Steve Richmond

Managing Director

Our Managing Director who is a qualified Social worker. At the time of setting up Benecare in 2007 the MD had 26 years experience within  the public and private social care sectors, including 13 years within private sector residential child care.

Trish Clinton

General Manager

Trish Clinton has been with our company for a total of ten years and is now General Manager. Trish has been an Ofsted Registered Manager in several of our homes over the years rising from Deputy Manager to Registered Manager very successfully. Prior to joining Benecare Trish was a Kent Foster carer for some years prior to moving into Residential work.

Lauren Walczak

Service Development Manager

Lauren began working for Benecare in January 2014, having been the Registered Manager of a sister home from 2017. Lauren achieved consecutive Ofsted grading of “Good” for the home.  In October 2020 Lauren became Benecare’s Responsible Individual for Benecare’s portfolio of homes. In 2024 Lauren became the Service and Development Manager for Benecare.  Lauren brings a passion to Benecare for ensuring our children receive the best care and outcomes possible.

Claire Akers

Responsible Individual

Claire has worked in Childcare for the past 20 years started working in a Nursery setting. Claire went on to work in a Therapeutic residential care setting for 6 years with children who had suffered significant trauma in their lives and displayed severe challenging behaviours. Claire progressed her career through managing teams of family support workers, becoming deputy manager of an early help service in Lewisham. Most recently Claire was an operations manager in a leaving care service offering supported accommodation for young people. Claire came to Benecare and became the registered Manager of Roseland house for over two years. Claire then took over a sister home Ocean Lodge for a short time before becoming Benecare’s responsible individual.

Tara Gray

Home Manager

My name is Tara and I have been appointed as the new home manager for Ocean Lodge, in Herne Bay with Registration going through its process. I have worked within social care for over 30 years in both adult and young people residential settings obtaining the registration for the premises and myself. I spent a significant amount of time working at special residential schools in Brighton and in Kent where one was registered as a children’s home, where I was part of the senior management team overseeing the children’s home provision and overseeing the mental health of the young people residing within the homes.

Diane Davies

Home Manager

My name is Diane, I am the Registered Manager at Madison House. I started at Madison house as a support worker back in 2019, I quickly progressed and became the Manager in November 2021 before becoming registered with Ofsted. I have worked in childcare for over 25 years previously working in children’s nurseries, helping and supporting families and staff within these settings and working with different professionals. Since becoming Manager at Madison House, my team have achieved consecutive GOODS with Ofsted.

Karen Witham

Home Manager

Hi, my name is Karen and I am the Homes Manager of Woodbridge House. I have been committed to Benecare for over 14 years, I have been a Deputy manager for 3 of the homes over the last 8 years. I have been working in the care sector for over 25 years. I am committed to the young people I work with.

Mark Hook

Home Manager

My name is Mark and have been the Home Manager of Roseland House since February 2024. Prior to becoming the Home Manager my role was a Peripatetic Deputy Manager, my role involved assisting the Responsible individual across all of our five homes within Benecare. I have worked within social care for over 14 years in both adult and young people residential settings. My aim now is to focus on Roseland house. The dedicated team I have here at Roseland House are passionate about the care that we provide to our young people, ensuring that nurture, structure, routine and stability is provided to our young people.