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Family is at the heart of every elephant’s life and just like people, elephants care, comfort, empathise, work together and even hug. We thought it was a great way to sum up our compassionate, collaborative approach and our mission to protect and support individuals, and the families and communities they’re a part of.

Why are we called nellie?


Ben Slater

Managing Director

Nellie’s Managing Director is Ben Slater. Ben is a highly qualified, professional and experienced Social Worker; Ben has worked as a Social Worker for various local authorities as well as managing a children’s centre. Ben is passionate about having a positive impact on people’s lives and local communities. Ben received a 1st Class honours degree from the University of Lincoln, and has been a guest lecturer at several universities and currently supports students as a practice supervisor. Ben is an accredited financial vulnerability assessor, Montreal cognitive assessor and ACEII Assessor.

Kerry Slater

Director of Operations

Kerry Slater, our Director of Operations, is a standout leader with a remarkable background. Armed with a master's degree in forensic anthropology and a bachelor's degree in forensic science, Kerry's academic achievements speak to her dedication to her field.

Kerry's commitment to excellence guarantees that your experience with Nellie will be nothing short of exceptional.

Louise Thornton

Senior Social Worker

Louise is a qualified and registered Social Worker with a master’s degree in international human rights.  Louise has worked with adults and older people since 2002 in varied social care roles including as a university lecturer program lead. Louise currently supports students from Oxford Brookes university as a practice educator. Louise is an emphatic but professional and will strive to achieve the very best for all stakeholders. Louise is an accredited financial vulnerability assessor, Montreal cognitive assessor and ACEII Assessor.

Seanne Boyer

Social Worker

Seanne holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Work from Oxford Brookes  University and is a registered Social Worker with Social Work England. 


Seanne has over 10 years experience in adult social care and has worked with adults who live with diagnoses of dementia, Autism, and learning disabilities. Seanne is an accredited financial vulnerability assessor and Montreal cognitive assessor.

Katy Slater

Business Support Officer

Katy is our Business Support Officer, our front of house.

Katy has a wealth of experience in customer service and her passion for customer excellence has led her to study for qualifications in business administration and qualifying in the Lichtenberg financial assessment process.

Katy has completed additional training to specialise in the personal independence payment process to allow her to offer expert support in this area. 

Mandy Davies

Social Worker

Mandy is a qualified Social Worker who holds a BSc in Social Work from Birmingham City University and is registered with Social Work England.

Mandy has over ten years of experience working in the health and social care system and has worked with adults who live with a diagnosis of dementia. Mandy also has substantial experience in advocating for young people who are in care. Mandy is an accredited financial vulnerability assessor, Montreal cognitive assessor and ACEII Assessor.

Tamar Pinnock

Social Worker

Tamar has a Masters in Social work from Brunel University and is a registered Social Worker with Social Work England. Tamar has a 2:1 Bachelors degree in Education and social sciences and has 5 years of experience working with early years, vulnerable adolescents, and supporting families with complex safeguarding needs including the assessment of capacity and needs.

Tamar is an accredited financial  vulnerabiltuiy assessor and an accredited Montreal Cogntive Assesor.

Amelia Papworth

Business Support Officer

Amelia is our Business Support Officer and already holds Btec Qualifications in Health and Social Care and has gained excellent customer service experience in her previous roles working in hospitality. 

Amelia has completed additional training to specialise in the personal independence payment process to allow her to offer expert support in this area. 

Debbie Leivers

Social Worker

Debbie holds a 2:1 BSc from the University of Lincoln and is a certified Social Worker as well as a Best Interests Assessor. She is registered with Social Work England, reflecting her qualifications and dedication to her profession.

Debbie has gained over eighteen years of experience and knowledge from her work in the health and social care sector, with experience as a Mental Health Social Worker and Deputy care home manager. 

Debbie is an accredited Montreal Cognitive Assessor and Lichtenberg Financial Vulnerability Assessor. 

