able to build a good rapport with colleagues and clients alike. I am a single parent to my seven year old son who has additional needs due to a renal medical condition.

Kirsty Dixon

Kirsty Dixon

Independent Support Worker

I have over 10 years experience working with individuals with additional needs in an educational setting. I have excellent communication skills and quickly build up a good rapport with the family that I am working with.

Friendly and approachable, I like to make people feel at ease in my company. I have great empathy and find huge rewards helping people that are struggling.

My experience and knowledge of various learning disabilities enables me to understand the difficulties that some families face and to work with individuals with disabilities including Autism.

I pride myself on being professional whilst providing a relaxed, secure atmosphere where people feel comfortable talking to me have over 10 years experience working with individuals with additional needs in an educational setting. I have excellent communication skills and quickly build up a good rapport with the family that I am working with.

Kealey Dodds

Kealey Dodds

EHC Plan Writer

I graduated from University in 2015. I have a BA hons degree in Primary Education.

I have worked as a supply teacher, private tutor and contact worker.

My early career had given me an insight into the challenges children with SEN face in their every day life.

I am passionate about raising achievements of children and supporting their families.

I am an ambitious person. I dedicate my life to the happiness of my son and I work hard to be a good role model for him.