Movers & Shakers: Mike Osborne appointed managing director at Manorcourt Homecare

Mike Osborne, managing director of Manorcourt Homecare, the homecare services division of the Health

Mike Osborne, managing director of Manorcourt Homecare, the homecare services division of the Healthcare Homes group. - Credit: Archant

Manorcourt Homecare, the homecare services division of the Healthcare Homes group, has appointed Mike Osborne as managing director.

He joins Manorcourt Homecare, based at Langham, near Colchester, after working at director level for a major national care operator with direct responsibility for its care at home and learning disabilities divisions, which delivered a combined 149,000 hours per week of care to its service users.

Mike has more than 30 years’ service sector experience including 11 years in health and social care, and is a highly experienced and successful business and team director.

His previous roles included national operations director of the Community Services Group of Care UK, group managing director at Servoca Health and operations director for Allied Healthcare Group.

Mike Osborne said: “As the requirement for domiciliary care continues, I will ensure that the organisation is well placed to scale as demand increases.”

Chief operating officer David Bates said: “Mike Osborne is a proven leader in the home care sector and we are very pleased to welcome him on board. As the new managing director for our domiciliary care business,

“Mike will be focused on implementing the next stage of Manorcourt Homecare’s growth development plans so more people across East Anglia can benefit from our range of services. This includes providing integrated care programmes between our home care and residential services.”

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Manorcourt Homecare employs more than 1,000 staff and specialises in delivering care services for people who wish to remain in an independent home environment for as long as possible.

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As well as the insurance broking team, two members of the financial services department, Davina Olson and Katie Barfield received passes in their subjects, Davina moving ever closer to chartered financial planner status.

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As well as supporting staff with industry qualifications, Woodward Markwell is also working with two apprentices, Martin Moore and Kate Loder, introducing them to the financial industry. Both have recently achieved their level 2 qualification and are now progressing to complete level 3.

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Director Richard Edwards said: “I am delighted with this appointment. It will enhance our existing relationships, extends our knowledge base, and opens up new and exciting opportunities for us.”

Justine Samouelle said: “I look forward to introducing my established clients to Quatreus and their unique understanding of experiential marketing. It is widely acknowledged that better communication makes for better relationships … and better relationships make for a better world, a vision I share with the Quatreus team.”

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Rebecca Gatens has joined the firm and is based at its Guildhall Street office in Bury St Edmunds, where she joins partner and head of agriculture and estates Jonathan Long and partner Jeanette Dennis.

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