Who We Are

Solo Support Services is an alternative to a domiciliary care agency and we provide a range of services for individuals who have a budget for care and support and require assistance to live independently at home. Support can be for personal care, household chores, mobility or more complex health related conditions and we work with you to find your own Personal Assistant (PA) or team of Personal Assistants (PAs) which can include family members. You will have flexible support allowing you to live safely and comfortably at home assisted by a team of people who you know and trust. Your PAs can also help you get out and about to pursue hobbies and interests, be with you on holiday or when visiting friends and family.

Meet The Team

Senior Team

Helen Brown

Helen Brown

Business Manager

I have a degree in Communication Studies and worked in customer service and purchasing before joining my friend Nicola at Solo in 2012. My job is very varied, I work with colleagues at all levels, as well as clients and providers, so no two days are the same which makes it extremely enjoyable. I have two sport crazy sons who keep me busy outside of work and I also enjoy keeping fit: I have completed two marathons as well as several half marathons and am always looking for my next running challenge.
Emily Dennett

Emily Dennett

Operations Manager

I have a Psychology degree and a background in mental health research and counselling. I have worked in personalisation for around 10 years in the NHS, Local Authority and private sector. I joined Solo Support Services as a Client Relations Manager in 2012 and am now the Operations Manager, supporting our client relations teams. I have a lead role in all areas of organisation quality. Away from work, I keep active with running, mountain biking and rock climbing. I also enjoy cooking and baking and would love to be on the Great British Bake Off!
Steph Willbye

Steph Willbye

Registered Manager

I joined Solo Support Services in 2013, as a Client Relations Manager. Having heard about the uniqueness of NHS Personal Health Budgets, I instantly knew this was an area in which I wanted to be involved. I work at the heart of the organisation and have a strong passion and desire to deliver high quality, person centred care for all. My aim is to promote choice, involvement and wellbeing and to empower the individuals we work with. I know I have the vision and mind set to make a difference to other people’s lives through the personalisation agenda and I thoroughly enjoy my role, which I find immensely rewarding. I live in Nottinghamshire with my family. I enjoy going out for walks, spending time learning yoga and practising mindfulness.
Debbie Saunders

Debbie Saunders

Development Manager

I grew up and was educated in South Africa, graduating with a B Nursing degree from the University of Witwatersrand. I enjoy reading around the topics of health and social care in both fiction and non-fiction books. Keeping abreast of the reforms in the personalisation agenda ensures that I remain focused on developing the services we provide. A key part of my job, which I especially enjoy, is meeting new clients and discussing how to put the personalisation agenda in to practise in their lives. I like socialising with my family and friends, and am interested in travel, particularly to the Greek Isles. I enjoy keeping fit, mentally and physically, attending the gym and am starting to learn the art of meditation.
Nicola Barnard

Nicola Barnard

Finance Manager

Originally from the North-East, I moved to Nottingham in 2012 and started with Solo in the September. I am CIMA qualified and have over 15 years’ experience of working within Management Accounts. I love everything about working at Solo particularly our can-do attitude and have enjoyed helping the company grow. I have 2 daughters and enjoy all that family life brings - especially holidays.
Ingrid Foster

Ingrid Foster

Payroll Manager

In 2013, my friend, Nicola Darby, asked me if I would be interested to take on a part-time payroll position. The timing was opportune for me and in January 2014 I took on the role of providing payroll support within the management of the Personal Health Budgets for individuals who had chosen self-directed support. The growth of Solo has been rapid and each year the payroll team expands so we can manage the increasing volume of payrolls which we administer for both Third Party and Direct Payment clients. What a journey I have been on with Solo and every year I continue to be delighted by its growth and the difference we make to the lives of our clients.

Client Relations Team

Roisin Burton

Roisin Burton

CRM Team Leader

I joined Solo in January 2017 having worked in business management, health, education and social care. I enjoy being part of a team with a person-centred approach. We work collaboratively to ensure exceptional standards. I have particular responsibility to ensure that the people we support are treated with dignity and respect. I think partnership-working and listening is vital to truly understand what is important to people. Outside of work I enjoy dancing and love animals. I am also a trustee for the National Dignity Council.
Michelle Blackshaw

Michelle Blackshaw

CRM Team Leader

I began my journey with Solo in June 2017 as a Client Relations Manager. I had previously worked in traditional domiciliary care organisations and had begun to lose focus on why I had started my career in care. Being at Solo has reminded me that I am passionate about supporting people to achieve the best possible outcomes from their care and support. Solo allows individuals to have as much choice and control as possible and allows them to decide who they want to support them.
Emma Southall

Emma Southall

CRM

I had worked in the health and social care sector for 10 years in both small and large companies but when I joined Solo in 2017 it was like a breath of fresh air. I realised I could deliver choice and control to clients for essential aspects of their lives, including who supported them and making the support work to meet their needs. My work with Solo has also created opportunities for my own personal achievements and goals to be met and makes my position as a Client Relations Manager a pleasure.
Lucy O'Dwyer

