Senior Management Team

Our team consist 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 25 years in a number of roles. Mary is based at Underground House but will often visit the units to meet with the service users and teams. Mary holds regular clinics for team member questions. As CEO 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 over 25 years and is a qualified Learning Disability Nurse. Darren has worked for Spectrum for 18 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.

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Clinical Psychologist

Rachel has worked for Spectrum since 2007 and provides a psychological overview of the services users that we support. Together with Robin, Rachel hosts open sessions for individuals and families at Underground House. Rachel works with the training department on the development and delivery of many of our specialist courses and workshops.

Mark Beniston

Mark Beniston

Head of Operations

Mark has taken over the role of Head of Operations June 2016. Mark 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 worked for Spectrum since 2008 and has worked in many of Spectrum’s units, 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 staff management. Chris is responsible for overseeing the recruitment team and recruitment and selection processes. He manages staff enquires about employment policies and procedures and keeps abreast of latest legislation and developments within employment law. He liaises with Spectrum’s insurers and external consultants, where appropriate to ensure Spectrum is not exposed to risk.