Senior Management Team

As leaders of Vibrance we are passionate about how our organisation supports people who use our services. We also believe that our staff have the skills, knowledge and abilities to rise to new challenges.

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Paul Allen

Chief Executive

Paul has been our CEO since May 2008, and has previously held the posts of Vibrance Director of Operations and Director of Quality & Development. He has 38 years' experience of working within social care and the field of learning disability, in both the NHS and voluntary sector. He also holds the CSS, the CMS and an MSc in Psychology & Learning Disability. Paul is also chair of Vibrance Pathway to Employment CIC

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Nita Desir-Adeshiyan

Director of Corporate Services

Nita joined Vibrance in 2004 and has over 25 years working in the voluntary, charitable, social housing and private sector. Nita has over 25 years HR experience; she is FCIPD and FITOL qualified and has a Bachelor of Arts degree. Nita is also responsible for marketing and communications . Nita is also a Board member of Vibrance Pathways to Employment CIC

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Debbie Neill

Director of Operations

Debbie has over 30 year’s experience working in health and social care, firstly in commissioning roles within the NHS and Local Government before moving into the social care sector in 2003. Debbie’s area of interest and experience was the commissioning and delivery of community based services for adults and children with disabilities. She is a Trustee for Learning Disability England and has been a trustee of Crossroads and a voluntary non-executive director for a not for profit organisation which provides social care support for adults with learning disabilities.

One of Debbie’s earlier roles was in an NHS project team responsible for decommissioning a hospital for people with learning disabilities. She would say that this experience certainly set her on the path to find ways to ensure people are consulted, heard and well supported to access life opportunities and community services regardless of their ability. Most recently she has developed and delivered individually designed accommodation and support services for people who have been living, sometimes for 15 years or more, in hospital type settings.

Before joining not for profit support and Housing providers, Advance and then Look Ahead, Debbie played an instrumental role in the successful floatation of the company on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. Debbie then led the growth and development of the business taking it from 24 to 52 branches.

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Samantha Wilkinson

Director of Finance & Development

Samantha joined Vibrance as a Management Accountant in 1996 and has 18 years' experience working within both private and voluntary sector companies. A qualified accountant, she became a Director in 2005, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from the CASS Business School and is currently completing her MSc. Sam is also Company Secretary and Board member of Vibrance Pathways to Employment CIC.

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Chibuzo Okpala

Director of Finance

Chibuzo joined Vibrance in November 2021, having worked for over 10 years in senior finance positions in various charities. His first start in Finance was a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy , and he also has an Executive MBA from the HULT Business School. He is a qualified accountant, and before working within the charity sector, he worked in practice as an audit manager overseeing the audits of a portfolio of charity and not-for-profit clients.