Carole Stanley, Community Relations Manager
Carole spent many years in the corporate world specialising in the IT sector. After a family loss she revaluated her career and decided she would like to pursue a job within the healthcare sector.
Carole started working as a Support Assistant and found great satisfaction from the positive difference she made to her client’s lives.
After two years of being a Support Assistant, Carole joined Home Care Preferred in August 2018 as Community Relations Manager. Her own personal experience coupled with empathy, the ability to listen to people’s needs and a common-sense approach are qualities that are perfect for this role.
In her personal life, Carole loves spending time with her family, is a football fan and is a long term Arsenal supporter.
Figen Karadogan, Head of Care
Having worked in hotels in the UK and Japan for several years Figen trained as a chef which she then did for 4 years prior to turning to the care industry.
Figen joined Home Care Preferred in 2014 as a Care Assistant, in 2015 she took the role of team leader and in 2016 she became Head of Care. It was clear from when she joined the company that she was a natural to care and has made significant progress in a short space of time.
Figen believes in, and fully supports, the values of HCP.
Outside of work, Figen enjoys travelling, swimming and is an amateur astronomer – There is another skywalker!
Gina Waterhouse, Finance and Administration
Gina joined Home Care Preferred in May 2013 after a long career at the Lloyds Banking Group in London. Gina is highly skilled in IT and all aspects of administration and plays an important role within the company.
When not working, Gina enjoys flower arranging, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. A frequently asked question is whether Ken and Gina are related and the answer is “not as far as we are aware”.
Julie Philips, Care Coordinator
Julie has worked within the Care Sector for over 15 years, starting her career within clinical settings based in several hospitals in London. Here Julie worked on the maternity and audiology wards, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Julie then worked in residential care supporting young adults and families.
Julie has vast experience with dementia care and a special interest in Vascular Dementia. She believes it is important to give opportunity to individuals with dementia and promote their independence by engaging in specific dementia related activities with them.
Julie joined Home Care Preferred in 2013 as a Senior Care Giver. She is a popular team member and we have received excellent feedback from the clients she supports.
Julie has recently been promoted and is now Home Care Preferred’s Coordinator, which involves some hand’s on support for our clients combined with care planning and client quality assurance.
Outside of work she is family orientated and has personal experiences with supporting close family members; both in long term illness and palliative care, also enabling rehabilitation and recovery of her own brother. Julie also enjoys exercising, especially spinning.
Ken Waterhouse, Founder & Managing Director
Ken started his career in the care profession in 1987 when he established his first Residential Care Home for older people. During his career he has operated award winning care organisations, always providing the highest standard of service.
In addition to extensive senior management experience Ken has also carried out “hands-on” care work.
Recruiting people that share his passion for the sector, and building strong and motivated teams has resulted in the delivery of first-rate care.
When a close family member became terminally ill, Ken for the first time experienced care at home from a client’s perspective. It made him truly appreciate how important staying at home really is to people.
Experiencing the stress and emotions families and loved ones encounter when caring for someone he decided to establish a service that make staying at home a reality. Home Care Preferred was founded and as they say “the rest is history”
Ken lives in London and outside of his professional life enjoys time with his family and friends, loves music, film, food and a weekly game of squash.
Lisa Persheim, Team Leader
Born in Norway, Lisa moved the UK to study, gaining a BSc in Psychology followed by a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Studies. During her studies Lisa worked in customer services in the beauty industry. She graduated in 2015 and again worked in customer services in market intelligence which also involved translation work from Norwegian to English. Looking for a career path where she could reap the benefits of her education and use her client facing and relationship skills, in October 2016 Lisa joined Home Care Preferred as a Support Assistant. Her natural ability, caring nature and quiet confidence were quickly noticed and, after six months, Lisa was promoted to Team Leader.
Lisa has made her home in London but loves to go back to Norway to visit her family and friends.
Monica Murphey, Recruitment and HR executive
Monica has several years’ experience as an HR generalist combined with In House and Agency recruitment. Following a short career break to care for a family member, Monica joined HCP as a Support Assistant. It wasn’t long before her HR and recruitment experience were discovered and she found herself back in the office environment recruiting for Home Care Preferred. Outside of work, Monica enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for long walks (especially in the Lake District), swimming and loves to get lost in a good book.
Navaniita Dhar, Franchising Manager
Navaniita started her career in the healthcare sector on a part-time basis as a care support worker whilst studying at University in Dorset. Soon after working in a residential care setting she knew that she wanted to remain in the care profession and commenced with professional qualifications.
Her career progressed rapidly and she was soon in senior roles and subsequently offered a position managing a residential care home. She took a home that was in a crisis situation from a poor grade to a good grade within one month.
In addition to delivering a high level of client care in residential care settings Nav also has experience of providing services to clients in their own homes.
Navanitta joined Home Care Preferred in 2012 as a care manager and in 2016 became the companies first Franchise Manager. In this key role Navaniita is responsible for awarding franchises to suitable people in key locations. In addition she will mentor franchise owners ensuring they develop their branch in line with the values of Home Care Preferred.
In her personal life Nav has worked as a relief worker and a news reporter during the Tsunami crisis and helps with relief work. She enjoys reading, film, Latino & Indian classical dance, politics and current affairs, languages, socialising with friends and family and visits to a wide variety of restaurants.
Nancy Neer, Reception & Office Coordinator
Nancy joined Home Care Preferred in Winchmore Hill in February 2019.
She previously worked for 16 years at Barclays Bank and in 2002 left the company to start a family. When her children were older her husband’s work circumstances took them to New York for two and half years. Whilst in New York, Nancy volunteered in a local hospital. The work included supporting patients and assisting with administration. She realised how much she enjoyed the health care sector and when she returned with her children to the UK she decided she wanted to join a health related organisation. She found Home Care Preferred and, as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.
Nancy has a wide range of responsibilities at Home Care Preferred including coordinating the sale of equipment to our clients.
She enjoys spending time with her two boys as well as family and friends. Nancy also likes keeping fit which includes regular visits to the local gym.
Equally important, our amazing Support Assistants
Our Support Assistants are a diverse group of people. The common thread is that they all share the values of Home Care Preferred and are passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of our clients.
We recruit people who have a can do attitude, people that hold good communication skills, and are honest, fair and who have empathy for those they support.
Since our opening in 2012 we have recruited some of the kindest and most genuine people available. We are very proud of our Support Assistants and feel confident our clients will be glad to have any of our team members support them in their home.