Our Team

Andrew Sweeney

Chief Executive & Founder Director (1991 – current)

Andrew Sweeney is a founder member and Chief Executive of The Best Connection Group. His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Liverpool and an MBA from the University of Aston.   After four years with a firm of Chartered Accountants in Birmingham, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981, Andy went on to develop his skills and entrepreneurial flair in business accountancy roles at Ladbroke plc and United Trade Press before launching a financial management consultancy which he operated for four years.   This became the springboard for the formation of The Best Connection Group in 1991 with co-directors, Neil Yorke and Martin Recci.

Neil Yorke

Founder Director (1991 – current)

Neil is a co-founder and Director of The Best Connection Group.  Born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward’s Five Ways School, Neil’s passion for business led him to pursue a degree in Business Studies.  After he graduated with a BA Honours degree Neil joined a firm of Chartered Accountants in Birmingham as an articled clerk and after qualifying joined a leading financial recruitment company as financial controller.  He later took on the finance director role at a software development company.

In 1988 Neil and Andy started their own management consultancy business which undertook a number of varying assignments ranging from an IT recruitment business to systems implementation at an electricity generating company.  They pooled their skills and energies and in 1991, along with Martin Recci, launched The Best Connection employment group.  Neil takes a leading role in day to day operational management, communications and strategy.

Lisa Rothnie

Operations Manager (May 2014 to current)

Lisa heads up Bailey Care Services as Operations Manager, originally from the North West she has qualifications in Management, Teaching, Health & Social Care and Business Administration. Lisa has a wealth of background experience with over 17 years working in the Health & Social Care industry in both Local Authority and private company environments, the last 3 years joining the group recruitment division in 2014. Lisa has overall responsibility for the care division initially standardising the separate care branches into a whole Bailey Care Services and currently developing and growing these in new areas of business.

Dave Stanford

Operations Manager (Sept 2017 to current)

Dave has recently transferred in the SWS Group to join Bailey Care as Operations Manager in September 2017. Dave brings with him a wealth of background experience and knowledge in both recruitment and care. Dave transferred from his post as Senior Manager for The Best Connection and has been with TBC for 17years overall, with a 2 year stint in the middle of this outside the SWS Group spent involved in care. Prior to TBC Dave was a Regional Manager for driving for Blue Arrow and prior to this served 19 years in the armed forces. The last 2 years of military service was working in the combined forces recruiting office in Leeds. After leaving the Armed Forces in 1994, he moved into a government training company.  This involved supporting ex- offenders, special needs and disabled job seekers secure employment.

Julie Charters

Branch Manager - Melksham & Newport Branch

Julie is the Branch Manager for both the Melksham and Newport offices. Julie came to Bailey Care Services 3 years ago as a Senior Coordinator bringing with her previous experience of over 15 years in social care roles and managing domiciliary care services.

Ami Feesey

Branch Manager - Worthing Branch

Ami is the Branch Manager for the Worthing office, Ami has been with Bailey Care for 3 years after transferring from our Worthing Best Connection office within the SWS main Group. Ami had been with The Best Connection part of the group for 10 years prior to her transfer and lead the opening of the Worthing Bailey Care branch as Branch Manager.

Zoe Wickens

Senior Coordinator - Worthing Branch

Zoe is the Senior Coordinator for the Worthing branch. Zoe has been with Bailey Care for 1 year and has over 20 years’ experience working as a care worker, supervisor, and manager in social care provision. Zoe holds qualifications level 2, 3 and 4 in Health and Social Care.

Rachael Parker

Coordinator Worthing Branch

Rachael is the Coordinator for the Worthing office. Rachael has been with Bailey Care for 2 years, prior to Bailey Care Rachel has 9 years previous social care provision experience as a care worker, Senior Care Assistant and Lead Senior/Team Leader. Rachael holds qualifications level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care, level 3 NCFE in End of life care and NCFE in Leadership and Management.

Fiona Jones

Coordinator - Abingdon branch

Fiona has been with Bailey Care for 6 years. Fiona started off as one of our care workers delivering home care support in the Oxfordshire area. Fiona is a fantastic carer and excelled in her progression, working her way up to being a Coordinator within the office team which she has been now for three years and is currently completing her Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care.

Janice Ullah

Office Coordinator - Abingdon Branch

Janice is the Office Coordinator at the Abingdon branch of Bailey Care Services, Janice has been with Bailey Care for 5 years, prior to this Janice had worked in the same role for 15 years prior to the company being acquired and transitioning into Bailey Care Services in 2012 totalling 20 years supporting the care of Oxfordshire residents. Janice is responsible for client liaison and care worker liaison to create and amend care schedules to ensure they are as consistent as possible along with supporting the branches HR administration.

Nicola Fawkes

Coordinator - Newport branch

Niki started with Bailey Care in 2016 as Trainee Coordinator in our Melksham office, she has now progressed to being a Coordinator and relocated to our newly opened Newport office. Niki has worked in social care services for 20 years in various roles as a care worker, support worker, senior carer, mentor and team leader. 

Tiffany Hazel

Coordinator - Melksham Branch

Tiffany started as a Trainee Coordinator at Bailey Care Services Melksham office in February and has since progressed to a Coordinator recently. Prior to joining Bailey Care Services Tiffany was a support worker and worked her way up to become a Team Leader, providing care and support to adults with Learning Disabilities and challenging behaviour for 4 years. Prior to this Tiffany was a manager in the retail industry.  

Bethany Roberts

Branch Administrator - Worthing Branch

Beth is the Branch Administrator for the Worthing office. Beth has been with Bailey Care for 3 years. Beth holds a Level 2 qualification in Business Administration.

Kimiela Yearde

Coordinator - Abingdon Branch

Kim joined Bailey Care in July bringing with her experience of being a hands on care worker for 2 years and prior experience of coordinating care. Prior to working in Health and Social Care Kim spent a number of years working in the retail industry, Kim holds an Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care.

Shivangi Sharma Ghosh

Branch Administrator - Abingdon Branch

Shivangi is the newest member of the Bailey Care team, starting with us in September 2017. Shivangi is the branch administrator for the Abingdon branch and has come from an administrator position working within private dental practices.  

Lotus Nye

Branch Administrator - Melksham Branch

Lotus is the branch administrator for the Melksham team. Lotus has been with the company for 9 years and has been involved in supporting the care team by managing the out of hours on call as well as delivering crucial administrative support.  Originally joining as a care worker in the community, Lotus then progressed into a coordinator role in the office of the domiciliary division prior to transferring into her current administrator role. Lotus is qualified to BA honours degree in Business Administration and is bilingual with fluent English and Thai. 

Nikki Smith

Part Time Payroll Coordinator -Melksham Branch

Nikki has been with the Melksham office since 2012. Nikki's main role is to assist in the running of the payroll department keeping it trouble free and efficient, whilst also providing full administration back up to the team.

Kamila Lewandowska

Trainee Coordinator - Poole Branch

Kamila is a Trainee Coordinator for the Poole office. Kamila has been with Bailey Care since June and brought with her 6 years prior experience as a Care and Support Worker and also a Team Leader. Kamila holds qualifications level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care. Prior to working in care services Kamila worked for serval years in Retail Management.



Joanne Farmer

Trainee Coordinator- Poole Branch

Jo is a Trainee Coordinator at our branch in Poole. Jo joined Bailey Care in June and has worked in care throughout all her working life. Jo is experienced with Learning Disability, domiciliary home care, recruitment and training. Prior to joining Bailey care Jo worked as a private carer and a family worker supporting families and children within her local community. Jo holds an NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Education and an A1 Assessors Award.