Our People

Our Corporate Team

Louise Parrott Bates, Chief Executive Officer

“I have worked in the Health and Social Care sector for over 28 years. As a qualified social worker with a background of older people’s and children’s’ services and latterly disability services.

I am passionate about improving services for people with disabilities and have spent the majority of my career dedicated to this at Pure Innovations.”

Read more about Louise Parrott-Bates in our Six-question profile here.

If you wish to join our board of trustees please contact Louise at:

Email: Louise.Parrott-Bates@pureinnovations.co.uk

Phone: 07595 001998



Dave Ferrier, Operations Director

My time with Pure started in 2005 as an Employment Officer on the Stockport Learning Disability Team, working on many different teams up to 2012 when I became the General Manager of Employment and then Head of Operations.

I am passionate about us making sure our clients are kept at the heart of everything we do as we practise the 2 c’s – Communication and Contribution. I am incredibly proud to lead the operational delivery of Pure Innovations and be part of everything for which our organisation stands.

Stuart Brierley, Finance Director

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 and have had a varied career having worked in industry, local government, charitable and not for profit sector.

My experience has included, accounts preparation, full cost recovery in a manufacturing environment, involved in the purchase and disposal of various companies, been part of a client team on various PFI projects and have been Finance Director of an environmental charity. 

I’m interested in organisations with a strong social impact and outside of work I’m a trustee of Emmaus (Mossley) and a fair trader for Traidcraft PLC.

The jokes are forgettable, if you could remember them!

Pete Lock, Compliance, Health and Safety Director

I have worked for Pure Innovations since 2011 supporting clients in to paid employment and then managing the Pure Support Service in Stockport before moving to this role.

I enjoy working with our teams across all aspects of the business supporting them in the delivery of frontline services. I am proud to work for Pure and see the difference we make to peoples lives.

Our Trustees

Alan Allman. Chair

With almost 40 years experience in both the public and private sectors, Alan has developed a considerable portfolio of skills which he now uses to support organisations in managing change and improving their business performance.

After spending over 30 years in Local and National Government, culminating in a role as Assistant Director at the Department of Health, Alan has since spent time as a Director in the private care sector and running his own consultancy.

Alan has an excellent track record in delivering business growth across SME’s through strong financial planning, successful ICT deployment, performance management and the implementation of international standards.

As a natural collaborator Alan has developed a reputation for building productive working relationships at all levels, both within organisations and with external businesses. He is a firm believer in creating strong partnerships to deliver improved service outcomes.

Alan enjoys spending time with his family, with four adult children and four fantastic granddaughters Alan is kept pretty busy during his free time!


Nina Hinton

“My background is working with young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, and, in particular, I value the vast experience I gained during my previous employment at Pure Innovations in setting up and managing projects related to supported internships, independent travel training and alternative education programmes.

My current role, as Head of Business and Development at Open Awards, focuses on working with schools, colleges, training providers and employer groups across England to lead the strategic management of qualification and curriculum development. I am passionate about creating opportunities for individuals to access meaningful educational opportunities to support their progression.

I am delighted to be able to return to Pure in a voluntary capacity to continue to support the fantastic work they do with individuals in our communities.”


pure innovations trustee on board of trustees

Helen White

Helen brings to the Board an in depth knowledge of marketing and PR.  Her knowledge of Stockport, its thriving and diverse business community and belief in the opportunities for growth led to Helen co-founding Marketing Stockport, an independent organisation which promotes Stockport businesses with a strong, combined voice as ‘the place’ to do business. Helen was also a campaigner of and founding director of Stockport’s Business Improvement District – Totally Stockport – and continues to provide marketing PR services to the current board. Helen was also a founding Trustee of Smart Works Greater Manchester.


Jean Walker Pure Innovations Trustee

Jean Walker

Jean is a qualified lawyer who has practised in Stockport for over 25 years. She is also an experienced trustee and non-executive director having worked in the not for profit sector locally and nationally, and in large and small organisations throughout her career.

Passionate about making things happen and making a difference, she is a founding member and chair of Vision Stockport, a Community Interest Company established to catalyse change in Stockport. One of their achievements was to successfully campaign for a Business Improvement District in Stockport and Jean was a founding director and chair of Stockport’s Business Improvement District – Totally Stockport. She is also a member of Stockport Town Centre Management Board – a partnership of various agencies working together to oversee the development and activities in Stockport Town Centre.


Gillian Taylor. Trustee, Pure Innovations

Gillian Taylor

Following a varied corporate career in senior leadership roles with Kellogg Company and Muller UK, Gillian now works as a Change Management and Leadership Development Consultant. She specialises in coaching and helping businesses and individuals manage and lead successfully through periods of significant change.

A qualified accountant with extensive senior Finance Director experience, she has also held senior roles in people and operational management across Supply Chain and Human Resource functions. Gillian is also an FE College Governor, and hobbies shared with her husband include walking, travel and following F1 motor racing.



Lucy Powis

A former lawyer, I live with my family in Stockport. As the parent of a teenager with a learning disability, I am familiar not only with the challenges that face those with a disability, but also with the achievements and successes that they can celebrate.

I am acutely aware of the need to ensure that all are offered the opportunity to utilise their talents, develop their capabilities and use these to enrich the wider community, and am committed to further the provision of the same.