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.
Director of Partnerships, Research and Influence
As the Director of Partnerships, Research and Influence, Kathryn is responsible for a cluster of services and the lead on our developing work to influence, promote change and service development across our area of operation.
Kathryn has a broad experience of diverse industries and sectors. A generalist, with a proven history of effective management, communication skills and an entrepreneurial attitude with over 16 years in the education/community sector.
Kathryn is a multi-award winner for social enterprise projects with recognition at the Cabinet Office, No. 10 (Big Society Award 2011), Buckingham Palace and the United Nations.
Volunteering, charity and social enterprise work have always featured in my life. I believe that the Help & Care teams are made up of truly remarkable people, providing bespoke support to individuals and answering the wider needs of our society.
Whilst my teams are not delivering the core charitable services, I know those colleagues cannot do the excellent work they do without outstanding backup from Finance & Corporate Services
Director of Finance & Corporate Services
As Director of Finance & Corporate Services, Dean is responsible for overseeing the financial and administrative functions of Help & Care, including IT and Health & Safety.
Dean has spent his career in the not for profit sector and is really passionate about making a difference to peoples lives. Dean has worked specifically in the charitable sector since 2013 and has considerable experience across a number charities and brings this depth of knowledge and experience to Help & Care.