Professional Team

Our Management Team

Richard Smith

General Manager

For the last 10 years I have been involved within Health and Social Care where I have worked at every level from Support Worker, Registered Manager, CQC Responsible Individual to most recently Director/CEO of a 350+ Staffed Care Organisation.
The opportunity to assist in the support and development of persons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability and other profound
conditions including challenging behaviour has been the highlight of my career so far. My final project for the same organisation was being able to combine my occupational knowledge and skills as a Registered Social Landlord which gave me great satisfaction knowing that I assisted in creating affordable, fit for purpose properties that encourage less fortunate individuals to access the property market safely and as importantly on their own terms. 

Michelle Lewis

Business & Finance Manager

I have almost 20 year’s experience in various types of Administration and Finance. My previous role before joining Solden Hill House was at Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce managing the company for a board of Directors for over 10 years. Prior to this my career had been in the Hotel & Catering Industry after graduating from the University of Central England in Birmingham.
I have two boys who will be celebrating their 18th and 21st birthdays over the coming months. Both have been involved in Solden Hill House with my youngest son completing his work experience week with school assisting me in the office.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling to experience new places and I also volunteer as a temporary boarder for Dogs for Good, a local charity training assistance dogs. 

Sarah Swami

Head of Care

I started my journey within the care sector 10 years ago where I began as a Support Worker. I since then have had the opportunity to work closely with Autism Specialists, Challenging Behaviour, Learning Disability, Psychosis and other profound conditions. This has allowed me along the way to build strong working relationships with the Local Authorities and CQC who monitor and inspect our services.
In my spare time I enjoy dog walking, gardening, music and socialising. I also love to visit the theatre at any chance, particularly musical theatre. 

Our Support Team

We have a dedicated and highly skilled team that have amassed a great number of years of experience working with our client group. This has enabled us to create appropriate care and support packages that meet the ever-changing needs of our residents.
Our robust ‘Continuous Professional Development’ ethos means that we are always striving to learn new skills that help our residents to fulfil their ambitions.
We are very proud to have such a wonderful group to enable us here at Solden Hill House Limited to strive for the expected standards of our stakeholders.

Our board of Trustees.

Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, a charity's management and administration.   

Our Trustees work collectively as a board and take decisions at formal board meetings. Once a decision has been collectively made all trustees are bound to support that decision.

Our trustees demonstrate values such as honesty and integrity. They are all committed to the charity’s aims and values. In addition, they have many different skills, experiences, attributes and areas of knowledge that our charity welcomes.   

Our board is made up of non-paid volunteers. The Chair of Directors is Tom Espley with Vice Chair being Catherine Wardlaw, the remaining members of our board are James BatchelorSimon Bown (Finance Director)and Wendy Coleman who together with the senior management team make decisions based on the needs of the residents.