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Senior Management Team

The Ambito team provides a broad spread of experienced individuals in the UK spanning the sectors of health and social care, and education.
Gary Laville

Gary Laville

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.
Darren Miles

Darren Miles

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.

Kirstie Jones

Kirstie Jones

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.

Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown

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.

Paul Lawes

Paul Lawes

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.

Rebecca King

Rebecca King

Operations Director

Rebecca King is the Operations Director – North for Ambito Care and Support. Rebecca has over 20 years experience in Health and Social Care, gained while working across a range of service types and client groups. Adding value, by leading on and driving continuous improvement and development of services, are key skills held by Rebecca. In current and previous roles, Rebecca has affected measurable improvements in the quality, regulatory compliance ratings and financial performance across large groups of services and regions. Prior to this, Rebecca worked at Scope and the Metropolitan Housing Society.

Colin Friel

Colin Friel

Operations Director

Colin is the Director for Ambito Services in the South of England and Wales, managing day-to-day operations and delivering the operational strategy set by the Chief Executive and Board. Colin joined Scope in 2014 as a Consultant Manager to support services through the Charity’s Care Home review and became Director for the South in October 2016. As part of Services Senior Management Team, Colin has led on supporting the divestment of the Regulated and Day services in the South Region, working closely with colleagues to ensure continuity of support. Prior to joining Scope, Colin worked in Regional Director and consultant positions for a national provider of care and support to people with learning disabilities and complex needs. He brings over 20 years Social Care experience in delivering services, having previously worked for statutory, charitable and private providers.

Claire Collins

Claire Collins

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.