Meet our Senior Management Team

Sarah Thomas

CEO

Responsibilities

I’m responsible overall for the Charity, the services it delivers and our staff and volunteers. It’s also my role to ensure that we deliver the Charity’s aims and objectives. I don’t do all that on my own as I have the support of an excellent senior management team and between us we work together to support our staff to offer quality services for both adults and children with complex disabilities.

Why Supportability?

My background is Learning Disability nursing and I have worked with people with disabilities throughout my 35 year career within Health, Local Authority and also Charity settings. However, what really appeals to me about Supportability and what attracted me to it in the first place, is its local presence. The relationship that the Charity has with those using its services and their carers is very personal and that’s something that you’re not always able to achieve elsewhere. You can really see the difference that the support we offer can make to people, and as a result of that, what people are able to achieve for themselves. I have been with Supportability for 18 years and am very proud to be associated with Charity and the services we provide.

Sarah Thomas

Geraint Hughes

Deputy Chief Executive

Responsibilities

I am part of the senior leadership team for Supportability and I work alongside Sarah and the other members of the team to ensure that we deliver the Charity’s aims and Objectives and that our service users, their families and our staff and volunteers are well supported by the Charity.

Why Supportability?

I chose to work for Supportability, initially because it was a local Charity that had a very personal feel about it. Over the years, I have witnessed many changes but throughout these has remained the same ethos of responding to individuals and their parents/carers needs. My particular area of interest is around leisure and the benefits to individual’s health and well being. This continues to be an interest as does ensuring that those with disabilities have the same opportunities as others in society.

I have worked across health, local authority, education and the third sector over the last 30 years within both children and adult services. My background has involved working in a long stay hospital, supported living through the resettlement programme of the 90’s, teaching in adult education and developing play and accessible outdoor and leisure opportunities.

Geraint Hughes

Andrew Kilpatrick

Business Strategy Lead

Responsibilities

I work alongside and support the senior leadership team in ensuring delivery of Supportability’s current three year Business strategy, making sure that we achieve our agreed targets and maintain the momentum to deliver the overall strategy for the organisation as a whole.

Why Supportability?

Having worked within Local Government for over 30 years my passion is to see people with a disability afforded the same life chances as everyone else and where better to fulfil that desire than Supportability. My background role is as a Social Worker qualifying in 1990, working through team leadership positions, operational service manager roles and ten years as an assistant director.

Andrew Kilpatrick

Liam Gilligan

Head of Finance

Responsibilities

As part of the senior leadership team my role is to ensure that Supportability is operating in line with its budget and that services are operating as efficiently as possible. Alongside the finance team I am responsible for producing performance reports and budget figures to enable strategic and operational decisions to be made to benefit the Charity.

Why Supportability?

I have worked as a finance professional for 20 years across a broad range of business environments, from both local and national private sector companies to the Local Authority (Sheffield City Council), and both local and national charities.

What most impressed me about Supportability, from the very first day, was the culture of care, dedication and professionalism shown by all who work, and volunteer, for the charity. A whole team effort approach is critical to successfully delivering this vital support and I am proud to be a part of this Charity.

Liam Gilligan