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Meet the Management

We place strong emphasis on training our care teams to meet the personal, medical and social needs of every resident and to provide facilities and amenities of the highest standards.

 

Mr Paul Whitlock

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Paul Whitlock was born in Chichester and attended Woodbridge School in Suffolk. After ʻAʼ Levels, he went to the University of Sheffield where he graduated in electrical engineering. Following a graduate apprenticeship with Smiths Industries in London, he worked for Bell South in Atlanta, Georgia and for Bell Canada in Montreal and Toronto – where he met his wife. He attended York University in Toronto where he gained an MBA after which he worked as a management consultant for Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) in Canada and Ireland. His subsequent career has been primarily in international management with major telecommunications manufacturers such as Plessey and Nortel Networks, but has also involved running a Canadian daily newspaper. Paul and his wife (now deceased) have lived in Farnham since 1987, have three sons all of whom attended local schools including Weydon and then went on to university. They have three small granddaughters. Paul is now retired and in addition to being the Chairman of the Society is also a trustee of the Dempster Trust and an active member of the Rotary Club of Farnham.

Mrs Gillian Ward

Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees

Gillian spent her teen years in Farnham before moving to London and working as a legal secretary. She then became PA to an MP for several years before marrying and moving first to Scotland, then to Esher with several trips to Indonesia and Libya in between. Gillian’s husband is presently the Mayor of Farnham, but was previously in the oil industry before he retired when he and Gillian moved back to Farnham in 1998. Whilst in Indonesia, Gillian became Treasurer then Chairman of the British Women’s Association, as well as starting up an organisation aimed at helping newly-arrived wives to settle into their new environment. Gillian is now helping to organise Farnham’s annual Heritage Open Days scheme. Her main hobby is singing in the choir and she also enjoys crafts of various kinds.  She has two children, a son and a daughter.  Gillian has always felt very strongly about the importance of dignity and independence for the elderly for as long as possible.

Dr Chris Tibbott

Hon. Secretary

Christopher Tibbott qualified as a doctor at Kings College Hospital, London in 1973. He joined a general practice in Farnham in 1978 and worked as a GP in that practice for 30 years before retiring in March 2008. During that time Christopher came into contact with Abbeyfield Houses and the development into their present setup. He was so impressed by the ethos of the organisation and the way the houses were run that when he was asked to become a trustee in 2008, he readily accepted the invitation.

Mr Brian Thomas

Hon. Treasurer & Chairman of Finance Committee

Brian had a thirty year career with Fluor Corporation, a US based designer, engineer, builder and maintainer of international oil, gas, chemical, government, power, industrial and infrastructure projects. Since taking early retirement in 2007, Brian is actively involved in a Rotary Club, Italian classes, motor sport and travel. He is an executive with a Chemical Engineering degree, CFO, business development and CEO experience. He is results orientated, with international experience in a US based global leader in international project management. He also has leadership and commercial skills with a record of developing an inclusive environment, and coaching and developing others throughout a career involving strategy creation and implementation, acquisition and enterprise restructuring. Brian is married to Jacqui and they have four children.

Mr Tim Shepherd

Chairman of Care Committee

After leaving Kings College School in Wimbledon Tim studied Business Studies before joining the family firm of Road Surfacing and Public Works contractors. In 1971 he bought a Nursing Home in Hindhead and spent the next 38 years developing it to provide a personalised and caring environment for elderly residents and convalescents.   Tim retired in 2009. Tim is married with two children and two grandchildren, and is a member of The Haslemere Rotary Club, and Secretary of Elstead PCC. He enjoys sailing, music, theatre, gardening and travel in both the UK and France.

 

 

Mr Peter Newman

Peter lived in Canada for 19 years and attended the McGill University in Montreal as well as the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.  He has worked as a Consultant, a Manager, and a Teacher at the Surrey Business School in the University of Surrey, Guildford. Peter is married, with two children and six grandchildren.  He enjoys DIY and gardening, and is a keen golfer.

Mr Peter Duffy

Peter had thirty years with National Westminster Bank, which included four years in France and three in Spain, where he was Managing Director of Banco NatWest, the Group subsidiary there. However, most of his time in the Bank was spent developing business with major international companies, especially in the oil sector. He was eventually responsible for leading all the sections covering the energy, mining, aviation, shipping and automobile industries. After retiring from Natwest, he returned to full time study, taking a B.A. and an M.A. in art history at the Courtauld Institute and a further M.A. in history at Kings College, London. He is a member of U3A, The University of the Third Age and has been a chairman and/or trustee of a number of local charities. He is married to Wendy and they have two daughters and five very active grandchildren.

Dr Agnes Ibrahim

Agnes was originally from Aberdeenshire, and trained at Aberdeen University Medical School. Later she worked as a GP in Farnham from 1977 until she retired in 2012. She was in practice at Farnham Health Centre, Brightwells initially with Dr McLeod, and later becoming Senior Partner when she retired in 1988. The practice moved to the new Farnham Centre for Health in 2003. Agnes is married to Dr I K Ibrahim, who was a Consultant Physician in the Care of the Elderly at Frimley Park and Farnham Hospitals, until his retirement in 2003. They have two sons—neither of whom became medics! She enjoys walking and is an active member of Farnham Ramblers. Since retiring Agnes has joined U3A, The University of the Third Age and attends regularly. She also enjoys Scottish Country Dancing and attends classes twice a week.

