Meet Our Team

Our team of dedicated experts always go the extra mile as we know that the little things really do matter. We make it our business to understand what’s unique about each of our clients and we genuinely care.

“We have created a culture that we are proud of, where our staff and clients are valued and respected and are at the centre of all of our thinking and everything we do.”


Meet our Managing Director and Founder

Trudi Scrivener

Trudi has more than 30 years experience in the care sector and set up AHC in 2017.  She is a passionate believer that there is an alternative to going into a residential home and wants to enable everyone to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Trudi has an energy and commitment and a ‘never say no’ attitude reflected in several roles outside of AHC – she’s a board member of two Buckinghamshire based charities – The Princes Centre in Princes Risborough and The Heart of Bucks charity.

As a Dementia Champion, she’s always out networking and meeting others to share the aim of improving life for everyone, especially the elderly and those living with life-debilitating illnesses. She has several industry awards to her name and was most recently named Outstanding Individual by the renowned Home Care Awards judges. Trudi lives in a busy house in Buckinghamshire with her husband and two daughters!



Trudi Scrivener

Meet our Operations Manager: Sarah Harrison

Meet our Operations Manager

Sarah Harrison

Sarah joined the company shortly after it opened on a part time basis whilst studying to become a social worker. She later took on a full time role and it wasn’t long before she became an integral part of the head office team. Sarah’s expertise is care and compliance and she has full oversight of our operations ensuring that everything we do meets our very high quality standards.

As well as managing the operations and making sure our clients are happy, Sarah is the Registered Manager an important role that involves registration with the Care Quality Commission. Sarah lives locally with her partner and they share their home with an elderly friend. Sarah’s a huge exercise freak and when not working can be found doing jazzercize sessions, working out with her personal trainer or is out running

Meet our Care Manager

Agata Stepien

Agata joined the Ashridge Home Care Team in February 2020 as Care Manager.  She is responsible for making sure that our clients and carers are being looked after.  That includes making sure that our carers are well trained and also providing a professional care needs assessment for every client.  Her attention to details makes sure that we deliver the best possible standard of care.

Having studied clinical psychology at University in Poland Agata started her career as a carer and then worked in a nursing home before becoming assistant manager at a care home.  She has a caring background through and through. Agata came to England with her husband for a few months of adventure back in 2009 and now 11 years later they still live here with their young son.  She spends her free time with her boys outdoors in nature.

Meet our Care Manager: Agata Stepien

Meet our Recruitment and Training Manager : Corrina Bignal

Meet our Recruitment & Training Manager

Corrina Bignal

Corrina joined the Ashridge team in May 2021 and has a background in health and social care.  She has worked in many caring roles including as a carer herself so has first hand experience of what the role involves.  Her passion for the industry led her to become a Regional Care Recruitment Coordinator and she now uses that experience at Ashridge to attract the best possible carers to the company.  

Corrina also arranges and delivers full training to ensure our new and existing staff are not just compliant but feel competent and confident when looking after our clients.  Corrina was born in Buckinghamshire and now lives in her High Wycombe home with her partner and their cat, Loki. Corrina loves the theatre and performing arts and in her spare time she loves to watch musicals or even perform herself locally as she has been singing from a young age.

Meet Our Complex Care Lead

Heather Ballard

Heather joined the Ashridge team in September 2020 as a visiting carer and since January 2021 has taken on a new role as Complex Care Lead.  In this role Heather provides support to live-in carers and clients who have complex care needs, in particular those with long term conditions that become more complex as they reach end of life.

Heather works across both the live-in care and visiting care teams to provide support and part of her role entails undertaking quality assurance audits to ensure carers are safe and happy in their roles.   Heather also continues to make companionship visits to a number of clients.

A registered nurse and with a degree in Palliative Care, Heather has had a lifetime career in nursing and for the past 20 years has specialised in palliative and end of life care.

Heather lives in South Oxfordshire where she loves looking after her dog, Patch and taking him on long walks.  One of her passions is the viola, she used to be a professional musician and still enjoys playing in the local orchestra.



Meet our Care Administrator: Emma Townsend




Meet our Care Co-ordinator Chloe Timberlake


Meet our Care Co-ordinators

Emma Townsend

Working Mum of three, Emma, is our care co-ordinator. She holds a key role at Head Office, as well as overseeing the recruitment of carers, Emma manages the schedules of the visiting carers. Not an easy organisational feat! With more than 600 hours of care a week to organise Emma does a brilliant job at making sure the right person visits each client. Emma ensures there is consistency of care provided to our clients and works closely with Sarah to ensure all training courses are compliant and is on hand to support the carers in any queries and concerns they may have.

Outside of work she runs a busy household with three children and a husband. For relaxation she is extremely talented at sewing and crafts.  She says that the whole family enjoys nature and the outdoors.


Chloe Timberlake 

Chloe works closely alongside the Care Manager making sure that clients and carers are being looked after to the highest standards. Her time is split between working in the office to ensure policies are up to date and that Ashridge is meeting all its compliance standards and out in the homes of clients meeting with clients and their families to ensure they are satisfied and meeting with carers to ensure they have everything they need to do their job to their best capabilities.  “I like the face to face meetings with both clients and carers.  I can help them much easier when we meet and talk and I love matching a carer to the appropriate client and seeing them hit it off.  No day is ever the same, and there is a huge variety to my role.”

