Praxis Care appoints new CEO to replace retiring Mayhew

Incoming chief executive Carol Breen with her predecessor Andy Mayhew (left) and Praxis Care board chair Ken Brundle. Picture: Darren Kidd/PressEye

CAROL Breen, director of care and development for the organisation in the Republic, has been appointed as chief executive of Praxis Care, one of the largest social care providers in Northern Ireland.

She replaces Andy Mayhew, who retires at the end of March.

Carol said: “I started my nursing career over 20 years ago and joined Praxis Care in 2006 as manager of our first ever residential service in Ireland, employing 12 staff and supporting four residents.

“I feel I’ve grown with the organisation over the years and appreciate the highs and lows my colleagues face at all levels of the charity.

“I'm grateful for Andy’s leadership during these years and particularly the care and passion he always had to develop and maintain person-centred services, while also supporting the staff who deliver those services every day.

“I intend to maintain and build on Andy’s legacy and pursuit of excellence, placing the people we support at the heart of everything we do.”

Praxis Care supports 1,500 people with mental ill health, learning disabilities, autism and dementia across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, employing 2,000 staff and with an annual turnover of £62 million.

Andy Mayhew said he is delighted Carol will take up the reins, providing a smooth transition of leadership, and added: “Praxis Care could not possibly have a better leader. She has such a depth of experience in the sector and has played a vital part in the development of the strong value base and service portfolio of the organisation over 18 years.”