Sue Vaughan


Founder & Director


Since 1987, Sue has worked in various areas of health and social care across the spectrum of age groups from birth to the elderly. In the eight years prior to founding Acorns Sue was firstly Head of Care for an independent company providing residential care for young people. During her tenure and leadership the company achieved consistent “outstanding” Ofsted inspections at all their homes. She took her outstanding service user led outcomes approach to care to her next post where, in three years, she successfully guided a start-up company providing adult care in growing from four service users to thirty service users across five homes on various types of care packages.

Sue has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the legislation regulating the care industry gained from her breadth of experience at all levels in the sector. She is passionate about the importance of building excellent teams of care workers so that service users are positively supported to achieve “outstanding” outcomes from their individual care plans. Sue’s practical experience is backed up with a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services – Children and Young People’s Residential Management.

“I have always had the ethos that I would care for anyone in a way that I would want my family cared for. This ethos has driven me to expect the highest standard of care from any team that I have led, ensuring that the team works as a ‘we’.”

Amanda Barnwell


Registered Manager


Immediately prior to joining Acorns, Amanda was a Deputy Manager and then the Registered Manager across five locations in CQC regulated care homes providing both personal care without nursing and domiciliary care within the Adult Care sector. Prior to that she was a Deputy Residential Care Manager in residential homes for both children and young people.

In all these roles she provided optimum care to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, emotional behaviour problems, autism and Asperger’s syndrome. She was responsible for many aspects of her previous company’s safeguarding practices which put her at the forefront of protecting service users from abuse and mistreatment. Her experience has equipped her with a proven track record in safeguarding, adhering to laws, regulations, policies and best practices to ensure service users’ dignity, confidentiality, choice, rights, respect and equality.

Julie Crowley


Office Manager


Julie spent 40 years working in various roles within the insurance industry from administration to handling domestic and commercial claims.

She has a vast experience of working within an office environment and for 4 years assisted the HR Manager at the Head Office of a private company providing residential care homes for children and young people. More recently she was employed as an HR Administrator for a CQC regulated care home group. In both these roles she has acquired skills relating to the recruitment of care staff as well as a good knowledge of what is required to assist in the staffing of an excellent care staff team.

Eric Agyeman


Registered Manager


My name is Eric Agyeman. As a Registered Manager what I will bring to Acorns and its staff team is the combination of maturity achieved through hard work, discipline, and determination generated from 20 years of working in health and social care settings.

I also bring experiences obtained from qualifications such as NVQ level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and a Bachelors of Science degree in Social Work.

Jacki Crook


Compliance & Standards Manager


I have worked in care since 1984. The majority of my career has been spent supporting and managing within Health & Social Care, I have been a Registered Manager for a children’s residential home achieving Outstanding by Ofsted standards.

I met and have worked with Sue since 2013, and have always been impressed by her passion and approach to Social Care and her management of staff. I have been with Acorns Healthcare from the beginning and we have achieved and built in this time has been amazing.

I care for anyone in a way that I would want my family cared for. This ethos for the company has driven me in my role to expect the very highest standard of care from our teams and managers.

Terry Buss


HR Business Manager


Prior to joining Acorns Terry had spent 30 years based in the Port of Southampton where he was part of the senior management team. He has vast experience of many varied working environments as his group management role included travelling to the many ports that his previous company operated. Terry was responsible for the management of HR, Quality, H&S, Compliance and Standards.

Terry is excited to have joined such a young, dynamic and forward thinking company as Acorns and is passionate about its culture which encompasses the values, visions, ideals, working language, systems and habits that allows the staff to grow with the company.