The support we provide and the values and promises we make would not be possible without a great team of people who are dedicated and passionate about the organisation and the services we provide. The structure of the organisation puts the people we support first. The organisation then has the priority of supporting colleagues to deliver a quality personalised service. The staff teams working closest to the people we support has the biggest impact on a day to day basis and they are supported by a Senior Management Team who in turn is actively supported by the Chief Executive and the Warrington Community Living Board of Trusties.

  • Michael Sheppard

    Chief Executive Officer
    Michael Sheppard

    Michael’s job is to lead the organisation and report to the Board of Trustees. A qualified social worker, he has spent his entire career working with people, having started as a full time volunteer working with disabled children and then moving into paid care work. He also holds a Masters degree in Management and Leadership along with several other post-graduate qualifications and has worked in two local authorities and a large national charity before joining WCL over two years ago. Contentedly married, with two grown up children and a dog and a cat, he is motivated by coming to work every day to make a difference.

  • Bridget Hollingsworth

    Head of Delivery

    Bridget’s role as Head of Delivery is to support the service managers to deliver high quality, safe and personalised services to and deputise for the Chief Executive. Bridget has been involved in social care for the last 29 years. She started as a volunteer supporting people with learning disabilities and went on to manage day, residential and supported living services for people with a range of disabilities, older people and people with a diagnosed mental illness. One of her proudest achievements at this time was the redevelopment of 3 in house hostels and the resettlement of people from the long stay hospitals and enabling these two groups to move into their own homes in the community. Bridget has managed specialist social work and mental health teams and was directly involved in a national pilot which became the embryonic version of person centred approaches and direct payments, she remains deeply committed to enabling the people we work with to take control of their support and be the authors of their own destinies. In 2014 Bridget was employed by Warrington Borough Council to implement the Care Act, in addition she provided supported to range of other projects and initiatives including collaborative working with GP's and other partners and supporting the North West Syrian refugee relocation programme. Bridget has a good working knowledge of health and social care legislation and how to put it into practice and is committed to using this knowledge to enable the people we support to achieve the best possible outcomes.

  • Sharon Gosling

    Organisational Support Manager
    Sharon Gosling

    Sharon Gosling is the Organisational Support Manager – her role is to manage provision of central support to Service Managers in the areas of Finance, HR and Property Services as well as supporting the Board of Trustees in her role as Company Secretary. Sharon has a background in banking and Social Housing. Although Sharon has an administrative remit she is passionate about the work of the organisation and likes to think of herself as a lioness when representing the rights of the individuals we support. Sharon lives with her partner and two dogs, enjoys cooking and cake making and a day out in the countryside binoculars and cheese sandwiches in her backpack.

  • Elaine Cleary

    Organisational Development Manager
    Elaine Mullen

    Elaine’s role is to develop and deliver on a range of diverse projects that will help deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives and targets. Before working for WCL Elaine had experience developing projects and programmes in a variety of settings including local authority, health and the not for profit sector. Elaine has a degree in Teaching/IT and qualifications in management and leadership. She has used the skills developed in these areas to enhance all her career experiences. Elaine has previously developed a social enterprise and enjoys developing services that meet the needs of the people it supports. Elaine is motivated to work through a belief that she is working for an organisation with values that are representative of her own and that is truly committed to its purpose of supporting people.

  • Debra Furness

    Safeguarding, Quality and Projects Manager
    Debbie F

    Debra Furness is our Quality Safeguarding and Projects Manager she has responsibility for improving the quality of our all policies, procedures, training and recruitment processes. She has an overview role in safeguarding and also helps to manage the finances of some of the people we support. Her background is in banking, finance and safeguarding and she also spent some years working for the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Methodist Church. She lives in Warrington with her husband and two grown up children and is passionate about the Purpose, Promise and Values of Warrington Community Living.

  • Rob McGuire

    Community Network Manager
    Rob Mcguire

    Rob’s job is to manage the Community Network. He has spent his career working with people, starting with Warrington Community Living in 1992. He has contributed to providing support to elderly citizens then moving into supporting adults with learning disabilities. He holds a Registered Managers Award, an A1 Assessors Award, qualifications in Business and Management studies and Health and Social Care. Happily married, with a young family consisting of three daughters he is driven to provide a personalised, innovative support service.

  • Julie Butler

    Lodge Lane Service Manager
    Julie B

    Julie Butler the Registered Manager for Lodge Lane nursing home; she has a passion for working with the team at Lodge Lane to make it a safe and homely place for the residents. She works with her team to make a difference to the people who live there with the aim of supporting them to live a full and meaningful life. Julie has had many years experience in nursing and in management, when she left school she worked with the district nurse team in Warrington for 15 years then she went on to do her nurse training. Julie has worked with various organisations as assistant manager, care coordinator and more recently manager. As well as support people with Mental Health and other disabilities, Julie has supported people with terminal illness as a Marie Curie nurse. Julie has 2 grown up children and 2 grand children; she is very family orientated and loyal to her family, the people we support and the organisation.

