TimeFinders is a family business established as a partnership by Alison and Philip Hesketh in 2010 and incorporated as TimeFinders Ltd in 2014. That year, Helen Ferguson joined us as our first Client Services Manager, responsible for the Thames Valley area. We have always been fortunate that both our children Kate and Nick have been involved in TimeFinders and since her return from Korea in 2015, our Kate has been our Service Development Manager. Responsible for our client work in North London, Kate is now concentrating on client development in Wiltshire and surrounding areas. Diane Mitchell joined the team in August 2019 as TimeFinder Consultant in SW London and Middlesex.
Covid-19 Lockdown gave us the opportunity to concentrate on the development of TimeFinders whilst juggling the needs of clients moving home and requiring our support as the pandemic hit. We were delighted that our son, Nick also decided to join us as our Business Development Manager in October 2020 with Khadeeja Osman coming on board as Business Development Assistant in early January 2021. We continue to grow with Shannon Hall joining us as TimeFinder Consultant in late January 2021 and she will be working alongside Kate in and around Wiltshire.
Alison spent over 25 years as a charity trouble-shooter, jumping into small and medium charities in crisis as Acting CEO to sort out whatever chaos they found themselves in.
When her mother found herself no longer able to manage the large house where she lived alone, she decided to move whilst she was still active enough to enjoy a new phase of life close to Alison and her family. Despite a very positive outlook, the prospect of moving from a home where she had lived for many years was very daunting. After countless journeys up and down the motorways to help her mother sort through a lifetime’s possessions and then settle her into her new home and new community, both Alison and her mother realised that there was a pressing need for a service to help others in a similar position. TimeFinders is the result.
Client Services Manager and
TimeFinder Consultant – Thames Valley
Helen has over twenty years’ experience of providing housing support for people who are also managing long term care needs. Planning development projects for Mencap, London based charities and housing associations has given her extensive knowledge to offer TimeFinders’ clients who are in the process of managing changes.
Helen is the essence of the TimeFinders’ philosophy – highly professional, experienced, practical and dedicated with an ever-smiling face and the warmth, compassion and humour to engage with the wide variety of characters and life experiences of our clients.
Service Development Manager and
TimeFinder Consultant – London & W
Kate is truly multi-talented. She has impressive project management and administration skills combined with a deep natural empathy and ability to engage people. These qualities she successfully combines with a wide and varied range of interests which includes art history, Korean language, opera and theatre direction and acting. Alongside her work with TimeFinders, she is currently in her fourth year of a dual History of Art with Intensive Korean Language Masters Degree at SOAS. She can often also be found working as an expert tour guide at the British Museum! Having spent a year teaching English in rural South Korea, Kate has direct experience of being an expat and this has brought her insights into some of the logistical difficulties facing our expat clients.
TimeFinder Consultant – London & SW
Diane came to TimeFinders with a wealth of experience, not only as an entrepreneur and businesswoman but also in the field of wellbeing, mindfulness and personal growth. Living in a variety of States in Australia for 16 years has given her a particular sympathy with expat clients and the challenges they face in relation to life, losses and loved ones not in reach. A new life stage brought Diane back to the UK, where she met Alison Hesketh and learned about TimeFinders. The story of the company and its ethos of person-centred, empowering support to those in need caught her attention immediately, and it was a natural and delighted choice for her to become enthusiastically involved. Working with the most vulnerable people requires the utmost in mutual trust. With her honest and straightforward Yorkshire manner, deep sense of integrity, great empathy and sensitivity, and a fabulous sense of humour, Diane is a natural.
Business Development Manager
After completing his degree in Physics with a Year in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, Nick began his career in technology as a Software Engineer in a cyber security consultancy. He quickly progressed to his longer-term role as a Scrum Master and then Agile Coach, naturally taking to these leadership roles thanks to his expertise in the Agile methodology. He joined TimeFinders from Vodafone UK in October 2020 with the determination to grow the company into its full potential. Nick specialises in effectively and efficiently running businesses with a focus empowering and enabling his colleagues to work at their best. Having been a peripheral part of TimeFinders since its inception over ten years ago, Nick is now building and driving TimeFinders’ strategy for the future and turning the Directors’ vision into reality.
Business Development Assistant
Shortly after graduating from Bath Spa University with a degree in Geography, Khadeeja joined TimeFinders in January 2021 in a new role as a Business Development Assistant. Her degree has equipped her with a creative and flexible approach to solving problems and her enthusiasm, compassion and integrity neatly align with the practical and emotional support that underpins the important work of TimeFinders. Outside of work, Khadeeja is a keen runner and regularly takes part in races in and around her home city of Bristol. Working on a multitude of tasks including PA support to the Director, office management and social media administration, Khadeeja will be a key player in supporting the leadership team to achieve the ambitious growth and development for TimeFinders.
Ambassador – Somerset
Anne is proud to be part of the TimeFinders team. She has a good knowledge of Welfare Benefits, through her work with the Citizens Advice Bureau. More recently, her experience as a Financial Adviser, working with elderly and vulnerable clients, has given her a good insight into the challenges that people face as they age. She has a very caring attitude, combined with professionalism, knowledge and expertise in later life planning. She really enjoys making a positive difference to the lives of older people. Anne lives in Frome, looking after clients in Somerset, Dorset and South Wiltshire.
Philip combines a busy and demanding schedule as a professional Conductor and Speaker with providing strategic support for TimeFinders. He has been instrumental in building the policies and procedures which protect and support our clients and their families as well as developing opportunities for extending our client services.