Priory Adult Care (formerly Craegmoor and Amore Care) is led by an executive team with a diverse range of experience in health and social care, as well as other industry sectors.
Dr Olu Olasode, PhD, APSA, FCCA
In June 2022, Dr Olu Olasode was appointed to the Priory Adult Care Operating Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
Dr Olasode has over 32 years of executive leadership experience alongside 25 years as non-executive director and chairman of audit and governance, within several healthcare, social care, housing, communities, and private sector organisations. These included: the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Audit Commission, NHS Trusts, and local and central government. He is a chartered accountant, economist, and leadership consultant. He was one of the five government-appointed commissioners that led the development of the new regulatory model for social care and mental health services.
Dr Olasode is Group Chief Executive Officer of TL First Consulting, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Integrated Audit and Governance with East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Independent Chair of Audit and Governance with the London Borough of Croydon Council.
Christine Keyse - Managing Director, South West
Christine joined Priory in 2011, having previously worked within the social care industry since November 2001. Since joining Priory, Christine has held various roles from Service Manager to Operations Director for New Business. This role included supporting the development of new services in line with local authority and transforming care.
Christine started with Priory Adult Care as Operations Director within the south east region in 2017, progressing to Managing Director in June 2019. Christine has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the social care industry and is very passionate about pathways and positive change – her own journey also being a positive pathway with Priory.
Sarah Perez - Managing Director, North, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Sarah is a registered nurse and commenced her career within the acute surgical setting in the NHS. She then joined the independent sector, holding a number of roles, including Clinical Lead, Home Manager and Regional Manager. She joined Priory in 2016 as a Registered Manager for our largest older people’s service, with over 100 beds, subsequently moving to Quality Improvement Lead and then Operations Director for the north west, when Priory Adult Care was formed in April 2017.
In April 2021, Sarah became the Managing Director for the north, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Jason Perry - Managing Director, South East
Jason has been in the health and social care industry since 2009, starting as a support worker and joining Priory in 2020 as Operations Director for the Kent sub-region, following similar roles with other providers. As Operations Director, Jason supported in the development of new services and on various national project groups for the organisation.
Jason was promoted to Managing Director, South East in December 2022, demonstrating positive pathway development within Priory. His focus includes driving continuous quality improvement for the locations within his region, and tackling the ongoing industry pressures to ensure the people we support receive good quality care that helps them achieve their outcomes.
Mandy Whyatt - Service Development Director
Mandy joined Priory in 2019 as a Service Development Manager and was promoted to Service Development Director in April 2021. Mandy has worked within the social care industry since 2001, including operational and service development roles. Additionally, she has operated at a Senior Managing Director and board level position within Children and Young People’s Services, which focused predominantly on young people leaving care and moving to independence.
Mandy is passionate about delivering high quality, person-centred services to meet local and national demand.
Jayne Stutt - Chief People Officer
Jayne joined Priory in September 2013 to lead on HR for Amore Care, before being appointed as HR Director for Priory Adult Care in April 2017 following the merger of the Amore Care and Craegmoor divisions. Jayne was appointed to the role of Chief People Officer in June 2022 to work strategically across Priory’s operational and corporate services divisions. She holds accountability for talent acquisition, HR business partnering and employee relations, workforce and leadership development, and colleague engagement.
Before joining Priory, Jayne worked in local government leading on large-scale restructuring and transformation programmes, and also has significant experience in the not for profit sector, having worked for a housing association for over 10 years, delivering HR services to their care and support division. Jayne is CIPD qualified, obtaining PGDip in Human Resources Management from Nottingham Business School in 2010.
Angela Dyson - Supported Living Director
Angela joined Priory Adult Care in 2018 as Supported Living Director, having worked previously for 11 years as an integrated commissioner for mental health and disability. The role consisted of commissioning person-centred services across a range of different models of supported living services, as well as re-modelling services that were no longer fit for purpose.
Angela has a wealth of experience in the social care industry and working with adults with complex needs. This includes over 30 years as a qualified social worker, and working in both the statutory and voluntary sectors within operational management.
Sarah Mann - Director of Quality
Sarah qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1996 and worked across a number of different organisations including the prison service, before joining Priory in 2015.
Since joining Priory, Sarah has held various roles from Investigations Officer to Associate Director of Nursing for Adult Care before moving to Associate Director of Quality in 2018 and Director of Quality in November 2021.
Michelle Widjaew - Assessment and Transition Director
Michelle has been in management roles as a Registered Manager for both adult and children’s specialist residential services since 2003. She joined Priory Adult Care in 2016 as a Dual Site Registered Manager, one of which is an ‘outstanding’ CQC rated service. Michelle’s role also included supporting the local Learning Disability and Autism Programme Agenda (previously known as Transforming Care) teams to transition long stay residents into community placements. In 2020, Michelle was promoted to the role of Assessment and Transitions Director, to continue this work across the organisation. Michelle is also a qualified Social Worker who has completed her Master of Education (MEd) in Autism at the University of Birmingham.
Michelle is very passionate about leading teams and offering outstanding person-centred support within the least restrictive environments, alongside continually improving quality of life and independence for people that we support within our specialist residential services.
Jamie Warrender - Assessment and Transition Director
In 2014, Jamie became Dual Site Registered Manager with Priory Adult Care, with one of his services achieving an ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating in all five domains over two consecutive inspections. Jamie has invaluable experience in quality improvement projects, site turnaround and interventions, and success in supporting complex autistic adults experiencing crisis and emergency placement breakdowns.
In 2022, Jamie was appointed to the role of Assessment and Transition Director for Complex Autism (South), supporting our service management teams during the referral and assessment process, implementation of transition plans to ensure readiness of sites, and working collaboratively with other support mechanisms and expertise within Priory Adult Care. This includes positive behaviour support (PBS) resources and service development teams. Jamie’s role has a critical function in providing training, practical support and guidance to managers and staff teams, to ensure they have the appropriate skills and knowledge required to support complex placements and ensure the sustainability of those placements within our specialist residential services.