Jon has worked in diverse industry sectors during his career whilst working for respected brands such as Tyco Electronics/AMP, ITV, Jaguar/Land Rover and Royal Mail holding regional, UK and Global responsibilities.
With 7 years of care experience at Shaw healthcare, principally as Group Operations Director, Jon was asked to join Phoenix in 2015 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2016 to lead quality improvement and the development of new services.
In his spare time, having been a Trustee and Managing Director of a heritage steam railway Jon is a key trustee of a charity designing and building award-winning heritage steam railway locomotives and volunteers for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Having joined Phoenix in 2013, Francois has been supporting the Group’s strategic development, growth and organisational improvements through his responsibility for the finance, IT and property teams.
A fellow chartered accountant, he has had various senior financial roles with experiences in healthcare, financial services, transport, logistics and contact centres working alongside a range of customers including Local Authorities and the NHS. Prior to working in commerce, Francois qualified with Grant Thornton UK LLP and specialised in corporate finance supporting various transactions including mergers & acquisitions, due diligence reviews and turnaround work.
Francois has also held various not for profit and trustee roles over the years and currently acts as a Trustee for a local counselling service in Exeter and committee member of a local sports club. When he can be prized away from playing on his spreadsheets, his interests outside of work include cycling, kayaking, travelling and playing the ukelele (very badly).
Mark took up his role in October 2019, having held a series of operational and commercial development roles spanning 20 years within private equity, employee owned and privately-operated organisations, with workforce numbers in excess of 4,000. The focus of his work has always been health and social care, encompassing a range of areas from specialist, residential, education, nursing, supported living and community care
Holding Group Board positions at Agincare, Shaw healthcare, Tracscare (Accomplish Group) which included working internationally, in China as a Chief Operating Officer with Heythorp.
Within the NHS he worked as a Health Promotion Specialist (Public Health) and gained his MSc from the University of Southampton.
He has a passion for prehospital care and supports the NHS as a First Responder. He is responsible for business development and marketing as well as developing and managing its relationships with education and social care.
Lyndy joined Phoenix in 2017 and took up the role of Head of Care Operations in 2018. She has been working in adult’s and children’s services for over 20 years in roles both within local authorities and the independent sector ranging from Support Worker through to senior roles across adult, childcare and educational settings.
Lyndy is a qualified social worker and holds a L6 diploma in Management in Health & Social Care. Lyndy has held roles within social services teams working with children and families.
Reporting to the Group Quality & Service Delivery Director, Lyndy holds responsibility for the day to day operations across our care services.
Starting as a qualified Teacher working in a specialist school for those with profound and complex needs Darren joined Ludlow Healthcare Group and was instrumental in developing Wales’ first residential specialist college for those with Autistic spectrum conditions and behaviours that challenge.
Promoted to Ludlow Orbis Group Principal Darren held responsibility for two residential schools and a residential college. Darren was invited to take up the newly created position as Director for Educational Services taking the lead for all aspects of the educational services, including formal education, residential care and the day-to-day operations of clinical services.
Degree qualified in Autism, Darren raised awareness of specialist education amongst professionals and the general public. Presented with the Gold Wales Care Awards for ‘Promoting Services for Children and Young People’ in addition to the ‘Spirit of Care Award’, which is a prestigious award for the recognition of ‘Inspirational Leadership’.
Prior to joining Phoenix Darren worked at the Cambian Group latterly as a College Principal spearheading a turnaround change program.
Reporting to the Group Quality & Service Delivery Director, Darren holds responsibility for the day to day operations across our Education services.
Consultant Counselling Psychologist
Hannah joined Phoenix 2018 at the formation of our Integrated Therapies Team and has been instrumental in its development.
Hannah completed her Psychology Degree in 2004 and her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology in 2012 at the University of the West of England. Hannah has worked therapeutically for over a decade with adults, children and young people and has extensive experience of working within mental health services and has worked in the NHS and private sector. Once qualified, Hannah worked as a Psychological Therapist for Somerset Partnership NHS Trust before moving on to work as Personality Disorder Locality Lead for Somerset Partnership NHS Trust.
Hannah works closely with our Education and Care teams to continually strive to improve the outcomes of the People we support and to be a trauma-informed organisation.
Reporting to the Group Quality & Service Delivery Director, Hannah holds responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Integrated Therapies Team.
James joined Phoenix in July 2021 as People Director. Reporting to the Group Quality & Service Delivery Director, James holds responsibility for our HR, Recruitment and Learning & Development teams.
