Meet our team. With over 1,400 staff members across Northern Ireland, Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, Praxis Care is proud to have talented and experienced professionals leading the company.
Senior Leadership Team
Andy was appointed as CEO in March 2019 having joined Praxis Care in February 2009 as Director of Care. Prior to joining Praxis Care, Andy had worked in the statutory sector for 18 years in field and residential social work, care management and as an Assistant Director of Older People’s Services in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust. Andy’s extensive experience encompasses learning disability, mental ill health, dementia, primary care and older people’s services and he had responsibility for care operations and development within Praxis Care for a number of years prior to his appointment of CEO.
David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, completing his training with Grant Thornton in Belfast. He joined Praxis Care as Assistant Director of Finance in June 2010 moving into the role of Director of Finance in 2016.
Previous to joining Praxis Care he worked in the retail and wholesale sector working. He has responsibility for the Finance and IT Department
Aidan holds a BSC Single Honours in Psychology; Level & Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management (CIPD). He joined Praxis Care in 2019 bringing over 15 years of experience working across both private and public industry sectors, offering extensive experience in employee relations, recruitment and management developments experience.
Eileen is a registered Learning Disability Nurse and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Health Services). Previously employed in Praxis Care as the first Assistant Director for Learning Disability Services ( 1996-2005) Eileen left to assume the role of Director within a large Housing Association (with care) Organisation followed by a post as Head of Services/Professional Lead Nurse for Learning Disability Services in the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Eileen returned to Praxis Care as Director of Quality and Governance in June 2018.
Carol joined Praxis Care in January 2006 and has worked as Head of Operations and Development for a number of years. In November 2015, Carol was promoted to Director of Care and Development in the Republic of Ireland. She is a registered nurse with almost 20 years’ experience in social care and care management. Her extensive experience includes working with both children and adults with intellectual disability, mental ill health, autism and complex needs, across a variety of care settings.
Mary has worked for Praxis Care since 1991 as an Operational Manager, Assistant Director and more recently Regional Director of Care NI.
Prior to joining Praxis, Mary worked as a Ward Manager in a large inner city hospital in Birmingham, where she had trained as an RMN. From 1998 to 2005, Mary worked for Praxis as an Operational Assistant Director before taking up a role as Assistant Director of Quality and Governance where she was instrumental in the achievement of Investors in People Award in 2008 before moving back to Operations. Mary was appointed as a Regional Director in February 2018.
Greer Wilson, joined Praxis Care as Director of Care & Development for Northern Ireland in 2019. A qualified social worker, Greer has worked directly with service users in children’s services, elderly and dementia services, learning and physical disability services and complex needs. After working for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust for over 20 years, including eight years as a senior manager with responsibility for learning and physical disability services, care management, day care settings and supported living schemes, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organisation.
Richard is the Director of Care and Development for Praxis Care’s services across Great Britain and the Isle of Man – his role is to work with colleagues across the organisation to develop our offering across those geographies and to found that growth on consistency of service quality and care in response to clearly identified need.
Richard is an Architect by profession with over two decades experience in the specialist mental health and social care sectors both as a consultant and a service provider. Previous roles have included Head of Service Development – The Cambian Group, Founder Director of the Ansel Group, Service Development Director for ILG and In-mind Healthcare, Projects Director – Care Principles Ltd, Managing Director of RBAL and Senior Project Architect for DBS. Specialist consultancy appointments include the Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and for health and social care providers in the independent and social business sectors.
Richard holds an MBA, is a school Chair of Governors and is a passionate advocate for quality, governance, independence and opportunity through health and social care services and for every person supported.
Aine joined Praxis Care in 1995 as a Team Leader in Newry before becoming Manager in Banbridge in 1999 both services providing supported accommodation for service users with mental ill health. In 2017, Aine was appointed as Head of Operations covering multiple services within the Southern Trust and Rainbow Lodge in Ballymena. She has a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years of service to Praxis Care.
Brian qualified as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) in 1993. He worked for a number of years in the care of the elderly, both in England and Northern Ireland. Brian then moved to the voluntary sector and Praxis Care in 1997. From 2003 Brian managed the mental health scheme in Lurgan. He was appointed Assistant Director of Operations in 2008.
Since 2010, Brian has been Head of Quality & Governance. He works as part of a team which has responsibilities for the organisation’s policies and procedures, audit, safeguarding, risk management, co-ordination of the annual ISO9001:2015 assessment, as well as data protection, research, health & safety and fire safety.
