Meet the team

Lee Harrington

Franchise owner - Lee Harrington 

I have worked in retail for blue chip companies all of my working life.  My retail career was rewarding as I had the opportunity to work in various roles, meet a diversity of people and help them achieve their career goals.   Through this experience I learnt and gained a great understanding of how people are the most important part of any organisation.  When I reached a point in my life when I wanted to make a career change and wanted a more meaningful career that made a positive difference in my community, I chose Home Instead Senior Care. Home Instead Senior Care holds the same values and beliefs that I have towards caring for individuals. I have an elderly father and have certain expectations as to what I want him to get out of life.  Therefore I am passionate in delivering the right level of service to each individual supported by my team to enable them to continue living comfortably and help our clients lead rewarding lives. 

Bal and I have been married for 16 years, live in Aylesbury and have three wonderful children. Bal and I believe that giving time develops foundations for great things and empowers individuals to want to do their best and be the best they can be. With time, there is space for patience which enables someone to feel cared for and appreciated, as well as to have the opportunity to get to know another and have conversation. These small steps lead to deeper connections, whether that be through the sharing of memories, a smile or an understanding that permits humour. However the relationship develops, respect and dignity remains central to it.

In today’s time deficient world, it can be a challenge to give the time we would like to, and this leads to seeking support from others who have similar beliefs and values. When it’s your loved one, whatever you do will be fuelled by emotion and your desire to want to do the best. Your decisions will always be measured against your sense of responsibility…which is often unmeasurable, and your need to do more can sometimes be overwhelming.

My personal challenges have highlighted to me how intrinsic it is to finding the right person to best support your loved ones and as an extension of the way your loved ones are treated, the impact on the family can be very positive and sometimes a relief, enabling you to see to other responsibilities and commitments with a feeling of being in control.

Bal and I are actively involved in our local community and really making a difference to people’s lives through various initiatives. Whether that’s supporting young people to take their first steps in the work place, helping adults back into work after a setback or creating opportunities for the vulnerable in our community to get together and have a little fun.  Please feel free to give me a call if there is anything me and my team can help you with, or even if just for a chat to think things through.

Narelle Guthrie

Narelle Guthrie - Care Manager

After working in the Beauty Industry for 7 years I developed relationships with my clients where I found myself using my listening skills to a level that inspired my interest in psychology and counselling. Whilst gaining and growing my knowledge I was faced with my Grans deterioration in her health which resulted in residence in a Care Home for some time towards the end of her life. This spurred me to develop my skills with vulnerable adults where I spent 3 years as a Deputy Manager in an assisted living development in Wiltshire. From relocating to Buckinghamshire in January 2020 I embraced the change and I am now proud to work with a unique care provider, that is Home Instead. I am excited to work within the community to put our clients at the centre of any care that we provide.

With the completion of a Leadership and Management Level 5 in Health and Social Care, I am confident in connecting with all our CAREgivers and Team Leaders to continuously strive to be Outstanding.

My 3 Children are constant reminders to me of how fast life passes us and the importance of embracing experiences, keeping positive memories alive and securing our wellbeing daily.

Having an organised office is a must for me however I love to get out from behind the desk, carry out care visits, assessments and supervisions whilst getting to know our clients. I enjoy walking our dogs, running and playing board games with the children in my spare time. Health and Wellness are important to me which is expressed through my intake of Aloe Vera daily alongside sneaky trips to a spa!

Narelle Guthrie
Cap and Thor

Cap and Thor

Cap and Thor joined us in March and April 2019. When they joined us, both were 8 weeks old but three weeks apart in age, so Cap arrived three weeks before Thor.

They are often in the office but not always as they too need a day off every now and again, especially, when they are over excited.

Cap and Thor represent us at community events and have done an astounding job to date, being very friendly to those that visit us, helping others with lots of cuddles and generally making everyone they meet very happy – CAREGiver’s and the general public alike.

Both have embraced our ethos of being a learning organisation and are training to be Therapy Pets, with quite a career plan set out for them.

If you see us out and about, do pop over and say hello!

Fay Sinclair

Senior Caregiver

My name is Fay Sinclair and I have been involved in the caregiving industry for over 20 years in one guise or another.

Most recently I worked as a Team Leader working closely with a client, a teenage boy, who suffered from cerebral palsy. I forged a very strong bond with him which was very fulfilling to me.

I have gained much experience and knowledge working in different areas of care from being involved in child welfare in the school environment, working in care homes and working in Domiciliary care working my way up to Deputy Manager.

I have a positive approach to work and look forward to the exciting journey I have started with Home Instead Aylesbury Vale.

Outside of work I have two grown-up sons who are starting their life adventures which allows my husband and I to indulge in our passion which is travelling to as many places around the world ad possible.

I love to walk my beloved dog whatever the long as it is sunny 🌞

CAREGiver pouring sugar onto scales as elderly lady laughs
CAREGiver looking at a cook book with elderly lady