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Meet The Team

John Farragher

Executive Chairman

Born near Birkenhead docks a long while ago – I’ll admit to being in my fifties!

Concert Pianist, Astrophysicist, Raconteur and Olympic Athlete are just a few of the things I’m not known for.

Trained as an LD Nurse in early 80’s which started the incredible journey leading to the privileged position I am at today

Nicki Stadames

Chief Operating Officer

Registered Nurse (RNMH)

Nicki is Potens Chief Operating Officer, with 20 years’ operational experience in the Health and Social Care Sector.

Whilst Nicki has previously worked in both Local Authority and Charitable organisations, the vast majority of her experience is in the Private sector. Nicki joined the company as the Registered Manager of the one and only Registered Home and has grown alongside the Organisation in partnership with those who live and work within.

Nicki has been with Potens since 1996

Tom Arnold

Finance Director

ACA & BA (Hons) Economics

Tom is the Director of Finance for Potens. He is a chartered accountant with over 20 years finance experience working in the health and social care sector. He has previously worked as a Finance Director of a GP out of hours service and a company providing healthcare in secure environments.

Tom has been with Potens since 2004

Dr Lisa Alcorn

Director of Operations

MSc in Strategic Management & Professional Doctorate in Autism & Behaviour

Lisa has specialised in Autism and Positive Behaviour Support over 20 years ago and has experience of managing residential, supported living and short breaks services across both autism specialist and learning disability services. Lisa has been Head of Children’s Services for an autism specialist provider and more recently as Head of Complex Needs undertaking a national role in designing and implementing positive behaviour support policies and practices.

Lisa joined Potens in 2016

Noreen Mitchell

Regional Director North & West

BA (hons) Community Management & PG Dip in Management.

Noreen is one of Potens Regional Directors with responsibility for North Wales and North & West England. She has over 20 years operational management experience within the health and social care sector within a range of organisations including; housing associations, local government and the charitable, voluntary and private sector.

Noreen has been with Potens since 2007.

TBC – Regional Director East

Regional Director East

TBC ……….

Bettina Jeppesen: Regional Director South

Regional Director South

BA (hons) in Sociology and Social Policy. Advanced Diploma in Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health & Substance Misuse)

Bettina has over 25 years’ experience in the social care sector, 10 of these years as a senior manager. Bettina has worked across third sector and private companies predominantly supporting people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions or a range of additional complex needs, including; registered, supported living, floating support and community activity based services.

Bettina joined Potens in the summer of 2017

Susan Yates

Area Manager (Merseyside)

Registered Managers Award (RMA), ILM Level 5 Management, IOSH.

Susan has 24 years operational experience in both Learning Disability and Mental Health and has worked in a variety of settings and locations throughout England & Wales. Susan is the Area Manager for adult Residential services in Merseyside.

Susan Joined Potens in 2006 as Area Manager. She previously managed North Wales and Ireland before taking up her current role as Area Manager for Merseyside.

Dave Andrews

Area Manager (Wirral Supported Living and Domiciliary Care Services)

BA (Hons) Economics/ Economic History, NVQ Registered Manager Award.

Dave has 20 years’ experience in the Health and Social Care sector as a support worker, Home Manager and Area Manager supporting adults with mental health ill health, complex needs and addictive behaviours. Dave has worked in a variety of settings with Health and Social Care field.

Dave joined Potens in 2003

Alice Stanley-Jones

Area Manager (Lancashire & Salford)

NVQ 3,4 , Level 7 diploma in Management and Leadership, PRINCE 2 practitioner

Alice has responsibility for services in Central Lancashire & Salford.  Alice has over 10 years operational management experience within the health and social care sector managing a range of services which have included: Supporting housing/Living, Day Opportunities, Employment, Dom care and services for carers.


Alice Joined Potens in late 2016


Glenn Barnett

Area Manager (North Wales)

Registered Nurse (RNMH), Registered Managers Award (RMA), ILM Level 5 Management and IOSH.

Glenn has responsibility for residential services and day opportunities in North Wales, and is also the Responsible Individual working closely with CSSIW to maintain compliance. Glenn has 24 years clinical experience in both Learning Disability and Mental Health and has worked in a variety of settings and locations throughout the England & Wales.

Glenn joined Potens in 2006 as a registered manager and progressed to General Manager for Queens Court before being promoted to Area Manager for North Wales.

Andie Hudders

Area Manager (North West)

NVQ Level 5 in Management.

Andie has over 20 years operational management experience within the health and social care sector within a range of organisations: including; mental health, homelessness, ASD specialist services, and ABI rehabilitation services. In addition Andie has worked for the NHS at Oldham Royal and Salford Royal on the acute mental health wards.

Andie Joined Potens in 2007

Darren Wilson

Area Manager (Tyne & Tees)

BSc Psychology & BA Hons Housing Studies

Darren is the Interim Area Manager for Tees and  has 14 years’ experience in Social Care with over 10 years as an Operational Manager. Darren has worked for Organisations such as Gateshead / Newcastle CCG, Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council Commissioning Team as well as voluntary and other private sector organisations across the North East of England.

Darren has been with the Team since September 2016.


Sue Stirk

Area Manager (South)

BA honours in Children and Families; Diploma in Social Work; HNC in Managing Social Care and Health services; Advanced Certificate in Learning Support; NEB’s Certificate in Management.

Sue have over 35 years’ experience of working with young people within the educational, residential and Social work field. Over 25 of these has been working with young people who have learning and or physical disabilities.

Sue has been a Team Manager within residential care services of a residential school and has also managed a Children’s Team within the local authority for 10 years.

