The Executive Directors on our Management Team are responsible for running the charity on a day-to-day basis. They ensure everything we do links back to our core aim of improving the lives of children and families who are struggling to cope. The Management Team is held to account by our Board of Trustees.
Ross joined us in 2014 from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner where he was Deputy Chief Executive. He has worked extensively in policy and held roles at the London School of Economics, the Association of London Government and UNISON before moving to the children’s charity sector at Action for Children.
He leads Spurgeons’ strategy and delivery of over 35 different services across the country, helping to transform the lives of children and young people and their families.
Outside Spurgeons, Ross also currently chairs the Anti-Bullying Alliance. He serves in his local church in London, where he takes part in numerous activities to give back to the community. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and most sports, particularly rugby.
Qualified social worker Paul joined us in May 2012 as Deputy Director of Children's Services, moving onto Director of Children’s Services in 2014. In 2016 Paul became the Deputy Chief Executive, where he oversees the delivery of all of our services to children, young people and their families, as well as holding overall responsibility for safeguarding issues.
Previously, Paul worked extensively in the provision of children’s social care at CAFCASS, NSPCC and Oxfordshire County Council. Last year, he was a judge for the National Social Worker of the Year Awards.
Away from the office, Paul enjoys walks with his family, playing football, squash and golf, and going kayaking, hill walking and mountain biking.
Sue Gillespie joined Spurgeons in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Finance, HR, IT and Facilities.
Sue has over 20 years’ experience in business and finance. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, based in their Cardiff and London offices. Sue worked for Procter and Gamble in a range of businesses and during that time won the Procter and Gamble Finance Leadership award across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
As a social enterprise consultant, Sue worked with a number of different charities, both at home and overseas, including a project to house ex-offenders in the UK, and exploring sustainable water solutions in Africa.