Whilst Help & Care has grown and evolved, our vision has not changed. We have a passion for social justice with a focus in always making a difference for people and communities.
Our Leadership Team is formed by four Directors, who work with and support the Chief Executive. They are responsible for developing the organisation’s strategy to achieve the corporate objectives and ensure sustained growth. The Leadership Team promotes Help & Care’s corporate culture by making sure our values and vision underpin all our work.
My passion is to work with excellent teams - creating services that are desirable and life-changing for the people we support.
Director of Services
As Director of Services, Des Persse is responsible for overseeing the day to day delivery of Help & Cares' services in the community - while collaborating with a range of stakeholders in developing new provision.
Des has worked in the social care sector for almost 30 years. In his native city of Dublin, he held a number of roles supporting and developing services for people with learning disabilities. On moving to Dorset in 2002, Des worked in the homelessness and supported housing sector for 13 years working with vulnerable and excluded people.
Putting people at the heart of policy development is the best way to achieve successful outcomes.
Director of Partnerships
As the Director of Partnerships, Emma is responsible for working closely with a wide range of different organisations to deliver great services for people and communities. A primary focus is Help & Care‘s Healthwatch services.
She brings experience from wide ranging roles in the public and voluntary sectors which have helped her to develop an excellent knowledge base across the breadth of public policy, from waste to welfare. She has set up successful initiatives ranging from farmers markets and youth forums to the first joint Health and Wellbeing Board in England.
Head of Finance & IT
As the Head of Finance, Nihar is responsible for financial analysis and support for the operations of Help & Care.
Nihar brings several years’ experience of senior finance leadership having lived in India, Spain and the UK and worked in a variety of sectors including the arts, education, lifesaving, and social care.
Nihar is a qualified ACMA, CGMA and holds a degree in Financial Accounting & Economics and an MBA in Finance from India.