Breathe is an innovative care organisation that works in partnership with Vantage Homes, providing purpose-built individual apartments with assisted living support and specialist rehabilitation as an inclusive package.

Breathe offers unique, purpose-built accommodation across Northamptonshire that has flexible services to meet a wide range of needs;  beautiful, modern one and two bedroomed apartments that are serviced by our on-site specialist trained support workers. Each package of support and level of rehabilitation is tailored to meet the individual’s needs.

Our Team

Amanda Swain

Chief Clinical Director

Stephen Crouch

Founder and Chief Executive

Zafir Bhatti

Director of Operations

Stefan Gavin

Chief Development Director

Dr Melanie Stevens

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Vicky

Neurological occupational therapist

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Opportunity

Location, Location, Location – we need to be close to local amenities; a GP surgery, essential shops and employment opportunities

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Due-diligence

Pooling knowledge and resources from our expert development team to quickly identify our care and property fundamentals

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Appraisal

Advanced build cost analysis processes and legal reviews to be in a position to offer the best value to land and building owners

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Contract

Signed and sealed, with all parties in agreement

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Communication

Communicate effectively with owners and our expert supply chain to complete the transaction in the most time effective way

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Collaborate

A collaboration between Breathe and Vantage Homes, our in-house construction division to deliver the builds

"Passion. Integrity. Experience."

Amanda Swain

Chief Clinical Director

Amanda has 30 years’ experience in Acquired Brain Injury and is very much a leader in this specialised area of provision, she has set up and turned around ABI and Neurological services in the private and public sectors. 

Amanda continues to work at National levels as adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for ABI, as the EDI champion and longest serving Trustee for The National Neurological Alliance, she is also on the National Neurological Advisory Group to NHSE, and has been Trustee of UKABIF and Vice Chair for 9 years. She continues to give clinical cover to her NHS Community Neurorehabilitation service covering Cambridgeshire, and privately. She also qualified as a Master in Health Law in 2003, making her the first clinician to hold a dual qualification in Health and Law.

 

Stephen Crouch

Founder and Chief Executive

Stephen has strong leadership qualities and is highly adept at building and managing teams. For the last two decades he has been managing director in a successful commercial development company which has had large involvement in refurbishments for the likes of The Belfry Golf & Spa, Coca Cola and many care and educational institutions. His acute networking skills enable him to identify and draw out the best in people; using their skills to get the job done.

Stephen’s focus is on developing the best care within the best living environments to suit our residents’ profiles. Each Board and Team member is Stephen’s number one priority and his encouragement and management ensures that each colleague delivers their very best. He brings the key strengths of organisation and management of supply partners, forming partnerships with joint venture investors, raising investment capital and acquisitions.

Zafir Bhatti

Chief Operations Director

Zafir brings over a decade of experience in transitioning and supporting individuals from secure settings through to supported living and, ultimately, independent living in the community. His vast experience incorporates the detail and attention that is required to help our residents on their journey and his ability to pre-empt the heightened anxieties and strains associated with these changes are a huge asset to Breathe.

His knowledge in recruitment and human resources and his front-line experience brings a critical awareness to our colleagues when our residents start, and continue, on their combined pathway.

Stefan Gavin

Chief Development Director

Stefan carries the design and creativity forward. His career is a testament to his energy, drive and ambition. Hailing from a family of well-esteemed property professionals he has bolstered this tradition by founding his own companies in Architectural design, property development and investment.

Stefan’s career started after achieving a 1st class honours degree, followed by being awarded ‘The most enterprising student of 2003’ by STEP. Stefan has a hands-on relentless work ethic, combined with an outstanding knowledge of construction and design, together with a clear understanding of project viability studies, giving an excellent foundation to be at the forefront of Breathe Care & Living’s developments.

Dr Melanie Stevens

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Melanie Stevens, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has worked in psychological practice for over 19 years. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2012. Dr Stevens has worked in the NHS, Independent sector and MoD. Her work experiences cover the neurological conditions pathway; inpatient acute units, outpatient departments and rehabilitation services.

Dr Stevens has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of complex psychological difficulties and neuropsychological issues. This includes assessments of mental capacity and cognitive assessments and rehabilitation programmes for adjustment to life changing injuries. Dr Stevens’ Medicolegal work includes the assessment and reports for presentation at court.

Dr Stevens has specialised in the emotional adjustment and the neurobehavioral therapies that people with an ABI can have. Dr Stevens and our Clinical Director, Amanda Swain, have worked together over the last 8 years and specialise in developing neurobehavioral rehabilitation programmes for people with behaviour that is limiting their opportunities to move forward and achieve their goals.

 Dr Stevens continues to be involved in training and teaches on the doctorate program at Birmingham University.

Vicky

Neurological Occupational Therapist

Vicky has over 25 years clinical experience in neurological occupational therapy.  During her career she has worked across all stages of the rehabilitation pathway, from acute admission, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and most recently in the community. Her senior roles include a clinical specialist role at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

 

For the last 14 years she has worked in independent practice with people who have had an acquired brain injury and has gained a significant breadth and depth of experience working with individuals and their families. 

Dr Carolyn Kus

Founder and Director of Governance and Policy

Having gained over 37 years of significant and progressive experience within the public sector over the course of her career, Carolyn’s role is crucial to Breathe Care & Living; our unique Hope Pathway has been developed by her vast knowledge in mental health and supported living.

With her broad-based wisdom across diverse sectors and specialist executive experience in healthcare and social care, as well as her experience and knowledge of leadership in top teams, we are in safe hands. Carolyn is also a well-known speaker around care policies and governance within many forums around up and down the country.

Andre Gonzalez De Savage

Chairman

A highly experienced Director and Chairman with large success in delivering training, mentoring and strategic planning in premium customer, hospitality and commercial operations both in the UK and Internationally.

André has 15 years public sector direct budget responsibility for, in excess, of £150m annual division spend, with circa 1,000 direct and indirect reports. He has collectively been responsible for £1bn of public funding. André’s strategic planning and operational control bring a hands-on worker who is able to multi-task and bring together great teams, in all environments.

Under his belt are 30 years Government, Economic Development, Education and Charitable Trust responsibilities. André Launched and delivered the Sino – British Trade & Enterprise multi-nation agreement and developed the British Enterprise Partnership connecting and maximizing Commercial and Charitable operations throughout the UK. André has also spearheaded key infrastructure and digital connectivity projects.