Mr Ian Thomson

Ian was born in Hampton on Thames where he attended the local grammar school. He joined IBM and worked for them in a variety of IT positions. These included executive roles assuring all UK contract proposals and delivery, running much of the European computer operations and managing International outsourcing contracts. After leaving IBM he worked as an independent consultant in Ireland and the UK. He was invited to become the chairman of Abbeyfield Liss in 2012 and has been a member of the South Eastern Region Strategy Council since 2013. Following the agreement to merge Liss with WVS he has been made a trustee of WVS. He has lived in the Liss area since 1976 when his job with IBM was relocated. He is married with two sons and has a major interest is rugby which he has played, coached and refereed.

Sally Tidy

CEO

Sally is a Registered Nurse trained at St Thomas’ Hospital London. Following her training she specialized in Intensive Care and Coronary Care, however realised this was not her niche. She moved from the NHS to work with the elderly. After working with Friends of the Elderly for 5 years she moved to the Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society as Matron of Wey Valley House.

When Hatch Mill opened in 2001 Sally became the General Manager over the two homes and subsequently over the four when Ridgway Court and 8 Shortheath Crest joined the group after the merger with Abbeyfield Farnham. With AWVS and Abbeyfield Haslemere merger and the restructuring of the Board of Trustees and Sub-committees, Sally was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Mike Maher

General Manager 

Mike Joined the Army (Royal Army Medical Corps) in 1965 as an Apprentice Tradesman undertaking nurse training and qualified as an SRN in 1970. He served in the UK, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Jordan, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. He left the Army (for the first time) in the rank of Major in 1980.

His civilian career saw him working in Saudi Arabia initially as Nursing Officer for OPD & A&E and eventually as Assistant Director of Nursing and then as Director of Nursing before coming back to the UK to Health Service Managing a 200 bed Elderly Care Directorate in the St Albans and Hemel Hempstead Trust. Mike then went to Work in Malaysia as Chief Hospital Administrator and was instrumental in the commissioning and opening of the 300 bed Strand Hospital and Retirement Home in Sungai Petani. On his return to the UK at the end of his contract he was recalled to the Army on Full Time Reserve Service, firstly as Officer Commanding MRS Edinburgh and then as SO2 Plans at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre, serving a further five years.

Since leaving the Army, Mike has managed 2 care homes prior to Hatch Mill, both within the charitable sector. Following work he did auditing Hatch Mill he was approached by Sally and asked if he would consider joining AWVS full time as Registered Manger at Hatch Mill. He agreed to this as long as it was only for 1 year. Three and a half years later he is still at AWVS, now in the post of General Manager.

Shelley Hartley

Registered Manager Hatch Mill

 Shelley has had over 20 year’s experience in caring for the elderly. She started working for Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 1987 as a Care Assistant. She then undertook all her NVQ qualifications and became a Senior Care Assistant 1995 and Deputy Manager in 2000. She was appointed as the Registered Manager of Wey Valley House in September 2001 and in November 2014 Shelley became the Registered Manger at Hatch Mill.

Shelley has her Registered Managers Award, NVQ3 and NVQ4 in care and currently studying NVQ7. She has also had courses in First Aid, Health and Safety, Infection Control, Fire Awareness, Food hygiene, Manual Handling and SOVA Management, COSHH, Drug Administration, Palliative Care, Diabetes Awareness, Dementia, Customer Service and Equality and Diversity, Support and supervision.

Louise Arnold

Registered Manager Ridgway Court & Wey Valley House

Louise has worked for 18 years in caring for the elderly. She started working for The Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2001 as a Care Assistant. Louise then became a Senior Care Assistant and then the Deputy Manager.

In November 2014 Louise was appointed as the Registered Manager of Wey Valley House. Her qualifications include NVQ3 and Diploma in health and social care level 5 in care. Louise has also had courses in first aid, health and safety, fire awareness, food hygiene, drug administration, palliative care and SOVA and keeps up to date with her personal development in the care industry. Louise has an office in both homes, sharing her time between Wey Valley House and Ridgway Court.

Wendy Keating

Registered Manager – Homecare

Wendy has worked in the care and educational industry for over 30 years. Her career includes her registration with Berkshire Adult Services/Berkshire County Council as Registered Home Manager for a Residential Unit, Responsible Individual for a Nursing Agency and a Director/Branch Manager for a Domiciliary Care Provider. She obtained her NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care for Adults in 2011 and is a Member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.  While working for an International Recruitment Company Wendy gained registration with the OISC (The Office of Immigration Services Commission) supplying immigration advice to healthcare professionals within the EU. She has also aided professionals to register with specific professional bodies such as the NMC, GMC and the Health and Care Professions Council prior to finding employment for each person.  Wendy was appointed Registered Manager of the Society’s Home Care service in October 2016.