Carmel’s social work career began with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland. She gained extensive experience working in the community, a variety of criminal justice settings and multi-disciplinary specialist units. This involved, in some programmes, work with individuals with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Carmel joined Praxis Care in 2007 initially appointed as a Training Manager and then promoted in 2011 as Head of Operations for North Down & Ards. Carmel is passionate in supporting vulnerable individuals in their own homes and the wider community.
Jamie has been an IT Professional for over 30 years, working in Start-up, Local Government, NHS, and Private as well as the 3rd Sector and is currently a Prince2 Practitioner. He is passionate about the user experience has been responsible for Organisations Technology and Security for 17 years. He led the IT Integration of two £250M+ businesses with several other acquisitions. In Praxis he has created a single desktop virtual environment across 100+ sites for 2000+ staff. Just being curious how things worked led him into IT but has acquired various skills from property renovation to building race cars in his personal life.
Mandy qualified as a social worker in 1985 and has worked in hospital, childcare and adolescent mental health arenas. The majority of her practice experience has been in the Voluntary Sector where she has been both a practitioner and manager of residential child care services and has also worked directly with adolescent survivors/perpetrators of sexual abuse. Mandy has extensive experience in the field of learning and Development working as a Consultant/Trainer in the Private Sector before moving to Praxis Care in 2001 firstly as a Training Manager and in her current role as Head of Learning and Development.
Rosemary joined Praxis Care in 2015. She is a Registered Mental health Nurse with a Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) and a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS). With over 25 years of experience in social care and health across sectors including: NHS, Housing Groups, Charity & Voluntary, Rosemary is well equipped in delivering excellent quality care. Additionally, she is an M.H.F.A. (Mental Health First Aid) instructor and has delivered mental health training to various groups with the emphasis on decreasing stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health. She is passionate about delivering the best quality care in supporting individuals to live their life to the fullest.
Sandra joined Praxis Care in May 2011 as Manager of the day-care facility in Kesh. She then successfully gained a permanent position in July 2019 as Head of Operations with operational responsibilities for the Fermanagh schemes. The schemes she currently manages are mental health scheme and floating support in Lisnaskea, residential, supported living in Kesh and Enniskillen and Day care opportunities in Kesh.
Prior to joining Praxis Care, Sandra also worked as a field social worker for adults with a physical Disability for a period of 5 years and one year as field social worker for adults diagnosed with a learning disability. Additionally, she has spent time as a social worker within the Mental Health field and elderly people team which developed her knowledge and skills in a range of areas within the care sector. With over 30 years’ experience in the care sector and day-care with the WHSCT she brings a wealth of experience to her current post.
Shirley Anne Hyslop has worked for Praxis Care since 2009 as a Manager and Head of Operations, Northern Ireland. Prior to that Shirley Anne spent her career working within not for profit organisations, working her way up from Support Worker to becoming a Service Manager team member. Throughout her career Shirley Anne has made it her primary focus to find creative and person centred ways to improve opportunities for people with Learning Disabilities and people with Mental Health and well–being needs. Shirley Anne currently sits on the Regional Personality Disorder Network and established the first KUF Kafe in the North in partnership with the NHSCT Personality Disorder Team.
David is a Chartered Architect with 30 years’ experience in private practice. Before joining Praxis Care I successfully ran my own architectural business, specialising in large scale residential development and the conversion and restoration of listed buildings. I have designed some of the largest and most complex housing developments in Northern Ireland, including the re-development of Belvoir Park Hospital and the Harberton Park residential development in Belfast. I have also worked closely over the years with the R.U.A.S, having designed the Eikon Exhibition Centre and Balmoral Park developments.
Nikki joined Praxis Care in November 2019 as Head of HR Operations and Services. She started her career in HR at entry level, coupled with part time study for a CIPD qualification. She has a real passion for HR and supporting people of the organisation.
Prior to joining Praxis Care, she worked within BPO Outsourcing/Contact Centres for over 14 years’ supporting large scale commercial organisations in growth and takeover processes. Most recently, she was responsible for a business set up in partnership with INVESTNI.
Amanda joined Praxis Care in 2018 as Head of Operations & Development at ROI West. She holds a BA in Business Studies with an Honours BA in Social Care. With over 15 years of Social Care experience, Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She has completed the Endeavour for Excellence course with Genio supporting individuals to achieve valued roles in their communities and also worked on de-congregation projects in the West of Ireland supporting individuals living in Institutions to move to homes of their own in communities of their choice.
