Our Purpose and Values

Adding real value to our clients with a unique, practical and caring service. We do this by providing long-term practical advice and emotional support tailored to meet the individual needs of those affected by a serious physical or mental health condition, disability, trauma or bereavement.

We treat people with respect and always take the time to listen non-judgementally. Our compassion and creativity ensures a uniquely personalised and confidential service.

Meet the Team

Our Management Team

Christine Husbands CDir FIoD Managing Director

Christine spent the initial part of her career in financial roles and she has held several board positions in Financial Services and is a Chartered Director “When I worked on the acquisition of RedArc, I just fell in love with the business and was delighted to pick up the reins in 2010.

“I am very proud to be helping so many people at often the most difficult times of their lives whilst at the same time I enjoy the commercial business challenges.”

Christine has 2 daughters and in what little spare time she has, enjoys needlework, gardening and walking.

Jan Dryden RGN Director of Nursing Services

Jan is an experienced nurse and has worked for RedArc since its inception in 1997.
She has been responsible for the setting up of a service that is underpinned by the expertise and dedication of a strong nurse- and administrative team whose expertise is recognised by patients and scheme sponsors alike.

Jan feels passionate about the provision and delivery of a caring and professional service that makes a lasting difference to patients.

Jan enjoys spending time with her family, flower design, swimming and reading.

Aled Powell Operations Manager

Aled joined RedArc having worked in financial services for more than 30 years. He has gained valuable commercial and operational experience working with leading banks, building societies, insurance companies and finance brokers. All of which has been invaluable to his role with RedArc.
He says: “I have always tried, through my work, to help people, whether they were clients, colleagues or business associates. However, from the moment I first met RedArc I felt I had found a company and a role that would really make a difference to people’s lives. I have not been disappointed.”

Outside of work it’s all about the family, even though much of that revolves around football, not just watching but managing and coaching two of the teams his sons play for.

RedArc Nurses

Sue McNelly RGN Senior Personal Nurse Adviser

Sue trained as a general nurse at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside in 1984. She has a particular interest in cancer care and specialised in this area in London for 9 years. Sue also has experience both as a practice and triage nurse and continues to triage for the GP out-of-hours service locally. She has been working for RedArc since 2008.

Her interests include family, yoga, reading, friends and roller/ice skating.

Sue Kinsella RGN Senior Personal Nurse Adviser

Sue trained at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and worked in the NHS for 27 years, latterly on an acute ward for elderly medicine. Sue has worked for RedArc since November 2008. She has wide experience and an interest in all aspects of nursing.

She enjoys reading, running and one of her personal achievements includes running the London Marathon.

Caroline Love RGN Education & Training Co-ordinator and Personal Nurse Adviser

Having worked in nursing homes for more than 20 years, the last four as manager, Caroline felt the time was right for a new challenge – and thus joined RedArc in January 2009. Her special interests are elderly care, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, cooking, walking and reading.

Denise Chase RGN Personal Nurse Adviser

Denise has been in nursing for over 30 years and trained at St James’ Hospital, Leeds. She has worked in many areas including midwifery, elderly care and community nursing and spent 10 years working in Australia. Her most recent position was manager of a large care home providing care for the frail elderly, palliative care and dementia care. Denise felt that the time was right for a new challenge after developing the care home from a new build and joined RedArc in September 2011. She has a special interest in older people and cancer care.

Denise enjoys time with her family, reading, walking in the country, drag racing and travelling around on her husband’s motorbike.

Sarah Cross RGN Personal Nurse Adviser

Sarah began her career in the health sector in 2005 working for the NHS as a staffing support co-ordinator. She quickly fell in love with the caring aspect of nursing and decided to commence her nurse training at the University of Chester.

Her main experience is in cancer care, working for one of the largest networked cancer centres in the UK and most recently in orthopaedics. Sarah has also had the opportunity to work in many other areas such as acute medicine, elderly care and the women’s and children division.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys reading and singing, and spending time with her children.

Karen Hewitt RGN Personal Nurse Adviser

Prior to her nurse training, Karen worked in the community, in hospitals and nursing homes as a healthcare support worker. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2011 at Bangor University and went on to work as a Community Nurse caring for people who were housebound and of varied age groups. Karen has also worked in Accident & Emergency, Surgical and Medical wards, Surgical Assessment Units, Day Surgery care, orthopaedic discharge and care of the elderly.

