Meet the team

Alan Pankhurst

Franchise Owner

Bluebird Care Newark and Sherwood is owned and managed by Director Alan Pankhurst. Alan was made redundant in December 2010 from Lincolnshire County Council where he spent 10 years as their Research Manager investigating demographic changes and their impact on services.

Overall, Alan has had 30 years’ managerial experience mainly in the public sector responsible for recruiting and training staff, marketing services and managing significant department and team budgets. He was also employed as a regional management consultant responsible for efficiency studies into local offices performance, budget management and staffing levels.  

Whilst Alan has no direct work experience of the care sector, he has, over the last 7 years, worked very closely with the Director of Public Health and the Primary Care Trust on their joint needs assessment so understands the problems and challenges facing the sector. He is passionate about providing good quality care and making a difference to people’s lives.  

Alan is a keen golfer although his handicap might suggest otherwise and is secretary of a local golf society.

Aaron Steele

Registered Care Manager

Aaron joined Bluebird Care Newark and Sherwood in 2021 and is the Registered Manager for our service. Aaron has extensive experience in the health and social care industry including being a qualified nurse and a qualified trainer. Aaron’s role in the service is to ensure our legal responsibilities are met and to ensure the company provides a service to our customers which is safe, effective, responsive, caring and well led.  All training and compliance is managed by Aaron where she covers the care certificate, moving and positioning, basic life support and medication administration to our staff.

“My passion is delivering high quality reliable care which is tailored to each person’s needs”