Our People

Meet The Team

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Mahesh Patel

Chief Executive

Mahesh Patel is the group’s Chief Executive. Mahesh has over 30 years’ experience in the care sector at senior executive level, including positions in finance and other healthcare related industries including dental, prosthetics, orthotics and children’s nurseries

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John Alflatt

Finance Director

John Alflatt is the group’s Finance Director and has worked in the care home sector since 1996. John qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in 1993.

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Colin Farebrother

Operations Director

Colin Farebrother is a Registered Nurse and the Operations Director. He has worked in the care sector both in elderly care and learning disabilities services for over 20 years. Colin is supported by an experienced team of Regional Managers and support staff

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Alka Patel

Estates Manager

Alka Patel is the company Estates Manager and has worked in the care sector for over 25 years. She is also involved in the financial operations of the business. Alka qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1986.

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Ruth Field

Estates Director

Ruth Field is the group's Estates Director and has designed and developed care homes across the UK for a number of years. Ruth has a Degree in Architectural Technology.

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Paul Nicholls

Regional Director

Paul Nicholls is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and holds a Specialist Practitioner degree in community psychiatric nursing. He has vast experience and knowledge of working with clients who have Dementia and Mental Health needs.

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Valmy Flores

Area Manager

Valmy Flores is a Registered General Nurse and has over 10 years’ experience in Dementia Care within the private sector.

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Rhona Briggs

Area Manager

Rhona began working in the care industry back in 1981. She began her career as a carer and progressed rapidly through to Home Manager. Rhona commenced the role of Compliance Manager following many years of managing successful care homes. Rhona holds a Level 5 qualification in management and leadership.

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Hazel Jackson

Area Manager

Hazel has worked in the care home sector for 20 years. She has been working as a Home Manager since 2010 and Compliance Manager since 2017.

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Linda Cordey

Area Manager

Linda Cordey is a Registered General Nurse with a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience spanning over 42 years within the healthcare sector. She has spent approximately 12 years in Management roles. As a Home Manager, she helped her home achieve an outstanding with CQC and placed the home in the Top 20 care homes in the North East. Linda has excellent interpersonal skills and a good support network within all areas.

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James Cooper Stevens

Quality & Compliance Director

James has been in the private care sector for 30 years, beginning his career in care as a care volunteer and over the years progressing through to Registered Home Manager. Over the years, James has gained his requisite qualifications, including a Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management. As he developed his skills, he moved on to more senior management roles, rising from Area Manager to Regional Manager and his current position as Quality & Compliance Director. James strives and encourages his team to deliver the best possible care to all residents under his purview.

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Karen Clarke

Area Manager

Karen has worked within the care sector for 28 years, having started her career as a care assistant and rising up in positions, through the years. Her care experience ranges from working in dementia homes, nursing homes and in-home care. She holds a level 5 qualification in leadership and management. Prior to her appointment as Area Manager with Minster Care, Karen was working as a senior support manager. She is also a qualified trainer and is passionate about developing skills of staff, to ensure our clients receive quality, high quality person-centred care.

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Nicole Benn

Area Manager

Nicole began her career in care as an enthusiastic nineteen-year-old and quickly progressed up the career ladder to An Area Manager role within 12 years. She holds Qualification Level 7 Strategic Management and leadership, now currently studying Level 8. Nicole has worked across a broad spectrum of care environments, including dementia specialisms, end of life care, rehabilitation and nursing. Nicole’s main experience lies within dementia care and from that, she has established a passion to deliver the highest standard of quality care.

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Elaine Hamilton

Area Manager

Elaine has been in the care industry for over 30 years. She is a qualified nurse and Adult Nurse Educator. She has worked in a variety of fields within the primary and secondary provision, gaining experience in theatre, casualty, community and care homes. She has successfully managed teams in the further education sector before moving into management in the care industry.

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Karin Scott

Area Manager

Karin began her career in care in 1987, before qualifying as an RGN in 1993. Whilst a nurse, she worked mainly in A&E as a senior sister. She left the NHS in 2013 and has held management roles in several domains, including DWP and Prison service, before joining social care in 2017, shortly after becoming a registered manager of a care home. She successfully worked with the team, taking the home from a rating of ‘inadequate’ to a rating of ‘good’.