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Key People

Patrick Atkinson is Director

Patrick has been a businessman since his early 20s in a variety of sectors. He purchased Church Farm Care's first nursing home in 2004. This was a venture into a new sector although it felt familiar in many ways having been brought up in a family that owned a care home, managed by Patrick's Mum. Patrick has championed the expansion of the Church Farm Care group, which now consists of four nursing homes in South Nottinghamshire. Patrick is passionate about providing a high quality of care across the group and remains very hands on with all four homes.

Helen Walton is Head of Operations 

Helen has 17 years of leadership experience, specifically in the field of dementia care. As Manager of a large home care business in York, Helen led the branch to specialize in supporting people living with specific needs due to brain injury, multiple sclerosis and dementia. Helen went on to lead the Learning and Development arm with Alzheimer's Society for 7 years; publishing a range of specialist books and training resources and providing high quality training that supported organisations to change the culture of dementia care. This was achieved by focusing on improving "quality of life outcomes" for people living with a dementia.

Helen moved to the post of Director of Operations with Dementia Care Matters for 6 years; assisting with the strategic development and implementation of Dementia Care Matters model of care. Helen provided care homes with design consultancy and managed complex "Butterfly Household Projects" through a highly acclaimed culture change programme. Helen gained hands on experience of supporting significant transformations in dementia care homes and strongly believes that with the correct environment and approach, people can live well in a care home with purpose and meaning to their day.

As Head of Operations, with the Church Farm Care group since January 2016, Helen works alongside the Directors, Management team, staff and linked professionals to maintain a high quality of nursing and dementia care that provides a feeling of security, belonging, love and family to people living in our homes, their families and people enjoying day care.

Helen, alongside the Directors supports the future growth and development of the group, remaining passionate that genuine support, nurturing, learning and development of everyone who works for the group must remain at the heart of what we do every day to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people living in our homes.

Rene Aust is Group Financial Controller

Rene joins the Church Farm Care family as a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years in senior financial management. Originating from Zimbabwe, Rene has extensive experience across several sectors including wholesale, retail, hospitality, financial services, farming and property. Rene has a keen interest in process improvement and has project managed a number of successful system implementations for several high-profile companies in the UK, including most recently Belvoir Castle. Rene's current role as Group Financial Controller at Church Farm Care involves managing all the financial aspects of the business as well as IT and procurement. Rene is delighted to be joining Church Farm Care. The whole ethos and attention to care is inspiring and I am looking forward to playing an active part in the management and strategic direction of the business¯.

Amanda Jones is Quality Assurance Manager

Mandy joined the team in December 2017. She is a Registered Nurse, having spent 37 years working in the NHS in a variety of roles including District nurse, Continence Advisor, Continuing Healthcare Assessor, Best Interest Assessor, Quality Monitoring Officer and Adult Safeguarding Lead. 

For the last 9 years of her career in the NHS, she has worked closely with care homes across Nottinghamshire in a Quality Monitoring & Assurance role, auditing and supporting homes in the quality of care delivery. She has worked closely with the CQC and Nottinghamshire County Council in this role and has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this area. She has worked within Commissioning most recently and has been involved in the setting up of processes for quality monitoring home based care agencies as well as working with care homes and undertaking safeguarding enquiries. 

As Quality Assurance Manager, Mandy works alongside, the Directors, Central Team and Home Managers to examine the quality of care and the quality of life experiences of people living in the homes through the development, maintenance and scrutiny of robust quality assurance systems and processes

Liz Norton is Training, Learning and Development Manager

Liz is an Adult Teacher/Trainer and Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in Elderly Care and Dementia Care. She started her nurse training in the 1980's in Boston, Lincolnshire, quickly realising that her calling was Elderly Care. Since leaving the NHS she has worked in Nursing and Residential Care settings mainly around Newark and Lincoln, however, whether in the role of a Manager, Deputy or Nurse she has always shared the knowledge gained through her nursing experience, teaching and assessing qualifications or Train the Trainer courses. She has recently succeeded in updating her own knowledge by achieving a BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.

Since joining the company in June 2016 Liz has been working with our training team members developing and strengthening our training ethos and approach, as well as introducing our new Health and Safety Executive registered First Aid Courses. Exciting times are ahead with new course topics and assessments of competency, whilst ensuring at the heart of all the training is the person centred care of the people living in our homes.

Laura Watson is Human Resources Lead

Laura joined the team in April 2018 as Human Resources Lead. She has over ten years experience in HR and is CIPD qualified (Certificate In Personnel Practice). Laura has worked in both general and specialist HR positions in engineering & logistics companies.

Before focusing on a career in HR she worked at Boots Chemist, head office for sixteen years in management positions in operations, project management, merchandising and marketing. 

Laura's role with Church Farm Care is to lead and support the management team in the nursing homes with all aspects of human resources. This is a crucial function with the people who work for us being our most valuable asset.