Hi, I’m Sharon and I’m the Chief Officer at Ynot Aspire. I have a background in housing and working with young people. I previously worked for the Youth Offending Team as an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and worked with a lot of agencies and young people in the area. It was through this role that Ynot was founded and has now become a successful charity working with young people and agencies in Hyndburn. I am lucky enough to say that I have a job that I love and am really passionate about. It’s a job that challenges me every day and makes me look at things differently all of the time.

I want to make a difference to young people’s lives and inspire them to reach for their dreams. I have two grown-up children of my own so I know how difficult it can be to find activities and courses that you really want to do and go on to find the work that you want. I believe that, here at Ynot, we can help you to overcome some of these barriers and through our different projects, have some fun along the way.


Hi, I’m Paula and I am the Project Support Officer for Ynot Aspire.  I previously worked at Lancashire Youth Offending Team in the learning and development department and also in a volunteer co-ordinator capacity. When I saw the vacancy at Ynot I immediately thought this is something I want to be involved in so I applied and hey presto got the job!

My role consists of all the admin side of things, however I have been given the opportunity to get out and about taking part in some of the projects that Ynot have run. I really enjoyed these and it’s good to see how they work and see how the young people interact for real rather than just seeing the results on paper.

I am really looking forward to the future and playing my part in helping to shape Ynot into a fantastic service provider that will encourage and inspire the young people of Hyndburn to achieve the best they can.



Having been in business for over 25 years I have built on my experience, learnt and developed new skills and increased my knowledge in many areas. My work across the North West of England has largely been in the housing sector with specific responsibility for regeneration, business development and budget management.

My current business and council positions provide me with the aptitude to analyse, communicate internally and externally, lead a team, make decisions and successfully promote the organisations I am associated with. My remit also includes financial and business planning, risk management and marketing.