About Aspire

Our Team

The senior team within Aspire have held a range of diverse posts within social care and health services.

The senior management team consists of:

Ruth McIntyre, Chief Executive:

MBA Masters in Business Administration, Registered General Nurse (UK) Registered Nurse (USA), Certificate Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (USA)

Ruth has over 38 years’ extensive clinical, senior operational and strategic management experience obtained in diverse healthcare settings in the UK, USA and Middle East, working across public, charity and private sectors.  She is Scotland’s first female Middle East Globalscot and the only female Westerner to have had a senior role in Qatar Red Crescent, providing healthcare support for 1.5m single male labourers.

Ruth has a successful record of implementing new systems and change management. These skills are being fully utilised by Aspire, working with statutory and other groups to develop new, innovative models of support and ways of working.

Debbie Elrick, General Manager and Director:

A member of the CIPD and ILM Debbie’s background is within Human Resources and operations, with over 15 years’ experience as a senior manager, 8 of those years with Aspire.  Debbie holds various qualifications from HR Management, Leadership, Coaching, Health & Safety and is Group & Practical Training qualified.

Margaret Robertson, Governance and Business Manager and Director:

Margaret qualified as RSCN, RGN, BSc Community Health Nursing, Specialist Practitioner CCN and has 42 years experience within the NHS, Social Care and the Voluntary sector.

Margaret's experience and expertise includes Self-Directed Support; Homelessness; Children, Young People and Adults with Disability and Complex Needs; and Palliative Care. Margaret was appointed as the Diana Nurse for NHS Lanarkshire and established NHS Lanarkshire’s Community Children's Nursing Service. Prior to joining Aspire in January 2008 she was Director of Care for CHAS, establishing Robin House Children's Hospice.

Richard Stevenson, Finance Manager:

Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland, BSc Accounting (Queens University Belfast).

Richard is Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience in both practice and industry. Richard trained in an accountancy practice in Belfast before moving to Glasgow where he worked in both the Hospitality and Motor Industries.

Gail McKinnon, Regional Manager:

SCQF Level 10 Leadership and Management award, SVQ 4 Health and Social Care.

Gail has over 26 years’ experience in social care, supporting vulnerable people with a range of support needs, including learning disabilities, physical and mental health impairments, substance misuse and acquired brain injuries, as well as providing adult support and protection packages. 

Una Munro, Regional Manager (Interim):

Details to follow


Our Employee Ownership Trustee Board, consisting of 5 members, has the responsibility to ensure senior managers of Aspire uphold proper governance of the organisation and ensure it meets the requirements set out in it’s articles of association.

The current members are:  

Chair: Carole Leslie (EO specialist), Peter Millar (previous Aspire CEO) Brian Bill (previous Finance Manager,) Cameron Gilchrist (Employee Rep), Elaine Couplan (Employee Rep).