Care services firm changes hands in MBO

Angela Kerr

A Nottingham firm which assists people disabled by traumatic injuries to maximise their potential and live a fulfilling life again has changed hands in a management buyout.

Nottingham-based AKA Case Management will now be owned and managed by Dawn Abernethy and
Andrew Rose who have been on the senior leadership team with Angela Kerr.

Kerr says she will devote more time to her work in the broader case management industry and become a consultant to AKA.

She said: “For the past five years I have been working towards a situation where I could step back from AKA safe in the knowledge that it was in the hands of leaders who would maintain its excellent client-focused services and the warm family feel for which it is known.

“As operations manager, Andrew has handled and refined our day-to-day work, ensuring that people disabled by traumatic injuries can maximise their potential and live a fulfilling life again.”

AKA provides community-based rehabilitation and care services. Its team has experience, skills and knowledge of brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and orthopaedic injury

Kerr added: “As finance manager, Dawn has shown a sure and considered approach to all financial matters. Coupled with their knowledge, understanding and passion for our mission at AKA, this makes them the natural choice to form a partnership and lead AKA into the future together.”

Abernethy and Rose will become the new directors of AKA Case Management. Kerr, who joined AKA in 2008 and became finance manager in 2015, will become the new registered manager.

In 2016, Kerr became chair of the British Association of Brain and Complex Case Management (BABICM). This, she says, prompted her to begin reshaping AKA and identifying the right people who could take it forward.

In addition to becoming a consultant to AKA Case Management, Kerr has taken up a new role as the Chair of the Institute of Registered Case Managers (IRCM).

Rose said: “When Angela presented me with the opportunity to join AKA in 2017, I found a place and people with the same passions and values that I have. Dawn and I want to make sure that AKA continues to deliver those same values for years to come. We want to ensure that it remains an amazing and supportive place and cares equally for our clients and everyone that works for and with us.”

Abernethy said: “Andrew and I will continue to work collaboratively, as we have done for the past year. It is an honour and a privilege to know that Angela trusts us to ensure that AKA continues on its journey of going from strength to strength.”

Kerr added: “I have been taking more of a back seat for a while. This, coupled with managing the challenges of the pandemic over the past 12 months, have been an excellent test of the new leadership structure. I am confident that I can step further back to give Dawn and Andrew full responsibility and ownership.”