Wendy has courses in H&S, Risk Assessment, SOVA, Moving & Handling, Medication Awareness, Dementia Awareness, Infection Control, Mental Capacity and DOL’s, Equality & Diversity, Food Hygiene/Nutrition, Emergency First Aid and Fire Safety. She keeps up to date with her personal development in the care profession and follows her interest in Employment and Immigration Law.

Tammie Baker

Clinical Manager Hatch Mill

Tammie is a Registered Nurse and qualified in 2007 but worked in the care industry for over 10 years before her training as a nurse. Her qualifications are Registered Nurse; she had an extended role in the community as a community nurse. Tammie joined Hatch Mill as their Clinical Manager in 2014.

Tammie has experience in Palliative care, Wound Management, Diabetes, Chronic Diseases Management. Tammie is a Registered Mentor for nursing students. Fire Awareness, SOVA Management, COSHH, Infection Control.

Helen Parlett

Deputy Manager Ridgway Court

Helen Parlett has worked for 9 years in caring for the elderly, starting as Care Assistant in Hatch Mill. Her qualifications include NVQ3 leading her to become Senior Care Assistant and level 5 Diploma in leadership for health and social care. She has also has courses in first aid, health and safety, fire awareness, food hygiene, drug administration, palliative care and SOVA, and keeps up to date with her personal development in the care industry. Helen became Deputy Manager at Ridgway Court in 2011.

Tracy Frampton

Deputy Manager Wey Valley House

Tracy has working in care since leaving school in various areas of the care sector including working in busy hospital wards, learning difficulties and mental health although her preference is care of the elderly.

Tracy joined Abbeyfield in 2010 at Ridgway Court and has worked in all three Farnham homes. She joined as a Senior Care Assistant and with Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society’s support, she gained her NVQ5 and progressed to Deputy Manager of Wey Valley House in November 2014.

Michael Kay

Head of Finance

Michael is a graduate from Portsmouth Polytechnic where he gained an Honours degree in Accounting in 1990. He then went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with PKF in Guildford in 1994. Following that he spent 2 years living and working in Sydney, Australia. On returning to the UK he has worked entirely in industry/commerce within book publishing, for a firm of Solicitors, and finally as Finance Director to a start up company specialising in CGI’s. He joined Abbeyfield in September 2008 on a part-time basis.

Lesley Snitter

Admin Manager

Lesley is an experienced PA with many years of administrative work under her belt. Her last role was as a Franchise Co-ordinator for a local company specialising in data room and office equipment cleaning, one of her main responsibility being to maintain a good working relationship between Franchisee and Franchisor. Previously Lesley was PA to the Owners/Directors of a photocopier company until it was sold in 2008.

In September 2010 Lesley joined AWVS as Administrator. She was given an office containing only a desk, a filing cabinet and a PC; her job role has expanded to the extent that an Admin Assistant (Anita) has been employed to help with the workload. Lesley completed an e-learning NCFE Level 2 Certification in Equality and Diversity, and has attended all AWVS’s mandatory training courses. In 2014 she completed her NVQ3 Diploma in Business and Administration and was promoted to Admin Manager in January 2015. She has enrolled on a 2-year City & Guilds Business & Administration Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 course which will begin shortly.

Tracey Pollard

Wellbeing Manager

Tracey has had over 20 years’ experience in caring for the elderly, joining Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2002 as a Senior Care Assistant at Hatch Mill.   In 2007 Tracey became Deputy Manager at Ridgway Court before being given the position of Volunteer and Activity Support Manager in 2010. Tracey is the staff support officer and in 2016 she became the Society’s Wellbeing Manager.

Tracey has NVQ3 and NVQ4 and NVQ Assessors Award together with courses in First Aid, Health and Safety, Infection Control, Fire Marshall, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, SOVA Management, COSHH, Drug Administration, End of Life Care, Diabetes Awareness, Dementia, Customer Service, Mental Health and Equality and Diversity, Support and supervision.

Toni Chandler

Training Manager

Toni has had over 18 years’ experience in caring for the elderly, joining Abbeyfield Wey Valley society in 2001 as a Night Care Assistant at Hatch Mill. In 2004 Toni worked as a Senior Care Assistant and in 2007 she became Deputy Manager on Hatch Mill’s residential wing.   She also covered maternity leave as Deputy at Wey valley House before being given the position of Trainer in 2014.

Toni has NVQ2, NVQ3, NVQ4 and NVQ Assessors award, First Aid, Health and Safety, Fire Marshall, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, SOVA Management, COSHH, Drug Administration, End of Life Care, Diabetes Awareness, Dementia, Customer Service, Mental Health and Equality and Diversity, Support and supervision and Health Conditions. Train the Trainer, Train the Trainer in Manual Handling, SOVA and the Care Certificate.

 

A really friendly atmosphere, staff and Residents are like one big family.

Lorna, member of staff