Chief Executive Officer
During her 30 years’ career in the care sector, Nikki has worked with adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, brain injuries and sensory impairment, in residential, community support and supported living settings.
Nikki joined The Fifth Trust as General Manager in 2007, becoming CEO in 2020. She has taken the lead in shaping our person-centred approach to care management, with its emphasis on supporting each individual student to strengthen their life skills, build confidence and independence, and expand their self-determination. Nikki and her team are recognised as one of the UK’s leading practical exponents of this approach, which is at the core of national and local government social care policy.
Nikki holds an NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management and the Preliminary Certificate in Social Care.
Gareth qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989. He started his career in accountancy firms preparing accounts and performing audits for clients before moving into investment banking, initially as a tax manager and for the last 17 years as Global Operations Director for the Asset and Structured Finance business at HSBC Bank plc.
Having worked more than 30 years in the City, Gareth was looking for a career change and joined The Fifth Trust in September 2020, where he uses his business and accounting skills to support the ongoing growth and development of the charity and its social enterprises. In 2022 he also took on the role of Company Secretary.
Operations & Care Manager
Prior to joining us, Mike worked in day care provision for children and adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds and in a residential unit catering for young people.
He has been associated with The Fifth Trust community for 26 years. He worked at Bridge House in Barham when it was one of our affiliated residential home before coming to work for us as an instructor and subsequently being promoted to Deputy Manager. He took on the role of Operations and Care Manager in 2007.
Mike has qualifications in health and social care and team leading.
Social Enterprise Manager
Peter is responsible for ensuring that our social enterprise operations contribute not only to the wellbeing and learning opportunities of our students but remain commercially viable, offering an enjoyable and valuable experience for our customers.
In a career spanning 45 years, Peter has worked at commercial director level for major companies including Unilever, P&O and Eurotunnel, and as owner of an executive recruitment company, specialising in the travel industry.