Meet the senior management team at Helping Hands
The senior management team at Helping Hands has over 85 years’ worth of care experience between them, from providing hands-on care themselves through to working with charities and the NHS.
This experience and passion for quality care helps to ensure that Helping Hands is your trusted care provider of choice. It’s one of the reasons why 30,000 families have chosen us since we began in 1989.
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Tim Lee, Chairman
Helping Hands and a passion for supporting customers to remain in their own homes have both been an important part of Tim’s life since his mother, Mary Lee, founded the company almost 30 years ago.
Today, Tim is Chairman of Helping Hands. “Over the years I’ve gained an understanding of all aspects of running a home care business and how to meet the expectations of our diverse range of customers,” he explained. “In the early days, during my time off from university studies, I would help out as a carer, by supporting our customers and also assist in the office answering telephone enquiries. Through this experience I am able to truly appreciate the difference our carers can make to the quality of life of our customers and their families.”
During his time as CEO, Tim won the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award as one of the country’s highest rated CEOs. Based on employee reviews and ratings, he was recognised as the UK’s 32nd top-rated CEO with an approval rating of 92%.
“During my career I have seen plenty of change in the social care industry, and in Helping Hands as a company, as we adapt our services to exceed the expectations of our customers,” he added. “I strongly believe that Helping Hands is in an enviable position, as one of the Top UK Home Care Companies, in being able to meet the wishes of those requiring care, and that is to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to live the lives they choose.”
Tim personally meets every carer who trains at our Centre of Excellence in Warwickshire before they graduate and join our team. “The company may have changed a little since I joined back in 1996,” he said, “but the values that we all shared back then have been instrumental in our growth and are still what makes Helping Hands the great company it is today.”
Andy Hogarth, Chief Executive Officer
Meet Andy Hogarth, our CEO. Andy has a wealth of experience in the recruitment, computer software and hospitality industries, he made a move to the health and care industry in January 2018 after becoming our Chairman.
Andy’s Helping Hands journey began when his own mother was looked after by one of our live-in carers up until she sadly passed away.
“My mum was living with dementia and was gradually getting more and more confused. The thought of her having to go into a nursing home just filled me with anxiety and it wasn’t something that I wanted for her. I’d never even heard of Helping Hands and I didn’t realise that you could arrange for a carer to live with you in your home to always be there to support you.
“Once my mum’s carer was in place, she was absolutely brilliant and provided wonderful care to her in her final days. The fact that she could stay in her own home before she died made such a difference to her and the rest of the family.”
Now as CEO, Andy’s aim is to continue to provide the compassionate and person-centred care that we’re renowned for to even more people across the UK, whilst looking after our fantastic carers and office staff and continuing to make Helping Hands a great place to work.
“Everything that Helping Hands stands for really resonates with me, and I truly believe that every single one of our colleagues plays a key role in enabling people to stay in their own home and retain their independence. Regardless of position or role, all of us are key to changing peoples’ lives and making a difference, and I want us to continue to do this for even more people across the country in the next few years.”
Andy is thrilled to be leading the next stage of the company’s growth as CEO and excited about what we have to offer in the coming months for both our customers and staff.
Karyn MacKenzie, Chief Operating Officer
Karyn has joined the business with a mission to make a real difference to the Helping Hands family. Ensuring that people feel empowered to make decisions and – more importantly – that every member of the team feels valued.
“In a fast-paced, people-oriented business timely communication is key”, says Karyn. “Finding the right method of communication is crucial to ensuring that our customers receive the best care and our carers feel valued”.
Karyn brings a wealth of experience to the company, having enjoyed success in a number of senior operations roles spanning several sectors. She began her career running a chain of well-established fitness clubs and spent eight years managing a large group of private hospitals. She has also been COO for a multisite veterinary company and skin clinics group.
Since joining helping Hands in December 2018, Karyn has been impressed by the talent across the business.
“Our people are dedicated, hardworking and totally committed to delivering a great service to our customers.” Adding, “You can train teams to improve, but having a fantastic attitude and huge heart are special talents – and our people have this in spades!”
Karyn will work closely with the rest of our management team to help us continue to deliver outstanding care.Care Management
Chris Harle, Chief Financial Officer
Chris may be the Company’s Chief Financial Officer but he takes a ‘customer first’ approach in everything he does. “Our customers pay our wages and salaries and if we provide an excellent service they will hopefully come back for more and even tell their friends and families about the benefits of our services.” Chris therefore helps sort and sift the data within our business to help identify and implement improvements to make our services even better for our customers, carers and other colleagues alike.
Having spent the last 25 years working as part of the team in three high growth businesses, Chris joined Helping Hands in 2018 as part of the Board team. In addition to the general day to day running of the finance, property and IT teams, he is accountable for the crucial financial decisions around cash flow, risk, financial planning & reporting.Finance department
Karen Rayfield, Director of People and Performance
“I’ve had a varied career history having worked in the retail, hospitality, FMCG and business consultancy sectors,” Karen shared.
“In addition to my career, I am very lucky to have a large family which includes our very gorgeous daughter who has special needs. This gives me an acute understanding of a family’s need to know that their vulnerable loved one is cared for with love, dignity and respect.”
Karen explained that she jumped at the chance to work for Helping Hands. “They have such a fantastic history of enabling people to live in their own homes with the care that they need.
“What I enjoy most about my job is getting out and seeing our carers lovingly supporting their customers to be the very best that they can be. They are inspiring people for whom I have the utmost respect.”People & Performance
Lindsey Edgehill, Sales & Marketing Director
Lindsey has worked for Helping Hands since 2004. She said, “During that time there’s been a huge increase in demand for the services we provide. The current social and economic climate means that now, more than ever, people need to be aware of all of their options to allow them to make an informed decision.
“It’s key to my role therefore to build awareness of live-in care and ensure that a family’s journey through to starting care is as smooth as possible and with the best carer match.
“I am proud to be part of an organisation that is so passionate about its service and the welfare of its customers and carers,” Lindsey shared. “Not everyone gets to go to work and know they have really made a difference to people’s lives. Here, we get to do just that.”Marketing & Sales
Ben Lee, Chief Information Officer
Tim’s brother, Ben, came to work at Helping Hands full time in 1999. “I had been unofficially involved in our family business long before that,” he explained. “In fact I used to help out with payroll when I was at school, obviously destined to be involved in finance from an early age.
“I became Company Secretary in 2003 and looked after all aspects of our accounts and payroll with my team in the accounts department, including a payroll for over 900 employees,” Ben added. “My role now as Chief Information Officer sees me building on my extensive knowledge of the systems and data that we have at our disposal to inform us in how best to build a scalable platform from which to launch our next phase of growth.”
“I strongly believe that if we are to continue to offer our customers the very best in home care service, we need to remain the employer of choice for all care and office staff. By being the company that the very best people in our industry want to work for, we can offer our customers the very best carers and service in their own homes.”
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