But that’s not all, Chloe also has hands-on care experience working as a visiting carer for a few additional hours each week. She visits clients regularly in Amersham and Prestwood helping with dinner time and helping them with the bedtime routine. She is helping to rehabilitate one client after she’d had a stroke and as well as doing physio, they go on walks in the countryside together. Chloe spends her spare time walking her Golden Retriever Dudley and loves a good book.

Meet our Peer Support Team

Olivia Gadzikwa

Olivia joined Ashridge in 2019 as a live -in carer and also covers as a visiting carer. She has a regular client in Great Missenden whom she has looked after since Feb 2020.

She says “We spent most of the pandemic in our little cocoon and really bonded. Sadly, she has deteriorated both mentally and physically over the last year and a half, requiring more care than companionship, but the twinkle in her eye is ever present and she still has me doubling over with laughter.

She still regales me with stories of her past and the history of the area where she grew up. That’s one of the main things I love about my job. The wonderful memories and the invaluable lessons I’ve learnt from my clients over the years. I found a love of arts and crafts through my clients, was encouraged to take up knitting and sewing, all useful skills.”

Olivia has years of experience in care and is keen to expand this by taking on the role of peer support. She will be part of a team providing support to fellow carers in their placements.


Amina Yusuf

Amina has a background in customer service and the hospitality industry, which means caring and delivering first class customer service is at the heart of her work.

Amina has over 8 years’ experience working in the health care industry primarily as a live-in carer. She joined Ashridge Home Care in February 2021 and has an extensive knowledge of geriatric needs supporting clients through temporary and terminal illnesses including Dementia and following a stroke. She is passionate about her job and though it can be challenging she finds it immensely rewarding.

She enjoys supporting clients through their day and doing even the smallest things that make them feel happy, secure and comfortable in their own home. Amina provides exceptional emotional support through positive interaction and companionship by helping them live their life independently and with dignity.

She is delighted to have recently taken on a new role as a live-in care mentor and will provide support to our team of live-in carers within their placement and beyond. In her role as peer support she will be mentoring other Ashridge carers.



Meet our Peer Support : Olivia Gadzikwa




Meet our Peer Support : Amina Yusuf


The foundation for every successful care company is to have a team of brilliant people who are passionate about who they are and what they stand for. Being a carer at Ashridge isn’t just a job , it’s a special career. 

Have you ever thought about becoming a visiting or live-in carer? We’re always looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to help support older people to live life to the full. Our roles are well paid, flexible and are available across the South East of England.


Meet a Live-in Carer – Jane Bedson

For several months a year Jane lives with her husband on their farm in Bulgaria, overseeing a renovation project and looking after hoardes of animals.  But the rest of the time she lives with a lovely lady in Buckinghamshire who is in the later stages of dementia, making sure she is well cared for and happy. Each day is different, “every morning we get up and I have to see where we are for the day either on holiday or maybe back in hospital. But I start every day by working out where we are and go along with her story to ensure she stays calm and happy.”  So life is varied but her overriding priority is that her client has an enjoyable time, be that doing her nails or hair, whilst also maintaining the important routines like regular medication and personal hygiene.

Jane live in care ashridge home care

Meet a Visiting Carer – Amanda Hillier

Amanda has worked with Ashridge Home Care for nearly two years visiting clients in Wendover, Chesham, Great Missenden and Weston Turville.  Nearly 70% of her clients are dealing with Dementia.  She was previously offered a role with an agency offering 15-minute and half-hour visits. But she felt uncomfortable with that, “I knew I’d feel dreadful, having to leave a vulnerable person after such a short time.” Her visits can include helping clients to get up, dressed and washed, ensuring prescription tablets are taken at the correct time. Visits to the shops, medical appointments, a walk in the park, preparing meals, the list goes on. “It’s hugely rewarding to enable people to maintain independent living. There is nothing more satisfying than giving a person time and patience to express themselves at their own pace.


Meet a Visiting Carer – Annabel Francis

Annabel lives in Hertfordshire with her three children and as well as being an Ashridge Home Care accredited visiting carer runs a popular yoga studio ‘Zest Yoga’.  Annabel has a natural, caring personality and came to caring later in life, because she wanted to do something fulfilling and give back to her local community.  It’s a highly flexible option that fits into her varied lifestyle. Annabel visits two couples regularly at their homes. She loves her time with them, has fun and finds it very rewarding as she knows she’s enabling someone to have a break, take time for themselves in the knowledge that their loved one is being cared for.

Annabel Francis


We will always need people like you, to take care of our loved ones! For us, caring for others is one of the most important jobs you can do.

“The team at Ashridge is amazing. Supportive, flexible, like-minded people coming together to help those that are vulnerable in the community. I love working for Ashridge Home Care!”  Paula Hope Reed

“The most supportive team of people to work with! Ashridge are extremely approachable and really helpful. They are extremely dedicated and hard working!”  Rox Wilkins

We are so privileged to have so many incredible carers who provide the care our clients need every day. They’re human & we know it, yet they somehow manage to be our superheroes.

Ashridge Home Care has been named the Best Employer at the Proud of Bucks Awards and is actively looking to hire 100 live-in carers and visiting carers to help take care of its growing number of clients.

“Our carer is so wonderful and we wouldn’t want to lose her – she has been excellent looking after my father, the dogs and the house while my mother has been in hospital.”

“I and indeed the whole family are most appreciative of your warmth and kindnesses.”

Here to help

Choosing live-in care is a huge decision and not something that you should take lightly.

Some of these conversations can be tricky and it’s our job to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.

We are more than happy to visit you and your family at home to discuss your situation and consider the options available to you.

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