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Our Team

Essential Care Group

Essential Care Group established by care professionals who have collectively over 100 years’ experience in the health sector from NHS to privately owned Care Homes. Our Care Managers, Tamara and Vicky, worked in the same local Care Home for altogether 20 years where they were able to achieve and sustain a GOOD CQC rating. Highly rated by residents and their families, staff and health and social care professionals, both Tamara and Vicky were highly motivated to continue their careers in care using their extensive experience to lead a team to support people to remain in their own homes, dedicated to providing the highest quality person centred individualised care and support.

Lesley Easthope

Group Clinical Manager

Lesley qualified as a Nurse in the 1980’s and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Lesley has continued her professional development and gained a Diploma in Enhanced Tissue Viability and has received a number of awards for her dedication to improving patient care. Lesley sets the bar for exceptional care very high, in everything she does, inspiring all around her. She never loses sight that everything we do as a company, has a direct impact on the standard of care.


Once a nurse always a nurse truly describes Lesley! Typically, throughout the coronavirus pandemic Lesley has volunteered at her local hospital and relished the patient care and camaraderie back on the front – line.

Vicky Shackley

Registered Care Manager

Vicky joined the healthcare sector 25 years ago starting her career in the industry at 15 years old. Vicky developed a passion to help people and make positive differences to others lives after growing up around the Health and Social Care sector as both her Mum and Grandma worked within the division. She began her career in home care before moving to the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service progressing to Supervisor and Resource Co-Ordinator and for the last seven years has worked as a Deputy Manager in a private Care Home alongside Tamara where they were a formidable team in delivering outstanding care for their residents.

Vicky has 5 children and loves going camping with her big family. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies and reading a good book in peace at times!

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Tamara Beaumont

Registered Care Manager

Tamara joins us having worked in the Care sector for 13 years. She started as an administrator in a Care Home and worked her way through a variety of roles up to the position of Registered Manager for a highly rated Care Home. Her passion has always been to provide and deliver high quality, person-centred care to make a difference to people’s lives and help them to realise their potential. Tamara holds high values and visions to always do her best for each client with an outstanding quality for what feels right for them individually. 

Tamara was born in Switzerland and has lived in a number of Countries around the world before moving to Halifax at 19 years old. She loves spending time with her family, her chickens and five chihuahuas! 

Pauline Towey

Group HR Business Partner

Pauline has over 20 years’ People Management experience in the Healthcare industry.  Pauline started her career in Finance and has trained in many areas so brings with her extensive experience however, HR and Learning and Development is where her passion is. Pauline believes with the right support and guidance nothing is impossible.  She believes she has the best job in the world - supporting both individuals and the wider team to achieve their potential and be their absolute best. Nurturing our team, watching each of them grow with confidence and flourish in delivering outstanding levels of care, making a positive difference to people’s lives everyday fills Pauline with pride.


Essential Care Group is all about people whether that be our staff, our clients and their families, people is what Pauline is all about.  

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Debbie Murry

Group Clinical Director

Debbie is an experienced healthcare industry professional with extensive knowledge and experience within the healthcare. Her career began as a nurse in the 1980's, since then her career pathway has consistently encompassed a blend of clinical and commercial managerial responsibilities. Debbie attributes her career in healthcare to her very early years, growing up with her younger sister who has severe cerebral palsy, she became acutely aware at a very young age of the importance and impact of high-quality care.


She epitomises the theory that “you can take the girl out of nursing but never, the nurse out of the girl!”  and can be heard reminding the team across the Essential Group:
“remember there’s a patient at the end of the line!”. 

Thomas Owens

Group Managing Director

Thomas founded the Essential Group of Companies in 2015 as a new holding company for the already established Essential Healthcare Solutions Ltd. He has since established Essential Training Group and most recently Essential Care Group. Thomas is passionate and dedicated to the Care Industry having solely worked in Healthcare since leaving school. He aims for the Essential Group of Companies to be at the forefront of supporting and developing excellent care environments, completely focused on consistently delivering outstanding levels of care.


Thomas has one measurement for the success of the company which he solely owns “to be the best, not the biggest, the best in everything we do” and can often be heard at Team meetings saying “to be the best you’ve got to be your best - everyday”.

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Highly committed to their chosen profession

Loving, caring people, which was a great comfort to us

Always had time to listen to any problems our family encountered

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