Meet our teams

Our teams are committed to helping those we support to live happy, healthy, and meaningful lives.

Our Executive and Operations Teams work collaboratively with the many dedicated and inspiring teams across Achieve together and are proud to put people we support at the heart of everything we do. As an organisation which is driven by its people – both those it supports, and those delivering the support – Achieve together never stands still.

The Executive and Operations Teams, supported through a co-production ethos, use our knowledge and expertise plus trusted partnerships and networks to continually evolve and innovate. In so doing, we work to maintain the best standards of specialist support.

Leading by example our Executive and Operations Teams live and breathe what we do so that we can work together to deliver great support. We are proud to make a genuine difference to the lives of people we support, inspiring a generation and ensuring people can lead happy, healthy and meaningful lives.

Emma Pearson, Chief Executive Officer

Emma has spent most of her working life in education, health and social care, wherever there is an opportunity to make a real and meaningful difference to people’s lives. Every job has had a strong social purpose at its heart and this is true every day at Achieve together, an organisation with person centred support and co-production at its core.

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Michael Fullerton, Director of Wellbeing, Strategy and Collaboration

Michael’s career has always been in health and social care. He initially trained as a learning disability nurse, soon becoming a Home Manager. This was followed by a variety of roles including regional management, overseeing assessment and referrals and quality assurance. Michael’s role focuses on collaborating with key stakeholders, to clearly define strategies for the wellbeing of people supported.

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Zoe Armstrong, Director of Quality and Specialist Support Delivery 

Zoe has been working in social care since she was a teenager, and has subsequently taken every opportunity and every operational role possible in health and social care – in both community and clinical settings.

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Graham Dunster, Chief Operations Officer

Graham has worked in the healthcare sector for over 15 years, leading large scale operations teams across the UK. He is passionate about building teams who provide exceptional support to those providing care, striving to deliver the very best quality outcomes.

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Garry Fitton, Chief Financial Officer

Garry is a Chartered Accountant with over 16 years Healthcare experience. He works closely with our external auditors KPMG and our investors to ensure that the group has a sustainable and secure financial profile. Along the Achieve together journey Garry has led an extensive number of M&A, refinancing and transaction processes.

A Chemistry graduate from Durham University, he qualified with Arthur Andersen and gained experience with Reuters plc and other growing Telecom Companies before moving to the Healthcare sector.

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Sam Collier, Commercial Director

Sam has dedicated his career supporting children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and other complex needs in the social care sector for well over 20 years. He considers it to be part of his core identity.

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Victoria Hodgson, Director of Operations

Vicky has had a successful career with Achieve together spanning over 14 years, starting as support worker, and progressing to Director of Operations.  She is dedicated to supporting team members to realise their full potential, as well as ensuring the people we support are at the heart of all we do.  Vicky is passionate about the profession and is a true ambassador of the sector and what can be achieved in terms of a long and rewarding career.


Jon Smith, Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan has successfully led a range of digital, data and technology functions, in various organisations. These all have the common aim of driving change to deliver lasting and impactful business transformation

Whether as technology lead or in a non-executive capacity, his focus has been to build diverse, inclusive and empowered teams. Achieve together provides an amazing person centred culture in which to drive quality and deliver service excellence through digital collaboration.

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Vanessa Hughes, HR Director

Vanessa has worked in the field of HR for over 30 years and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has worked in a variety of sectors and is delighted to now be leading the People Team at Achieve together. Delivering a great customer experience is at the heart of everything that she does with a mantra of always trying to make things better – for both our team members and people we support.

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Simon Tobin, Co-Chair of Unity

Simon Tobin is employed as an autism ambassador and trainer. He has been working with Achieve together for 9 years delivering autism training and now working with the co-production team to ensure high standards of support within Achieve together.



Mary Woodall, Co-Chair of Unity

Mary has been a member of campaign 4 change for a number of years and was the co-founder, with Mark Bates, of Unity. She is currently on the Representative Body of Learning Disability England with significant experience of public speaking and promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities. Mary also works as a receptionist with Premier Inn, fitting in a lot of advocacy work alongside that role.


Holly Scales, Chair of Employee Ambassadors

Holly started as a support worker being her first career step in social care and through development and progression worked her way through various roles within different homes to get to her current role as regional manager. Holly is also the chair person for the ambassador group and took this role so she can be part in helping to driving the organisation in the right direction. Holly has a passion to provide her colleagues with as much support and empowerment as she can ensuring the people we support have the best lives possible.