Manager Profiles

The Role of the Management Team

The Care4all management team are central to the decision-making process and essentially set the direction for the organisation in line with the Trustees guidance.

The team meet regularly to examine the successes of the charity in order to replicate them in other areas, and to address any suggestions that might arise relating to the future of the charity.

Jo Barnes – Chief Executive

Following a short police force career of 7 years, Jo worked in a variety of social care roles from 1993. In 2007 she moved into a senior management role in North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus. In the same year Jo co-founded Jobs4all, the original name of what eventually became Care4all.

Since April 2013 she has been the Chief Executive of Care4All and says that ‘although it is undoubtedly the hardest job I have ever had, it is also the best job in the world!’


As Care4all Chief Executive my role is to strategically lead and drive forward the charity, working closely with the Board of Trustees and the management team . Although Care4all employs 90 staff and has a turnover of approximately £1.3 million, I consider it to be part of my role to have in-depth knowledge and understanding of operations in order that I can effectively support the management team. I am also responsible for identifying and facilitating new business opportunities and for raising our profile in the local community and beyond. In addition to the day job, I also chair a sub group of the Safeguarding Adults Operational Leadership Group and I am also a non executive director of two local social enterprises.”

Karen Tait – Business Development Manager

Karen has lived in North East Lincolnshire all her life and has worked in Senior Management roles in both the public and private sector as a Customer Service Manager and a HR Manager, and holds a Certificate in Personnel Practice.

My role as Business Development Manager is varied and every day can bring exciting new challenges. I support a range of service development projects, whilst seeking new business opportunities to grow the Charity. I support the management team with business processes and effective governance. In addition, I am the Company Secretary and provide comprehensive support to the Board of Trustees.”


Claire Cottingham – Personal Assistant Support Solutions and Living Our Lives Manager

 Claire started working with adults with learning disabilities at Caistor Hospital in 1986. When the long stay hospital was closed she joined the newly opened Cromwell Road Resource Centre firstly as a Programme Worker and latterly as a Team Leader. Claire became the manager of Personal Assistant Support Solutions in 2011.


My role gives me the opportunity to enable individuals to choose how they would like to live their lives and be supported by staff who are chosen by and employed by them.

Lindsay Blow – Meals on Wheels Co-Ordinator

Following a career in payroll and personnel, Lindsay took a break from work to have a family and return to education. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Psychology she joined Care4all in April 2014 and co-ordinates the meals on wheels service


My role gives me the opportunity to work with some wonderful people, assisting them to live independent lives by providing balanced, nutritious meals and a regular welfare check.

Bruce Elwood – Living our Lives Team Manager

Having had a wide and varied career, including working as a chef, a lifeguard and a  youth worker, Bruce became a Support Worker in 2002 and has never looked back. He joined Care4all in 2014 when the service he was working as a Lead Support Worker in was TUPE transferred to Care4all from another organisation. When the opportunity arose for Bruce to become the Team Manager, he jumped at the chance!


Being the Team Manager can have it’s challenges but these are outweighed by the positives. Seeing the people we support and the staff we employ develop gives me a huge sense of pride that I am a part of them achieving great things.

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