THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Kerry Southern-Reason is the founder of The Care Home Interiors Company. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and an Accredited Designer with the British Institute of Interior Design. Kerry prides herself on her relationship with her clients and her team. Having 100% retention of clients and staff being employed for over 15 years speaks volumes. With a genuine desire to improve the lives of those living with dementia, Kerry is often a Keynote speaker at the NEC Care Show, and UK Care Week. She has a podcast series, a regular feature on Care Home Management Magazine and writes for Care Talk. She has won many industry awards including Pinders Healthcare Design Awards and Best Supplier Awards. Last year she made the final of the coveted Women Achieving Greatness in Social Care.
FOUNDER AND INSTALLATIONS DIRECTOR
William Southern-Reason is a founding member of The Care Home Interiors Company. Heading up the company’s installation team, he has well over 20 years of experience in bulk installation managing many teams. To date, he has installed over 25 care home interiors, never once missing a deadline. William enjoys the challenge of a new installation and has a wealth of experience to overcome any hurdles or challenges that come his way, often heading them off in advance. His approachable and can-do attitude makes him a firm favourite with site managers and contractors. Same with his team, some of whom have worked with him, and the business, for 12 years. Always up to date with what is going on, no installation would be without him.
FOUNDER AND MANUFACTURING DIRECTOR
One of the founding members of The Care Home Interiors Company, Simon has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the company, its customers, suppliers and products. A chartered accountant by trade, Simon is incredibly knowledgeable in accounts, cashflow, procurement and ordering. With a passion for detail, he oversees productivity across all departments ensuring products are finished on time and deadlines are met. Dedicated to the company, his responsibility in enabling provision of the very best products and distinctive designs is a contributing factor to the company’s success. When Simon gets the opportunity, he takes the time to get hands on making furniture and furnishings himself.
PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO THE MD
With over 20 years of experience working as a Personal Assistant and in Human Resources, Sue is practised and capable in dealing with the requirements of senior management. Responding proactively to tasks, she takes pride in being assistant to Managing Director, Kerry Southern-Reason, helping to ensure the company meets its commitments. Always with her eye on daily schedules, Sue ensures deadlines are met, meetings are scheduled, and dedicated back-up is there in all aspects of the business when required. With integrity, focus and initiative Sue liaises with both suppliers and customers, and is always the first point of contact should Kerry be unavailable. You’ll always be guaranteed a friendly response where your enquiry will be promptly dealt with.
Jess is one of our home-grown talents. Joining us straight from college 15 years ago, her eye and enthusiasm for textiles has taken her from a junior role to a manager of her own department. Her specialism in textiles comes from a love of fabrics and passion for colour. Jess expertly guides her busy team in everything they create for individually designed care homes. With an eye for detail, Jess is key in ensuring projects are completed on time and to the high standards required. From making blinds, curtains and lampshades, her attention to detail comes right down to every last stitch, especially on the hand sewn items. In her spare time Jess doesn’t stop, she is always making and designing pieces for her home, and her friends and family.
Mariusz is an expert in the art of upholstery. His hands are his tools, used to work and mould fabrics to the exacting shapes of the frames being covered. With excellent attention to detail, exceptional skill and pride in his work, Mariusz assembles the upholstery components of every seat, stool and headboard by hand. His eye for perfection ensures the correct fabrics, piping and fillings are matched to fulfil the co-ordinated look designed by our design team. Mariusz never cuts corners. Even when working to incredibly tight deadlines he is always mindful of limiting waste.
Sophie Cottrell ensures every design detail matters. Her commitment to detail contributes to every resident’s experience of feeling truly at home. Working with customers to understand their needs, hopes and dreams Sophie’s perfect design translation goes beyond creating beautiful spaces; it’s a role very much focused on using design to enhance dignity, comfort, and happiness. With extensive experience in commercial Show Home Design, Sophie brings her knowledge and understanding of furnishings, textiles and colours into creating a welcoming, cosy and stimulating environment to live in.
SENIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT
Alex has vast knowledge of the interior design industry. With a degree in architecture and previous experience as a show home designer across the UK for a variety of prestigious clients, there isn’t much Alex doesn’t know about the interior design industry. With a highly technical skill-set, Alex is proficient at working with 3D modelling software and designing bespoke furniture, all of which contributes to her creation of exceptional interior schemes for the company’s care home projects. Full of innovative and exciting ideas, Alex’s designs bring life to each and every interior project. Her highly organised and methodical approach to design ensures the highest quality is achieved whilst considering all elements of the clients’ needs. Alex, and her team, are experts in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Lumion and SketchUp.
SENIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT
Charlie Griggs is a Senior Design Consultant with a passion for interior design. She is a fantastic designer and brings a positive enthusiasm to her work, colleagues and clients. Charlie’s expertise lies in sourcing fabrics, wallpapers, and flooring to create effective and cohesive design schemes. She is currently completing a National Design Academy interior design course to enhance her skills further. Charlie is proficient in Photoshop, creating mood boards, and upholstery mock-up visuals. She is also skilled in SketchUp, producing 3D room visuals, and designing furniture and products. With her talent and dedication to design, Charlie is an invaluable asset to any design team.
Elaine has years of experience in procurement for the insurance industry. From a corporate background, she brings her decided nature and professional experience to her role as Office Manager. Her key role ordering and managing stock is incredibly important, it ensures specific items for individual care home projects are ordered and delivered on time. Her role encompasses responsibility for health and safety, maintenance of the company vehicles and buildings, and the general smooth running of the premises. Working closely with management in a cheerful, proactive way, her meticulous attention to detail ensures she processes both customer and supplier invoices and makes sure vendor invoices are handled in a timely manner for payment.
SENIOR DESIGN STYLIST
Stephanie Jones is a Senior Design Stylist who brings a wealth of creativity and expertise to her role. As a qualified interior stylist, Stephanie has a keen eye for design and exceptional skills in visual display and styling. With her creative flair and excellent communication skills, she is a strong advocate for teamwork and collaboration. Stephanie’s experience in visual merchandise and show home styling adds a unique dimension to her work, allowing her to create stunning dressed designs that captivate and inspire. As a dedicated and passionate professional, Stephanie is an asset to our team and has even taken her hand to manufacturing in our soft furnishings workroom.
Damien Blake is a professional in the art of installing care home interiors. His role isn’t just about unwrapping furniture, it’s about careful placement of each individual detail. From seating to bespoke cabinetry and even the odd cushion, where it goes, how it’s positioned is incredibly important in creating the perfect care home environment. Known for going the extra mile his work continues to speak volumes, he’s invaluable on site and is guaranteed to keep everyone smiling if the going gets tough.
Mindaugas Cervonenko stands out in his role as a joiner, bringing exceptional skill and craftsmanship to a variety of healthcare-related interiors. His meticulous attention to detail truly distinguishes each project, whether he’s expertly installing pelmets, curtain fixtures, or crafting bespoke furniture and headboards. Mindaugas combines diligent work with infectious enthusiasm, contributing to a highly productive team environment. His mix of cheerfulness and professionalism establishes him as an invaluable team player.
PROJECT COSTING MANAGER
Tetiana is a dedicated professional serving as a Project Costing Assistant within the organisation. Originally from Ukraine, Tetiana’s journey to the UK was driven by circumstances of war in her home country. Tetiana brings a diverse financial background to her new role, with experience in bookkeeping, accounts, credit control, and purchase and sales ledger. Excelling in her role, Tetiana adeptly inputs data into the organisation’s ESTI costing system. Demonstrating her commitment to growth and accuracy in her work, she is determined to improve her English skills whilst succeeding in her role.
Neil Barnett FCMA is a qualified commercial accountant experienced in creating strong financial reporting, robust corporate governance and strategic planning. Highly skilled and knowledgeably in his role as Finance Director, Neil has a ‘rolling up his sleeves’ attitude towards his work ensuring he is an active team player able to motivate and lead in his role. Having worked in an accounting role since 1993 he has held finance director positions in leading media companies, import and export, and property development. His breadth and depth of experience is a real asset to the company.
Colette is a seasoned PR professional with an illustrious career spanning well over two decades. With extensive experience both in agency and in-house roles, Colette has garnered a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of public relations. Colette’s passion for creativity and her keen eye for identifying unique angles have been pivotal in her success. She possesses a remarkable talent for bringing innovative thinking to the table, which has proven invaluable in her work developing widespread recognition for Care Home Interiors Co.
Ashley is a fellow member of AAT. He has worked in accounts for the last decade in varying sectors from market research to telecommunications. Extremely well versed in producing management reports to suit specific reporting requirements and used to operating under tight deadlines, Ashley will ensure a high level of accuracy his maintained in the company’s accounts.