The Leadership Team
Sarah Edwards is our Managing Director
I joined The Grange (2016) Ltd in April 2017 and can honestly say that I love my job! From the moment I first visited, I got a really positive feel about the services and the amazing people that live in them. It felt like this was an opportunity to really be able to make a difference.
I manage the whole business and head up the fabulous leadership team. We all work very differently, but our styles all work well together.
I don’t directly manage services but I have total oversight of what’s happening and lead the direction of the business. I am very much an ideas person and enjoy being able to make improvements to the services. Since being at The Grange, I think I have brought a lot of my experiences in the sector to enhance the support.
Felicity White is Registered Manager at The Grange
Having worked at The Grange since 2006, I still enjoy the daily challenges and variety that my role brings.
Since becoming the Registered Manager in 2017, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that I have used to help improve and benefit the service and experience of staff working alongside me.
I am very passionate about achieving the best standards of care and highest quality of life for people with learning disabilities and work tirelessly to achieve this.
I cannot wait to see what everyone at The Grange can achieve in the future.
Janet Illman is Registered Manager in Cranbrook
I started working for The Grange in 2004 as a part time Support Worker.
After studying art at Edinburgh University I worked for a short time with people with learning disabilities in Cumbria before coming to London to work at the National Gallery.
The next ten years included marriage and children, and after many twists and turns I found myself in Iden Green looking for meaningful work; and so to The Grange!
Supporting the residents has been an enormously rewarding challenge and has taught me a great deal about the warmth and resilience of the people who live here and of the staff who work so hard to enrich their lives.
Nicky Pooley is our Administration Manager for The Grange (2016) Ltd
I joined The Grange (2016) Ltd in 2012 after previously working as an Assistant Company Secretary for a large plc.
As Administration Manager for the business, I head up a small team who work diligently behind the scenes to assist the Registered Managers in the smooth running of the individual services.
Our roles are very varied, and include all day to day administration, finance, property management, compliance and a cup of tea from time to time with the people we support!
We pride ourselves on the assistance and support we provide, and the relationships we have with the family and friends of the individuals we support.
Ed Nash is Development Coordinator at The Grange
I started my epic journey towards this wonderful role back in 2016 when I worked as Senior Support Worker at the Grange. This gave me the experience to know that this was the sector I wanted to work in. I also knew immediately that the Grange was a special place!
During 2017 I went travelling (to get it out of my system) and then worked in a school for children with learning disabilities in Shropshire…but…I was always asking staff at the Grange for an update about how things were going and I knew deep down that one day…I’d be back. So when the opportunity of Development Coordinator came up at the Grange I knew I had to go for it!
As Development Coordinator my role involves supporting the registered manager to ensure that the services are fully compliant, taking the lead in developing staff and the people we support as well as developing the environments to ensure that individuals preferences are reflected.
My passion for the Grange is enormous! I believe that the Grange offers something incredibly special to the people we support and the staff that work here. My enthusiasm for giving people the best experiences in life knows no bounds and with my constant energy I like to make sure that everyone has a smile on their face!
The Admin Team
Sheryl Miles is an Administrator for The Grange (2016) Ltd
I joined The Grange (2016) Ltd in 2017 – after living and working in London for many years I moved to Kent, where I worked for the National Trust. I initially joined the team as a bookkeeper, but in 2018 my role expanded and along with looking after the accounts for the business, I also took on further tasks as an Administration Assistant.
Outside of work, I am expanding my knowledge by undertaking further accountancy qualifications, which I thoroughly enjoy. These qualifications are enabling me to grow within the business, and I get to put what I’ve learnt into practice.
I feel privileged to be able to work with such fantastic people who genuinely care about making a difference.
Lauren Huckstepp is Senior Support Administrator for The Grange
I joined The Grange in June 2018 as a Senior Support Administrator, having previously worked as admin for adults with learning disabilities in community support services, so bring experience from my previous role to the team.
My role as Senior Support Administrator is new to The Grange, adding a new dimension to the team. My role is to support the Registered Manager and the staffing team here, as well as getting involved with daily activities and support.
When I came to The Grange it struck me as being somewhere that was very special, and immediately loved working here! I find it very rewarding, where no two days are the same, bringing new challenges every day!
The residents living here are all fantastic, and I believe that the most important part of my role is helping to ensure that we provide the best quality of care, promoting independence and choice for our residents.