Our Management Team
We’re very proud to have a great management team who are all highly skilled and experienced in their sectors.
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Supported Living Area Manager
After my youngest child began first school I made the decision to return to work on a part time basis. I had colleagues who worked at Cavendish Care and although it was not a career I had ever thought about previously, after their encouragement I applied for the position of support worker for a young man with Autism who needed someone to attend a new college course with him. The rest, as they say is history…
After two weeks of working alongside several individuals with various needs and challenging behaviours I knew that this was the career path I wanted to take. During term breaks I worked as a support worker within the residential homes and gained a real insight into how our high standard of care was being delivered. During my time working at the College I gained a Teaching Certificate in post 18 education.
As my time became more available I applied for, and was successful in gaining more roles, eventually resulting in me representing Cavendish Care as their College Liaison Officer. This was a role that I enjoyed for many years until I decided to move on further within the Company.
When Cavendish Care decided to expand their Supported Living Services it was recognised that a Manager would be required to oversee the setting up of the provisions. I applied for the position in 2007 and once again Patrick & Beverley Winchester put their trust in me and I was delighted to be working with some ground breaking initiatives for the Company.
Since then I have seen many changes within the Care Industry, all of which I am proud to say we have been at the fore front of.
My role now includes being Supported Living Area Manager, Registered Manager for eight provisions and also being part of the Senior Management Team – what a ride!
“In this ever changing industry in which we work I can honestly say that the high standard of care delivered to all of our clients and tenants has remained our top priority at all times. Our homes are furnished and maintained to an extremely high standard and we pride ourselves on never having lost the ‘personal touch’.”
Over the years there have been many changes to legislation and terminology but the one piece of information I have always remembered is what is now referred to as the ‘Mum Test’ – if I had a child or sibling would I be happy to place the care of that child in the hands of Cavendish staff and management? Quite simply, yes I would. The ‘Mum Test’ is something I strongly believe should be re-visited on a regular basis.
It has been a privilege to work alongside our young people who we support and to also be instrumental in relieving family stresses and concerns during such major life changes.
I am looking forward to continuing my career with Cavendish Care and all the new and exciting challenges that it brings.
Area Manager for Residential Services, Specialists and Training
Sue joined Cavendish Care in Nov 2015 after previously working within Health and Social Care for nearly 25 years with one of the leading charities, providing specialist services across the country.
Sue first started working in this field in 1991, when she focused on supporting people with profound physical disabilities. In 1999 she was offered an exciting opportunity to develop Autism Services in West Sussex and over the next 12 years she had a key role in opening a number of specialist registered homes providing accommodation, learning and support for 38 adults with complex needs and autism. She was a registered Manager at 3 sites for more than 8 years
Sue was also very involved in the training of staff, and undertook a number of training opportunities including Ptlls , becoming an Assessor of NVQ’s and QCFs, also an Internal Verifier as well as a qualified Coach. In 2011 she was promoted to the role of Divisional Manager and was responsible for the Autism Division within the Charity. Working across the country at 17 specialist sites, including a school in Ascot, and Learning and Development Centres as well as small and larger residential homes.
Sue heard about Cavendish Care almost by chance, and she has said that immediately she felt attracted to the Cavendish values and objectives and was thrilled to be able to join the team as Area Manager for Residential Services, Specialists and Training.
“Placing clients in the centre of decision making and empowering individuals to live their lives their way, is what makes coming to work a joy. Cavendish really do care, and they have the drive and ambition to make a real difference to those they support. The staff have made me feel very welcome, the proprietors are completely dedicated. There is a strong commitment to ensuring that staff are valued, well trained and confident professionals, I am really excited by being part of this company”
Senior Healthcare Co-ordinator
Denise become aware of Cavendish Care when working as a fulltime teaching assistant at a local school in Crawley. She felt that Cavendish Care would be both interesting and rewarding as a profession. Denise therefore joined Cavendish Care in September 1999 as a part time Support Worker at Chippings.
