Executive Team

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Our Executive Team is responsible for the day to day running of Southdown and the delivery of the organisation's plans. They support managers and staff to give the best care and support possible to our clients.

Neil Blanchard

Position: 
Chief Executive
Neil Blanchard

Neil originally qualified as a chartered surveyor and worked for a number of years in commercial property development and management. Since 1993, he has worked in the social housing and community care sectors, specialising in providing services to vulnerable people including learning...

Telephone: 
01273 405 800

Steve Hickman-Brown

Position: 
Director of Operations for Community Support Services
Steve Hickman-Brown

Steve joined Southdown in September 2019, having previously worked in a variety of senior management, consultation and project management roles. He brings to the team, a wide-ranging set of skills and experience from both public and voluntary sector organisations including the NHS, prisons,...

Jim Aspdin

Position: 
Director of Housing
Jim Aspdin

Prior to his current role in housing, Jim's career background spans back 20 years, from employment within specialist mental health inpatient settings, work with homeless and forensic client groups to working at a senior level overseeing accommodation-based floating support services for a...

Colin Farmer

Position: 
Director of Finance and ICT
Colin Farmer

Colin is a chartered accountant and experienced Finance Director who has worked in the NHS, charitable and private sectors. He spent 10 years in private sector logistics before moving into the NHS. During his 18 years with the NHS, he worked with supply chain management, ambulance and community...

Telephone: 
01273 405 800

Sharon Clare

Position: 
Director of Operations for Care and Support
Sharon Clare

Sharon has worked with people with learning disabilities for over 20 years. A qualified learning disability nurse, she has worked in the private sector and the NHS in a variety of roles, including monitoring services for people with learning disabilities living in out-of-county placements and...

Telephone: 
01273 405 800

Vikki Hayward-Cripps

Position: 
Deputy Chief Executive
Vikki Hayward-Cripps

Vikki became the Deputy Chief Executive in April 2014. Joining Southdown in 1996, she has worked in a number of senior central services roles, most recently as Executive Director of Business.

Previously, Vikki worked in a variety of public and voluntary sector organisations including the...

Telephone: 
01273 405 800
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