Meet the Team


Brendan Kelly, Managing Director - Heathcotes Northern

Brendan joined the Heathcotes Group in 2009 after having worked at Regional Director level with a national charity. During his career he has acquired fourteen years’ experience in Health and Social care, primarily in adult mental health and learning disabilities.  

Brendan has a wealth of experience in delivering, managing and developing services including crisis services, supported living and carer education. He continues to work towards an MBA with a particular focus on the culture of organisations and strategic leadership.

Brendan is the strategic lead for the operational aspects of the organisation, including quality and compliance, learning and development and employee relations.

Brendan is based at the Heathcotes Group head office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.


Mikkel Togsverd, Managing Director - Heathcotes Southern

Mikkel has worked in care for 20 years and he has worked at all levels - from Support Worker to Director.

The majority of his experience has been in Learning Disabilities and he is hugely passionate about understanding what life is like for the people we support and the staff that support them, and also ensuring that individuals supported receive the highest quality of care.

His short term plan for Heathcotes Southern is to harmonise the services into how Heathcotes operate and ensure that the teams and managers are welcomed and supported through the transition.  The services share a similar ethos to Heathcotes, with great results in terms of transforming people's lives. Longer term, Mikkel is already looking at other properties and companies to purchase, as our clear intention is to grow the Southern portfolio substantially over the coming few years.


Angela Sydenham, Financial Director

Angela is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, having qualified in 1990. Angela has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and financial management and joined the Heathcotes Group in 2007 as Financial Accountant before becoming Financial Director in 2010.

Angela is responsible for the smooth running of the finance as well as producing annual accounts, strategic and financial planning and corporate acquisition. 

Angela is based at the Heathcotes Group head office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. 


Allison Stephens, Head of Services

Allison joined the Heathcotes Group in 2010 as a Service Manager before accepting a Regional post for the East Midlands regions in 2012. In 2015 she was promoted once again to the position of Head of Services. 

Allison is a qualified Learning Disability Nurse and has over 15 years’ experience in a variety of settings including secure services and nursing services in both the NHS and independent sector, supporting adults and children with a Learning Disability and Challenging Behaviour. 

Allison is also a NAPPI UK accredited trainer for delivering physical intervention skills to the staff teams.  Allison has a real commitment to person centred thinking and works creatively to ensure the best outcomes for service users.

Allison spends her time working from the different Heathcotes service across the UK but can be contacted via the Heathcotes Group head office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.


Tracy Johnson, Head of Learning and Development and Strategic Projects

Tracy joined The Heathcotes Group in November 2006 as a Service Manager at Heathcotes Kirby Muxloe, Leicester. She has worked with the social care sector for eighteen years supporting adults with a Learning Disability, complex needs and associated challenging behaviours. 

Tracy has held various positions within the group including Training Manager, Regional Manager and Head of Operations before securing her current position of Head of Quality and Compliance where she is responsible for Quality Assurance and Learning and Development. Tracy sets very high standards for the Heathcotes services and has developed a robust audit tool which is applied across the organisation. 

Tracy is based at the Heathcotes Group head office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. 


Dr Peter Burbidge, Head of Psychology and Clinical Lead BSc. PG.Cert., Clin.Psy.D. CPsychol. AFBPsS

Peter joined the Heathcotes Group in October 2015 as Head of Psychology and Clinical Lead and is responsible for developing the new specialist residential treatment centres for service users with a Learning Disability and Personality Disorder.

Peter trained in Hull and has worked as Lead Psychologist in a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) for the last six years where he specialised in working with people diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. He was also responsible for setting up, developing and running the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) team and last year he obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in DBT from Bangor University.

He has also had specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and is a registered user of the Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders (DISCO).

In his previous work for Heathcotes Peter has provided psychological assessments and interventions in our specialist Autism service at Whitley Bridge and our specialist Prader-Willi syndrome service in Bridlington.