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  • Ross Hendry - Chief Executive - Spurgeons Strategic Leadership Team.

    Ross Hendry

    Chief Executive

    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. Additionally, Ross currently chairs the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Ross now leads Spurgeons’ strategy and delivery of over 80 different services across the country, helping to transform the lives of children and young people and their families helping them to flourish. Ross serves in his local church in London, where he takes part in numerous initiatives to give back to the community. When not serving in the church, he enjoys cooking and most sports, particularly rugby.

  • Paul Ringer - Director of Children’s Services - Spurgeons Strategic Leadership Team.

    Paul Ringer

    Deputy Chief Executive

    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 at Spurgeons. He has 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. At Spurgeons, 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. Away from the office, Paul enjoys walks with his family, playing football, squash, golf and going kayaking, hill walking and mountain biking.

  • Sue Gillespie

    Chief Operating Officer

    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 has 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. Prior to joining Spurgeons, Sue was Director of Transformation and Executive Projects for Opportunity International, a global microfinance charity. Sue is a wife and mother of two sporty boys and enjoys playing the harp and piano.

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