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Meet the team
I joined the Swanton family in July this year as Interim Chief Executive Officer until the permanent appointed person starts at the beginning of November. Following this interim role I will join the Board for Swanton as a Non-Executive Director. I embraced the opportunity of this interim position as it will assist me greatly when sitting on the Board as I will have knowledge of the services and supporting teams which will enable me to make a greater contribution to the success of the organisation.
I have worked in Health & Social Care for over 30 years with the last 20 being in senior management positions culminating in me being Chief Executive Office of two organisations which spanned 10 years.
I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of the people that Swanton support and my focus will be on ensuring that everyone has a say in how their service is delivered and that we aspire for the best outcomes for everyone.
Hi all, not many of you will know me but I joined Swanton on 27th April as your new Finance Director. I feel extremely privileged to be joining this company, especially as it embarks on an exciting new stage under the leadership of Alison.
Firstly, a little bit about myself. I qualified as an accountant over 20 years ago, initially working in the transport sector. Following this I moved into the service industry, working as the Chief Accountant for a business travel group for 5 years. A further move saw me working in the electricity industry for 3 years.
For the last 3.5 years I have been working for Care UK in a group role, managing the finances for all the central group activities and acting as a business partner for a number of directors and senior managers. I look forward to bringing the skills and experiences I have learnt from all my pervious roles to benefit Swanton on the journey that we are going to be taking together.
I also look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks and months as I settle into my role here. I have absolutely bought into the vision that Alison has for Swanton and where she wants Swanton to be in the future, and look forward to working with everyone to meet this vision and provide the best quality service for all the people we support, as well as providing us with an excellent place to work.
On a more personal note, I am an active member of the Scout Association, running both a Sea Scout Troop and an Explorer Unit in my spare time. As you might expect, I enjoy a lot of outdoor sports including sailing, walking and camping, and enjoy providing opportunities for the many children who have been members of my local scout group.
Hi everyone, I have joined Swanton Care as your Director of Clinical Governance and Quality.
My career began as a Mental Health Nurse. I trained in Yorkshire and spent 11 years within the NHS working in a variety of settings.
I left the NHS in the early 1990's and went to work as a Nurse within the prison service (I thought it would be different, and it was!) I spent 6 years as a Senior Nurse and then a further 12 years as Head of a Healthcare in many different prisons around the country. It was here, sadly that I met many mentally disordered offenders, those with autism and learning difficulties.
After leaving the prison service I joined Care UK Mental Health Division and became Head of Governance and Quality, a role I have done for the last 6 years. I spent my time in that role developing and determining what 'good looks like' and that will always be my driver. I firmly believe that anyone who needs to access Health or Social Care receives the very best that sector has to offer.
I am looking forward to working with everyone in Swanton to achieve the same, Swanton has the foundations on which we can all build 'best sector care'. We strive to give people choice, 'my life, my choice' and once someone has choice they have a voice and we listen to that voice, we build excellence around them and their needs and aspirations.
My name is Vivienne Watson and I am Director of Operations with Swanton Care.
It has been a real pleasure for me to become part of the Swanton family. The company is growing and developing, with a sound company philosophy and values that reflect my own and centre on the service user. I am keen to further develop our staff teams and our services whilst ensuring that operational management is effective, efficient and quality driven.
I have been nursing since 1982 and became a Registered General Nurse following my training at Leeds General Infirmary in 1985. My career has predominantly been in the independent sector and I have managed elderly care, mental health, neuro-disability, critical care, paediatrics and rehabilitation services over the years at various levels. I have also owned and managed a specialist domiciliary care service, which cared for adults and children in their own homes with various complex and challenging needs, before selling my company in 2010.
I am very much looking forward to working alongside my colleagues in the Executive and Operational Teams to further develop Swanton Care’s services and the company’s standing in the health and social care sector.
Hello, my name is Gary Thompson and I am the new Operations Director for Swanton Care & Community. I am really excited to be here and look forward to meeting you all over the coming months.
I live in a small village just outside of Newark in Nottinghamshire with my wife of 25 years and our 3 boys aged between 16 – 23yrs old. Sharing our home are 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 tortoises and 3 ducks, believe me this is a lot less than previously when there were a total of 35 mouths to feed before my own.
