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Passionate about making a difference

Meet the Leadership Team

At Real Life Options our Leadership Team strive to use their wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to drive continuous improvement and create impact, by making a positive difference to the lives of people we support. See below for a snapshot of what motivates them in their role as a Director at Real Life Options.

David Sargent – Chief Executive Officer

David Sargent – Chief Executive Officer

“It is a privilege to lead a talented and dedicated team as we work together to help people live full and rewarding lives. When I visit our services, I can see how people’s humour, enthusiasm and determination really inspires and motivates their support staff to go the extra mile. It’s very humbling.”


Ian Hardcastle – Chief Operating Officer

Ian Hardcastle – Chief Operating Officer

“I feel extremely privileged to work as part of a great team in such an important and rewarding sector, supporting some fantastic people. I am personally motivated by having the opportunity to positively influence people’s lives every day; my colleagues, stakeholders or most importantly the people we support.”


Jean Trench – Director of Operations Scotland

Jean Trench – Director of Operations Scotland

“As a Director at Real Life Options, I’m in a very privileged position to help drive transformational change for the better. My motivation is knowing that every day brings a new opportunity for Real Life Options to make a difference to someone else’s life.”


Viv Simon – Director of Operations England

Viv Simon – Director of Operations England

“What motivates me is supporting transformation of our services, fostering great cultures and innovation. I’m inspired by our teams who are compassionate and dedicated in delivering excellent support and enabling individuals to lead their best lives.  As a leader I enjoy fostering positive relationships, built on trust.  My sense of fun and determination turns ideas into action so that together we can achieve the best outcomes for individuals we support, our people and our partners.”


Andrea Holden – Director of Human Resources

Andrea Holden – Director of Human Resources

“People are at the centre of everything I do. My role gives me a great opportunity to design workplace transformation that invites a positive culture for our staff to work in.  HR brings exciting opportunities which allows me to support, develop, engage and reward our staff for their dedication and hard work.  I have an open door policy and welcome honest and constructive conversations that help me to make the right decisions for the Real Life Options Group of people.”


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