Heathcotes' senior management has a wealth of experience in the provision of care services for adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and associated complex needs. A number of the team started their careers as support workers, providing a valuable understanding of the dynamic and culture required for a successful care environment.

Brendan Kelly

Group Managing Director

Brendan joined the Heathcotes Group in 2009 after having worked at Regional Director level with a national charity. During his career he has acquired 20 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.

Angela Limb

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.

Tracy Johnson

Director of Operations (South)

Tracy has held various positions within the group including Training Manager, Regional Manager and Head of Quality and Compliance where she was 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 now has strategic oversight for a portfolio of services in our Southern region ensuring they are operating with high quality standards.

Dr Peter Burbidge

Clinical Director

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.

Gemma Hollingsworth

Director of Operations (North)

Gemma joined the Heathcotes Group in 2010 as a Team Leader at Heathcotes Bridlington. She then progressed to Service Manager at Heathcotes Whitley before accepting a Regional post for the Yorkshire region. In 2017 she was promoted once again to the position of Head of Services.

Gemma has over 16 years’ experience in a variety of settings including secure services in the independent sector, supporting adults with a Learning Disability and Challenging Behaviour.

Gemma is the strategic lead for Heathcotes Personality Disorder services as well as the Prader – Willi syndrome services. Gemma is also the operational lead for all of Heathcotes Northern services.

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

Natalia Lysiuk

Director of Business Development

Natalia joined the Heathcotes Group in 2015. Before joining Heathcotes Natalia worked in a commissioning role for an independent mental health provider and prior to that in executive search recruitment.

Natalia is responsible for the growth of Heathcotes' service portfolio nationally, both increasing existing occupancy and identifying new service development prospects. Natalia is responsible for our Commissioning team, whose primary focus in increasing Heathcotes' occupancy.

Natalia spends her time meeting external stakeholders across the UK, but can be contacted via the Heathcotes Group head office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Natalia leads our marketing and communication strategy with a focus on increasing Heathcotes' brand presence.

Elisabeth Haigh

Director of Quality

Elisabeth joined Heathcotes in 2015 as part of the Quality team. She has since progressed to Quality Manager and Head of Quality, before being promoted to Director of Quality in December 2019. Elisabeth has over 18 years’ experience in various settings including physical disability and supporting adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Elisabeth spends her time ensuring the oversight of the quality and governance within our services and is also the Covid lead for our organisation.

Kate Leatherland

People and Culture Director

Kate joined Heathcotes in 2020 after having worked as a HR Director with a children’s residential provider. Kate is a qualified HR professional bringing five years of experience in human resources leadership, and nine years generalist HR.

As the strategic lead for the People and Culture of the organisation, Kate is responsible for the end to end employee life cycle, safer recruitment, people compliance, complex case management, multi-site commercially supportive HR, employee engagement, wellbeing initiatives, mental health advocacy, inclusion & diversity, and establishing effective, modern policies for the workforce.

Kate is based at the Heathcotes Group business support office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Craig Lister

Head of Services (North)

Craig joined the Heathcotes Group in 2013 as a Support Worker at Heathcotes Wakefield. He then quickly progressed to Team Leader before successfully securing a Service Manager post at Heathcotes Sheffield. Craig later accepted the role of Regional Manager for the South West Yorkshire region. He now oversees all services in Yorkshire, Humberside and the North West of England in the capacity of Head of Services – North.

Craig has over 10 years’ experience within the Health & Social Care sector – predominantly supporting adults with Learning Disabilities, Challenging Behaviours and Mental Health. Craig spends his time working from different Heathcotes services across the UK, but is based at the Heathcotes Group Head Office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Steve Nunwick

Head of Estates

Steve joined Heathcotes in 2021 and is responsible for the operational management and strategic development of the expanding Heathcotes estate. The estate includes a range of purpose designed and built properties that support our person-centred residential care model and our independent supported living provision.

Steve has over 25 years’ experience in managing large estates and facilities at a senior level in multiple sectors including care. Steve believes that the use of active, modern design within the estate can produce a huge positive difference to those that live and work within it.

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