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.

Geoff Holmes, MSc., BA (Hons) Social Sciences, Dip. Counselling - Clinical Director

Geoff's experience before joining Care first included work with an international social care organisation, with personal specialist expertise in the field of addictive behaviours. Geoff also held a teaching role as a member of the academic staff of the University of Kent for the Diploma Course in Addictive Behaviours. Alcohol and substance abuse were a primary focus of his work.

Further experience included work with a UK and US based employee assistance organisation co-ordinating 24 hour Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) for organisations worldwide.

Geoff is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Counselling at Work (ACW), a sub group of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

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.

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