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 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 a Buckinghamshire based charity – The Princes Centre in Princes Risborough and an ambassador at 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

 

Mitch Miller - Managing Director - Ashridge Home Care Ltd

Meet our Managing Director

Mitch Miller

Mitch is a highly experienced and innovative individual who shares the Ashridge passion for outstanding customer care. He joined as Managing Director in March and will work closely alongside founder Trudi.  Mitch started his career in the retail sector working at Tesco for five years and hence delivering excellent customer service is second nature to him. 

He joined a care company in 2014 and found his calling. Domiciliary and live-in care is where his passion lies and giving people an informed choice of options is key to his business strategy.  He is passionate about people, especially  bringing out the best in those around him so that they in turn deliver the best possible care.  Mitch recently completed an MBA at Alliance Manchester Business School and even makes the time to help as a trustee at a national advocacy charity POhWER, testament to his caring nature.  In his spare time he loves to travel the world, loves to run, taking part in competitive half marathons and plays snooker.

Meet our Operations Manager

Catherine Sadler 

Catherine is a highly experienced care professional having worked in the care sector since 2008. Her background as a Care Manager, and more recently Regional Manager for a national care company gives her a solid foundation to lead the team at Ashridge Home Care. Catherine gains great job satisfaction from knowing that her work is making a huge difference to someone’s quality of life. 

Working with a group of like-minded individuals is a real driver for her and she is committed to achieving high-quality standards. Her role as Operations Manager will give her oversight of both clients and carers, she enjoys the variety this brings to her day.  Catherine will be taking over as the registered manager for the Care Quality Commission so she is responsible for ensuring all systems and procedures are compliant with the CQC. 

Catherine lives with her partner locally and is a keen runner, training for marathons and other races.

 

Catherine Sadler Operations Manager at Ashridge Home Care

 

 

Meet our Care Manager: Agata Stepien

 

Verity Carrington – Care Manager - Ashridge Home Care

Meet our Care Managers

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.

 

Verity  Carrington 

Verity joined the Ashridge team in February 2022 as full time Care Manager working with Agata.  She manages the live-in carers and helps Emma with visiting carer schedules.  Verity is very experienced in the care industry having worked in the care sector for the past 18 years. Verity began her career as a domiciliary worker and then worked in hospitals on medical wards as health care assistant.

Verity then took on various management roles and worked as a compliance manager at a nursing agency but gave up work to care for her own father who was in ill health. Her own experience of being a carer for her father has given her valuable insight into the demands of being a carer and she also personally experienced living with helping carers when her husband suffered a stroke.  These experiences mean that Verity is all too familiar with the care industry and can understand the concerns of family members who are seeking help for loved ones.

Verity has a grown up daughter and loves nothing better than spending time with family and friends.  She loves the outdoors and likes discovering new places for walks. And secretly she’s a fabulous flute player!

Meet our Recruitment & Training Manager

Corrina Bignall

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 Recruitment & Training Manager Corrina Bignall

 

 

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, looks after our visiting care team. She holds a key role at Head Office, and makes sure that our carers and clients are kept up to date with changing needs and requirements. 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 the team to ensure that our clients are happy and safe at home. Emma also supports 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

 

 

Charis Matthews Recruitment Administrator

Meet our Recruitment Administrator

Charis Matthews 

Charis joined Ashridge in September 2021. Previously she worked at a local secondary school as mental health mentor and in the classroom as learning support assistant.  She wanted to explore a different line of work outside of the education setting, yet still utilising her skill set for helping people and promoting good welfare.  It was important to Charis to join a company with a strong ethos at its heart. 

Alongside her work as a recruitment administrator at Ashridge, Charis is studying for a psychology degree with the Open University and hopes to graduate in July.  She has a very varied role within the team working closely with Corrina on the recruitment side and answers any queries the carers have.  She has just bought a house with her partner which they are turning into a home and have recently adopted a cat. In her spare time she loves being outside in the countryside walking and enjoys horse-riding.

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.

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Award winning home care

We are so privileged to have so many talented care professionals who provide the support, advice and care our clients need every day. For us, adult social care is a career that offers a hugely rewarding and satisfying experience and enables our employees to improve the lives of the people they work with and feel they can make a difference.

We’re a diverse, dynamic family owned business with over 100 care professionals united by one passionate purpose: deliver the outstanding service that we would want for ourselves, should we ever need help in our own home.

Ashridge Home Care has been named the Best Employer at the Proud of Bucks Awards 2020, Employer of the Year at the SME National Business Awards 2021 and is actively looking to hire 100 live-in carers and visiting carers to provide high quality care support to it’s 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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