Management Team

Lesley Davidson

BA (Hons) Psychology, MCIPD - Director

Lesley joined Care first in 1996, with a background in human resources for a major PLC.  In 1990 Lesley was a founding member for the first corporate EAP provider in the UK where she gained extensive experience specialising in the delivery of services to high risk, high stress workplaces such as offshore gas and oil platforms. Lesley also developed a programme of national and European service delivery, where her customers included major road haulage companies complying with Drug & Alcohol Policy, through to major UK financial organisations.

Jessica Sullivan

MA Psychodynamic Therapy, PG Certificate Supervision, BEd – Clinical Director

Jessica has a corporate and commercial background within multi-national companies in sales, customer service and training. In her mid-thirties she went back to University to retrain as a therapist. Jessica set up her own business as a therapist, trainer and supervisor and worked as a university tutor. 

Jessica eventually returned to the corporate sector, joining Care first as a helpline counsellor in 2003. She moved onto a further EAP and held a variety of roles from workplace counsellor within DWP, critical incident responder, case manager and counselling manager. She re-joined Care First as Clinical Director in 2016.

Karl Bennett

Business Development Director

Prior to joining Care first Karl worked extensively in the field of HR and as a CIPD professional. Karl has extensive experience as a project manager and has obtained a Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate (FAETC).

Since joining Care first over 10 years ago, Karl has been responsible for directly managing our key clients.

Karl has significant experience working with large multi-sited organisations and has an excellent track record implementing EAP solutions by establishing trust amongst the staff groups, unions, HR and Occupational Health.

Karl's industry expertise is invaluable and as such he sits as an active member within organisational advisory groups, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, The Environment Agency and Network Rail, tackling issues such as absence, stress, engagement and wellbeing.

Delivering the service

Our service managers, telephone counsellors, information specialists and consultants are all permanent staff who, together with our Associate Counsellors, are trained, managed and clinically supervised by Care first.