Andrew Needham

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Andrew joined the Prestige Nursing & Care senior leadership team as the Head of Operations in autumn 2020 before moving up to the role of Managing Director in January 2021.

Andrew has a BA Hons degree in Business Management after studying at Sheffield Hallam University. After graduation, Andrew worked in the retail sector for 15 years at Budgens Supermarkets and Boots, gaining experience in pharmacy, optometry and retail. in 2016, Andrew joined Somerset Care as the Assistant Director of Community Services and then later moved into the role of Executive Director of Operations overseeing the care home, home care and learning disability divisions.

Andrew has experience of leading large teams and budgets in different sectors. He has worked successfully in collaboration with the NHS and Local Authorities to develop new services and pathways to help people live well in the setting they desire to be in. He has also worked as a Director of a joint venture with a retirement housing provider to support residents access the care they required. Andrew is also the Treasurer at a local pre-school.

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MIKE FRENCH

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Mike joined the Prestige Nursing & Care senior leadership team as Financial Controller in October 2020 leading a team of 19 finance professionals and promoted to Finance Director in May 2021.

He had previously been with Sodexo for five years, transferring from Sodexo Justice Services where he was Head of Finance.

Mike has a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is ACA qualified. He gained the ACA qualification while training in audit with Grant Thornton UK LLP and has over 10 years commercial finance experience across Healthcare, Retail, Education and Facilities Management.

Mike has managed and developed teams of qualified and non-qualified finance professionals throughout his career, supporting them with personal and career development. In addition to successfully managing budgets in excess of £70m he has extensive experience of partnering with operations to support business growth; most notably supporting contract negotiations with the Ministry of Justice, reviewing the financial viability of bids, and preparing staffing models.

Mike is a volunteer mentor and has undertaken professional coaching and mentoring training. He has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion and has supported various diversity and inclusion projects and networks throughout his career.

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GURPRIT SANDHU

HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Gurprit joined the Prestige Nursing & Care Senior Leadership Team as Head of Human Resources in June 2021, leading the HR and Learning and Development team.

 

Gurprit has over 16 years of experience in Human Resources and prior to joining Prestige Gurprit worked within Commercial Real Estate, covering both EMEA & APAC regions. Gurprit has worked in various Industry sectors including;  Health Care and Social Care (Not for Profit), Pharmaceutical, Professional Services and Hospitality. Partnering at Senior and Executive Leadership level on managing change, implementing HR strategies in line with organisation’s strategic objectives both short and long term.

 Gurprit would describe herself as ‘An experienced HR Professional with the ability of complex problem solving, creative and critical thinker with a high level of Emotional Intelligence’.

 Gurprit has a Master’s in Human Resource Management gained from Aston University as well as being an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

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CRAIG PIERCEY

HEAD OF CONTRACTS & PARTNERSHIPS

Craig joined the Prestige Nursing & Care Senior Leadership Team as Head of Contracts and Partnerships in July 2021, with a key focus on both enhancing existing client relationships and facilitating introductions to those new to care services.

With more than 10 years’ experience in Business Development and Contract Management, Craig’s passion continues to centre around developing trusted and lasting relationships with everyone he interacts with. Prior to joining Prestige Nursing & Care, Craig has worked for leading Public Sector service providers, Retailers and Manufacturers, liaising with clients of all sizes to respond to their needs, establish successful partnerships, overcome their challenges and deliver consistently high standards of support.

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JANE HANCOCK

HEAD OF OPERATIONS (MATERNITY SECONDMENT)

Jane joined Prestige Nursing & Care in 2002 from another national care provider and has held a few roles within Prestige.

Leading the Operational function Jane is responsible for ensuring an effective operation in our locations to ensure a safe delivery of high-quality home care, which meets both rigorous internal standards and external regulation. 

After leaving the NHS Jane managed a number of branch operations for a national care provider and after joining the team at Prestige at a local level in the North West progressed to managing the branch network at director level responsible for service delivery and commercial targets until 2019. Jane is delighted to join the senior leadership team to cover maternity leave and to continue to manage the safe and effective delivery of care to our clients, whilst actively strengthening the approach to valuing, recognising and valuing our teams.  

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LAURA NEWTON

HEAD OF OPERATIONS (MATERNITY LEAVE)

Laura is responsible for ensuring delivery of a high-quality service, operational compliance and safety to meet regulatory requirements and the core values of the business.

With over 20 years’ experience working in the care sector, Laura has worked both in care homes and domiciliary care in various managerial positions.

Having started her career as a care assistant in a care home, Laura progressed her care in an operational capacity becoming an Operational Manager and National Head of Training for Four Seasons prior to joining Prestige Nursing & Care.  Prior to this Laura spent six years working for Bluebird home care.  Laura holds an NVQ Level 5 in Health and Social Care and a Level 5 in Leadership and Management, as well as a teacher training qualification.

Laura is passionate about driving service excellence that makes a positive difference to those we care from a care team that is committed and engaged in delivering the very highest standards of care.

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ANDREA O'CONNOR

HEAD OF QUALITY, AUDIT & COMPLIANCE

Andrea has worked within the Health and Social Care field for 20 years and has experience working with both children and adults across hospitals, care homes and domiciliary care. Having started as a health care assistant, she has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for individuals accessing health and social care services. 

Andrea joined the senior leadership team in September 2021 to lead the quality and compliance function; ensuring that high standards of care are met across all services. Andrea is particularly passionate about improving outcomes for those living with Dementia and is currently working towards a postgraduate qualification in person-centered Dementia Care.

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LISA FISHER

MARKETING OPERATIONS MANAGER

Lisa joined the Prestige Nursing & Care senior leadership team as Marketing Operations Manager in October 2018. Lisa has a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality Management from Bournemouth University and has over a decade of experience working within the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining Prestige Lisa previously worked in various sales and marketing roles at both corporate and local level within the hospitality, leisure and events industries.

As Marketing Operations Manager Lisa manages all elements of marketing for Prestige including PR, communications, campaigns and the online presence for the external audiences as well as internal communications to the large team of carers and employees. Lisa has a keen interest in learning disabilities, challenging behaviour strategies and mental health.

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ROB SIMMONS

ICT MANAGER

As IT Manager Rob oversees the IT team who look after all office equipment, systems and communications for Prestige Nursing & Care supporting all team members and carers to operate effectively.

Rob has a degree in Computer Science from Kingston University and joined Prestige Nursing & Care as IT Support Assistant in 2017. Rob’s earlier career includes IT support for the education, retail and hospitality sectors.

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