Meet the team
From the age of 16, Michael knew Aveley Lodge was the place he could see a bright future. As he explains “The home has always offered a good standard of care, along with a living environment which for the time being was suitable. However, times do change”. After leaving full time education where he had been studying Medicine, Michael opted for a change in direction with his chosen career path which would take him back to where his interest in Health Care originally started; Aveley Lodge Care Home. In 2006, at the age of just 28, Michael had the opportunity to purchase the Care Home from his father and take it to the next level in the way of the standards of care offered, the living environment and the professionalism of the staff team. As Michael explains “It has been a very long road, along which I have had much help from some amazing individuals and teams without whom I could not have achieved my dream of making Aveley Lodge Care Home a truly unique place to both live and work. I like to feel that Aveley Lodge is in some way a reflection of me, who I am, and all that I stand for. I am very passionate about my work. I strongly believe that all those in care should and must be treated fairly and compassionately. Therefore, I have created a home whereby all care is offered by our five-key principles which are Dignity, Respect, Independence, Information and Choice. Furthermore, the core staffing principles being effective communication, total professionalism, and absolute attention to detail”. When asked about what he loves most about his role as Registered Care Home Manager and Co-Owner of the business, Michael says “I enjoy working closely with the staffing team, to help them to develop a full and holistic approach to care. Watching individuals grow within their job role gives me great satisfaction, and by encouraging personal development I can create a team which can offer the best person-centred care in a homely environment. To me, keeping Aveley Lodge a small and informal care home has always been central to my ethos. In short, I am very passionate about care, passionate about Aveley Lodge, and passionate about individuals receiving the care, dignity and respect they deserve. I understand the need for constructive and positive change and development within the care sector, however, as I always say, “Care Comes First” and it will always do so whilst I am at the head of this fantastic company”.
Michael was shortlisted in the regional finals of the East of England Care Awards 2018 for the "Registered Care Home Manager" Award and was also a national finalist in the CaringUK Awards 2018 as part of the Care Employer of the Year award and Commitment to Training & Development. He was a runner up in the Business Award category at the Who Will Care? Awards 2018 and a runner up in three categories at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2018. His proudest moment however was being announced as a winner in both the regional and national categories for Customer Service at the National Family Business Awards 2018.
Deborah’s employment background is one in finance having spent all her working life in various related roles. For a period of time she was a self-employed book keeper while she studied for her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification. She joined Aveley Lodge in 2006 as Co-Owner and Finance Manager after taking over the family business from her father, Robin Parmenter. Deborah says “I love my job role here especially meeting new residents and their families. I enjoy the opportunity that I am able to give to those in their twilight years a chance to spend their final days in a safe, pleasurable and relaxing environment that we at Aveley have created for them. I also relish developing ideas to make the business better than we already are”. Outside of work, Deborah enjoys spending time with her friends and family and helping with fundraising projects for her niece’s memorial fund.
Debbie was one of the national finalists in the CaringUK Awards 2018 as part of the Care Employer of the Year award and Commitment to Training & Development. She was also a runner up in the Business Award category at the Who Will Care? Awards 2018 and a runner up in three categories at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2018. Her proudest moment too was being announced as a winner in both the regional and national categories for Customer Service at the National Family Business Awards 2018.
Suzanne graduated from University in 2004 with a 2:1 (upper second) degree in Law. She went on to work for several years at a local law firm as a Paralegal where she specialised in Mental Health Law, providing her with a good insight and understanding into working with those with mental health issues including those with dementia. She joined Aveley in January 2010 for a complete career change and to work alongside and support her husband Michael. She has worked within all the job roles at Aveley and so fully understands the demands and expectations that go with each, working her way up to the position of HR manager which she undertook for six years. She completed her Level 5 in Business and Administration in 2012. Following her return from maternity leave in the Summer of 2017, Suzanne side stepped into the role as our PR manager which she thoroughly enjoys. Suzanne says “I am able to get out of the office now and spend time interacting more with the residents and the staff which I have missed. I love having the opportunity to put my creative hat on and work alongside the activities team, coming up with new ideas for events and things for the residents and their families to enjoy and do. Seeing Aveley packed with lots of people at our events and the smiles on everyone’s faces, knowing I have helped with that, is so rewarding”. Suzanne was a regional finalist in the “Care Innovator” Award at the East of England Care Awards 2017 and a national finalist at the CaringUK Awards 2017 in the category for the "Commitment to Training and Development" Award. She has also been shortlisted in the regional finals of the East of England Care Awards 2018 again for the “Care Innovator Award” and was part of the team who won the national 2018 N.A.P.A. Challenge (National Activity Providers Association) with the idea of Aveley’s Commonwealth Games. She was also a runner up in the Business Award at the Who Will Care? Awards 2018 and a runner up in three categories at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2018. One of her proudest moments was being announced as a winner in both the regional and national categories for Customer Service at the National Family Business Awards 2018. In December 2018, Suzanne was crowned the winner at the Essex County Council PROSPER Awards for the “Best Innovation In Care” Award for her Pop Up Beach project. When she is not working, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her sons Oliver and Charlie, undertaking her charity work for her daughter Isobel’s memorial fund and travelling.