  • Debbie Appleyard

    Community Mental Health Manager
    Debbie Appleyard

    Debbie Appleyard is the Service Manager for the Community Mental Health Team including the Supported Housing service. Debbie has Qualifications in Health and Social Care and has 32 years work experience of working in both hospitals and nursing homes. In addition to this she has 14 years experience within community based services. Debbie has a vast amount of experience providing person centred support to people with their medical and psychological conditions. Debbie has worked in Warrington for her full working history and has good working relationships with partner agencies and other health care professionals in promoting the recovery, wellbeing and safety of the individuals she supports.

  • Sarah Gardner

    Heathside and Heathside Mews Manager
    Sarah G

    Sarah is the manager of both Heathside and Heathside Mews she has worked at Heathside mews since October 2006 gaining qualifications in Health and Social care level 3 and 4, level 5 Health and social care management and advanced education training qualification. Sarah has also achieved qualifications in dementia, infection control and end of life care. Sarah is happily married living in the local area, she is driven to provide personalised support and to create links with the local community she is motivated to make a difference

  • Caroline Davies

    Radcliffe Meadows Manager
    Caroline Davies

    Caroline’s role is to manage the residential nursing unit. During her 20 year nursing career she has worked within a variety of settings including the NHS, Residential Schools and Registered Charities. During this time she has worked with people of all ages, with physical, health and behavioural needs. She holds a nursing qualification with a diploma in learning disabilities. Lives with partner, two children and Billy the dog. Caroline is passionate about ensuring quality support for people with learning disabilities.

  • Michelle Wray

    Westleigh Service Manager
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    Michelle has been a Service Manager at Warrington Community Living since July 2015. She is educated to Masters degree level and has several years’ experience of supporting individuals and managing services which support individuals with multiple and complex needs in a variety of settings. These include: supported accommodation schemes, nursing and residential care, prison service settings, homelessness hostels, within the community and in individuals’ own tenancies. Michelle lives with her fiancé and enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, playing video games and following Warrington Wolves rugby league team. Michelle is delighted to be working with Warrington Community Living as she believes that the Purpose, Promise and Values of the organisation correspond with her own values and she is enjoying every minute of managing Westleigh House and feels passionately committed to providing a great service to the people who live there.

  • Sarah Battersby

    Ryfields Village Service Manager
    Sarah Battersby

    Sarah Battersby is the registered manager at Ryfields. Sarah has 26 years experience, initially working with young people and adults with learning disabilities in the community and then supporting older people and people with mental health issues within residential establishments. Sarah has worked throughout the North West delivering training in Health and Social Care and has qualifications in Health and Social Care and NVQ 4 in Leadership and Management.

  • Richard Gore


    I have over 25 years business experience predominantly in the Retail/Leisure sectors having worked throughout the UK & Saudi Arabia. I have been accountable for all business functions including Operations, Finance, Marketing, Buying + HR. I have managed teams over 1000 members and turnover over 100m. Creating & delivering strategy in organisations diverse in size and makeup. I believe as a society we are only as strong as the people we care for and as a result, they deserve our best.

  • Hilda Whitfield

    Hilda Whitfield

    I Started to work for social services in July 1983 for 4 weeks to cover sick leave and stayed working there for 21years, working at Padgate House, Woodleigh , joining Heathside in 2004. I had to leave after major surgery; I loved my work with the elderly and trust I made a difference to their quality of life.

  • Janice Wycherley

    Janice Wycherley

    I am an independent consultant working in the field of learning disability and have had 27 years’ experience working in the statutory public sector, both providing and commissioning health and social care services for adults with learning disabilities and autism. I have fostered children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities for more than 10 years and as a new Trustee, I hope to use my professional and personal experience to support the organisation to develop and grow.

  • Ian Fairbrother


    I previously worked for 44 years for the NHS and in the early years I was a dual qualified Psychiatric and General Nurse. In the latter part of my career I was a senior manager and successfully project managed several whole organization changes including the total re-provision of Delph, Winwick and Cranage Hospitals. I have been involved at senior level in providing and commissioning many of the services that we currently provide at Warrington Community Living (WCL). With a lifelong interest in I.T. I have held posts as diverse as Director of Information, Assistant Chief Executive and finally Trust Board Associate Director at Warrington Hospital. As one of the founders of a charity over 25 years ago that now forms part of WCL I am hopeful that my experience in the caring professions will assist WCL to maintain and further develop the care for the people we serve.

  • Jane Carolan

    Jane Carolan

    I am passionate about services for people who have autism. Working in health and social care for over 30 years, 17 at Director level; I have used my knowledge and enthusiasm to promote person centred specialist services for people who have autism. Over the last 9 years Jane has brought this drive and ambition to Autism Together, ensuring that specialist autism approaches are used across the organisation. Achieving Outstanding status with CQC for a purposed built innovative service for people who have autism, I bring this specialist experience with me. I am also experienced in safeguarding, operations management, public speaking, project management, service creation, and leadership skills and I am keen to use these to support Warrington Community Living as an enthusiastic Trustee.