Senior Management Team

Our team consists of individuals from all walks of life who have been recruited for their caring values. All of our team members are given initial induction training before starting work and will continue professional development throughout their careers with Spectrum.

Mary Simpson

Mary Simpson

Chief Executive

Mary has worked for Spectrum for over 30 years in a number of roles. Mary is based at Underground House but will often visit the homes to meet with the service users and team members. As the Chief Executive Officer Mary is responsible for all strategic and business development within the organisation. Mary oversees all functions within the Senior Management Team and her responsibilities include:
Strategic direction for Spectrum and development of new business streams.
Corporate fundraising and national campaigns
Overseeing all the departments within Spectrum and regularly reporting to Trustees.
Overseeing the management functions and external consultants

Robin Gunson

Robin Gunson

Head of Developments

Robin has worked for Spectrum for 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge of the management of challenging behaviours. Robin is based at Underground House alongside the Behavioural Team. He co-hosts the open sessions for individuals and families affected by autism. Robin also works with the training department delivering much of our positive behavioural support courses.

Darren Moyle

Darren Moyle

Behaviour Specialist

Darren has worked with individuals with learning disabilities for many years and is a qualified Learning Disability Nurse. Darren has worked for Spectrum for 27 years; ten years as a Behaviour Specialist in the Behaviour & Assessment Team. Darren is based at Underground House although he is often at the homes supporting service users and teams with behavioural analysis and interventions and assessing new clients. Darren is responsible for coordinating potential new service user referrals and carrying out service needs assessments for these individuals. He is also one of Spectrum’s Positive Behaviour Management (PBM) trainers.

Mark Beniston

Mark Beniston

Head of Operations

Mark has been Spectrum's Head of Operations since June 2016. He has a wealth of experience working with people with complex and challenging needs within a wide variety of settings including residential, secure in-patient and community teams. Prior to joining Spectrum Mark spent four years operationally managing social care services for people with autism and/or learning disabilities across the South West and Wales as well as working in business growth and service design and re design.

Mark is responsible for:
Providing operational leadership within Spectrum’s services so that the service users experience high quality care and development of their potential
Providing structured day-to-day and emergency guidance and support directly to Operational teams so that the residential units function effectively and within regulatory guidelines
Overseeing Adult and Children’s services, including Three Bridges
Overseeing the Domiciliary Care Service
Liaising with CQC regarding action plans and reports received
Safeguarding Lead

Christopher Simpson

Christopher Simpson

Human Resources Manager

Chris has been with Spectrum since 2004 and has worked in many of Spectrum’s homes, giving him an in-depth understanding of the role of a care support worker and manager. In 2017 he became the HR Manager, based at Underground House. He supports the home managers with all areas of team management. Chris is responsible for overseeing the recruitment team and the recruitment and selection processes. He manages enquires about employment policies and procedures and keeps abreast of latest legislation and developments in employment law. He liaises with Spectrum’s insurers and external consultants to ensure Spectrum is not exposed to risk.

Mark Coxwell

Mark Coxwell

Deputy Head of Operations

Mark has worked in the health and social care sector for over 25 years. At the start of his career he worked as a care support worker for young autistic adults and progressed his career working for a charity with sensory impaired individuals with LD and autism.

Mark retrained to achieve a diploma in health and care management. This led him to work for a major national provider where he joined the development team and was responsible for the opening of several homes for people with LD, autism and acquired brain injury.

For the last ten years of his career Mark has worked as an operational director on the senior management team of a national provider, and more recently for a neuro-rehabilitation hospital.

Before joining Spectrum, Mark spent 18 months developing his own consultancy business, supporting other providers with development and operational management strategies.

He believes his biggest strength is supporting change management and delivering quality outcomes for the people we support.