20 Questions

Our three Operations Managers Linda Brownlie, Jacky Sylvester and new recruit Martin Corrigan provide support and leadership to our Home Managers and teams, ensuring they are empowered to deliver the highest standards of care for our residents. Here we catch up with Martin shortly after he joined us in May 2017.

Name: Martin Corrigan

Age: 53

Job title and brief description of role: Operations Manager. My priority is to support the team in my homes to give excellent care to each of our residents every day.

I have responsibility for our four homes in west Dorset, two in Winchester and Wellington Grange in Chichester. My role is to help the team in each of my homes to be as good as they can be and strive for excellence in everything they do. I am also here for our residents and relatives to help them with any questions and support them in finding the answers.

Career history: I have a great deal of care home experience, having been a general manager and regional manager at other providers. I have been involved in the commissioning of several new builds, as well as managing a portfolio of homes across the south coast.

Interests: I like to keep fit by running, cycling and scootering. However, my body disagrees with me and I am injured a lot!

Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: Joe Corrigan, who was the goalkeeper for my favourite football team, Manchester City. I was delighted that he had the same surname as me.
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: A beach holiday, sat on a sun lounger with a drink in my hand and a good book.
Q: What are you superstitious about?
A: Nothing.
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: Nelson Mandela…I would like to ask him how he was able not to hate those who imprisoned him for 27 years and forgave them instead.
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: My mum and dad…they brought up five kids in six years and did an amazing job with all of us.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: A Peugeot 307. It is a bit of a girl’s car, but the top comes down, so it helps me get a tan on my bald head.
Q: What makes you angry?
A: Cruelty to others.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: freshly cut grass.
Q: Cats or dogs?
A: Cats. We have a cat called Misty, who was poorly looked after and rescued by the RSPCA before she came to live with us.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: I make my wife a cup of tea, followed by porridge and a cup of coffee…honest!
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Playing doctors and nurses with my youngest sister.
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: Coronation Street – I am from Manchester, so it reminds me of where I am from and I love the humour in it.
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: Getting to know so many residents and hearing about the amazing things they have done in their lives.
Q: …And what is the worst?
A: The travel and being stuck in traffic.
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: My mobile phone….I couldn’t live without it.
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
A: DIY…I am useless.
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Marrying my wife on the beach at Bournemouth last year.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Curry.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: I have just got my dream job. I have wanted to work for Colten Care for a while and was delighted when I was successful in my application.
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: A dinosaur, just to see how big they really were.

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