Meet the team

Kat Thomas

Director

After working overseas and seeing first hand the health care that was provided, when I moved back to the UK I had a drive to work in the health care industry and ensure that people were receiving the best care possible. Prior to starting with Bluebird care I worked in the Ambulance service, so saw the industry from a bigger perspective.

I joined Bluebird Care 6 years ago as the Care Coordinator and progressed through the ranks to Care Manager. This drove my passion for top quality care delivery and enabled me to see the different roles within the team.  As the Director and owner of Bluebird Care Gosport, I firmly believe that what Bluebird Care stands for is exactly the type of quality care provision that I want to be associated with.

I judge myself daily by whether the service we provide would be good enough for one of my own family members.  I believe that a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle does not stop at the front door and I am passionate about enriching the community as a whole. We have a fantastic team of compassionate and caring staff who are dedicated to delivering the best care and support.
 

Stuart McIndoe

Finance Director

Having worked in the home care industry previously, coming to Bluebird Care was a welcome choice. I started working with Bluebird Care Fareham & Gosport in 2016, looking after the company’s accounts and also the recruitment. I have really enjoyed meeting new people as they have looked to start their new career in care as well as having the opportunity to re-inspire those who have worked in the industry for some time.

After moving to Bluebird Care Gosport in 2019, they gave me the opportunity to change my role, taking on the Business Operations Manager post. This role is a fantastic opportunity to be involved with all the business’ processes, the accounts, the team and our overall position in the market.  I am looking to be working on the business’  exciting plans with the director and hope that we can continue to improve the lives of everyone we come into contact with.

Shirley Jones

Care Manager

Having worked for corporate companies I was slightly upset to find myself redundant at the age of 50. Children had grown up and had children of their own. They didn’t need me so who did? I joined the Health and Social Care sector in 2012. My career journey started with another Bluebird Care franchise as a care assistant. Throughout the next 9 years my journey took me through various positions; care assistant, supervisor, live in carer, trainer, recruiter, deputy manager and then finally Registered Manager, culminating in the role as Registered Manager of both Bluebird Care Gosport and Bluebird Care Worthing. Why did I choose care you might ask? I wanted a change of career but I wanted a career with purpose. I was inspired to follow this path mainly due to observing care assistants care for my father-in -law. I just thought – I would like to care for people in their own homes, especially if they live alone. However as I have learnt, there is so much more to the role as a care assistant! There is a career in care! Throughout the past 9 years I have trained and studied, learnt from my peers and colleagues, laughed and cried. Every day brings new challenges but also rewards. We work as a team and we deliver an outstanding service, ensuring that our customers can remain in their own homes. My only regret – I wish that I had chosen this career many years ago!

Katy Wood

Deputy Manager

I have always enjoyed working with people and after a volunteering trip in Africa, I returned knowing I wanted to work in the care sector. I have been working in independent living since 2016 as a support worker, coordinator and now customer supervisor. I enjoy visiting customers in their own homes knowing that its the best place for them and I endeavour to ensure we do as much as we can to enrich their lives. 

Becky Simpson

Coordinator

I hold an apprenticeship in retail. After 16 years in retail I sought a change of direction and decided to pursue a career in care in order to make a more meaningful difference to people’s lives, largely influenced by my 2 sisters' experience of working in care. I have been employed as a care assistant and a care coordinator for Bluebird Care since May 2015 and I find that my experience as a care worker puts me in a strong position to understand both the needs of our customers and care assistants and how vital coordination is to ensure a positive experience for both parties. I find my position as a care coordinator challenging yet very rewarding. Although it can be difficult to get the logistics right, I take pride in knowing that I perform to the best of my abilities to ensure customer and care assistant happiness. The thing I love the most about working for Bluebird Care Gosport is that it is like working within one large family, all the staff and customers are all so friendly and caring.

Alicia Thomas

Care Assistant Supervisor

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