Our Leadership Team
Paul Parlby – Chief Executive Officer
I have been with Crossroads Together for over 13 years starting as Scheme Director, bringing together Salford, Trafford and Stockport Crossroads branches as it was back then.
Before Crossroads Together, I was the Head of Supported Housing for a national housing association and prior to this I was in local government. I also have two voluntary roles as Chair of Salford Third Sector Consortium which I have held for five years and Director with Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Integrated Provider Board for the last three years.
I am an armed forces veteran and my qualifications include MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management and BSc (Hons) in housing. My hobbies include family camping holidays, cycling and long walks with my dogs.
Christine Aspin – Operations Director
I have been a part of the Crossroads Together team for over 25 years. Working in many roles from Support Work, End of Life Care, Care Coordinator through to Management and now in my current position of Operations Director. I have gained valuable experiences and qualified to Level 5 Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care.
I am continually exploring new areas of business, being creative and innovative to develop services to meet the ever-changing demand of Health & Social Care. Along with managing teams through change and direction to achieve financial savings, benefits and positive outcomes.
In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, mainly running and walking and find it gives me time to relax, unwind and reflect. I actively promote exercise to my team that has a wide range of health benefits and helps maintain positive mental health.
Lisa Porter – Human Resources Director
I have worked at Crossroads Together since April 2019. My role includes all aspects of human resources management for both our staff and volunteers, ensuring that all our people can perform at their best to deliver and support client care.
I am qualified HR professional with a Level 7 Qualification in Strategic Human Resources Management and a Degree in Psychology & English Literature. I worked in a large Hospice for 10 years as the HR Manager along with a further 10 years of HR & Recruitment experience in the private and higher education sectors.
I love working for a charity. It is a privilege to work with a team of dedicated care professionals delivering essential support to carers in our local communities.
I have 2 young boys who take up any spare time I have. We love going for walks as a family and when I get a few spare minutes I love to read and try my hand at knitting.
Ann McEllin – Finance Director
I joined Crossroads in 2013 to help with a series of mergers, after which the charity grew rapidly.
I’m a chartered accountant (qualified with EY Manchester), Cambridge University graduate with many years’ experience in the corporate and voluntary sectors, including international roles. I’ve been an elected member on a borough council (Vale Royal) with cabinet portfolio.
Having been a carer for my Mum for several years before she died, I am passionate about supporting carers. It is a privilege to look after someone who has looked after you, but it can be lonely and stressful. Carers (unpaid family and friends) save the NHS over £100 billion a year and they need more support.
In my spare time I’m a trustee of my local village hall charity, I love walking our dogs in the great outdoors, I’m an avid reader and I also do a bit of writing.
Ele Morris – Business Development Director
I have worked for Crossroads Together for 6 years and I have 24 years’ experience in the social care sector. My qualifications include Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care, MSc in Applied Psychology
I am now responsible for securing statutory and grant funding; income generation through corporate partnerships; mapping and profiling the care provision within our communities and identifying gaps in services; developing new and innovative models of service and building partnerships.
I am passionate about the services we deliver and the difference they make to people’s lives.
I was a carer for my Mum for 3 years after my Dad passed away and this has given me a unique insight into the challenges that working carers face.
Outside of work, I run a community group that uses board games to bring people together who would otherwise be socially isolated.
The role of the Senior Leadership Team is to provide strategic and operational leadership to the charity.
As a team we are responsible for the successful implementation of the strategic plan across all areas of the business; operations, finance, HR and business development. SLT attend the monthly board meetings and provide a summary report for each area to keep the board up to date and to support decision-making.
As a group we meet weekly to review and discuss operational and strategic issues and to make decisions about next steps. We also reflect on the week, review recent actions and discuss the overall performance of the charity.
This helps us understand the bigger picture across the organisation whilst also allowing us to respond to challenges in specific areas.
Our meetings also ensure we understand things from different perspectives and get the best solutions for the people that work for us and the people we support.