Wishing to work more closely with patients and their families, Karen worked in a nursing home, providing care and support for people with comorbidities and complex needs – she enjoyed this role.

Karen enjoys spending time with her family. She also likes walking in the fresh air, socialising and eating out.

Joy Littler RGN Personal Nurse Adviser

Joy trained as a General Nurse at Kings College Hospital, London where she gained experience in general medicine, respiratory medicine and cancer care prior to moving to primary care. She has 25 years’ experience in primary care working as a practice nurse, triage nurse and commissioning manager.

Joy enjoys gardening, travelling in her motor home, local history, playing piano, dancing and yoga.

Zena Mayhew RGN RMN Personal Nurse Adviser

Zena is both a registered mental and general health nurse with over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS and private sector. Her special interests include stress, anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse and dementia care. For the last nine years Zena has worked in a nursing home using her extensive knowledge to perform many roles including that of Deputy Manager. Over the last two years she has being closely involved in the development of a new dementia community within the care home.

Zena is passionate about mental health and making a difference to people’s lives.

Zena enjoys relaxing by having long walks, watching films and adding to her Lego collection.

Caroline Owen RMN Personal Nurse Adviser

Caroline trained as a mental health nurse at the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh and qualified in 1987. She worked in the private sector in a large nursing home and also has over 20 years’ experience working in the NHS on assessment wards and in the community. Prior to her role at RedArc, Caroline worked as a care co-ordinator with older people in the community.

She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading and watching films.

Elizabeth Scarratt RGN Personal Nurse Adviser

Elizabeth has been an RGN since 1984. She has gained a range of experience in the NHS in Liverpool and Wirral hospitals. During the last 20 years she has had experience working in Nursing Homes, the last five years as the Lead Nurse/Deputy Manager.

She has specialities in Care of the Elderly, General Nursing, Palliative Care and an interest in Autism.

She enjoys time with her family, travelling, ice hockey, football and walking.

Mary Stapleton RGN Personal Nurse Adviser

Mary has been a nurse for over 30 years and trained in Manchester. She has worked extensively in cancer care from screening and health promotion, through to acute and palliative care.

She has worked in two major cancer centres the Christie Hospital in Manchester and the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey, and also worked in the voluntary sector for two large cancer charities. Her last post was as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Breast Cancer Care. She recently also worked in a small community hospital in the Channel Island of Alderney.

Mary likes spending time with her husband and friends. She is a member of a community choir, enjoys reading, walking, cycling and visiting National Trust properties.

Pat York RGN Personal Nurse Adviser

Pat trained at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and has been nursing for 32 years. She initially worked with children before moving on to general medicine and then cardiology. In 2003 she moved on from Coronary Care to work for NHS Direct where she stayed for 10 years.

She has now brought her skills to RedArc and is enjoying the challenge.

She likes spending time with her family, geocaching (but not when it’s muddy), cooking, reading and watching a good film.

Our Administration Team

Debbie Woodall

Debbie has many years (let’s not count!) experience as a personal assistant and administrator. She has worked in both the private and public sectors during this time and before joining RedArc spent ten years organising and facilitating recruitment activities for a large government agency.

She enjoys weekends away with friends, exploring the wonderfully diverse landscapes of the UK, as well as indulging in the good food and wine on offer along the way! To try to balance these overindulgences she has recently started swimming.

Judith Bennett

Judith spent over 20 years working for a national building society in a very busy branch and then a mortgage service centre as a mortgage underwriter. During this time she gained a lot of administration and customer service experience. In November 2010 she joined RedArc and really enjoys working in such a caring environment.

Judith is married with a daughter and loves socialising with family and friends. She tries to keep fit by running, rowing (indoor; on the river would be a step too far!), Thai boxing and participating in a dance fitness programme.

Karen Kavanagh

Karen spent 22 years working for a large building society in a variety of roles, the last ten years of which were spent as a mortgage adviser. During this time Karen gained valuable administration and customer service experience. She has spent the last four years working in retail but felt it was time to take on a new challenge and return to an area of work which she loves.

Karen is married with one teenage son. She enjoys going to the gym, walking and having weekends away with her family.