I have worked in the care / support sector for nearly 30 years now starting in a large residential home in Dorset, which is my home county. There I was eventually employed as a support worker and met my wife Jan, who was managing the home at the time. After 3 years and coinciding with the birth of our eldest son we moved to Nottinghamshire and I took a support worker role with the Hesley Group who provide Residential Education Services to children and adults. Whilst there I was lucky enough to be sponsored by them to go to University and study for my degree in Social Work.
When I qualified I was offered the opportunity by Thelma Turner Homes to open and manage a small residential home for adults with Prada Willi Syndrome which was my first position as a registered person.
We were then acquired by what is now the Voyage Group and I then moved into a Development Managers role for the group, latterly ending up as Group Development Manager, meaning that I lived and worked away from home for 3 years, in a national role. As you can imagine, with a young family this had its challenges and I decided to look for a more local role, closer to home. This I found with Robinia for a period of 2 years, again in a developmental role.
In 2009 I became the Operations Director of Autism Care UK, we operated specialist support services for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions in various locations throughout England and Wales. This included residential homes, supported living and outreach services.
ACUK was acquired by the lifeways group in 2015 by the Lifeways group and I became Managing Director for Specialist Support and Development, my final role before moving onto Swanton.
I am a trustee and Board Member for 2 networking organisations in the sector, namely the Association for Real Change and Confederation for Support Providers for People with Autism.
I believe strong leadership begins with openness, accountability and especially ambition. Ambition for the vital role of adult social care, for our staff teams and services, but most especially for the people we support. I think that this is what will see us through these challenging times. My own approach is to combine an attention to detail (about the lives of people we all support and the issues that are important to them) with strategic knowledge and a bit of plain speaking! These are things that I can bring to the Swanton Care Group and wider, through my association with ARC (Association for Real Change) and CoSPPA (Confederation for Service Providers for People with Autism) which can give us a vitally important voice / source of information and best practice throughout the sector.
People say that I am decisive and supportive as a boss and colleague. I am good at taking a long view and knowing where we need to be as a care organisation both now and in the future. I hope that people admire me for my honesty, transparency and integrity. These things are very important to me personally and professionally.
Hello , My name s Deborah Rice and I am Regional Director, East Anglia, for Swanton Care & Community.
I have worked in the health and social care sector since 1981, and qualified as RNMH in 1984 after training at The Manor Hospital in Epsom, Surrey.
My career has covered all aspects of care and management across the NHS and the independent sector . After a period of time managing children’s respite and a day service for people with learning disabilities I moved to the NHS purchasing dept as part of the contracts and development team working on the closure of long stay hospitals and then to Social Services as a Care Manager for people with learning disabilities. I joined the private sector in 1999. Here I gained extensive experience in service management and operations/development management covering a raft of specialities including, Autism, ABI, forensic services, supported living and residential care.
I love what I do and feel passionately about providing the best quality of life for people we support.
I started supporting people with a learning disability over thirty five years ago, I don’t often say that out loud. What this means is that I have seen the way in which support has grown and evolved in that time, from hospitals to people now having a real chance to have their own lives and control over them. In my working career I have always sought to be at the forefront of ways to better deliver support.
I joined Swanton as I want to continue contributing to being productive for people with complex challenging behaviours. I believe I have a part to play in improving people’s lives and that I can support others to do the same. I feel I belong within a service which also believes the same, that a real difference can be made with the right support.
I have managed challenging behaviour services and hospitals and I always strive to develop the best possible way in which support can be provided to each person. I believe that the future of residential care lies within its specialist support and highly skilled teams. This is a part of a care pathway to supported living. Our supported living services also need to provide people with control over their own lives and a place to call home.
I have at times changed the way I look at how I provide support and it has been the people who I support that have most often given me ways of thinking about how I can do this in a better, more person centred way. I feel this statement by an individual receiving support sums this up: “Quality to me is the way a staff member leaves me feeling”. The link between this and the Swanton Philosophy is clear.
I try to remember this always.
My name is John King and I have jointed Swanton Care as Regional Director for The North and Scotland.
I’ve worked in learning disability and mental health services since 2005 all within the private sector, including registered, nursing, supported living and domiciliary care.
My career has taken me on a varied path through a variety of different providers and services. An extensive aspect of my career has been working within ‘turnaround’ projects, utilising my passion for providing high quality care to some of the most vulnerable people in society and increasing their quality of life.
Working with these people have given me some of the highlights of my career and I am looking forward to sharing my skills and experience to increase the outcomes for the people we care for within Swanton Care and grow the business within the North & Scotland to provide high quality and sustainable care to more people.