It’s been said that we are unusual, quirky, a bit different. It’s true. We are.
It’s something that emanates from our Board of Directors and permeates through the whole organisation.

We think it comes from having an eclectic mix of people who can combine the rigour of FTSE 100 companies with the sense of adventure, enterprise and love for what we do that started PossAbilities in the first place.

They are PossAbilities kind of people like:




Scott Darraugh – Chairman

Scott is the Non-executive Chairman of Possabilities and Chief Executive of Social adVentures. He led his team of Public Health specialists out of the NHS in Salford to create one of the country’s first NHS Social Enterprises. Social adVentures is a wellbeing social enterprise with the bold aim of inspiring […]




Rachel Law – Chief Executive

After years of making cuts to Rochdale’s Adult Social Care Services, Rachel decided that there had to be a better way, and began a two year quest to parcel up the Learning Disabilities Service and take it out of local authority control. This process involving winning political support, developing a […]




Marylin Smith FCMA CGMA – Finance Director

Marilyn is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 15 year’s experience in finance at a senior level. She joined Possabilities in April 2014 on the basis that if she was able to police the police, our money would be safe – her previous role was as an accountant with Greater […]




Colette Crookes – Operations Director

It took some time before Colette decided that a career with vulnerable people was for her. It must have been the right decision she’s worked her way up from front line support worker to Operations Director, doing every job along the way working with people with learning disabilities and challenging […]




Jane Holland – Staff Director

Jane is the Staff Director elected by her peers to serve on the board. She has a wide ranging portfolio as a Senior Support Worker and Support Officer. Jane is a driving force behind our links with the local community. She is a member of the Heywood Business Group; a […]




Sheldon Walsh – Non-executive Director

Sheldon is a director of one of the UK’s leading Architectural Practices. He leads a talented team of designers to produce some of the most creative award-winning projects across the health and care landscape. He has a passion for working closely with stakeholder groups that are as diverse, challenging, and […]




Andrew Laird – Non-executive Director

Andrew is a co-founder and Director of Mutual Ventures, a consultancy focused on delivering better and more sustainable public services. He is passionate about supporting public services to be more entrepreneurial and has advised at a senior level across a huge range of public services including, adult and children’s social […]




Angela Smith – Non-executive Director

Angela was formerly the People Director to Virgin plc and Sir Richard Branson. She now runs her own Human Capital Consultancy based in London and Cheshire.




Carolyn Tipper – HR Director

After 35 years in the corporate world, of which 20 years were in HR, Carolyn was doing very well career wise. There was just something missing. It was passion. She wanted to find somewhere that she could apply her well honed HR skills, in a place that she could feel […]








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