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.

Our services

“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.

Board of directors

Johann van Zyl

Group Chief Executive Officer

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.

Dara Ní Ghadhra

Chief Operating Officer

Dara has over 25 years’ experience working at a senior level with mental health, neurological and brain injury healthcare providers. Dara is an innovative manager with the residents’ care and well-being at the heart of all her decisions.

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.

Senior management team

Johann van Zyl

Group Chief Executive Officer

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.

Dara Ní Ghadhra

Chief Operating Officer

Dara has over 25 years’ experience working at a senior level with mental health, neurological and brain injury healthcare providers. Dara is an innovative manager with the residents’ care and well-being at the heart of all her decisions.

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.

Deborah Bailey

Commercial Director

Deborah has over 20 years’ experience in senior healthcare management roles. Deborah started her career as a nurse, quickly progressing to primary roles within the NHS, where she spent over 10 years as a senior manager in clinical commissioning. More recently Deborah has been instrumental in the growth of several private sector organisations in high level Business Development roles.

Michelle Murchan

Regional Director

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.”

Healthcare Professional