Senior Management Team
Group Quality Assurance Director
Gary is responsible for all matters relating to the quality of our services and health and safety for the group, in addition to regulatory matters. Gary has worked with people with disabilities for over 30 years, having worked as the Director of Quality for a national care provider, creating a sense of what good looked like and what worked for individuals. He had a material impact on the regulatory ratings of the services under his remit through working closely with the Service Managers/leaders and other professionals within the organisation.
Group Estates Director
Darren manages the estates strategy for the group, and supports the operational and financial elements by ensuring the environment is fit for purpose, compliant and meets the needs of the individuals being supported.
Darren has over 20 years experience in the health and social care sector carrying out similar roles for other organisations including Danshell, Cygnet and the Priory Group.
Group Human Resources Director
Kirstie is the principle advisor to the Board on all human resources and training matters. She is the organisations employment law specialist and advisor and has lead responsibility for the organisation’s People Strategy. Kirstie has 20 years HR experience with significant and recent involvement in the care sector. Her experience covers successful integration of acquisitions and developing and retaining through engagement and wellbeing initiatives.
In her last role Kirstie successfully introduced an employee reward and recognition initiative which lead to an increase in staff retention and higher employee engagement scores.
Group Head of Learning & Development
Wendy is the responsible for creating and implementing the overall learning and development strategy for the company and driving a whole company-wide approach to Talent Management, including career progression and succession planning.
Wendy has worked within the health and social care sector for 20 years and in previous roles have successfully implemented an effective blended-learning approach to meet the diverse needs of the staff within the health and social care sector. Having designed and implemented Leadership programmes, Wendy is keen to bring this to the group to enhance our pathway to success.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Paul manages the financial strategy and finance team for the business, as well as the group’s banking relationships and is a member of the Board.
Paul is a highly-experienced leader of commercial and finance teams in the aviation, leisure and hospitality sectors. Paul joined Ambito sister company Pathways Care Group in November 2017 as CFO and then became Group CFO in December 2018 to also oversee the Ambito Care & Education business. Paul joined the group from Trenchard Aviation, a fast growing aircraft maintenance business backed by Graphite Capital. As CFO Paul led the business through 4 acquisitions and a major finance restructuring. Previously he was CFO at No1 Lounges, the award winning airport lounge, travel spa and pod hotel business. He also spent over a decade with the Virgin Group working in tax, finance and corporate development. Paul is a chartered accountant, chartered tax advisor and he holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Group Corporate Services Director
Claire brings a wealth of experience in regulatory and legal requirements to the Salutem team. She has 20 years experience across the financial markets, starting her career at Paribas (now BNP Paribas) in Fixed Income sales. Prior to joining Salutem, Claire worked at IHS Markit, a global financial information services provider (NYSE), heading up the EMEA relationship management team looking after the G14 banks and top tier buyside clients, with a particular focus on the impact of regulations on OTC derivative related products in the onboarding/KYC space.
This role was proceeded by a number of years at MarketAxess, a leading electronic bond trading platform, where she led the European Client Services team handling professional buyside client onboarding. Claire joined Salutem a year ago and has since been heavily involved in strategic initiatives related to the integration of multiple businesses including information governance, technology and insurance.
She is also responsible for ensuring corporate compliance for the group.