Aspris Children’s Services is led by an executive team with extensive knowledge and experience in specialist education and care, as well as a range of other relevant sectors.
John Anderson - Interim Chief Operating Officer
John is the Interim Chief Operating Officer for Aspris Children’s Services having previously worked for Priory Education and Children’s Services for over 10 years before moving over to Aspris.
John began his career at COMPAQ (now Hewlett-Packard) and qualified as a Process Engineer. He then retrained to be a DT teacher in mainstream schools, before making the switch to SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) schools. Since joining Priory/Aspris, John has progressed his career working in multiple roles from Aberdeen to Kent, including Head Teacher at Sheridan School, Regional Manager, Operational Director and Managing Director.
Outside of work, John has a young family and enjoys every moment of being a dad. You’ll often find him doing outdoor activities such as spending time at the coast, camping, cycling and walking with his wife, children and dog Harley.
Barry Eannetta - Managing Director, Midlands Region
Before joining Aspris Children’s Services, Barry was the Managing Director for the Midlands at Priory Education and Children’s Services. Barry has worked continuously with our client group since his entry into employment, and has over twenty-two years’ experience within the social care and education sector. Barry’s experience has come from several agencies ranging from Department of Health facilities before moving on to local authorities, where he held senior positions both within the secure estates and residential environments.
Following extensive work within the public sector, Barry moved to the private sector working with a number of large providers across the country, undertaking both operational and strategic positions. In his spare time, Barry remains committed to the continued support of children and young people within grass roots sports.
James Imber - Managing Director, South Region
James worked for Priory Education and Children’s Services for 13 years before moving over to Aspris Children’s Services. James joined Priory in June 2008 as a Head Teacher and held roles including Principal, Regional Manager and Operations Director, before he became Managing Director for the Southern region in March 2017. Within his role at Aspris Children’s Services, James continues to lead a diverse portfolio of services for children and young adults aged between 5 and 25 years. James is determined that the young people we support achieve their potential, overseeing services that deliver bespoke packages to support and engage vulnerable children, and provide real solutions for stakeholders.
James worked in a variety of roles in local authority maintained special schools before joining Priory and Aspris Children’s Services. He studied Philosophy at the University of Sussex and for his PGCE at the University of Exeter, taking inspiration from educationalist Ted Wragg. He is passionate about the development and delivery of innovative services in the education sector. James’ interests include politics, economics and travel.
Louise Watts - HR Director
Louise was the HR Director for Priory Education and Children’s Services and Central Services before moving across to her new role at Aspris. Louise joined the Priory Group in July 2017 as In-house Solicitor and took on the role of Head of Central HR later that year, becoming HR Director for Education and Children’s Services and Central Services in August 2019.
Before joining Priory Group, Louise worked as a Solicitor and Head of HR for a residential and community drug addiction service. Her career has involved working in HR and employment law for a number of legal firms, progressing to Partner at an East Midlands law firm. When not working, Louise can usually be found out walking her fox red labrador Ruby or dreaming of, and planning, adventures around the world.
Steven O'Neill - Finance Director
Steven joins Aspris having previously held the position of Finance Director for Priory Education and Children’s Services since June 2016. Having joined the Priory Group in January 2011, Steven worked as a Finance Manager for both Education and Adult Care, in addition to roles in the central accounting function.
Steven has held a range of financial posts within the education sector, at a local authority level, as well as in the private sector. He is also a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. Steven enjoys both playing and watching football in his spare time.