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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Charity and social enterprise sector

Business Activities:Trading: property maintenance, recruitment, enterprise development & consultancy. Charitable: employment development & housing support.

Business Location:Central office is in Oxford. Delivery area is the Thames Valley.

Chief Executive:Paul Roberts

Turnover:£2.3m (2020-21)


Legal structure:Aspire is a company limited by Directors’ Guarantee and a Registered Charity. The subsidiary trading company is Aspire Enterprise Services Ltd, which is wholly owned by the parent charity.


Aspire is a multi-award-winning employment charity and social enterprise.

It empowers people facing homelessness, poverty and disadvantage to find employment and housing, supporting over 2,000 people every year across Oxfordshire and the wider Thames Valley.

Established in 2001, Aspire has been tackling the most complex social issues in Oxfordshire for over 20 years, supporting local people experiencing challenges, such as overcoming homelessness and addiction, into and towards employment and housing, as the most powerful way to help break the cycles of homelessness, re-offending and poverty.

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Paul is a Director of Aspire’s trading company as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the Aspire charity, reporting directly to the Charity’s board of trustees. He joined Aspire in 2012 and has been at the forefront of significant organisational growth. Paul is also co-Chair of Oxfordshire’s multi-agency Housing & Homelessness Group, a co-founder of the Oxford Homeless Movement, a Director of Makespace Oxford (Community Interest Company), a Director of the Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP CIC), and a Trustee of ‘Flo’s the Place in the Park’ (a charitable Community Benefit Society).

Prior to joining Aspire, Paul was a British Diplomat for six years. He previously volunteered at Asylum Welcome in Oxford and as a Generalist Adviser for the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy.