Lee Houghton

Lee Houghton,

Managing Director

In March 2022 Lee Houghton joined TLC Care and Support as the new Manageing Director.

Lee is equipped with a firm balance of clinical credibility and track record of excellence in leadership as a registered Occupational Therapist with extensive senior management and board level experience within the NHS, Social Services and independent sectors across hospitals, care homes, community services and supported living settings.

She has also acted as an Advisor for the College of Occupational Therapists’ Consultancy Service, as a Specialist Advisor for the CQC, and as Independent Chair for Kent Council’s panel for serious reviews of safeguarding incidents.

Her award-winning credentials include her being recognised as a Gold winner of Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust STAR Award for Leadership. She has also received recognition after redesigning a mental health day hospital service to create a Wellbeing Centre.   

Ashley Taylor,

Financial Controller

Ashley joined TLC in September 2016 as the Management Accountant, MAAT qualified. Ashley is now Financial Controller for TLC. He previously held similar Finance Manager roles for more than a decade across different sectors including Logistics, Private Health and Shipping. In his spare time, Ashley enjoys socialising, spending time with family, cycling and playing football in the Essex & Suffolk Border Premier League. He also enjoy watching football and supporting Arsenal.

Laura Duff

Laura Duff,

Area Manager Mid Essex

Laura has worked in health and social care since leaving university in 2004, with a variety of roles and experience in both supported living and residential care. Laura has a real passion to see the people we support achieve their aspirations and working with teams to reach their full potential.

Outside of work, Laura enjoys learning to play golf and spending time with her family.

Alda Gibson

Alda Gibson,

Area Manager North Essex

Information coming soon

Louise Hodgson-Darnell,

People Business Partner

Louise started her career in the Merchant Navy before moving on to work as a Front of House Manager in the hospitality industry. Realising that her skills and passion lay with all things relating to people, Louise progressed her HR career over a variety of industries including SME’s and larger organisations such as TES 2000, a rail contractor. Latterly, she has worked with Essex County Council in the People Team and comes to TLC with a wealth of experience.

Outside of work, Louise is a keen traveller with a penchant for good food and wine.

Nikki Harms,

Operations and Performance Manager

Nikki started her working career at the age of 17 in an HR administrative role, gaining good IT skills dealing with wages and purchase ledgers. After the birth of her first daughter, Nikki changed career and came into the health and social care sector, working for Essex County Council before joining TLC in 2009 as a Home Manager at Wellwick House, a 6-bed residential home for adults with complex needs and behaviours. She migrated back to administration in 2015 with a role in HR, and is now the Operations and Performance Manager ensuring all services are compliant. Nikki has qualifications in Health and Safety (IOSH), NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care, Sage/ Payroll and Book Keeping qualifications. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, and supports her youngest daughter’s growing football talent, attending every weekend game in all weathers! She also enjoys socialising with friends and eating out.