Executive Management Team
Our Executive Management Team is responsible for Avante Care & Supports performance and services. Its members have wide experience in many aspects of social care. This includes local government, housing associations, finance and development. These skills support the delivery of excellent care across the organisation.
Stuart Cross, Managing Director
Stuart Cross joined Avante Care & Support in January 2017. Senior executive with extensive experience in the charity and commercial sectors. Held senior positions in two long established charities and played a key role in their development and growth. Board level responsibility for strategic planning, and setting and delivering new goals. Achieves results by setting clear strategies, effectively communicating objectives and by offering senior colleagues the freedom to back their own judgement within a defined framework.Commercially astute and decisive. Sets high standards and holds people to account. Operates well under pressure. Has an inclusive style and a track record in achieving objectives through building internal relationships and external partnerships.
Debbie Pert, Finance Director
Debbie was born and educated in Ramsgate in Kent, and began her career in finance working for an accountancy practice in Ramsgate. After this she worked for Thanet District Council and then became Financial Accountant at Thanet Community Housing Association. It was here that she achieved her professional qualification.
She has worked for Avante Care & Support since February 2000 and was promoted to Director of Finance and Resources and appointed Company Secretary in 2003. She became Deputy Chief Executive in January 2009, in addition to her role as Director of Finance and Resources.
Debbie is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management.
Derek Lindars, HR Director
Derek had previously served as a musician in the Royal Marines Band Service, and gained a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from South Bank University.
In 2003 Derek joined Avante Care & Support as Human Resources Manager and advisor on health and safety matters. He had previously worked in HR for a large food manufacturing company.
In 2005, he was appointed Head of HR and as an Executive Director of the organisation’s subsidiary training company. This provides learning and development for Avante Care & Support as well as managing publicly funded contracts for the benefit of the Kent and Medway social care sector. In 2008, Derek was appointed Director of HR. He is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds a NEBOSH H&S qualification and is a member of the British Psychological Society qualified to administer and assess psychometric tests.
Jacqui Morris - Director of Quality Standards & Compliance
Jacqui was born and educated in Thanet Kent. In 1980 she began her career in social care running a day-centre for the elderly.
At twenty-four, she became one of the youngest managers to run a residential care home for people with mental health issues. In 1988 she was appointed General Manager and Company Director of CNH Ltd, managing dual registered nursing homes.
Jacqueline joined us in 1996 as the Home Manager at Barton Court on the Isle of Sheppey. In 1998, the role was expanded to include the management responsibility for Court Regis in Sittingbourne. This was then followed by her being appointed to the position of East Kent Area Manager. In 2003 Jacqueline was then appointed the General Manager for our London Care Homes. Jacqui is currently Director of Governance and Quality Standards.