Meet our CEO & Senior Managers

Harrogate Neighbours could not provide the level of care it does without the support of our fantastic team. All of our staff and volunteers are led and supported by our senior management team who are dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible.

Sue Cawthray – Chief Executive

“I have worked within the elderly sector for over 25 years including hands on support and care, business management and strategic planning, marketing and fund raising.  I have obtained a combination of practical skills, commitment with vision and enthusiasm and this has enabled me to work at Board level, on management committees and with other health bodies, stakeholders as well as working within local communities. I am passionate about support and care of the elderly and their relatives and in particular, my specialist areas are dementia, nutrition and hydration.  I believe that it is paramount that older people are provided with a service where they live well with dignity, respect and choice. For the last 11 years, I have been the Chief Executive at Harrogate Neighbours.  In my spare time, I am a trustee on two local Leeds based charities and I help my husband look after bees and chickens.”

Kathy Jones – Head of Finance

“I have been with HNHA for nearly 10 years, and am an AAT qualified accountant.  I am responsible for all aspects of finance and payroll both throughout Harrogate Neighbours and working with external organisations. I enjoy being able to use my accountancy skills in an organisation that makes a difference to people’s lives and the challenge that two days are never the same.  I also enjoy having a total change every so often and going and playing the piano for a sing-a-long with the residents or tenants.”

Louise Swart – Scheme Manager Greenfield Court

“I have been with HNHA for 9 years; I have been the Scheme Manager for 4 years. I am responsible for the support & wellbeing of the 51 tenants that live here and oversee the day to day running of the scheme. I love every aspect of my job and making a valuable difference to all the tenants in my care. HNHA is a fantastic company to work for; we are a forward thinking organisation and we are always looking at how we can improve the lives for those that we care for.”

Denise McEvoy – Home Manager at Heath Lodge

“I started working for HNHA in October 2017; I am the Home Manager for Heath Lodge caring for 28 elderly residents. I have over 30 year experience in care with 26 years in management. We have a very diverse staff team in place to ensure the residents needs and wishes are met to the highest standard. I have worked for both the public and private sector but this is my first time working for a charity. HNHA is a great Company to work for and people at all levels are valued equally for their contribution.”

Sarah Crawford-Evans – Homecare Manager

“I have worked in the care sector for 25 years, working initially as a support worker, then in roles such as senior support worker, Home Manager, Team Trainer and in Quality Assurance. I have worked with people who have a Learning disability, complex needs and challenging behaviour, mental health needs, dementia and in older peoples’ services. I have been with Harrogate Neighbours since May 2016, managing the Extra Care Team. We provide specialist care and support in our extra care setting and in the community.”

Gill Thrush – Catering Manager

“I have been the catering manager for over 10 years and my main responsibilities are ensuring our clients receive healthy nutritional meals & hydration in Heath Lodge, Greenfield Court & Harrogate Food angels. I enjoy working at HNHA as it is such a diverse company, ever changing and a very rewarding role.”


If you would like to know more about Harrogate Neighbours or are interested in becoming part of our team then get in touch. We are always on the lookout for exceptional people to join us as we continue to grow.