Sue joined Potens in January 2017

Judith Proctor

Area Manager (Yorkshire)

Post Grad Dip – Management Studies, Post Grad Cert – Public Sector Commissioning and Contracting, Dip – Business Studies


Judith has over 25 years’ experience of working in health and social care in both the public and private sector. Judith’s roles have ranged from operational management including registered manager and area manager, business development and manager of a local authority commissioning and contracting team.


Judith joined Potens in 2017

Deane McMorris

Locality Manager (Northern Ireland)

Diploma in Social Work , NVQ 4 & 5 leadership and Management, Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care & various other management qualifications.

Deane currently manages Residential Service, Supported Living Service as well as offering Domiciliary Outreach and Respite support to people living within the local community.

Deane has over 28 years operational experience working within the health and social care sector mainly within the local authority and private sector.

Deane is committed to developing real change in people lives by developing person centred service and a positive learning culture for staff. Deane has been involved with service development both locally and national throughout his career and is a member of ARC Ni.

Deane joined Potens in April 2015

Alistair Hannah-Briggs

Regional Business Development Manager (East)

BA (hons) Community & Youth Studies, DipHE Youth and Community Work, ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management

Alistair is one of Potens Regional Business Development Managers with responsibility for the North East and Northern Ireland. Alistair has over 12 years operational and management experience within the health and social care sector within a range of organisations including; social enterprise, supported employment, local government and the charitable, voluntary and private sector

Alistair joined Potens in 2017.

Mike Barton

Regional Business Development Manager

Dip HE Management; Level 5 Disabilities Studies; Certificate in Counselling.

Mike has over 25 years’ operational experience working in the Health & Social Care sector both in the UK and Ireland, within a variety of roles and settings including; housing associations, charitable, voluntary and private sector companies.

Mike’s role covers North Wales, Merseyside, Wirral, Cheshire, Lancashire (North, Central & West) & Greater Manchester area.

Mike Joined Potens in 2011 as a registered manager and commenced in his current role in 2014.

Frank Walsh

Workforce Development Manager

Assoc CIPD, BSc (Hons) Degree Technology Management, L5 Dip Business Advisor & NEBOSH Certificate

Frank has responsibility for planning, reviewing and evaluating the company Learning & Development, HR and Health & Safety strategies. He has over 20 years’ experience working with organisations from a variety of sectors in helping them to develop their workforce development practices.

Frank Joined Potens in 2011

Pauline Davies

Office Manager

Pauline has over 10 years’ experience in a variety of roles covering Human Resources, Quality Assurance and Administration Management.

Based at Potens Head Office in Birkenhead Pauline’s role manages and supports the administration function across all Potens services and areas.

Pauline started with Potens in 2015

Ian Horan

Estates Manager

BSc (Hon) Building and Maintenance Management

Ian has extensive experience and knowledge across all Buildings, Estates and Facilities Management functions and has held a number of diverse senior management roles across a number of building, construction and property companies over the past 20 years.

Ian is responsible for all properties within the Potens group and manages a dedicated maintenance team

Ian joined Potens in 2014

Nikki Carpenter

Finance Manager

ACCA (certificate Level) & AAT

Nikki is the Finance Manager for Potens supervising the accounts team and providing support to operations, she works closely with the Finance Director. She has over 20 years accounting experience within a range of organisations including; charitable, voluntary and private sector.

Nikki has been with Potens since 2010

Ashley Gibson

PBS Facilitator (East)

Level 3 Health and Social Care, Level 5 Leadership and Management in Children, Young Peoples and Adult Services, PTTLS, BILD Accredited PBS Coach. Ashley is currently in her second year of a Masters in Autism at Northumbria University.

Prior to joining Potens Ashley has enjoyed working within Autism services for Children, Young People and Adults since 2008. Alongside her role in services, Ashley has also been a Positive Behaviour Support practitioner since 2010. Ashley also has 6 years’ experience as a Physical Intervention Instructor.

Ashley Joined Potens in June 2016

Georgina Tiller

PBS Facilitator (South)

RNLD, BSC Hons Health & Social Care, Certificate in Education (PTLLS).

Georgia is a Positive Behaviour Support Facilitator for Potens based in the South. She is a registered Learning Disability Nurse and has been in this field for almost 30 years.  She has worked in a vast number of settings private, voluntary and public sectors including with children, young people, adults and elder care.  Georgia has experience in mental health.  Georgia has previously worked in management and has been teaching Health and Social Care courses for 18 years.

Georgia joined the Potens Team in January 2017.

Jon Evans

Business Development Manager (Blackburn & Bradford)

Lv4 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Jon has worked in the Health and Social care sector for 15 years starting out as an apprentice and working his way through various operational roles within Learning Disability and Autism services, he has held a Registered Managers Position for over 5 years.
Jon has always sought to ensure individuals get a value based and outcome focussed service and in 2010 this ethos led him to create his own service which quickly grew to become a success. Potens acquired Olive Tree in late 2015.
Jon joined Potens in November 2015

Karl Dickin

PBS Facilitator (West)

BSC (honours) Degree Behaviour Analysis & Intervention, NVQ level 4 in Health & Social Care, MAPA Master Level Instructor

Karl has 9 plus year experience managing a residential service for adults with acquired brain injuries, severely challenging behaviours and complex epilepsy.

Karl also has vast experience of worked as part of the Behaviour Therapy Team within services that were deemed in crisis, supported adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to help the individuals and staff manage their behaviours of concern more effectively to enrich the person we support lives’.

Karl Joined Potens in July 2017



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