Due to ongoing work commitments outside Cavendish Care, Denise left Chippings in 2001. However having enjoyed her role within this house she decided to leave the teaching assistant role and returned to Chippings as a Full Time Support Worker three years later.
While working at this house Denise completed her NVQ level in Health and Social Care. She then took on the responsibility of “ in house” Medication Officer, ensuring that the medication was being managed and administered appropriately. To develop her knowledge further, Denise also completed Advanced Medication training and Medication Competency training through Opus Pharmacy Services. Denise’s responsibilities began to expand as the company grew, and as a result, Denise’s role also developed. She began visiting other homes within Cavendish Care , providing staff guidance and support and liaising with health professionals involved in the clients and tenants health and wellbeing .
In 2010 Denise was offered the opportunity to diversify from her role as a Support Worker and take up the fulltime position of Healthcare Co-ordinator. This enabled her to visit the homes within Cavendish Care on a more regular basis ensuring the highest of quality of support in all areas of health.
“Twelve years on and I feel lucky to be part of a very committed and caring company. I feel Cavendish Care is dedicated to improving and promoting independence for all clients and tenants. It’s great to be part of such a dedicated team”
Learning and Development Manager
Chris has been involved in training as part of his roles since the early 2000’s and decided to move into a full-time role in 2012 as a qualifications assessor, working predominantly in apprenticeships.
From here Chris progressed into training and development specific roles, focusing on developing other qualifications assessors while creating and delivering training. In 2013 Chris passed his PTLLS qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and his TAQA (Training, Assessment and Qualifications Assurance) qualification at level 3, followed by level 4 in 2014.
More recently Chris has been involved in working with adults with neuro and physical disabilities, training on assistive technologies which are designed to support and enable those adults to continue their employment.
2017 has seen Chris studying for his Level 3 qualification in Learning and Development through the CIPD, and join Cavendish Care as Learning and Development Manager where he is responsible for managing the ongoing progression of staff and the development or training at our Training Centre in Horley. Chris will also oversee the apprentices which we have completing their RQF’s while delivering a range of our in-house and external training.
“I’ve have enjoyed being involved in training over the years and Learning and Development has seen me more involved in the design of training sessions and the ongoing development of staff through coaching and continuous improvement. I am excited to see how we can continue to develop our training programmes to continually improve the standard of training offered to our teams and the standard of care offered to our clients”
Team Leader - Health & Safety and Maintenance
Seamus has recently joined Cavendish Care as the Health & Safety Officer and Maintenance Team Lead, within his role he takes on the training responsibility for First Aid and Health & Safety.
The majority of Seamus’ working life has been spent with the Ambulance Service as an Emergency Medical Technician so brings with him a wealth of First Aid Experience.
Since leaving the Ambulance Service Seamus has worked in the Health & Social Care sector as a Maintenance Operative until February 2017 where he took a leap to work in the leisure industry as a Maintenance Manager and has since come back to the Health & Social Care Industry to develop his knowledge, experience and ability in Health & Safety and Maintenance.
“In my short time at Cavendish Care I have noticed that the company is very much client focused and thrives to exceed compliance and strives for excellence supporting its team in their development both through its very own training centre and through external qualifications. I am very much looking forward to growing my career as the company grows”.
Behaviour Support Specialist
Dan has a BSc. (Hons) in Psychology and has worked in the field of Autism, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour since 2008, his previous roles have included being a teaching assistant, support worker and residential care support worker.
In 2012 he became deputy manager of the Positive Behaviour Support department at The Loddon School before being promoted to the manager’s position in January 2014. The key responsibilities of that role included overseeing the behaviour strategies for all students, developing targets/coping strategies to reduce behaviours of concern, training and data analysis.
In March 2017 Dan joined Cavendish Care in the Behavioural Support Specialist’s role; he will be managing a caseload of behaviour referrals, supporting/advising staff on behavioural issues, conducting functional assessments and leading Positive Behaviour Support, Autism & Communication trainings.