Fiona Duignan joined Praxis Care in January 2017, as Head of Development. She began her career as a Youth Worker, then moving to Dublin to work as Project Coordinator with a crime diversion programme in the North Inner City with the Belvedere Youth Club. She continued to work with young people at risk and moved on to become Programme Manager with Youth Advocate Programmes in North Inner City Dublin. In 2005 Fiona was promoted internally to Assistant National Director where her role was to expand provision of services nationally.
Fiona continued her work with Barnardo’s as Project Coordinator with the Family Welfare Conference Project and in 2008 Fiona took on a role of Policy & Project Manager at Inclusion Ireland for over 8 years.
Lisa joined Praxis Care as a Support Worker in the first residential service in the Republic of Ireland in 2006. She holds a Degree in Applied Social Services in Social Care and a FETAC Level 7 Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care. Since joining in the organisation she has been promoted to Head of Operations in the North East of Ireland. She commenced the role of Head of Operations in May 2016.
Rosarie joined Praxis Care as Team Leader for the first residential service in the Republic of Ireland in 2006. Since then she has grown within the organisation to her current role as Head of Operations in the North East of Ireland. She holds a BA (hons) English & Sociology, Diploma in Child Psychology, Higher Diploma Youth & Community Work and FETAC Level 7 Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care.
Rosaleen commenced with Praxis Care in 2006, she was involved in the development of the first Praxis Care service in the Republic of Ireland, a service she went on to manage in 2008. She has been working with Praxis Care for over 13 years and her current role is Head of Operation ROI Midlands, appointed in 2015.
Rosaleen holds a BA Hons in Nursing, a Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing and a Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety (NISO Foundation Programme). She gained many years’ experience in general nursing in Scotland, Australia and Ireland before moving into the area of intellectual disability.
Before moving to the role of Head of Operations, Natalie worked for Praxis Care and other service providers in developing and reforming Day Service supports under the New Directions Model.
Natalie holds a BA Applied Social Studies in Social Care, Certificate in Training and Development, Certificate in Community Development and Leadership and QQI Level 6 Module – Management Essentials.
Kevin has worked in various care settings for the last 12 years in Ireland and UK. He started as a Social Care worker in challenging behaviour residential house, moved into Borderline personality residential house then House Manager for ASD residential house. Then became a Behaviour Specialist. Then moved onto Senior Behaviour Specialist for a UK based residential care company. Implemented new behaviour support systems, behaviour policies and incident reporting system across the company (11 sites). Conducted Functional Assessments and developed Behaviour Support Plans. I was also COO for the Irish arm of the company, developed a property in Co. Offaly and set up a new semi-independent residential and day service for individuals with ASD and ID, which became a designated centre under HIQA.
Mark graduated in Building Management in 1995 and has worked in the construction industry for 23 years before joining Praxis Care in January 2018. During this time he has undertaken a number of different roles from managing project delivery, programme planning and business development both in the UK and ROI. Mark’s role within Praxis Care is to maintain and manage existing housing stock, property acquisitions and to procure and manage new developments.
Kevin consults in establishing a Quality Management System, that enables Praxis Care to meet all statutory and regulatory requirements in Ireland.
This system to date, has yielded considerable improvement in regulatory compliance in our Residential services measured against HIQA inspections, and will now be targeted against the interim standards in Day Services aligning Praxis to New Directions.
Previous to joining Praxis Care Kevin worked as a General Manager in the HSE for Disability Services CH01 overseeing Governance responsibility for all regulatory compliance.
Ruth began her career as a registered general nurse in both the acute hospital and long term residential sectors. She gained experience of dementia support, health care, and learning disabilities through employment as a nurse before moving into social care in 2002.
Ruth has been employed with Praxis Care since 2013. She has managed the Praxis Care children’s short breaks service in Leicestershire which supports children with severe learning disabilities, challenging behaviours and complex health needs. She successfully managed a period of significant change within the service bringing together the amalgamation of two sites under one management whilst improving service delivery and quality.
Ruth was appointed as Head of Operations, England in 2017. She is keen to see Praxis Care develop new services for a wide range of service user groups across England and believes in inclusion and promoting independence through appropriate and responsive packages of support
Julie has worked for Praxis Care since 2016 as Head of Operations on the Isle of Man. She brings over 20 years of experience across the statutory and voluntary sectors in the Health and Social Care sector in both the UK and IOM.
Combined with her experience in the field Julie has completed her NVQ Level 4 in Leadership and Management and continued her professional development through achieving her Certificate in Professional Practice (MSc) and is currently in the process of completing CMI Level 7.