We’re pleased to welcome Jon Muspratt as our new Centre Director. In mid-May, Jon took up this newly created post with a brief to develop new strategic directions for the organisation. He arrived at the height of the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, priorities shifted and Jon has focused on the immediate essentials of raising emergency funds and finding alternative business until the schools, which are the Centre’s most frequent users (and main source of income), return to something like normal life.

Jon is experienced with handling unexpected challenges and well prepared for managing a crisis, having been deployed with the Army to international hotspots such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Falkland Islands. Joining the Army after finishing University, his 16-year long career saw him rise to the rank of Major. Since leaving the Armed Forces, Jon has worked successfully both in the charity sector and in commercial business, firstly bringing transformational energy and delivery to Broughton House in Salford, which is a care home for veterans. More recently, he took on a senior management role with the on-line retailer Amazon, at a time of unprecedented growth due to the lockdown.

Jon and his wife Lee, who is a primary school teacher on the Wirral, live in Spital with their two young children, Luca (aged four) and Bella (aged one). He enjoys playing sports and spending time outdoors and continues his service as an active part-time member of the Army Reserve. As a long-term supporter of Everton, Jon says he is used to disappointment but remains ever the optimist.

“Although not the situation I envisaged when I took the role at Barnstondale, I will be committed and resolute in steering the Charity through these uncertain times. I am passionate about bringing positive change and extending Barnstondale’s range of facilities and activities. We will be further developing our commitment to young people with mental and physical disabilities, as well as continuing to assist those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Having spent most of my adult life travelling the world with the Army, it’s good to be home!”

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