New CEO Appointed at Danshell
Created: Friday, 08 April 2016 00:00
Danshell Healthcare Group has appointed Mel Ramsey as its Chief Executive Officer.
Mel brings a wide range of experience with more than 20 years within the healthcare sector. She joins Danshell from New Century Care, where she managed a business with 27 care homes, supporting more than 1200 people.
Other roles include senior positions at Embrace Group and Craegmoor, part of the Priory Group.
A qualified nurse, Mel has significant experience developing and maintaining robust clinical governance systems and a proven track record in delivering market leading services in the sector.
She takes over from current CEO Andrew Murray who will become Development Director.
Andrew Murray will focus on the development of the business; working with the business development and property teams to source potential acquisitions and shape new and existing services to meet the needs of local commissioners.
Andrew Murray said: “I am leaving the day to day operation of the business in extremely capable hands having completed the turnaround of the business. Mel is an experienced, skilled and accomplished senior manager who I am sure will bring her own ideas and impetus to Danshell, with the full support of the Board.
“I am keen to slightly reduce my professional responsibilities but I am fully committed to playing a significant but bespoke role in delivering Danshell’s Corporate Strategy on developments, which will cement its place as a leading provider of care services for people living with learning disability, autism and complex needs.
“I am looking forward to working with Mel and the Board to achieve our aims and ambitions.”
Mel Ramsey said: “I am absolutely delighted by the opportunity to be joining the team at Danshell, and continuing the excellent work leading and shaping the future of this very successful group is hugely exciting.
Danshell is well positioned to meet the opportunities and challenges in the sector as we continue to deliver our corporate strategy towards becoming a leading provider of high quality specialist care and support”
Efi Hershkovitz, executive chairman at Danshell, said: “I’d like to thank Andrew for his exceptional work as chief executive. He leaves the role with the company in excellent shape, providing the very highest quality of care and support to service users.
“Mel Ramsey is the ideal person to take over Andrew’s mantle and continue to drive the business forward.”
Mel will also work alongside other fellow directors Stephen Greenwood, finance director and corporate development director Ori Zaidman to further develop the business.
Danshell, which was founded in 2010, has grown rapidly to become one of the largest independent sector providers of specialist learning disability services with 23 services across the country.
In Memoriam - Kate Padfield
Created: Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:00
It is was with deep sadness that this month we were informed of the tragic news that Kate Padfield, Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy, had passed away.
Many of us had worked closely with Kate during her long and dedicated service with the company and this news was a shock.
We have collected a number of quotes from her friends who worked alongside her, and those she worked with, who all wanted to express their gratitude:
“Kate was an excellent voice for those service users that had difficulties with communication. Her warmth and generosity in all walks of life – family, Danshell and charity work is an example to us all. She will be dearly missed.” - Cate Ball
“Flamboyant and colourful.”– Karen Topley
“Passionate, kind hearted and witty... Brilliantly bonkers!!”– Lucy Hazlehurst
“Kate gave Service Users that strong second voice that they needed to be heard.”– Chris Forman
“Kate dedicated 10 years of passion, support and brilliance. She will be missed by all.” – Wast Hills
“Kate was one in a million and will be greatly missed by everyone at Danshell.” – Sharena Record
“A wonderfully eccentric lady who could capture and enthral a room full of people with stories of her (mis)adventures.” – Stacey Clarke
“Crazy, caring and one in a million.” – Jackie Whiley
“Empathetic...funny...beautiful.” – Nyasha Sithole, Beth Fields & Kate Inchley
“An enthusiastic, caring and well informed individual...a good teacher.” – Dr Nath
We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Kates family at this difficult time.