“I am delighted to have joined Cavendish Care in this role, I am very passionate about positive behaviour support and I am looking forward to supporting the clients and staff here”
Laura started working for Cavendish Care in 2007 as a support worker at Chippings house. While working at Chippings she enjoyed taking the clients out to their activities and around the community as well as supporting them to gain experience and independence within their homes.
She successfully completed her NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care while working at Chippings.
In 2010, Laura decided that she wanted to experience working in another house, so she transferred to Poplars and spent a further 4 years there as a support worker.
Laura enjoyed being a support worker and felt her confidence was growing, but needed to express her outside hobbies within the company.
So, in 2014 when the advertisement went up for an Activity Co-ordinator she thought “Yes this is me, I know I can do this role and deliver arty/crafty me across to the client and tenants.”
Laura was delighted to accept the role and be given the chance to run several types of activities which include arts and crafts, cookery, yoga and many more.
“In this time, I’ve completed an ASDAN trainer course and Cavendish Care are now a Registered ASDAN Centre.” (ASDAN programmes are structured, ‘light touch’ courses that promote active learning and progression and reward achievement).
“I look forward to continuing my journey with Cavendish Care gaining more experience and moving up the ladder knowing that Cavendish provide a high standard of care for our client and tenants.”
Originally from Manchester, Lisa started her career in HR almost 15 years ago.
Gaining her CIPD Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management in 2011.
Lisa joined the Cavendish team in 2018 having previously worked in a number of different sectors, including Retail, Manufacturing and Transport.
In her role as HR Officer, Lisa oversees the day to day operations of the HR department, and the delivery of HR initiatives from Recruitment and Onboarding, to Performance Management and Employee Engagement.
I could not be happier to be joining the team at Cavendish Care.
They are a company that live and breathe their values and put their clients and tenants at the very heart of the business.
I look forward to building on and improving the HR practices that are already in place and delivering a robust HR strategy moving forward.
Activities & Resource Centre Business Manager
Anita joined Cavendish Care in October 2018 after previously working at Reside Housing Association, a specialised organisation housing people with brain injury, mental health issues and learning disabilities, who act as the Landlord for the Cavendish Supported Housing Schemes. Anita was therefore already familiar with some of the residents and staff at Cavendish. She has spent almost all her working-life in the public and voluntary sectors; chiefly working with disadvantaged children and families in the Housing and Children’s Services Sectors.
Anita originally completed a degree in Government and Public Policy; a Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Policy and Management and she is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Anita has experience in Housing Management, Tenant Participation and regeneration.
Anita spent much of her early career working on Government projects, supporting disadvantaged communities and their children. She managed a multiagency Family Support Team in Luton, working with the South Asian Community and was Head of the Children’s Fund for the London Borough of Brent, commissioning over 32 projects with the voluntary sector including a mental health and mentoring project which won a national NHS Innovation award.
Anita became the Head of a large Children’s Centre in Brent (Willow Centre) with a 100-place nursery, including a specialist unit for children with additional needs, where she completed a National Professional Qualification in Centre Leadership. When appointed to the post at Willow, the Centre was not yet open, so Anita had to plan and manage putting in place the staffing, facilities in the premises and the services which would be delivered, within highly challenging deadlines. Anita’s achievements were recognized when she was invited to meet Tony Blair for her contribution to Public Service. More recently, Anita was Head of Children’s Centres and the Family information Service for the London Borough of Sutton overseeing 14 Children’s Centres.
In her role as Business Manager, Anita will be looking to make the Activity and Resource Centre financially viable by marketing the service to other providers in Surrey and Sussex as well as ensuring that the Centre provides outstanding services.
I am excited to join Cavendish Care and am focused on ensuring that the Activity and Resource Centre becomes as self-sustaining business that provides outstanding activities that supports Learning Disabled people to reach their full potential.