We are pleased to welcome Michael Hinett and Rekha Harrison to the Borough Care board.
Michael has over 15 years’ experience in social care and is Group Quality & Compliance Director at Fairhome Care who help to deliver care to a wide range of people, covering learning disabilities, mental health, older people and people with severe complex and challenging needs.
Despite an aptitude and interest in computers, Michael had always been drawn to social care. His uncle lives with learning difficulties and Michael has seen how invaluable the support he receives is. After college, Michael became a Support Worker. He quickly worked his way up, spending time at some of the biggest social care organisations in the country including Care UK, Lifeways, Alternative Futures and now Fairhome Care.
He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help Borough Care to achieve the ambitious objectives it has set. Michael says, “Borough Care want to grow, and they want to diversify. I know I can help them do that. My experience in budgeting, business planning and helping to bring together like-minded companies to deliver excellent services for their users will be invaluable.”
Michael is a Lancashire lad: he grew up there, and despite working in various roles across the country, has now returned there with his wife, two children and his dog, Honey. He is always pushing himself to try new things and help as many people as possible. He was a volunteer Firefighter at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for over three years and is also a Board Member for Personalising Freedom Community Interest Company, helping them get the best possible service delivery deals for communities in need.
In his spare time Michael loves to take part in extreme sports including mountain biking, climbing and martial arts.
Rekha is currently Chief Executive Officer of charity, Petrus Community. Sharing a number of values with Borough Care, the Petrus Community provides residential and day support services for people in housing need throughout the Boroughs of Rochdale and Oldham. With Rekha at the helm, the charity aims to give everybody access to safe, secure and quality housing, reducing homelessness and helping people.
Rekha has over 30 years’ experience in community and social care. Her involvement working in the not-for-profit industry and her coaching, leadership and staff development skills will be invaluable in our drive to recruit and retain the very best staff.
Rekha says, “I am passionate about caring for people, and the position at Borough Care will allow me to help bring new ideas to an organisation doing the very important role of caring for our older community. I’m keen to encourage change, in both practices and culture, to help Borough Care grow in a moving market.”
In her spare time Rekha enjoys spending time with her family, studying for her MBA, and working as a volunteer tutor for women studying for degree level qualifications.