Senior Management Team

Valerie Waby, Chief Executive

Valerie joined Linkage in January 2016 to head up the organisation, after spending 15 years at the Lincolnshire housing association, Acis. She started there as company accountant and progressed to Finance Director before taking the top job. Outside of work, she has served as a trustee of the Samaritans nationally and is currently a listening volunteer for the charity. Valerie is also a trustee of the Cory Environmental Trust (Lincoln) and a governor of Gainsborough Academy.

Alison Highet, Finance and Resources Director

Alison joined Linkage in March 2018 following 14 years at Greenray Energy Solutions Ltd. She started as Company Accountant for the group and progressed to Finance Director in 2012. Alison is also involved in Business Women’s Link Lincolnshire, a networking group for women in business and currently holds the position of Chair.

Rex Richardson, Director of Service Development, Quality and Safeguarding

One of the founders of Linkage, Rex joined from local authority Social Services, having been a specialist social worker for mental health/dysfunctional families. Rex has been at Linkage since 1976 and assumed responsibility for the development of post-college care services in 1992.

Martin Shelton, College Principal

Martin began his career as a 16 year old Apprentice, by the age of 21 he owned two businesses which he ran successfully for over a decade. In the mid 1980’s Martin completed his teacher training and began teaching in one of the largest Further Education Colleges in the country. Over the next 15 years Martin worked his way from Lecturer to Senior Manager, eventually becoming the Vice Principal in 2010.

Martin left General Further Education to join Linkage in May 2016, initially as a consultant Principal, but loved the role so much he applied and was successfully appointed to the post. The Principal’s role at Linkage is challenging but immensely rewarding in steering the College and its learners to maximise their potential and develop their employability and independence skills.

Sam Sheppard, Director of Care and Independence

Sam joined Linkage in June 2019 from Dimensions where he was the Regional Operations Director for Lincolnshire and Norfolk. He has a wealth of first-hand experience in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism.

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