Kim Tak Ho (Chris)

Social Worker

Chris is a qualified Social Worker who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, qualifying in 2005 and is registered with Social Work England.

​Chris has gained over thirteen years of experience working with vulnerable adolescents and supporting adults who live with a diagnoses of Schizophrenia, Dementia, Autism and learning disabilities.

Ashleigh Reeves

Social Worker

Ashleigh is a highly accomplished Social Worker, duly registered with Social Work England. She graduated with first-class honours in Social Work from Staffordshire University, setting a high standard for her subsequent endeavors.


In addition to her primary qualifications, Ashleigh holds accreditation as a Montreal Cognitive Assessor and a Financial Vulnerability Assessor, adding depth to her already diverse skill set.​

Our Values in Action
Living Wage Employer

We are delighted to announce that Nellie Supports is now an accredited Living Wage Employer! This means that every member of staff working for Nellie Supports will earn a real Living Wage.


The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is calculated each year and is announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week. 


Over 9000 organisations, including Nellie Supports, voluntarily choose to pay the real Living Wage because we believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

Protecting OurGlobal Herd

As you’d expect from a herd of elephant lovers, we’re proud to work alongside Ecologi to be a climate positive workforce. By supporting Ecologi, we’re helping to reduce global carbon emissions and plant more trees

Our Guiding Principles

At Nellie Supports, our unwavering commitment to our core values underpins everything we do. These values are not just words; they guide our mission and shape our interactions with each client. With a strong focus on professionalism, efficiency, affordability, and, most importantly, compassion, we strive to provide high-quality social work services that prioritise the well-being and empowerment of the individuals and communities we serve.

1. Our Core Values

Our core values of professionalism, efficiency, and affordability guide us in delivering high-quality assessments that prioritise the well-being of our clients. We strive to maintain a professional approach in all interactions, ensuring that our expertise and dedication shine through.

2. Who We Help

Our dedication lies in providing unwavering support and making a lasting positive impact on the lives of individuals, local communities, and our global community. We firmly believe in the power of support to uplift and transform lives, and we are committed to being a source of guidance, empathy, and empowerment.

3. Our Personality

At Nellie Supports, our character shines through in our attentive listening, genuine assistance, and unwavering support. With our expertise in mental capacity assessments and social work, we place a priority on gaining a comprehensive understanding of your unique needs and concerns.

4. Key Values

Our values are the foundation of our service: client-centred, committed, compassionate, and dedicated. With an unwavering focus on delivering tailored care and support, we always prioritise the unique needs and preferences of our clients.


What a fantastic company.
Really friendly and very helpful. Everything sorted in a matter of hours. Would highly recommend to anyone needing a COP3 mental capacity assessment done. I'm sure they would be just as efficient for all the other services they offer.

Dawn Keable Thompson

From first contact with Katy through to the Social Worker coming out to assess my son the team have been fantastic. We have been waiting for our GP to complete the COP3 assessment for months and got knowhere.

Everyone was really friendly, explained everything to me and came out to the house to see us really quickly.


I referred one of my clients to Nellie for a number of capacity assesments. Louise the assesor was brilliant, she put my client at ease and built a great rapport very quickly. Louise was able to work through the decision making process with her in a way that was comfortable and in the words of the family 'was simply brilliant'. I have no hesitation in recomendng the Nellie team

Experience peace of mind with our comprehensive social work services at Nellie Supports. Our team of registered professionals, including qualified and experienced Social Workers, is dedicated to providing exceptional care and support. From mental capacity assessments to a wide range of social work services, our experts ensure accurate evaluations, personalised guidance, and the highest standards of practice. Trust in our registered professionals for a reassuring and trusted partnership on your care journey, backed by their expertise in both social work services and mental capacity assessments.

Registered professionals giving you peace of mind 

What our clients say about us...

Unit 20

Springfield Business Park



NG31 7FZ

Head Office

Gemma House

39 Lilestone St.





Union House

111 New Union Street


CV21 2NT


Director Generals House


SO15 2EP


Office M1.03

Newport Market

High Street


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