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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.

Lucy Atkinson is Director

Like Patrick, Lucy also grew up in a family that owned a care home, run by her parents; Field House Nursing Home in Radcliffe on Trent was subsequently brought into the Church Farm Care Group. Having initially followed a career in the art world, specialising in Islamic decorative arts, Lucy has now worked alongside Patrick for 17 years and champions providing exceptional dementia care, is part of the training team and manages the social media and communications. 


Matthew Adlem is Head of Operations

With more than 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, during which time he’s worked for the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR (National Institute for Health Research), Matthew oversees all four homes, creating new frameworks and engaging members of the team. 

"Since becoming involved in adult social care quality monitoring in Nottinghamshire – Church Farm Care stood out from the crowd because of its creativity, exciting care home design and focus on person centred Dementia care.  It's a care group that has never stood still, and is always looking at proactive ways to push the boundaries of care, so I’m incredibly excited to have joined the team.

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.


Conor McGee is Head of Care 

Conor has over 9 years' experience in clinical and non-clinical roles within healthcare. This has ranged from triaging patients as a nurse in accident and emergency to auditing hospitals in quality improvement. Conor qualified as a registered general nurse and initially worked in acute care, eventually moving towards District Nursing where he first started supporting nursing homes. 

For the last 3 years Conor has worked in quality improvement roles for acute trusts and nursing homes. Most recently he has worked collaboratively with Nottingham care homes in the NHS nursing homes and home care team. This has included working closely with care providers, CQC and Nottinghamshire County Council. In this role he reviewed care, provided support, and made recommendations to directly drive improvement in care outcomes. 

As Head of Care, Conor collaborates with the Directors, Central Team, Home Managers, care staff and linked professionals. His role is to have an overview of each home to ensure staff feel happy and supported in their roles and able to deliver the best quality of care.

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

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.