Keystone Healthcare Group Directors
Richard Ward gained more than 17 years’ clinical experience working in military, NHS and private sector as an Operating Department Practitioner. As an internal verifier for ODP students in the British Army, he was responsible for teaching, training and assessing both candidates and qualified Nursing staff. Richard has also worked within the endoscopy industry, and has held positions as a Territory Manager and as a Director of Sales and Marketing with responsibility for business growth and client relationships in another Nursing Agency– experience he now draws upon in his current role with Keystone.
Away from the office, Richard’s a keen rugby fan and a supporter of Bradford Bulls, as well playing a spot of guitar and Piano. Three children between the ages of 7 and 12 keep him well and truly on his toes, or behind the wheel of his kids’ unofficial taxi.
Colin Parr trained as an Operating Department Practitioner at St James Hospital in Leeds, qualifying in 1984 and going on to set up his own nursing agency, Northern Medical Services, which he sold in 1990. In 1992 he established the Leeds Medical Nursing Recruitment agency, which was successfully merged with Keystone Healthcare's nursing Agency in 2008.
Outside work, Colin once undertook an 18-month world trip and is now married with an 13-year old daughter. He divides his free time between DIY and life on the farm he calls home – a home he currently shares with four horses, four sheep,four chickens, four cats, two ducks, a rabbit and a tractor.
An experienced professional recruitment consultant, Helen Ward is passionate about her work and a committed follower of the Recruitment Employment Confederation’s strict code of ethics. In the ever-changing arena of recruitment, Helen considers it an integral part of her role and a personal responsibility to keep abreast of changes in policy, theory and best practice. At Keystone she deals with all issues relating to Human Resources.
Away from the office, Helen divides her time between shopping, socialising, cookery, more shopping, looking after the family’s eight animals, ferrying around her three sports-mad children and, finally, a bit more shopping.