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Meet the Team

The day-to-day running of the Group's business is carried out by our management and administrative staff based at our Head Office in Basingstoke.

Sean Gavin - CEO

Hartford Care's CEO, Sean Gavin, is a Chartered Accountant by background and joined Whites Group (Hartford Care's parent company) as Finance Director in 2000.

Shortly after Sean's arrival, Whites Group opted to change direction from the motor industry to care. Hartford Care was incorporated in August 2003, with Sean taking the lead as a founding director and shareholder.

Sean has been instrumental in growing and shaping Hartford Care to become the unique care provider it is today, with the values of Care, Comfort and Companionship at the core of the business.

Amanda Smith - Chief Financial Officer

Amanda joined Hartford Care in March 2019. She is a Chartered Accountant and has 20 years’ experience as a Finance Director. Since 2011 she has specialised in the health and care sectors, having worked for two residential mental healthcare providers prior to joining Hartford Care.

Amanda’s career has spanned a range of sectors including private equity, retail and distribution.  More recently, she has worked in the care sector, first for St Andrew’s Healthcare and then Cambian Group Plc. Her achievements have included business growth, successful refinancing and improving systems/ processes.

Amanda is delighted to have joined Hartford Care and has been impressed by its ‘home from home’ ethos. As well as being a great fit for her skills and experience, she is passionate about its core values of Care, Comfort and Companionship.

Jo Gavin - Brand Director

Jo holds various qualifications relating to Health and Social Care including her Registered Managers Award and joined the company at the beginning of 2004 as General Manager. Originally from a background in customer care, Jo was promoted to Operations Director in June 2007. 

The company has grown tremendously since Jo’s appointment and, while the growth was very exciting, the company wanted to retain the family ethos and ‘home from home’ feeling, which is so much a part of the group.  In order to maintain this ethos, the new role of Brand Director was created, which Jo took up in June 2013, handing the operational role to our Regional Managers.

Jo continues to be present within all of our homes and in her role as Brand Director, focuses on our environment, culture and values, ensuring that our care homes are warm and welcoming. As part of her role, Jo delivers Hartford Care's 'Brand Training' to all new staff, an inspirational workshop that not only introduces staff to who we are and our history, but also focuses on our vision, mission and why we do what we do, ensuring we put our residents at our core at all times. Jo also leads our Cluster Maintenance and Chef teams.

Leah-Marie Smith - HR Director

Leah has worked within the care industry for over 17 years in various roles including in care, management and HR. Leah has been the HR Director for Hartford Care since 2016, and holds a CIPD Diploma in Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

Her career started in residential care where she quickly progressed and held several management positions.  It was during this time that Leah developed a passion for developing others; Leah went on to develop the first 'Learning Exchange Network' in Devon as well as working for the Sector Skills Council for Social Care, supporting employers across the South West to develop the workforce.

Leah first joined the Hartford Care family in 2012, where she managed one of our homes on an interim basis. She then re-joined the family in 2013 to manage all things 'people' in her role as Group HR, Training and Development Manager before becoming the HR Director in 2016. As well as leading all things HR, Leah also heads up the PR and Marketing team.

Nicky Barnes - Regional Manager

Nicky joined Hartford Care in June 2017 as a Regional Manager and has over 20 years' experience in the care sector. She started her career as a support worker with Dimensions UK and soon progressed to become a Service Manager, a position she held for over 7 years.

Within Dimensions UK, Nicky went on to work as a Performance Coach for 4 years, and then took up a role as an Operations Director in 2015, managing and supporting Locality Managers as well as being the Registered Manager for their Domiciliary Care Agency services.

Nicky holds an NVQ Level 4 and Registered Managers Award, as well as qualifications in coaching and person-centred facilitation and training. Nicky continues to demonstrate her passion and commitment in these areas in the way she currently manages and develops her teams.

Emma Jones - Regional Manager

Emma joined Hartford Care in June 2017 as a Regional Manager, bringing with her a wealth of experience, having worked in the care industry for over 15 years, 9 of which as a Registered Manager.

Emma has worked in a variety of different areas including dementia and older people, learning disabilities and mental health services. She also has experience of working in residential and housing services through the Salvation Army and Sanctuary Housing.

Most recently, Emma has been working as a Regional Support Manager for Brighterkind, specialising in the management of housing and nursing care for older people and those living with dementia, about which she is very passionate. Besides her work experience, Emma also holds her NVQ Level 4 and Registered Managers Award.

Shirley Bartlett - Quality Support Manager

Shirley has worked for Hartford Care for over 10 years as the Registered Manager at Tegfield House in Winchester.

Her promotion to Quality Support Manager in March 2017 recognises her drive and determination to constantly deliver care, comfort and companionship, as well as her ability to inspire and lead others to do the same.

Shirley holds her NVQ in Health and Social Care at Levels 2, 3 and 4 and also has worked as an NVQ assessor.

Jane Hastie

Quality Support Advisor

Virginia Irvine

Quality Support Advisor

Ellen-Jayne Cattell

Peripatetic Manager

Maryanne Scriven

Group Clinical Development Lead

Diana Nisbet

PA to Sean Gavin

Angela Merrick

Facilities and Contracts Manager

Kathryn Cacace

HR Advisor

Lee Fort

HR Administrator

Rebecca Pedley

HR Administrator

Magda Rychter

Group Finance Manager

Clare Storrow

Accounts Assistant

Kasia Szczygiel

Accounts Assistant

Kayleigh Montoya

Accounts Assistant

Peta Trevaskis

Accounts Assistant

Mohsin Mir

Payroll Administrator

Alison Reijman

PR Coordinator

Jennifer Laffoley

Marketing Coordinator

Kieran Stanworth

Cluster Chef

Gary Bartlett

Cluster Maintenance Supervisor

Andrew Stoodley

Cluster Maintenance

Kevin Peebles

Cluster Maintenance

Peter Kinney

Cluster Maintenance

Anthony Rhone

Cluster Painter and Decorator

Malcolm King

Cluster Maintenance (Isle of Wight)

Stuart Winter

Cluster Maintenance (Isle of Wight)

Tony Turner

Cluster Maintenance (Isle of Wight)

Join Our Family

When you join our family, each of you become a part of it. You will be working in a rewarding and fulfilling role that will challenge and excite you, and where every day is different. We have beautiful and homely environments to work in, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and each individual is encouraged to reach for the stars.

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