Who we are
At our most senior level Caring Connections is governed by a board of charity volunteer trustees, all individuals with distinguished skill sets that are passionate about achieving the aims and objectives of Caring Connections. These are:
Liz is an experienced third sector professional with a passion from improving health care across the North West. Liz has an extensive background in senior positions within both public sector and third sector. Liz’s most recent role was head of Whiston and St Helens hospitals charity.
As chair of organisation Liz is dedicated to reducing social isolation across the Liverpool City Region.
BA (Hons), Chartered FCIPD
After a career in Financial Services in the North West and London, Jon worked in high level and challenging jobs in Whitehall.
Excited by developing people’s potential, he qualified in HR, and is now a Chartered Fellow of CIPD, one time Deputy Director HR in a large Government department.
Moving back north for family reasons, he became Head of Resources at Government Office NW, until the regional network closed. He retired early, setting up a consultancy - Human Interest CIC, with clients ranging from health to responsible finance. He now recruits for central Government.
He joined Caring Connections having been impressed with the work they did, and wanting to be part of the help they provided.
A keen amateur musician, he failed completely in his early ambition to make music his career.
Mark is a third sector professional who specialises in performance management and data analysis for a large North West housing association. His passion is to use that data to bring about continuous service improvements for their customers in the social housing sector. He has a long history of employment in public sector and charity sector organisations covering the environment and social housing across the region.
Introduced as a Trustee in 2020, Mark is looking to ensure that his background and skills can help the Board in overseeing the continued growth and improvement of Caring Connections as they develop and expand.
Senior Management Team
The charity employees a range of well experienced senior leaders whom are responsible for both the operational and strategic management of the charity. These are:
Hi, my name is Paul Growney I am the Chief Executive of Caring Connections. I am so proud to welcome you to our website and our charity.
Just a little background, our charity has been in operation since 1992 initially being called Crossroads Care Knowsley, set up with the aim of providing high quality care in the community. Over the years we have developed and grown, rebranding to Caring Connections in 2017 in alignment with a new charity strategy and in the most recent years opening another 4 charity branches across the Northwest. We now have branches in Knowsley, Wigan, Ellesmere Port, Warrington and Blackpool, always aiming to focus on our services in areas of deprivation / high care need.
As a charity we are committed to meeting the needs of our community, providing care and a range of charitable services all with the aim of reducing social isolation and improving independence.
As a not for profit, we aim to invest monies in supporting our community and supporting our front-line staffs. We have a board of volunteer trustees not shareholders again who are all committed to making a difference.
One of our central mottos is we care for our carers so we can for others. We pride ourselves on treating on team like family and proud of the numerus awards we have won in relation to supporting our employees.
Thank you for visiting our site and please get in touch if you would like to know more.
Rach started with Caring Connections in 2017 in the role of a rota supervisor with many years’ experience of working in the Residential care field. Rach has excelled in her role and regularly completed care calls and office duties simultaneously. Rach has continued her rise from supervisor to deputy manager to now overseeing the whole organisational care service in the role as care services manager. Thorough the organisation Rach completed her Level 5 registered managers qualification and is now being sponsored through her Master’s degree studies at LJMU.
Katy started at Caring Connections in April 2017 with no prior experience of the Care industry. Katy’s background was in Health and beauty and was an accomplished hairdresser. In a 2 year period Katy excelled in her role and found her vocation in helping others, she was awarded the organisational Carer of the Year award in 2019 based on the feedback from both her colleagues and service users. Katy has completed care qualifications with the organisation and has now progressed to a senior position within the organisation.
Hi, my name is Amanda Holden (not that one!) I am the Registered Manager of the Warrington branch. I have spent my whole career working in social care and dedicated my life to supporting vulnerable adults. I have worked on almost all areas of social care and developed into the role of Registered manager several years ago. I love my team and pride myself on staff engagement, always looking for ways to improve staff wellbeing. My aim is to get Warrington to be an outstanding branch with my outstanding team!
Fun Fact: Amanda enjoys Lego, extreme ironing and snorkeling