We have 150 staff divided between our sites in East Sussex and Northamptonshire. We believe that by investing time and resources in our staff our service users will reap the rewards through excellent care. Because we look after everyone who works for us, staff turnover is low with an average length of service of four years. This is high for the care industry.
Every member of staff is important but we think it is important to share as much information as possible about our key managers.
Meet the Team
Chris Andrews, Chief Executive Officer Avens Ltd.
Pawel Orlikowski, Director of Operations Avens Ltd.
Originally from Poland, Pawel Orlikowski is the Director of Operations Avens Ltd. He is highly qualified with a Master's degree in nursing, an NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care and the Registered Manager's Award. He also has a Professional Diploma in Management.
Pawel has been with Avens for over a decade and is responsible for a number of properties and projects throughout East Sussex as well as working with local authorities in the South East of England.
"Avens provide excellent services for its customers, excellent working conditions for its staff and has a great reputation. Avens has given me an incredible opportunity for my professional development and my work gives me a huge amount of job satisfaction."
Clair Andrews, Director of Human Resources, Avens LtdClair Andrews has worked for Avens since 1996 and has progressed from a Care Worker and Team Leader to being made a Director in 2012. Clair has spent time in various roles but most prominently as the Training Manager, where she was a leading figure in ensuring that staff were well trained and qualified, which included delivering training, assessing and verifying qualifications as well as supporting the Tailored Training team.
Grzegorz has worked for Avens since 2006. Beginning as a support worker, he has progressed to Team Leader, Deputy Manager and now, it is great pride that Avens can announce that Grzegorz is the Manager of Avens Supported Living Sussex (ASLS).
Julie Morrison is leading the exciting new project Avens are currently undertaking, our new Residential Care Home in Raunds, Northamptonshire.
Julie has 20 years of experience of Supporting Adults with learning disabilities to live in their local community independently. Julie has worked for Avens Ltd since 2009, previously Julie worked for Northants Social Services as a care manager.
Julie is especially passionate about Person Centred Planning, putting the people she supports at the heart of the decision making process, and tailoring creative services around individual need, she places importance on staff training and believes this is the key to providing successful care services.
Seeing first hand the difference planning makes to people's lives, is one of Julie's key motivators.
Julie is very excited about the new Raunds project, Julie stated "This is a very exciting time for my team and myself. We want to give community presence, real Care Plans that meet the individual needs".
Julie is supported by her Deputy Manager, Mandy Brady. She has worked for Avens since 2004 and started working at our sister Care Home at Ringstead, as a Support Worker, then a Team Leader and was promoted to Head of Care. It was a natural progression for her to be promoted as Deputy Manager at Raunds. Mandy is the link between all stakeholders within the care setting.
Daniel has been recently confirmed as the Registered Manager of ASLN. Daniel has obtained an NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care and is currently working towards the Diploma Level 5 in Leadership.
Daniel has been employed by Avens since 2009 and within this time he has worked in various roles, from Support Worker to Manager.
Daniel says: "Quality services are not static, and must respond to the needs of the people who use them. This requires myself to lead by example, advocating for service improvement, and supporting all members of staff to deliver it. It is about reconciling multiple, sometimes conflicting, perspectives and it involves balancing budgets and regulatory pressures against the views of staff and the individuals whom we support; however, there is also considerable room for making choices and a proactive manager can work with these factors, engaging with a variety of points of view so that services can be challenged and, ultimately, improved, ensuring we achieve the best outcomes for both staff and the individuals whom we support."
Michelle has worked at Ringstead since 2001 as a care worker all the way up to Deputy Manager, where she supported Denise Lyford for 9 years before being made Manager at 39 Denford Rd at the beginning of 2016. Michelle has already made her mark on the home, with improvements to the back flats lounge already completed, creating a beautiful living space for those who live there to relax in.
"I have always been impressed by Avens' friendly and open ethos. I have received total support from the company over the years. Firstly being employed as a support worker, team leader, head of care and deputy manager, and now the manager. Every role has been rewarding which I think is down to the happy atmosphere Avens promotes. Best of all, I feel lucky to be able to support our service users and help them have the best possible quality of life."
"At the end of the day, it's not about us, it's about them and it's about what they want and what makes them happy. That's what makes me happy, is knowing that everyone who lives here is happy to be getting up in the morning because they've got something to look forward to."