Having worked in HR within Health and Social Care for over 18 years across both the private and not-for-profit sectors, James brings a wealth of experience to Phoenix. His previous roles include Head of HR at The Guinness Partnership, and Director of HR Operations at Pobl Group, supporting a range of services including care homes, supported living, domiciliary care, homeless hostels and support services for care leavers.
James is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management.
Outside of work, James enjoys walking and spending time on the family farm in Somerset.
Nick joined Phoenix in 2004 as Maintenance Manager for our properties in South Devon.
In 2019, Nick become Head of Estates with responsibility for the entire Phoenix property portfolio and has been pivotal in shaping our own sector-leading in house property services team and ensuring adherence to legislative requirements. Reporting to the CEO, Nick liaises with approved contractors on new-build projects ensuring our teams have top quality facilities to provide education and care for the People we support.
In his spare time Nick like’s to spend time with family, socialising with friends, going on lots of holidays and the not so occasional 80’s weekend!
Ross joined Phoenix in 2021 as Head of Finance having gained experience across a diverse range of organisations and industries.
He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Finance and Payroll Teams, which cover a range of activities from billing and payment of supplier invoices through to preparing the consolidated group accounts and audit.
Ross is AAT and CIMA qualified.
In his spare time he enjoys rugby, cricket and hiking on the South West Coast Path.
Phoenix welcomes enquiries for placements in any of our services.
We will provide an initial response to all enquiries as soon as possible, advising the options available and indicative dates of admission.
The referrals team can discuss the local offer and where appropriate, put you in contact with the respective Registered Manager or Head Teacher to discuss the practical areas in greater detail.
The Young Person and/or Student are openly encouraged to visit along with parents, guardians or Social Workers to see if the placement is suitable.
Once the placement is confirmed, we work to ensure a smooth transition including the completion of required documentation.
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I qualified and registered as an art psychotherapist in 2020 from Roehampton university. Prior to my training I completed a BA degree in Fine Art and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education Specialising in the Arts. I have worked in multiple capacities with children and adults with learning disability, autism diagnosis, and mental illness, across schools, residential and community settings, and dyadically alongside family members.
An interest of mine, which was central to my final year research project, is the context of art therapy, specifically the environment, and its impact on the therapeutic process. Work on this project coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic which for myself and many practitioners, resulted in a move to online therapy and the absence of a physical therapy space altogether. Jo (drama therapist) has done an incredible job at creating a safe, accessible and therapeutic space for the people we support at Acorn School, and I’m keen to contribute to this.
Further to this, I have a particular interest in working systemically and wholeheartedly believe in the difference we can make to individuals if therapeutic progress is not made in isolation within an art therapy session, but embedded contextually across multiple aspects of a child’s life. The therapeutic model used by the Integrated Therapies Team at Phoenix promotes this way of working. I am really keen to build positive working relationships with team members at Acorn School to ensure a consistent and therapeutic approach for our students.
Outside of work, I run (I’ve got a place at London Marathon 2023 and will be running for MS society), go cold water swimming in the sea, and spend time with my young family. I love to bake, although I’ll often forget a vital ingredient, and I’m a big fan of a cuppa tea and a packet of custard creams.
I have worked at Phoenix for 11 years after originally training as a teacher in Further Education working with students ranging from 16-55 years with additional needs.
I have worked in variety of settings supporting clients with learning disabilities with their mental health well-being.
Since qualifying as an Art Therapist I have worked with both adults and young people. I am interested in how our backgrounds affect us in the present and how this comes out in the artwork we create.
I mainly focus on how art making can support people to understand and process their emotions and traumas in ways that cannot be expressed in words, or when the words cannot be found.
Some other interests that influence my practice are meditation and mindfulness, group dynamics and understanding trauma-informed organisations.
In my role at Phoenix I work alongside teams to provide therapeutically informed support as well as one-to-one and group Art Therapy sessions for young people.
As a clinical psychologist I have worked with adults, children and young people from a very wide-range of backgrounds for over 20 years. My special interests are trauma, PTSD and psychosis and I am passionate about providing access for as many people as possible to psychological treatments that work.
My role in Phoenix is to provide strategic and clinical advice and guidance to the Integrated Therapies Team and advise the board of clinical and psychological advances.
I have worked for 20 years in a therapeutic capacity in special needs schools, adult mental health, CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health) and in private practice. I have a particular interest in Autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and Trauma.
I draw on a range of theories and use metaphors, physical action, movement, and a wide spectrum of creative arts including art and music, to enable the client to make personal connections to the work and find an indirect way in to exploring and understanding the issues that they come with.
