Management Team

PJ Care's Senior Management Team is led by an inspirational and experienced Board. Each member of the Board is driven by PJ Care's vision of Compassion, Commitment and Care. This vision is shared by the Senior Management Team and cascades to every member of staff. This passion ensures that our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Please click on the links below to view profiles of our Board Members and Senior Management Team.

 

Board Members

Jan Flawn - Founding ChairJan Flawn PJ Care

Our Chair is the typical example of a brilliant entrepreneur and clinician that was not prepared to play below her potential and had a dream that started of small with one specialised neurological care centre in Milton Keynes.

When Jan began to think about building a specialist neurological care centre back in 2000, she was driven by a simple concept of care, compassion and commitment and to provide the highest quality of care to vulnerable residents in a purpose-built environment.

Always at the helm, Jan ensures the PJ Care Philosophy and Quality of Care is maintained throughout all our neurological care centres and that our staff never lose sight of her standards and dream to provide this highly qualified care and support to the residents  with the full involvement of family and friends. Now, more than a decade later, she is delighted to see that our neurological care centres are flourishing, she is especially proud to see our staff effectively becoming part of the extended families of our residents.

 

Johann van Zyl – Chief Executive OfficerJohann van Zyl

Johann is PJ Care’s CEO. Originally from Tanzania, Johann brings to PJ Care over 25 years of experience in the international business arena, as a company executive, government lobbyist and advisor in the fields of finance, economic empowerment, management restructuring and project development for major national and international companies in Russia, India, South Africa, the UK, Ethiopia and Japan.
 
Johann supports and promotes the management philosophy amongst staff that a real leader does not need a title to lead, but has to lead by example. On a corporate level the vision for sustainable success for PJ Care is to stay focused on what the company does best, building on the foundation laid by the Chair and Founder of the company, Jan Flawn.

 

Neil Russell – Chief Operating OfficerNeil Russell

Neil Russell is the Chief Operating Officer for the company. Before joining PJ Care Neil travelled the world as a diplomat in the British Foreign Office, gaining valuable experience as a negotiator and team leader.

Neil has been involved with the company since its inception and over the years has served in a wide variety of roles developing new departments to keep up with the ever increasing demands of a growing business entity. Neil has the responsibility for all the Operational functions within the Group, ensuring that the care teams are fully supported and that our care centre environments are conducive to providing high quality care in a comfortable setting.

Neil won the East of England Innovator of the Year award for his development and design of the Eagle Wood Care Centre in 2012.

 

Geoff Hiskett – Finance DirectorPJ Care Geoff Hiskett

The Finance department is headed up by our Finance Director Geoff who has over 30 years’ experience in strategic financial management working across a broad spectrum of industries including pharmaceutical, motor sports and travel.

Geoff’s role is not only to manage all finance activities and compliance but also to deliver financial information to our management team in a way that empowers decision making, building a clear understanding of the financial outcomes of the business plan and strategy.

 

 

Dr Hannelie Fourie – Medical DirectorHannalie

Hannelie is a Consultant Psychiatrist with dual registration in General Adult Psychiatry and Old Age Pyschiatry. She trained in Medicine at Pretoria University in South Africa and did her postgraduate training at St George’s Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in London. Hannelie has worked with PJ Care for many years offering neuropsychiatry treatment to our residents. She became Medical Director for PJ Care in 2012 with the responsibility of ensuring PJ Care meets the National Clinical Guidelines and supporting the company’s clinical managers and medical professionals to ensure optimum quality of care for our residents.

 

 

Angela Johnson – HR DirectorAngela Johnson PJ Care

Angela’s role as HR Director is to ensure that the most suitable people are recruited, trained, developed and motivated to provide quality care.

With over 25 years in HR and operational management in both the public and private sectors, Angela is dedicated to ensuring our staff feel valued and part of the PJ Care family and therefore share in the vision of ensuring our residents remain at the heart of everything we do.

