Maggie McGrath - Chair

Maggie McGrath, Ripplez Non-Executive Director Chair, Ripplez CIC

I have extensive experience in developing, improving and managing children's services, as well as wider work on service redesign, efficiency and improvement. I am a registered social worker and hold a rare combination of social care values and business rigour. 
After 25 years in various roles within Children's Services working in the midlands, I set up a consultancy business and I have undertaken a wide range of improvement and transformational projects in children's, adult's and health organisations across the country. I am particularly passionate about improving outcomes for children, young people and families and I am proud to be the chair of Ripplez supporting the organisation's developments as the offer has extended over recent years.


Dot Gillespie - Non-Executive Director 

Dot Gillespie, Ripplez CIC, Non-Executive Director, Board Member

With over 30 years’ experience as both an adult and a children’s nurse, I am currently the Director of Care Services at The Donna Louise Hospice for children and young adults. The majority of my career has been in the design, development and delivery of services for children, and their families, with life limiting and life threatening conditions, both within the NHS and the third sector.
I am passionate about the delivery of excellent care and support services to children and their families and feel very honoured to be in a position to make a positive difference to families living with such difficult challenges. To this end I feel very privileged to be able to use my knowledge and experience to contribute to Ripplez.

Mark Thompson - Non-Executive Director 

Mark Thompson, Ripplez CIC, Non-Executive Director, Board Member

“I am the Finance Director at Silicone Altimex Limited a Company that provides elastomeric solutions to medical device and bio-pharma manufacturers. Prior to this I worked for PwC both in Audit and Transaction Services where I gained many years experience across all industry sectors and worked with a broad range of businesses from small, owner managed companies, to supporting clients in complex cross-border transactions. I am a qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

I am very proud to have been involved with Ripplez for over three years as a non-exec director, providing both financial and commercial insight and support. It is fantastic to be involved with such a socially supportive organisation which makes a difference to the lives and well-being of so many people.”

Russell Lipscombe - Non-Executive Director 

Russell Lipscombe, Ripplez CIC, Non-Executive Director, Board Member

I am an engineer and have been involved with improving businesses for over 20 years and with Ripplez as a Non-Executive Director since 2011.  I am so immensely proud of everyone within the business and the huge impact that they make on the lives of their clients. The organisation has developed so much over the time that I have been with it, changing to meet the different needs of the community and the funding that has been available.

It is to the immense credit of everyone within Ripplez that it has been able to change and yet maintain the core principles with which it was set up. My life is also undergoing change and I am beginning teacher training in September 2018.  I am training to become a secondary school Physics teacher, my chance to have a direct impact on the future of young people. I will continue though to support Ripplez as a NED and as one of its biggest fans.