Our Leadership Team enable opportunity, choice and success for every individual we support
Our team take a hands-on approach, working collaboratively with operational and development teams across the business and challenging fresh ways of doing things. They listen to the individuals we support, their families, and the needs of commissioners. Then they work together to develop forward thinking services that satisfy individuals’ needs while delivering excellent value.
“I’m passionate about maintaining the highest standards across our services to ensure they meet the needs and aspirations of the people we support.”
I’ve worked in the social care sector for two decades now, having started my career as a support worker. I greatly enjoy the challenges that the sector offers and I thrive on the opportunity to help transform lives.
I believe in getting to know an organisation from top to bottom, and maintaining a ‘hands on’ approach and attitude is vital for so many reasons, from understanding a team’s challenges to planning effectively for the future.
I am an advocate of a seamless structure and effective communication across all our teams.
I believe that only then can we share best practice and learning as an organisation to give our very best to the people we support. I’m very proud of the many things we have supported people to achieve, and I’m proud of the people who work for Consensus. I’m delighted that our efforts and successes are being recognised nationally.
Outside of work I… play taxi to my three daughters, socialise with friends, play badminton or watch Celtic FC.
“I am proud to work for Consensus and of contributing to its growth and success. I’m looking forward to the opportunities that the future brings for us to grow.”
Commercial and Business Development Director
I trained as an accountant and initially worked in the transport industry. But for the past 15 years I’ve worked in the health and social care sectors, with over 12 here at Consensus.
I lead on all the commercial and business analysis aspects, which sees me working with colleagues across the business.
One aspect of my role is managing the Developments and Partnership Team who are responsible for identifying and developing new services across the country which align with local commissioning priorities and provide new, bespoke settings for people with learning disabilities and a wide range of needs within their local community.
The learning disabilities sector is ever-changing and has its challenges but it’s rewarding to work with the Consensus team to solve them, and I look forward to that every day.
Outside of work I… enjoy keeping fit and going to the gym, supporting my local football team and preparing BBQs for all the family on warm, summer days.
“I enjoy bringing my experience to benefit my colleagues at Consensus, whether I’m helping to manage change, handle complex HR issues or develop company culture.”
Head of HR Services
I’ve worked for the Caring Homes Group since 2008. I joined as an HR Advisor before becoming Senior HR Business Partner, then Head of HR for Consensus. During my career, I have worked across the private and public sectors, including an NHS Primary Care Trust, so I’ve provided strategic support to colleagues at all levels, from operational managers to members of senior management teams.
In my role it’s vital to be able to handle sensitive information and sensitive issues in line with policies and regulations. A calm, professional approach is also important in situations that can be emotionally fraught. I’m proud to have been a member of the Senior Management team since 2014, representing the areas of Human Resources, Learning and Development and Recruitment.
Outside of work I… love spending time with my husband and young son, planning holidays and enjoying days out. We recently moved back to Colchester from Bristol so we’re enjoying rediscovering Essex and Suffolk again.
“I’m a firm believer in the statement that ‘the standard you walk past is the standard you accept’. For us to make a positive difference in people’s lives we must deliver support to a high standard and never walk past anything that is unacceptable.”
Director of Operations – North
I have worked in the health and social care sector for over 30 years. Initially I trained as a nurse and then as a social worker. I have managed care homes for older people and for people with a learning disability. I’ve been a registration and inspection officer with a local authority in Scotland and have worked with a specialist Scottish housing association providing services for older people. I have also spent a decade working for a major provider of services for people with a learning disability.
I wanted to work for Consensus because of the organisation’s standing as a leading provider of care services. It has a strong value base: the people it supports are central to how the organisation works. In my role, I play a key part in ensuring that we do the best for the people we support and are always striving to improve. While the social care sector is experiencing very tough times, by working with the people we support, their families, and with key stakeholders we can develop, grow and sustain great services.
Outside of work I… like to play squash a few times a week. I enjoy watching rugby and spending time with my family.
“I joined Consensus for its passion to support people to achieve the best possible lives. When I met the team, I thought ‘this is somewhere I can belong’. I knew I could use my skills, knowledge and experience to make a positive difference.”
Director of Operations – South
I started out as a carer in an older people’s residential home, caring for those who were living with dementia. I soon realised that I wanted to work with people with more complex needs, particularly individuals who were finding it a challenge to get the support they needed. It wasn’t long before I made the switch to working in social care for people with learning disabilities.
I’ve spent three decades in this sector: as a Support Worker, a Registered Manager, and I’ve had regional and national operational roles and I’ve been a Managing Director.
Before joining Consensus in 2018, I worked for another provider as deputy director of learning disability & autism services covering London and the South East.
I relish the chance to grow services to better support people with complex needs. I also enjoy helping individuals and colleagues to grow and develop.
Outside of work I… love spending time with my husband and three grown up children, we have two beautiful dogs called Finn and Logan and I also have a passion for horse riding and photography.
“I’m joining Consensus at an exciting time in its development, as we invest in both new and existing services while continuing to deliver the highest quality support.”
I joined Consensus in April 2020, having previously held a similar role with another national care provider, to provide operational and strategic leadership to help deliver the company’s strategic aspirations.
I am responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management as well as IT systems, legal, company secretarial and financial risk management. A qualified Chartered Accountant for over 25 years, I’ve gained extensive multi-sector experience both within quoted blue chip multi-national and smaller entrepreneurial/private equity environments.
I share the Consensus values and aspirations to provide opportunity, choice and success to the people we support while ensuring individuals can live full, active and meaningful lives as part of their local community. I look forward to working with the team to continue to grow our support provisions and reputation within the sector.
Outside of work… I enjoy the outdoors, particularly mountaineering and skiing when time permits. When not being a taxi service to four teenagers, I enjoy watching rugby (union) and walking/cycling to keep fit. Our black Labrador, Ron, also keeps me busy!
“My role is to continue to build on the good practice already in place & support colleagues to provide services that are recognised as the best by the people we support, their families, stakeholders and regulators.”
Quality and Compliance Director
I have been working in health and social care for 35 years and have held senior roles in a number of national organisations providing housing, care and support for people with learning disabilities as well as mental health challenges. As well as leading culture and quality improvement programmes, I have worked for the Care Quality Commission as Head of Registration.
I am driven by a passion for human rights and the right of individuals to make choices about their lives. I love being instrumental in shaping and implementing improvements that lead to positive outcomes for the people we support.
Here at Consensus, I’m proud to be part of an organisation that puts supported individuals at the heart of decision-making and is truly focused on quality and enabling positive outcomes for people. Consensus is known to provide good, safe, person-centred services; my job is to help make sure that we continue to improve as Consensus grows.
Outside of work I… try to keep fit by running and swimming. I love reading novels and catching up with my two daughters and their lives: one is a teacher and the other an actor.