Senior Management Team

 

Mark Butler, Head of OperationsMark Butler

Mark Butler is former nurse, and experienced healthcare manager. He has worked in senior positions within a number of care home companies and charities. Recently he was operations director for a large healthcare company, where he was in charge of the running of 28 care centres with a turnover of around £34 million.

Mark has is responsible for the overall operations function of the group.

 

 

 

Dara Ní Ghadhra, General Manager PeterboroughDara

With a background in a variety of healthcare services Dara’s focus is on resident’s choice and empowerment. Dara has been in healthcare management since 1995 holding a variety of positions including Operations Manager of a single service to Regional Executive Director of a multi-site service.


As General Manager for Peterborough Dara is responsible for the strategic and operational management of Eagle Wood, our award winning neurological care centre.

 

 

Ginny Smith – General Manager Quality and ComplianceGinny Smith

Ginny’s background is in Learning Disability and Mental Health nursing and she has over ten years’ experience in the operational management of clinical services with extensive experience in governance and clinical auditing.

As General Manager for Quality and Compliance Ginny is committed to ensuring the highest clinical standards are met and the work PJ Care does is evidence-based, she is passionate about improving the experiences of the residents and their families and staff.

 

 

Sue Kingslea – General Manager Milton KeynesSue Kingslea PJ Care

Sue brings to the company many years’ experience within the NHS in the areas of practice development and general management . As an Executive Nurse she was responsible for Nursing, Quality, Infection Prevention and Control, Risk Management and Facilities.

Sue joined us in 2012 as General Manager for Milton Keynes and is responsible for the strategic and operational management of our Bluebirds, Brunel and Oakley units as well as the Day Opportunities Centre situated in Mallard House.

 

 

Wendy Thompson - General Manager Sales and MarketingWendy Thomspon

Wendy joined PJ Care in 2013, bringing a wealth of experience from the NHS and private sector. Wendy is responsible for PJ Care’s Sales and Marketing strategy, ensuring that our clients and contacts have all the information they need to support them in their decisions, as well as making sure that PJ Care’s own team are well briefed to represent the Company’s aims and values.


Wendy is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Institute of Journalists and is a Fellow of the Institute of Digital and Direct Marketing.

 

Kevin Thomas - Health and Safety and Security ManagerPJ Care Kevin Thomas

Kevin has been with PJ Care since it was founded. He has over 25 years of experience from his time in the Royal Air Force Police and as a Security Manager in the private sector. He is a fully qualified Health and Safety Manager and a trainer in all aspects of mandatory care training. He supports staff as the Company Lead for Infection Control, Safeguarding Adults and his experience gained from long service with PJ Care. Ensuring that the residents, staff and visitors are entering a safe and secure environment supporting the core values of PJ Care where residents can live their lives within normal risk levels and supporting the Management team by managing the Risk Management committee.

Kevin is a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and holds a Diploma in Management.

 

Michelle Bradley - Finance ManagerPJ Care Michelle Bradley

Michelle joined PJ Care in 2012 as our Finance Manager shortly after we opened the Eagle Wood site, more than doubling the size of the business within 18 months. 

She has a strong background in management accounting and extensive commercial experience in medium sized business.  Michelle is responsible for the company's day to day financial accounting process and financial stewardship.

 

 

Kathryn Chambers - HR Manager

Kathryn has worked in HR for eight years, four of which have been at management level. Kathryn is a chartered member of the CIPD as well as the treasurer for her local CIPD committee. Kathryn has had considerable experience within the commercial sector including a medical devices company and financial services.

Kathryn is responsible for the delivery of the HR Strategy and for the operational implementation  of HR and Training across PJ Care.

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Employees of the Year

Congratulations to the winners of the PJ Care Awards - The Stars 2013. The winners were announced at our awards ceremony on the 17th March.

Employee of the Year - Christine Simpkins

Rising Star - Victoria Bryant

Leader - Amy Iddon

Support Services Worker - Christine Simpkins

Business Support Worker - Sarah Barker

Carer - Emily Pirie

Nurse - Emma Brennan

Team - Eagle Wood Laundry

Outstanding Contribution - Kunle Solaru

Click here to take a look at the photos from the ceremony