The Trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the charity. All of Spire’s trustees serve as volunteers and receive no payment for their work.

The original Trustees who set up Spire were all parents of people with a learning disability. They wanted to ensure that their sons and daughters would receive good support when they were no longer able to provide it.

Since then other family members and individuals interested in helping Spire have joined the Trustee Board. Charity trustees can come from all walks of life and are united by their wish to create positive change in society.

Meet Our Trustees Board

Peter Sullivan


“At the turn of the century, I was a carer and working part-time at Preston Carers Centre. I was asked to help a new parent-led organisation starting up, called Spire, to help people with Learning Disabilities live independent lives. Who would have thought 20 years later I would be Chair of Spire? I have a welfare benefits background which sometimes comes in useful in my role.

Also, I chair Preston & District Carers Support Group and Preston & District 50+ Forum. I am a founding member of SUCAG and COMENSUS the service user and carer groups at UCLan.”

Eileen Clarkson


“Over 20 years ago, along with my late husband Bob, we met with parents with similar anxieties about the future for our sons and daughters with learning difficulties, when we were no longer able to care for them. Groups in local towns were already being set up to provide supported housing in the community. This seemed to be a good plan for us to follow. With the help of a lottery grant for a development worker, Spire was set up as a charity.

We now have a number of supported houses and also provide homecare support for those living at home. Spire has established a very high reputation in the Care sector and with CQC and Social Services.”

Lisa Morrell


“I wanted to join the Spire committee as I felt I could contribute to ensuring people with learning disabilities can live their best life.  I have good skills and qualifications in management, communication and evaluating services and people. 

With my work, I use person-centred approaches, I am empathetic and highly motivated. It is an honour to be part of Spire, to work with its members and staff.”

Eric Gowling


“Looking back over nearly 60 years of a life in academia and social research, the foundation was laid down at Liverpool College of Commerce. Here I studied business subjects along with our Chairman, Peter.

Further study at Lancaster and Salford Universities led to an academic career and a final position as a Director of Liverpool Business School. Secondments to Social Services at LCC and the Jamaican Government has provided unique experiences and insights. Hopefully, those insights can help the dedicated staff of Spire continue to provide the extraordinary level of care to people with learning disabilities.”

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Additionally, if you would like more information about becoming a trustee, than please call our office on 01772 524567.


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