Lucy O'Dwyer

CRM

Being a Client Relations Manager at Solo enables me to support clients and their families, friends and employees. I feel very humble knowing I am able to assist clients and families through difficult times in their lives even if it is just s a quick phone call and for me to be that friendly voice and listening ear. Being able to build positive relationships with clients and families and giving them as much control over their own care as possible is beneficial to clients’ health and wellbeing and ensures the best outcomes. A disability or illness should never define a person, who they are defines them. We face challenges and obstacles together at Solo and I am proud to be part of a positive can-do organisation.
Emma McFeely

Emma McFeely

CRM

I have worked in health and social care for many years and am passionate about the sector. I joined Solo in 2019 recognising that the approach to client support was very refreshing and reflected the way I wanted to work. Solo believes in person-centred care. Each CRM works with a client recognising them as an individual with very specific needs and aspirations, the employees (PAs) appointed are for an individual client and there is never a feeling that one size fits all, it is always about finding solutions and going the extra mile. We have a superb Head Office team ensuring clients and their teams get the quality service and support they deserve.
Natalee Prior

Natalee Prior

CRM

I have worked in health and social care for over 20 years and I am passionate about supporting individuals in a person centred manner. I have worked across the sector from traditional domiciliary care to supported living. However, I was falling out of love with the sector, then I learnt about Solo. I joined Solo in 2019 and very quickly fell in love with the way individuals are supported to achieve care and support within their environment and they are enabled to develop and live an independent lifestyle. Solo enables individuals to have choice and control over the way they are supported.
Petra Sunkova

Petra Sunkova

CRM

Originally from Slovakia, I moved to UK in 1998 after I finished my studies in Economics and Accounting.  I came to Solo in October 2019 from a traditional Domiciliary Care Agency and it was like breath of fresh air. I love being part of it. It enables me to do what I love doing, supporting our clients and their families to reach their full potential as individuals, by giving them choice and control. For me, Solo is what a care provider should be like. Listening and supporting its employees, which then reflects in care provisions to all our clients. 
Anna Gawel

Anna Gawel

CRM

Originally from Poland with a teaching background, I’ve started my career in Health and Social Care over 12 years ago. I’ve worked as a care assistant, care co-ordinator and a Registered Manager for the domiciliary and residential services. I’m passionate about delivering high quality care and support. I’m a big believer in a Person – Centred Approach and this is why I’ve joined Solo in January 2020. My aim is to promote individuality, independence, choices and dignity. I will be supporting any customers to ensure they have got what they want and need, and any staff to feel empowered to provide care full of empathy, quality and commitment. I live is Staffordshire with my family. I love travelling in my motorhome, visiting new places, trying new food and enjoying long walks. My life motto is : “Life is a journey, not a destination. A worthy life is a journey of adventure, discovery and service to others”.
Caroline Hodson

Caroline Hodson

CRM

I started working in Health & Social care in 2004 and have worked in various management roles to Registered Manager. I’ve worked for corporate giants and smaller companies always searching for something which reflected my values of person-centred support. I began with Solo as a Client Relations Manager in February 2020 and have not looked back - Solo puts the Client in the driving seat and challenges traditional models of support giving individuals choice and realising a genuine person-centred approach when setting up their personalised budget package. Working for Solo is a breath of fresh air; staff in every department, Senior Managers and Directors all share the same passion and are approachable, friendly and helpful. When I’m not at work, my partner, two daughters and crazy dog keep me busy! I love animals, walking and being in the countryside, holidaying - especially in France – socialising with friends and family, reading and going to the cinema.
Helen Hoyland

Helen Hoyland

CRM

I started working as a Client Relations Manager for Solo in April 2020, and I could immediately tell what an amazing organisation it is. Every person working at Solo is passionate about promoting person-centred values and personalisation which allows us to achieve an excellent standard of care. Prior to starting to work for Solo, I was employed as a social worker in various statutory organisations within health and social care. I am still a registered social worker, and this is something that I’m proud of as I believe it provides me with a unique viewpoint on autonomy, personalisation and utilising a strengths-based approach. Outside of work, I enjoy walking my very energetic dog (Archie the Shih Tzu), going to football matches and spending time with my family.

