Paul Roberts Aspire

Paul Roberts:
Aspire Oxford

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Aspire and reports directly to the board of trustees. Paul joined Aspire in 2012 and has been at the forefront of significant organisational growth. He is also co-Chair of Oxfordshire’s multi-agency Housing & Homelessness Group, is a Director of Makespace Oxford (Community Interest Company) and of ‘Flo’s the Place in the Park’ (a charitable Community Benefit Society), and a trustee for the charity, Oxford United FC in the Community.

Prior to joining Aspire, Paul was a British Diplomat for six years. Paul previously volunteered at Asylum Welcome in Oxford and as a Generalist Adviser for the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy.


Presentation Title:

Rising to the challenge of creating an inclusive economy for Oxford

Summary: Stark inequality of income and life chances is holding us all back in Oxford. Despite its buoyant and growing economy, inequality in our city has only gotten much worse – the gap in life expectancy for adult males has increased from 4 to 15 years between different parts of the city in the last decade. 
I will set out how, through adopting inclusive recruitment practices, paying a real living wage and nurturing the growth of local enterprise in areas of relative deprivation, we can rise to the challenge of creating a genuinely inclusive economy that not only can help reverse inequalities, but help our economy to thrive for everyone – and spell out what we can all do to make it happen.

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