Meet the Directors

As the organisation has grown we have been able to recruit a wide range of expertise from a variety of backgrounds.

We invest substantially in the continued professional development of all our staff, all of whom have passed the appropriate safeguarding training and are DBS cleared. Our internal, accredited development programmes enable our staff to obtain relevant qualifications.


Staff Member

Danny Maher


“I am one of the co-founders and Directors of Aspire Behaviour Management. I lead the Aspire Outreach Service, as well as sitting on our Board. My background includes being Area Manager for a Youth Offending Team Prevention Service and District Manager of an LA Behaviour Support Service. I am a qualified Youth Justice & Restorative Justice practitioner as well as a fully qualified and accredited Parenting Support Practitioner in Triple P Programmes (Standard & Teen), Incredible Years Programme (Webster-Stratton) and the Solihull Parenting Support Approach. I have over 20 years of experience “in the field” and during that time have worked with thousands of vulnerable and complex children, young people and families displaying SEMH and other SEN related difficulties. I have extensive knowledge, understanding and practices in supporting children, families and schools with identified SEND, challenging behaviours, parenting support and Youth Justice & Restorative Justice approaches”

Staff Member

Gill Bullock


“I am a Director and one of the founders of Aspire Behaviour Management Ltd. I have over 30 years’ experience working with vulnerable children and their families. After my daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia, I became Bolton and District’s Dyslexia Associations Co-Ordinator. I then spent 17 years as a Parent Partnership Officer, providing independent advice and support to parents of children going through the statementing process. I also have a son who was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 4. From here, I set up an afterschool club for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. I have been an evidenced based parenting practitioner for over 30 years. During this time I have sat on a number of school and health panels and boards. I was a Governor at a Rumworth Special School in Bolton for over 10 years, I was a member of the management committee for the Primary Pupil Referral Unit in Bolton and I am currently Chair of Governors at Whittlefield Primary School. My experience with my own children and that of the many lives I have been privileged to share a snap shot of, has driven me to want the very best and equally the same opportunities for all children – even those that at times challenge our every thought and all of our boundaries”

Staff Member

Jon Batchelor


"I began working with Aspire Behaviour Management in January 2016 as an advisor. I now Chair our Board of Directors and provide commercial and strategic support. After a career as a qualified solicitor I spent 11 years on the Board of one of the largest and fastest growing professional services businesses in the North. I now run a Business Growth Consultancy which provides expertise and financial investment to SMEs. I have a passion for improving the education of children and I’ve worked with a number of organisations in the education sector. I am also Chair of Governors at a North Yorkshire Primary School”

Aspire has effectively led the team, providing and managing the service to our school in supporting pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs and in supporting school in effectively managing these pupils. Her experience and expertise has been highly valued and Gill has contributed advice, training, guidance and support in the managing of the varied needs of our children and has been actively involved with the school over many years.

Sheila Copley SENCO

Aspire North West have provided bespoke support to our school which has included Individual Staff Training for behaviour management, support and advice in the completion of EHAF and HNF applications and in class support for pupils. All of the work undertaken has been completed in a timely and professional manner. The staff are knowledgeable and skilled in their work,  therefore we highly recommend this service for schools seeking individualised support tailored to their specific needs.

Joanne Blakemore - Social Inclusion Officer Brandwood School

We began working with Aspire in January 2015 as we felt we needed a more tailored service to support our children and staff. The support provided has been excellent and we continue to work together to mould the perfect service to meet our needs. Aspire North West works with pupils and staff on a one to one basis and in small groups to improve behaviour and pupil wellbeing across the school. The support that has been provided has been integral in maintaining outstanding behaviour at Bishop Bridgeman Primary School.

Helen Fazakerley - Learning Mentor Bishop Bridgeman C. E. Primary School