Direct Payment Support Team

Anna Archer

Anna Archer

Client Relations Advisor

I love interacting with people face to face, over the phone and on email. In my role as Client Relations Advisor I undertake client visits to advise on our services or to help set up our service or to assist a client with in interviews for a new PA. I also deal with issues over the phone and work closely with social workers. I like that I am a central point of contact for clients, the Local Authority and for social workers and being able to help gives me great job satisfaction. Working as part of a team is rewarding and everyone here is very friendly, caring and approachable. I have two boys at school and enjoy been active and meeting friends and trying new things.
Helen Kirk

Helen Kirk

Client Relations Advisor

Working with people is something that I really enjoy having worked in many customer facing roles. Being part of the Direct Payment support team has been great for this; getting to know our clients and helping make sure that everything runs smoothly is really fulfilling. Solo is a great place to work, everyone is supportive, friendly and willing to help! In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, playing squash, going to the theatre and catching up with friends and family.

Payroll Team

Jenna Woodhouse

Jenna Woodhouse

Assistant Payroll Manager

I work in the payroll department at Solo and we are a hardworking, friendly and approachable team. I really enjoy working at Solo, particularly in the payroll team, because we are all very passionate about Solo’s ethos and I am proud and confident in saying we all go above and beyond wherever possible. In my spare my time I enjoy spending time with family and a little too much time shopping.
Lauren Cruz

Lauren Cruz

Finance Administrator

I enjoy working as part of the team at Solo, as everyone is friendly, caring and passionate about their jobs. I work as part of the payroll team and my role includes processing payrolls, carrying out finance tasks and assisting with any queries that come into the payroll department. I am a hard-working and organised person, who enjoys working as part of a team. When I am not at work I enjoy watching shows at the theatre, going out for meals and spending time with my friends and family.
Rochelle Leake

Rochelle Leake

Finance Administrator

I work in the payroll department of Solo which is a very varied role. I enjoy the job and love being part of a team. Everyone is really nice at Solo and it’s nice to think that what we do makes life easier for other people. When I’m not at work I enjoy going out with friends and spending time with my 2 boys. I also love my pyjamas and wear them whenever I can!
Samantha Holmes

Samantha Holmes

Finance Administrator

I started working for Solo in 2017 and it was the best thing that has happened to me. I was seeking a new job with a more positive purpose and I liked the fact it involved helping and caring for people. Solo’s core value is freedom of choice and Solo gives people who need care that choice so that they can retain their independence and be involved in deciding who and what care is best for them. We offer various payroll services; this gives clients as much or little control as they wish. If we hold the funds, then each client is given their own individual bank account giving transparency which is really important. To know I'm part of a team who help people in achieving a better quality of life is very satisfying and rewarding.
Penny Yeung

Penny Yeung

Payroll and Finance Administrator

I joined Solo’s big family in November 2019 as a payroll administrator, this is an amazing opportunity to put my skills in finance and customer service to good use. Every day is different at work, each payroll is not just a number, I learn something new each day which makes it interesting and exciting. Everyone in the office is so supportive and positive! In my spare time, I enjoy watching cookery shows, trying out new restaurants and spending time with my friends and family.

Finance Team

Chloe Spencer

Chloe Spencer

Finance Administrator

When I returned from working abroad in early 2018, it was a priority for me to work somewhere that made a significant difference to others and somewhere where I could develop a long-term career. Whilst working for Solo, I have been able to build positive relationships with our clients as well as discover my own strengths and weaknesses within my role. This has been the most rewarding and valuable part of my job. Whilst working at Solo I am also studying for my Accountancy Technician qualifications and by working within the finance department I am able to put my college training into action.
Sue McCauley

Sue McCauley

Finance Administrator

I started working for Solo in June 2019 as a Finance Administrator. I consider myself to be super-organised and very self-motivated. I have over ten years of secretarial experience in the banking and hotel industries. I have travelled extensively and lived in several different countries before getting married and having my daughter. My life experiences have taught me the importance of kindness and understanding. I enjoy going to an exercise class on my days off and planning family holidays.

Business Admin Team

Emma Thurston

Emma Thurston

Business Administrator

I have been with Solo since December 2013 and I work closely with both sides of the business, Direct Payment Support and Third Party. I enjoy using my experience of working with different teams within Solo in supporting colleagues. I love working in Head Office, it’s such a happy and supportive place to be. I am proud to be a part of Solo and to know that everything we do really does make such a difference to people's lives. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending my time travelling and planning my next adventure.
Sonia Stecko

Sonia Stecko

Office Administrator

I joined Solo in 2017 as the Office Administrator which means I work alongside everyone at Solo. It’s really rewarding working with such a great team of people who are all passionate about their jobs, what Solo stands for and how best to help our clients. In my spare time I love socialising with friends and family and going for walks with my dog Pongo.
Nicola Veselis

Nicola Veselis

Office Administrator

I started working for Solo in November 2019 as an office administrator and I have enjoyed becoming part of such a positive, caring team. I’m a hardworking and friendly person with over 10 years business administration experience. I enjoy the varied work at Solo supporting colleagues across the business, ensuring clients get the support and quality service they deserve. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family - my 2 children keep me busy! I enjoy being outside in the fresh air - walking, cycling and socialising with friends.