Saracen Care | Our Care Team
Saracen Care provides high quality, personalised, doctor-led care in people’s own homes or in supported accommodation. We specialise in tailor made care packages, developing specific solutions for each individual. We always seek to empower and provide choice and opportunity, along with the respect and dignity everyone deserves.
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Our Care Team

Our care and support teams comprise experienced and qualified people who have a vocation for care work. We encourage our staff to continually develop through our in house training and development programme.

The management team includes a variety of professionals with an impressive range of experience and skills covering Care, Quality, Governance, Operations and Training and Development. All the Team are passionate about quality care – a resume of their experience is provided here along with a statement on what they believe regarding good quality care.

Dr Jonathan Mawdesley-Thomas

Dr Jonathan Mawdesley-Thomas – BSc (hons), MBBS

Jonathan is our Medical Director. He was a local GP for many years and continues to work for the Out of Hours GP Service in Gloucestershire. His experience means we can provide care for high-dependency adults with complex medical needs. He liaises with primary and secondary care professionals – talking the same language – during assessment, treatment, monitoring and review to ensure timely and proactive care. Jonathan regularly visits services supporting and advising the staff team.

Julia Everard BSc

Julia Everard BSc (hons) – Registered Manager

Julia is our Registered Manager and a Saracen Care Director. Julia has responsibility for the company’s regulatory and legislative compliance requirements as well as business growth and development. She has over 20 years of experience in consultancy, managing teams and projects. Julia has an Extended Level Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (Level 7) from Gloucestershire College, for which she received the Outstanding Achievement award for her research project work entitled – “Training or Learning? – Effectiveness in the Care Sector”.

“Endeavour to understand the world from the perspective of the individual – put yourself in their shoes.”

Colin Beard – Care Director

Colin, our Care Director is a Care Manager with an extensive track record of leading and developing services that have consistently been awarded the highest standard by the health and social care regulators. Colin’s role is to develop and expand on the provision of high quality supported living services provided by Saracen Care. Colin has worked in the care sector since 2004, achieving his Registered Manager’s Award in 2006. Colin has a certificate in counselling and has also achieved the Level 3 Award – Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which qualifies him to deliver training so that staff are competent in delivering person centred care. He is also a qualified Senior Recovery Worker in alcohol and substance misuse.

“I believe that compassion is the key to providing a truly person centred service. It is imperative that service users are given every opportunity to progress and develop. No service provision should be the same, as one size definitely does not fit all”.

Toni Williams

Toni Williams – Training and Development Manager

Toni qualified as a Health and Social Care Practitioner in 1996 and has over 15 years’ experience of working within the Mental Health Sector. Toni’s role at Saracen Care is to ensure that all staff have the opportunity to personally develop to their full potential and provide a service of excellence. Toni’s passion for quality care and dynamic approach to teaching helps ensure that Saracen Care has a confident, competent and motivated staff team.

“I believe a happy, well led; valued staff team will be effective, efficient and enthusiastic to deliver a service they are proud of”.

Dan Harber

Dan Harber – Care Manager

Dan is our Care Manager for the Gloucestershire Services, helping to ensure delivery of consistently high levels of care and support. Dan joined the Saracen Care Team in October 2016, after 13 years’ experience in the criminal justice and substance misuse fields. Dan has been Deputy Treatment Manager for the Short Duration Programme at HMP Gloucester and Hub Manager for Turning Point, the substance misuse charity. Dan has a BA (Hons) in Criminology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology from Portsmouth University.

““I was attracted to working for Saracen Care due to its fundamental focus on delivering person centred care and empowering service users to lead independent lives. I believe in providing people with information and options to support their positive lifestyle choices, delivered via a values based approach”.

Hayley Dalby – Care Manager, Swindon services

Hayley is a Care Manager, primarily responsible for Swindon services, ensuring high quality care carried out by competent and a regularly assessed and observed staff team. Hayley’s particular focus is on service users reaching their potential and achieving attainable outcomes.

Hayley has over 15 years’ experience, across a range of services including learning disabilities, mental health, elderly and dementia care. She has a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care, is a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Train The Trainer, regularly delivering training in-house and for Gloucestershire Country Council. She is also a trainer in the safe administration of medication and manual handling.

Hayley is an experienced Dementia carer holding the Dementia Care Mapping qualification from Bradford University. This is an observational tool to improve understanding of an individual with dementia and inform the best way to support them.

“I have a passion and strong belief in person centred care, putting the person more in control of how they want to be cared for and supported”.

Rebecca Hopton – Care Manager

Rebecca is a care manager, providing support across all services, supporting the care team, to provide consistent high quality support, with a person centred approach, Rebecca’s particular focus is to encourage independence and to ensure service users reach their best potential.

Rebecca has over 15 years’ experience, supporting people with a range of different needs, including the elderly, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health. She is a train the trainer in manual handling.

Rebecca is an experienced Nursing and Dementia carer and has completed training to be a Dementia Champion.

“I am passionate about promoting independence, equality and providing person centred care and support, to enable individuals to achieve good outcomes and a good quality of life”.

Chloe Blackmore – Service Planner

Chloe is responsible for the planning and delivery of care and support hours, an expert in staff planning using our Staff Plan Rosta system, it is Chloe’s role to ensure all care hours are rostered correctly. Chloe holds an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care & Business Administration as well as a Level 3 in Customer Service. She has worked in Health and Social Care since 2006. Chloe regularity visits services and meets with staff, and continually liaises with Care Managers. This knowledge ensures that staffing requirements or changes are appropriate and responsive to need.

“Staff are at the centre of our service delivery – service users are at the centre of our care”.

Sarah Rainey BSc (hons) – Office Manager

Sarah covers our Reception and administrative responsibilities. She has 25 years’ experience within the NHS where she was a Podiatry Manager working in a multi-disciplinary team. Sarah has a BSc(hons) in Health and Social Care and CMI Award in Management and Leadership.

“I feel passionate about helping/supporting our client group to live fulfilling and rewarding lives in their own homes”.

Julie Hall – Team Leader

Julie has worked in the care sector for over 20 years providing support and enablement for adults with learning difficulties, challenging behaviour and complex needs. She has an HNC in Managing Health and Care services and completed GCC’s new managers induction in 2016. Julie has worked for Saracen Care for 7 years, regularly working  “on shift” which provides valuable insight to how care is delivered day to day, as well as mentoring and guiding staff; and responding to issues and incidents as necessary.

“I feel very strongly about laying the foundations for a community built on equality, diversity and paving the way to the realisation of self-worth for all vulnerable adults”.