I have several years of experience working therapeutically with children and young people in education and care. My interests are attachment and trauma, brain development, and organisational dynamics – I am keen to observe what happens in organisations and how it affects their members.
I believe that our inner workings often happen on a non-verbal level, and creative therapies offer individuals a chance to communicate and be understood without using words. I am passionate about exploring the use of voice, vocalizing and singing in music therapy, and the voices connection to the body and mind.
I am an HCPC registered Music Therapist who works within a person-centred and client-led approach, and where active music-making and improvisation are often the predominant therapeutic intervention methods. I have many years of experience providing personalised Music Therapy sessions in both mainstream and special schools and colleges, as well as in community settings.
In my role as a Music Therapist, I offer sessions with the aim of supporting the mental, physical and emotional health and well being of children and young people with complex additional support needs, such as communication and learning difficulties; sensory impairments; autism spectrum conditions; acquired brain injury; social, emotional and mental health difficulties; trauma and attachment disorders; profound and multiple learning difficulties; and life-limiting conditions.
Using music as the medium through which the therapeutic processes can be explored, allows those I work with to express their emotions and experiences in a creative, accessible, playful and relational way. The music itself provides a safe way of communicating, the therapeutic space offers a safe space in which to do so, and the secure therapeutic relationship allows all layers of the work to be shared, acknowledged, explored and processed.
For over a decade I have had the pleasure of working within the therapeutic and education sector with many incredible individuals, and since 2017 I have had the honour of being able to provide Art Therapy to those amazing people.
Art Therapy is a way in which our inner child, our mind and body come together to overcome barriers through the medium of creating images, sculptures and mess. It can help work with understanding ourselves, while visually telling a story that can be told and heard, without ever speaking a single word.
My role here at Phoenix is to work alongside the therapeutic team and provide empathetic evidence-based therapeutic support to those who need it.
I have been working with in mental health for the past 15 years as a support worker and for the past 7 years as a Psychotherapist. I offer integrative therapy and believe in working with the client on an individual basis adapting the approach I use to be able to do this.
My special interests lie with working with people who have Autism. I am particularly interested in how people process information, trauma and attachment. I also work with obsessive compulsive disorder, using a range of CBT techniques.
I have worked for over 10 years with children and adults with mental health needs, learning disabilities and Autism.
I am passionate about improving the lives of children and young people with mental health issues and further to this, in supporting teams to develop a healthy environment for the children and young people in the homes, schools and colleges.
I have a special interest in Autism. I have trained in ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and have conducted Autism Assessments in the past. I also have an interest in trauma and how its effects can change with the right support. I believe in the benefits of teamwork and multidisciplinary approaches to offer a holistic response to the children’s needs.
My role within Phoenix involves working alongside teams providing therapeutically informed support, offering one-to-one therapy for children and young people in the homes and Education settings, conducting psychological assessments and delivering training in relevant psychological presentations and approaches.
I have experience working with children who have experienced early developmental trauma or have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions as both a teaching assistant and support worker. I have also worked as a support worker for adults with mental health difficulties living in a community based supported living service. I have received Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (level one) training and consequently have extensive experience using PACE.
I am particularly interested in the value of attachment and trauma informed residential services and schools and finding ways to integrate the PACE approach into a way of being with children and young people. My role is to support the Head of Therapies across all Phoenix services by providing assessments, training, interventions and team support.
Consultant Counselling Psychologist
I have worked therapeutically for over a decade with adults, children and young people and I have extensive experience of working within mental health services.
I am proud to lead a forward thinking, diverse group of therapists whose work makes a difference to the people we support. An important part of my role is working closely with our Care and Education colleagues to continually strive to improve the outcomes of the people we support and to be a trauma-informed organisation.
My special interests are attachment and trauma. I’m very interested in how the attachments we have formed in our early life may shape our future relationships and mental health, and how later positive attachments can help us find the strength to overcome problems. This understanding informs the work I do with individuals and drives my passion to improve the lives of our children and adults through providing attachment and trauma informed therapeutic care. I am also very interested in working with teams and strongly believe that through investing in and supporting our teams who work daily with the people we support this is where we can create the most positive change for children and young adults.
I have over 10 years’ experience working with children and adults with a variety of communication strengths and needs in a range of settings, including a secure forensic hospital and specialist school settings.
My special interests include the link between communication difficulties and their impact on mental health. I enjoy learning new approaches and developing my practice and skillset to better support positive changes for children and adults.
I enjoy providing a mixture of direct and indirect Speech and Language Therapy services for our students with a range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). I am also a fully qualified dysphagia practitioner, offering specialist support in this area to settings across the organisation.
