Meet the team

David Howard

Director

Graduating from  university many years ago with a degree in Law, David joined the Ministry of Defence where he performed many roles including spells in consultancy, policy advice, the press office and as the senior civil servant overseeing  Schools for the children of British military schools overseas.  In 2011 he led a team to reduce the size of the MOD civil service by 25% and as part of that work managed to devise his own exit, so that he could change career and open Bluebird Care (Milton Keynes). His interest in the care sector started several years earlier when his sister suffered a catastrophic accident which left her quadriplegic. David is married with two grown up children, five grandchildren and a dog. Hailing from Wales, David enjoys all sports and has had a lifelong love affair with Liverpool Football Club, which has caused him enjoyment and heartache in equal measure.

Catherine Slater

Assistant Director

Catherine grew up in Milton Keynes and lives in Newport Pagnell with her husband and three children. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Modern History and Politics, Catherine worked in advertising sales for a London publishing house before travelling the world and then returning to university to study for a PGCE in secondary education.

She has recently joined Bluebird Care after working as head of the History department in a local secondary school for the last 10 years. Her new role as Assistant Director sees her taking the lead on marketing and recruitment for Bluebird Care Milton Keynes but she will also be getting involved with all aspects of the business, including personal care for our customers from time to time.

Tunde Papdanco

Assistant Director

Tunde came over to the UK in 2014 from her home on the Serbian / Hungarian border where she had been employed for several years as a marketing manager.  Her first job in the UK was as a live-in carer for a company based on the South Coast. She then got a job with the centralised Bluebird Care live-in section, and it was while she was there that she was asked to do a live-in assignment for the Milton Keynes Office. David was in need of a marketing professional and offered her a position within the Milton Keynes Office. Over the last three years she has become a key member of the team and undertaken most, if not all of the office based jobs. To reflect this development, Tunde was recently Appointed David’s Assistant Director. Married with two children, Tunde is now well and truly settled within Milton Keynes and acts as the Godmother to the several eastern European members of the Bluebird Care team.  

Ninitha Thomas

Care Manager

Ninitha was brought up in India. After leaving school she graduated as a nurse and from 2010-2011 worked in a hospital theatre as a staff nurse. In 2011 Ninitha moved to London to take a BSc degree in Health Studies. During these studies, she worked initially as a Care Assistant in Milton Court Care Centre and then as a Client Manager for Amegreen Complex Care.  In 2015, Ninitha joined Bluebird Care as a Co-Ordinator and Training Manager – a position she held until the autumn of 2017. In October 2017, David asked her to become Care Manager – and in December the CQC accepted the nomination and confirmed her position of Registered Manager of Bluebird Care (Milton Keynes). Ninitha is married and lives at home with a variety of disabled and disadvantaged cats!

Lisa Pritchard

Supervisor

Lisa is brought up in Milton Keynes.After leaving school,she worked for several years in retail but decided to change career and applied to Bluebirdcare in 2013 to be a Care Worker. In the autumn of 2014 she was selected to be one of our senior carers, supporting and mentoring our care team and acting as a local 'friendly face' for our customers and in early 2017 further promoted to be a Supervisor

Elizabeth Otukoya

Supervisor

Elizabeth was one of the first carers ever employed by Bluebird Care – joining the company in 2012. Having qualified to be a social worker, Elizabeth left us in 2016 to take up a professional appointment in Cambridge Childrens Services work. At the end of her assignment, Elizabeth decided for family reasons that she preferred to work closer to Milton Keynes and after some persuasion by David, agreed to re-join Bluebird Care as a Supervisor in May 2018. 

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