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 CBE - Founding ChairJan_Pro_Pic_Reduced.jpg

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.

Jan was recently awarded with the First Woman in Business Award from the Confederation of British Industries and awarded with a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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.

Johann was recently awarded with the Institute of Directors (IOD) London and South East Director of the Year Award  and elected Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

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.

Dr Hannelie Fourie – Medical ConsultantHannalie

Hannelie is a Consultant Psychiatrist with dual registration in General Adult Psychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry. 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 Consultant 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.

Mark Butler - Director of Operationsrsz_mark_butler.jpg 

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 is responsible for the overall operations function of the group.


George Otto - Finance Director

George-Otto-PJ-Care-Neurological-Centre.jpgGeorge Otto joined PJ Care in May as Finance Director. George has over 30 years of financial and business experience in both large and medium sized organisations. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa he held a number of senior financial positions in property and insurance business. He was Finance Director of the South African arm of leading European Insurer and was seconded to their UK operation in the early 1990’s. The group tasked George to spearhead their entry into the Indian insurance market and he spent three years in India, working with the Indian Government and Insurance industry during the de-regulation of the industry. George also has extensive experience as stock market analyst and investor.


Senior Management Team


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 Sim – 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.


Kevin Thomas - Deputy General Manager Compliance and SafetyPJ 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.

Angie Russell - Business Development ManagerAngie Russell

Angie has a vast amount of experience in business development in a variety of sectors.

Angie is responsible for the delivery of the Sales Strategy and for the operational implementation of business development across PJ Care.




Lisa Dunbar- Training ManagerLisa_Cropped.jpg

Lisa Dunbar, a former nurse, experienced manager and proficient trainer and facilitator has over twenty years’ experience of working in a variety of health and social care settings and supporting others to do so.  Driven by her passion to support quality learning and development for all, Lisa is responsible for overseeing our Education and Training Team and learning and provision, as well as developing our portfolio of programs and qualifications, including Apprenticeships, QCF’s, Clinical and Corporate, Leadership and Management programs, Induction and student placement support.


Sophie Rawson - Management Accountant 


 Sophie has been with PJ Care since 2008, she started off as a Junior Accounts Assistant and is now  our Management Accountant running the day to day accounts with her team. Sophie is AAT qualified and is currently studying for her CIMA Qualification.




Amy Iddon - Unit Manager BrunelAmy_Iddon_Close_Up.jpg

Amy commenced her nurse training at 20 and qualified in 2009.  She then went directly into being a district nurse treating patients in their own homes for wounds, end of life care, taking bloods and giving medication.  In 2012 Amy decided that she wanted to broaden her horizons and specialise in neurological care.  Amy was lucky enough to be offered the Lead Nurse on Brunel Unit within Mallard House.  Amy worked there for a year with a three month secondment in an acting unit manger role.  Amy was promoted to unit manager of Bluebirds unit in September 2013 and loved her time there. 

Amy have recently been moved into the Unit Manager role back on Brunel Unit at Mallard House whilst continuing to support Bluebirds.

Daria Drygas - Procurement OfficerDaria.jpg

Daria Drygas is the Procurement Officer for the company which she joined straight after her graduation at The Great Casimirus University in Poland. She is currently studying for her qualifications at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Daria is a dynamic multi-task orientated professional, skilled in supporting PJ Care procurement projects, contract management and performance monitoring. She has a proven track record of delivering savings, efficiency improvements and maintaining long-term agreements with vendors.

Daria is the primary point of contact on procurement matters, providing guidance and advice to internal and external stakeholders.

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Employees of the Year

Congratulations to the winners of the PJ Care Awards - The Stars 2014. The winners were announced at our awards ceremony on the 10th of April.

Employee of the Year - Daria Drygas

Rising Star - Charley Christo

Team Leader - Anna Lesniak 

Support Services Worker - Suphawan Saul

Business Support Worker - Daria Drygas

Carer - Joanna Hinch

Nurse - Charlotte Little

Team - Bluebirds Care Team

Outstanding Contribution - Anna Lesniak