A specialist team providing
specialist care

We provide specialist care for vulnerable people who present with challenging behaviours associated with complex neurodegenerative and mental health needs.

Residents who live in our homes primarily have a neurological degenerative condition such as Dementia with an underlying mental health condition which makes them inappropriate candidates for dementia care homes or residential care homes for the elderly.

“At Cornerstone, we see things differently;
we do things differently.”

We do more than the expected

We’re unique

Our approach and attitude towards specialist care have received industry recognition, but our residents always remain at the core of our service, underpinning everything we do.

Our multidisciplinary team are specialists in their field and we only recruit individuals whose values align with our own. This is why every member of our team, from ancillary workers to nurses, are dedicated to working with dignity, honesty and respect. They come to work every day to be the best they can be, with belief in their abilities to provide specialist care.

Alantra Fast 50 - Specialist Care - Advanced Neurobehavioural - Winner 2021
Care Home Awards Winner 2023

Board of directors

Paul Callander

Chair

With over 40 years working in Health & Social Care provision across public, not for profit and private sectors, Paul brings a wealth of experience to the role. He has worked in Local Authority & commissioning roles, as well as with vulnerable adults with learning disabilities, autism, mental health, physical disabilities, sensory impairment & brain injuries. This, combined with time in residential, nursing, rehabilitation, crisis intervention, and domiciliary care, means that he will provide an objective and experienced perspective to the leadership team and board.

Paul Hayes

Group Chief Executive Officer

Paul started working as care assistant in a care home for people with dementia aged 16 and has spent the subsequent 30 years working across both the public and independent sector. During his career Paul has worked as an executive director in senior leadership positions for some of the largest providers in the UK both operational and commercial roles. Paul has been a Non-Executive Director of Care England and Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Working Group for Adult Social Care. Paul also served as Advisor to the NHS England Out of Hospital Care Programme and as an Advisor for the Department of Health and Social Care Driving Up Quality Programme. Paul has an MBA and graduated from Harvard University having completed the Global Healthcare Programme in Boston, US.

Dara Ní Ghadhra

Chief Operating Officer

Dara has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare across many sectors including mental health, neurological and brain injury services. Working with secure mental health services through to community services she understands the clinical progress that can be made outside of very restrictive situations, whilst attracting investment for expansion and development.

Dara is an innovative operator who is solution focused, with service improvement at the heart of her decision making.

As Chief Operating Officer Dara is responsible for service delivery, ensuring the people we support and care for reach their potential and are supported through their diagnostic restrictions.

Jens Kleyenstuber

Finance Director

Jens has extensive experience in the care sector as Head of Commercial Finance for both Lifeways Group and the Cambian Group. This knowledge, gained in private equity, will help in delivering growth at both the strategic and financial level.

Gunnar Sigurdsson

Non-Executive Director

Gunnar is the Managing Director for Kvika Securities Ltd. Gunnar has spent most of his career in the financial sector, working with commercial banks and investment banks in Europe and the United States and on private equity investments in the UK since 2004. Gunnar has an MBA degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Andrew Leek

Non-Executive Director

Andrew has been investing and running businesses for over 20 years. Andrew has invested and worked across a huge variety of sectors: from nutritional milk shakes to open cast coal mining, jewellery retailing to judicial services. Andrew is a non-executive director working with Johann and Dara on longer term strategy for the business.

Forbes Stuart

Non-Executive Director

Forbes is one of the founding partners of Ignite Growth LLP. He was previously Group Commercial Director of Cambian Group plc and prior to this was a Director at GI Partners, where he was focused on investing into UK Healthcare services.

Johann van Zyl

Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director

Johann has many years’ experience leading successful teams, having recently led the management team behind the success of a national neurological care provider. Johann is an inspirational leader and he is passionate about providing the highest quality of care to our residents and their families.

Senior management team

Paul Hayes

Group Chief Executive Officer

Paul started working as care assistant in a care home for people with dementia aged 16 and has spent the subsequent 30 years working across both the public and independent sector. During his career Paul has worked as an executive director in senior leadership positions for some of the largest providers in the UK both operational and commercial roles. Paul has been a Non-Executive Director of Care England and Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Working Group for Adult Social Care. Paul also served as Advisor to the NHS England Out of Hospital Care Programme and as an Advisor for the Department of Health and Social Care Driving Up Quality Programme. Paul has an MBA and graduated from Harvard University having completed the Global Healthcare Programme in Boston, US.

Dara Ní Ghadhra

Chief Operating Officer

Dara has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare across many sectors including mental health, neurological and brain injury services. Working with secure mental health services through to community services she understands the clinical progress that can be made outside of very restrictive situations, whilst attracting investment for expansion and development.

Dara is an innovative operator who is solution focused, with service improvement at the heart of her decision making.

As Chief Operating Officer Dara is responsible for service delivery, ensuring the people we support and care for reach their potential and are supported through their diagnostic restrictions.

Jens Kleyenstuber

Finance Director

Jens has extensive experience in the care sector as Head of Commercial Finance for both Lifeways Group and the Cambian Group. This knowledge, gained in private equity, will help in delivering growth at both the strategic and financial level.

Michelle Murchan

Regional Director (East)

Michelle is a registered nurse with extensive experience in management positions for nearly 20 years. She has held various Home Manager roles and more senior roles such as Operations Manager, Regional Manager and Commissioning Manager within both nursing homes and hospitals.

“Cornerstone offer a service unavailable elsewhere in Hampshire to meet the needs of older people with challenging behaviours as a result of mental health issues. I hold Cornerstone care to be of a higher quality than other Tier 4 homes in the area.”

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