Since graduating as a Speech and Language Therapist, I have worked with children and young adults with speech and language needs in a variety of mainstream and special education settings and in neuro rehabilitation settings with children and adults with acquired brain injuries.
My special interests include neurodevelopmental conditions, e.g. ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome, Alterative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and Selective Mutism.
I am a neurodivergent Speech and Language Therapist. I have worked for over 7 years with children and young people with complex needs, including hearing loss, learning disabilities, attachment and trauma, and speech, language, and communication needs. Prior to becoming a Speech and Language Therapist, I worked as an assistant at a preschool for Deaf children, and as a team lead running respite programs for disabled children and teenagers.
I am passionate about taking a holistic, intersectional approach to all areas of care, framed within a neurodiversity-affirming lens. I believe that everyone should have access to communication in whatever form is most comfortable to them and be in an environment that honours and supports that communication style.
My special interests include mental health, trauma and attachment, particularly the impact of systemic ableism on neurodivergent development and social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing. Other interests include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and multi-sensory impairments.
Prior to starting with Phoenix Learning and Care Group I worked in a variety of health & social care settings, including on a variety of acute wards. I joined Oakwood Specialist College, Dawlish as a Learning Support Assistant in September 2017.
After a year of supporting with therapy sessions, I joined the Integrated Therapies Team as the SLT Assistant.
I have special interests in Autism Spectrum Conditions and Relationships and Sex Education. In 2021 Kate and I were extremely proud to receive the Sex Education Forum’s, Educator of the Year for Innovation Award.
I have over 10 years’ experience working with children, young people and adults with a range of communication strengths and needs in a range of education and care settings.
I have a passion for person-centred care, and I feel working in a supportive multi-disciplinary team enables the best outcomes for vulnerable individuals.
My special interests include Autism Spectrum Conditions, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs and Selective Mutism.
As communication is a basic human right, I believe every child, young person and adult should have a voice and I thrive to support those individuals to reach their full communication potential.
Phoenix operate a broad portfolio of Children’s homes providing 52 week residential care for children and young people unable to live at home and for whom a foster family is currently unsuitable or an aspiration.
Our homes range in configuration including single occupancy, 2 bed, 3 bed and 4 bed services that are located across the South West of England and South Wales in both rural and urban environments. All our homes work to give individuals the chance to flourish with the key outcome of being to assist the child or young person with the crisis or issues currently faced whilst simultaneously helping them develop the skills and abilities they would need to move on either back to their parents, into foster care or into independent living.
All homes are supported with a therapeutic model and specific services have direct 1-1 bespoke therapy program linked to need.
Phoenix offer short term crisis stabilisation services for young people who have experienced significant placement disruption and maybe presenting high risk behaviours. During the 12 week maximum stay there is strong emphasis on creating structure and developing strategies for young people to cope towards moving to foster placement or into a registered children’s home.
Phoenix Adult supported living and residential settings are located at the heart of the local community with facilities, activities and opportunities nearby to help people flourish and live independently.
A personalised support plan is configured based upon needs, priorities and aspirations which might include personal care, managing finances, finding education, work or exploring leisure activities. Phoenix supported living settings encourage independent living and facilitate people to live either on their own, live with others in shared accommodation or a mix of both by having a flat alongside others in one building. Our Supported Living and residential settings are located in South Devon around the Dawlish and Teignmouth areas.
Now in its sixth year, the annual Phoenix Heart Awards brings together our dedicated Team Members to recognise individuals across all Phoenix services who have demonstrated true excellence in their day-to-day work during the year; people who inspire others and deliver beyond expectation.
Nominations from across our network of services in both England and Wales are welcomed with the awards growing from strength to strength, increasing the total number of professional awards made.
Alongside a series of competitions to engage all, this year for the first time we have an additional award category to specifically recognise how individuals and the people we support, who have made significant progress during the past 18 months, where personal achievements and development have been accomplished and where individuals have strived to achieve it. Awards are made across the following areas:
Encompassing our values of Nurture, Flourish, Grow the awards event in July 2023 will bring together all under our #onephoenixfamily ethos.
Visit the Main Awards Page….
• 24 hour counselling for you and your family
• You pay 5%, Phoenix matches 3%
• Optional salary sacrifice
• Wide range of high street & supermarket discounts
• Holidays deals or discounts
• Discount on family days out including theme parks
• 2x annual salary paid to upon the event of your death
• 1x annual salary paid up front upon diagnosis
• Dental – Accidental and injury
• Diagnosis test and scans including CT, MRI and PET
• Complementary Therapies
• Alternative therapies including Reflexology, Reiki, Indian head massage, allergy testing