After completing a Hotel Management course at catering college, I joined Trust Houses Forte on their Post Graduate management trainee scheme. Having worked in various Hotels in the UK I realised that it was a great life when you were young but, as most of the more senior managers were either alcoholics or divorced or both! I felt a change in direction was appropriate.
I joined the Hospital catering services and worked in both the NHS and the private sector. This took me through the most radical changes the NHS has probably seen in its history, with competitive tendering, contracting out services, private finance initiatives and contracting budgets. I was involved in the tendering of my services on numerous occasions and am pleased to say that on each occasion I won the tender on behalf of the Trust. My final appointment was based in London where I was responsible for the catering services in two London Hospitals.
I then bought The Lilacs Residential Home with my business partner in 2000. Did I then find out what a learning curve was, as I didn’t even know what a commode was! I am still learning today
For the first 32 years of my working life I worked in local solicitors practices finally specialising in Family matters. I then completely changed my career direction and worked in a very senior position for two 32 bedded care homes in Southend-on-Sea, finally with responsibility for Human resources (80+ staff) and training.
I became Administrator of SECHA in November 2006 and Company Secretary in February 2007.
Since then there have been many changes in the world of care and in my role of Administrator. The Different practices we have now adopted and the emphasis now very much on marketing all That SECHA do. I administer the e-learning part of the business which is quite a task in itself as well as ensuring that all our members are well informed and looked after.
I consider myself as a bubbly, patient person. I pride myself on the dedication that I have given to the caring profession over the past 24 years; I have spent most of my career at only three homes and gained experience in nursing the terminally ill, clients with learning disabilities and dementia care.
I am at present the manager of Oakdale Residential Home, Hadleigh, Essex and have been since January 2007, I am enjoying my position here and learn something new everyday. I have my Registered Managers award and levels 2 and 3 in Social Care
I look after 27 residential/ dementia clients here at Oakdale. We are part of a larger group called 1st Choice Care Homes although Oakdale is the only home in Essex there are seven other homes based in Dover and Folkstone. They are a wonderful company to work for, and care considerably about their clients and their families and our staff team.
I became a Director of SECHA in the hope that I can contribute some of my own experiences into the Committee and learn some more skills which will help me within my own job here at Oakdale.
I attended Goldsmiths College in London and did a degree in education. I then worked with children with special needs until 1991. After that I worked with young adults with drink and drugs problems working towards drying them out and setting them up in permanent accommodation.
In 2000 I bought Westminster House, a Home for the elderly mentally ill and that is where I am today.
I became a Director of SECHA in June 2007.
I started working in the Healthcare Sector in 2003 as a care assistant, I worked my way up from care assistant to a registered manager. In 2015 my hard work had paid off I became the owner and the registered manager of Kolours Healthcare Ltd.
I am a well-organized, enthusiastic and committed to any task I take on, with very good experience in Elderly, Learning Disability and Dementia care both in Domiciliary Care and Residential Setting.
I have gained a level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health & Social Care and a BA(Hons) Business Studies, I am also a Train Trainer and Assessor.
As a Registered Manager and Director I am proud of giving the highest standard of care, promoting people to stay as independent as possible in their own homes. My knowledge and experiences have made me a better mentor for our staff, and hope I can continue to share my knowledge.
I started life in the care home environment in 1986 when studying in Somerset for the BTEC National Diploma in Social & Community Care. I then worked my way through the ranks to the post of Deputy Manager in Essex. I worked there for 10 years until I came to Crowstone Manor in March 2007 to take up the post of Manager. I then, together with Tara Teager the Deputy Manager, purchased Crowstone Manor in 2015 as the previous owner was wanting to sell. We were very proud of what we had achieved and the care we gave our residents and wanted this to continue. I have a City & Guilds qualification in Advanced Management for Care, an NVQ4 in Care Management, the Registered Managers Award and a Chartered Management Institute level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF). I also keep up-to-date by undergoing the same training as the rest of the staff.
I am interested in supporting the work of SECHA and contributing in any way I can.
I started in Social Care in 1991 as Senior Support Worker with adults with learning disabilities for a Healthcare Community Trust (previous to this I’d gained BSc(Hons) in applied physics and worked as a research engineer for Marconi Research Centre). I also did lots of agency work in home care, work with the elderly, work with people with mental health issues and even as cook in childrens’ homes.
I put myself through City & Guilds advanced Management for Care in 1997 became a Registered Manager of a residential home for people with learning disabilities in Barking & Dagenham. I also put myself through the postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.
After a childcare break, I started again in home care and in 2007 became Support Manager for the Christian charity Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities. They are a national provider with the aim to enable people with learning disabilities to live their lives to the full, as per John 10:10. In Westcliff they have a Supported Living scheme and also the support of someone who has moved out into her own flat
I was invited to become a Director of SECHA and bring my knowledge and experience with people with learning disabilities, Supported living and Domiciliary care to the team. My motivation comes from being able to improve life for other and believe that in the scheme I manage, I have achieved this. I hope that as a Director of SECHA, I may be able to help others achieve this too.
Sir Henry is an entrepreneur & innovator and a Director of several companies. As a business consultant with clients in the Government, Corporate, SMME, charitable and Education sectors (including more than twenty five years’ experience working as a consultant and practitioner in the Medical, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical sectors), Sir Henry has, for many decades, led Human Resources, Business Planning & Development and Sales & Marketing initiatives for a wide variety of organisations. A qualified Investors in People and National Vocational Qualifications Advisor, Assessor and Verifier he now spends much of his time working with SMMEs, where he brings a fresh approach to business growth – and motivating people to setting and achieving goals.
He has worked for a variety of NHS Trusts, primarily delivering learning & development programmes for management teams and other key staff. As Chairman of Profile Productions Ltd. he has worked closely with such professional bodies as the Royal College of General Practitioners, The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists, The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK and The Institute of Health Visiting.
Reflecting his keen interest in social and residential healthcare, Sir Henry has for the last five years been Chairman of an Essex-based care homes Company. He is mainly responsible for company planning & development, together with the design and delivery of HR interventions for members of staff. He also plays a key role in liaison with external and commissioning bodies and has an overview role in ensuring the delivery of very high quality care at competitive rates.
Sir Henry is also Managing Director of TBSG (The Business Support Group), which provides practical consultancy, help and some funding for SMME organisations, and is Chairman of the HCQC (Healthcare Consultancy and Qualifications Consortium). His current portfolio includes clients in the Educational, Care & Allied, Building & Construction, Media & Creative, Recruitment, IT, Market Research and Security sectors.
Sir Henry is also Co-Chairman of Amro Biotech plc which undertakes scientific and medical research and a Senior Associate member of the Royal Society of medicine.