Meet the team

 

Edwina Johnston

Chief Executive

Tracy Bridgman

Director of Referrals
& New Projects

Jonathan Green

Chief Operating Officer

Gareth Williams

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Prescott

Director of Quality

Mark Morgan

Regional Director
East

Frances Love

Regional Director
South

Mark Luce

Regional Director
West

Edwina Johnston

Edwina Johnston

Connect with Edwina Johnston

Edwina is Choice Care Group’s Chief Executive.

I joined Choice Care Group in 2002 as Finance Director having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse in 1985. From 1985 to 2001 I was Finance Director of H Young Holdings Plc., a company quoted on the London Stock Exchange. H Young specialised in the import and distribution of branded products.

In 2002 I join Choice Care Group as Finance Director and had to go through a steep learning curve to understand a very different type of business. I discovered that I really loved being part of a company delivering a high standard of care working with dedicated colleagues and that I was able to bring my experience of systems acquisitions and organic growth to help the organisation grow from looking after 65 service users in 2002 to over 500 currently.

In December 2009 I became Chief Executive. I love every minute and we have continued to grow while ensuring we deliver an excellent standard of care to our service users through our dedicated staff teams whilst achieving fair value for our purchasers.

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Tracy Bridgman

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Director of Referrals & New Projects

I started working in care in 1993 and have worked in a number of areas including learning disabilities (both children and adults) mental health and children’s psychiatric services.

I joined Choice Care Group in 1996 as a day service organiser at the then newly opened Peppard House. After 3 years, I moved to a post at Head Office then, following a role in training, I moved to Referrals in 2001. At the time,we had just 7 homes. Since then we have opened new homes and merged with 2 other organisations so that we now have over 60 residential serivices, 10 accommodation-based supported living as well as outreach support in Berkshire, Hampshire and the Midlands. New projects still being planned and developed.

In 2005, I became Director of Referrals and New Projects and now manage the Referrals Team. My role is very busy but I really enjoy it, particularly seeing so many individuals thrive in our services – we have some amazing characters living with us! I also work with a lovely bunch of people who all have a great value base and are in the job for the right reasons! From Head Office through to all the services, it’s clear that the whole team are totally dedicated to our service users.

Jonathan Green

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Chief Operating Officer

I recently joined Choice Care Group in the role of Chief Operating Officer, bringing a wealth of experience from different sectors to this fantastic company.

I started my career, many moons ago, as an army officer, spending quite a lot of that time peace-keeping and helping reconstruction in the Former Yugoslavia. After leaving the army I managed construction projects, including part of the construction of Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport and that led to managing operations in Airports, including running passenger services at Gatwick Airport for several years. Being responsible for sending 35 million passengers a year safely on their travels ensured there was never a dull moment.

From there I continued to run large, multi-site, complex, operations for large organisations. For Rentokil-Initial PLC I ran the business unit responsible for providing outsourced non-clinical services to the NHS, looking after acute hospitals, mental health and primary care trusts across the country.

My passion is working for an organisation that puts its service users at the forefront of every decision it takes, whilst appreciating that our front-line colleagues are the most important part of the team. So I was delighted to have an opportunity to join an organisation that blends the strongest values and ethics with an absolute commitment to delivering the best outcomes for the people we support. It is a very powerful combination and is sustained by Choice’s great culture and great people. For me Choice was the only choice!

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Gareth Williams

Chief Financial Officer

After starting my finance career in the publishing industry, I moved into the healthcare sector in 2005.

I really wanted to further build my career in this sector with the aim of delivering real change for real people.

In 2009 I joined the Cambian Group and over the next five years gained extensive insight and experience in the specialist behavioural sector. I aim to use these skills to help support and drive the development of Choice Care Group into new geographies. I see Choice Care Group is a beacon of excellence in a sector that has many companies and many challenges. Its core values, ethics and delivery of service are an example to all and this is evidenced by the group’s impressive Care Quality Commission compliance record, which has been achieved across all services year after year.

I look forward to helping the company take the next steps in its journey.

Martin Prescott

Director of Quality

I started working as a Support Worker with people with learning disabilities in 1991 for a small care organisation that was taken over by Choice Care Group in 1992.

I soon realised that I really enjoyed supporting service users and wanted to make this my career and, with many opportunities to develop, I progressed into more senior roles. When the organisation started to grow, it provided an opportunity for me to open a new home, White House in Datchet, which I went on to manage for several years. I thoroughly enjoyed being a Home Manager. Then
In 2006 I joined the Operations Team, overseeing a number of services across the group, and developing health and safety and quality systems within the organisation.

In 2016 I became Director of Quality; this is a very interesting and rewarding role as I have a passion for supporting our services to provide high quality person-centred care and developing quality systems. I enjoy being part of an organisation that shares my values and puts the people we support at the centre of everything we do.

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Mark Morgan

Regional Director East

I started working for the Choice Care Group in 1995 as a Support Worker at one of our Residential Services in Berkshire.

This was my first experience of working with Adults with Learning Disabilities and I really enjoyed the work right from the start. I worked my way up to Deputy Manager and in 2004 I opened Stoke Lodge, one of our residential homes in Basingstoke. This is one of my proudest moments in my career so far – it was a fantastic challenge, setting up everything from scratch, building a successful staff team and providing a great home to the 9 individuals at the service.

Following several different roles in the Operations Team, I moved to Excel Support Services to oversee the Supported Living branch of the organisation in 2013. I love a new challenge and really enjoy seeing how Excel benefits those we support in the community. I have had the opportunity to grow the Supported Living side of Choice and we now provide support in Hampshire, as well as Berkshire and Sandwell.

Frances Love

Regional Director South

I started working in care in 1980 and trained as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse. After qualifying I worked in a number of different settings, in hospitals and community treatment units.

In 1989 I travelled overseas and lived in New Zealand and then Australia for 16 years where I continued working with people with disabilities, which was quite a different experience.

I joined Choice Care Group in 2006 as a Registered Manager to open Fritham Lodge which was the newest Mental Health service at the time and I have never looked back. I really love working for the company and in 2007 I joined the operations team and have been part of the growth of the company ever since. I thoroughly enjoy my role. The best part of the job is seeing someone who was finding life hard flourish through the support we provide them with. I have a great team to support the services and I believe we do all we can to help people progress and enjoy their lives to the full.

Mark Luce

Regional Director West

I started working for the Choice Care Group in 2001 as a Support Worker at one of our Residential Services in Gloucester.

This was my first care job and I immediately fell in love with working with the role and working in care. I stayed at Stroud Lodge for several years, becoming a Team Leader, Deputy and eventually the Registered Home Manager.

After several years managing the home and gaining experience of managing other homes in the area, I had the opportunity to join the Operations Team, initially overseeing the services in Gloucestershire. I have been given great training opportunities while working for the company, such as completing my CIPD Human Resource Management qualification and I have a real interest in employment law.

I am currently the Regional Director for the West Region, overseeing services from West Midlands to Salisbury and in-between. I love working for Choice and I’m proud of the service we provide, to all the amazing people we support.