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 across the SWS Group to join Bailey Care Services as Operations Manager. 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 17 years 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 were spent 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 Services for 3 years after transferring from The Best Connection's Worthing office within the SWS 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 Services branch as Branch Manager.

Zoe Wickens

Divisional Manager - Worthing Branch

Zoe is the Divisional Manager for the Worthing branch. Zoe has been with Bailey Care Services for 3 years 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

Resourcer Worthing Branch

Rachael is the Resourcer for the Worthing office. Rachael has been with Bailey Care Services for 3 years.  Prior to Bailey Care Services, Rachel 9 years in social care provision 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 Services 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 Co-ordinator 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.

Bethany Roberts

Branch Administrator - Worthing Branch

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

Lotus Nye

Branch Administrator - Melksham Branch

Lotus is the branch administrator for the Melksham team. Lotus has been with the company for 11 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 progressed to become a co-ordinator in 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. 

Kamila Lewandowska

Consultant - Poole Branch

Kamila is a Senior Consultant for the Poole office. Kamila started as a Trainee with Bailey Care Services in June 2017 and brought with her 6 years' prior experience as a Care and Support Worker and also a Team Leader. Kamila holds level 2 and 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care. Prior to working in care services, Kamila worked for several years in Retail Management.



Gemma Nye

Consultant - Melksham Branch

Gemma joined Bailey Care Services in May 2018 as a trainee consultant and progresed to a full Consultant for the Wiltshire area.  Gemma brings with her an abundance of customer service skills learnt from her previous role in hospitality.  Gemma has a Level 3 qualification in International Business which includes Sales, Recruitment and Marketing.

Chloe King

Trainee Consultant - Melksham Branch

Chloe started working for Bailey care services in June 2018 as a payroll/administrator covering maternity leave. Prior to this Chloe has 12 years experience in being a Human Resources Consultant. After supporting the team with administration Chloe took the opportunity to apply for the Trainee role in the Melksham team. Chloe has been in this role from April 2019. 


Joseph Rolfe

Divisional Manager- Poole Branch

Joe joined Bailey Care Poole in February 2019, Joe comes to Bailey's with a prior 9 years experience in resourcing, recruitment, sales and customer service, the last 4 being in recruitment for business support and Health and Social Care. 

Joe is currently completing his certificate in recruitment practice. 


Sandra Bea Mbong

Branch Administrator- Abingdon Branch

Sandra joined Bailey Care in December 2018 whilst working as a care worker, saw the opportunity to join the office team and applied. Sandra holds a Diploma in Social Work, a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages, and a master’s in social work. Before working in the Care Sector, I worked in Teaching, Tourism and Social Work. Sandra was previously a Social Worker for 8 years and is currently now undertaking her apprenticeship in Business Administration. 

Shannon Fitzpatrick

Consultant - Worthing Branch

Shannon joined Bailey Care Worthing team in October 2017 as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant and progressed to Recruitment Consultant in 2018. Prior to this, Shannon has experience in administration and recruitment for the retail industry and social care workers. Shannon holds qualifications at level 2 and 3 in Business Administration and is currently completing her certificate in recruitment practice. 

Emily Young

Branch Administrator - Newport Branch

Emily joined Bailey Care in July 2017 as the Branch Adminstrator, prior to this Emily worked as a domicilary care worker for 3 years, and also worked shifts in some residential and nursing homes. Prior to this Emily worked in customer service for the retail industry. 

Emily holds an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care. 

Jay Nichols

Senior Consultant

Introducing Jay Nichols, Senior Consultant, Newport Bailey Care;

Jay started with Bailey Care in January of this year, he brings with him 9 years prior recruitment experience within the Newport and surrounding South Wales areas.

Jay is also a fully qualified Teacher.