Meet the Team

We are a team of people who are connected by a belief that everyone should have the choice to stay in their own home even when old age means we are less able to look after ourselves. After all, home is where the heart is.

We have created Canary to keep people in their own homes for as long as possible and to provide peace of mind to families that everything is as it should be.

Christopher Curry

Inventor

I’ve been inventing for 50 years now; developing calculators and computers back in the 1960’s with Clive Sinclair and then launching Acorn computers in the late 70’s. I was at the forefront of developing ‘smart cards’ that not only have applications for cashless transactions but also helping to give older people their independence.

I’ve been interested in the quality of care for the elderly for a long time now and, as a serial entrepreneur, I am completely focused on developing products and services to help people stay in their own homes for longer.

“As a serial entrepreneur, I am completely focused on developing products and services to help people stay in their own homes for longer.”

William Cotton

Chairman

I am very excited by the way that Canary has the potential to change people’s lives. I have spent most of my career working in healthcare and working with products that can help people to fulfil their potential however old or vulnerable they may be.

I was at Boots for many years, firstly in the UK business and then latterly running the international business. That experience gave me some very rich insights into the ways in which we can all contribute to the care of the older and more vulnerable members of our communities.

In recent years, my family and I have faced the challenges of looking after our own loved ones in later life. My father-in-law is 92 and my mother is in her early 80s. Both are very keen to live independently at home for as long as possible and both, in their own ways, have been able to contribute to our thinking as we develop Canary.

“I have spent most of my career working in Healthcare and working with products that can help people to fulfill their potential.”

Stuart Sheehy

Managing Director

I worked for Bupa for many years and was really excited by delivering healthcare to patients, mostly NHS patients, in their own home.

We have a massive challenge in the UK with a rapidly growing elderly and vulnerable population, but do not really have the necessary resources, whether money or trained people, to tackle the problem and this may have some sad and maybe bad consequences. We really cannot let that happen.

We all want to do more for our older family and it’s hugely exciting to be able to launch a service that can make a difference to the lives of people trying to get on with enjoying life. We at Canary are trying to do just that, the technology is the simple part, the fascinating challenge is bringing families closer together and strengthening the support networks around our families to make life that little bit easier.

My Mum lives on her own and is strongly protective of her independence, but she has recently had her hip replaced, so she was naturally nervous of a fall, which would have sent her back to hospital. Mum is recovering well now and she has a Canary system, which helps us both keep in touch with how things are.

Away from work, I try to keep fit, either on two wheels or two feet, but usually with mixed results. So my challenge for 2014 is to run a half marathon!

“Mum is recovering well now and she has a Canary system, which helps us both keep in touch with how things are.”

Stuart Butterfield

Technical Director

I’m the resident geek. I get a real buzz out of bringing together lots of complex technical elements to create consumer products that are simple to use and provide real, practical benefits. Canary is a perfect embodiment of this. I have a Computer Science background and enjoyed 9 years at university doing lots of clever things with no real-world applications (although I did play a lot of 5-a-side football). I spent the next 10 years at Philips and worked on some amazing first-of-a-kind products. I finally found my spiritual home and for the past 6 years have worked at a variety of startup companies in hands-on product/project/technical management roles, building products as diverse as GPS tracking devices to electric vehicle chargers.

My gran lived until she was 100, which is amazing in itself. Even more amazing is that she lived at home, independently. My parents and sister were gran’s primary carers and found themselves visiting more and more often to check she was okay - which they could not sustain and she did not want. Sadly, my gran died recently, but I know that Canary would have made my family’s lives so much easier by providing reassurance that gran was okay, without needing to visit or call 5 times a day. That would have made gran happier.

Most of my time outside of work revolves around our pre-schooler son, although I usually manage to cram in a weekly game of football with the local (very) old boys team, who give me no sympathy for being a long-suffering Leeds United fan.

“Canary would have made my family's lives so much easier by providing reassurance that gran was okay, without needing to visit or call 5 times a day. That would have made gran happier.”

Claire Vincent

Marketing

I love listening to how Canary enriches people’s lives - it’s the human stories that really motivate me. I’ve worked in marketing for 25 years for a number of brands including Boots and Nurofen; more recently I’ve been embracing the world of digital marketing which is fascinating and ever changing!

I’m lucky enough to have an inspirational Grandma who is 100 years old and has a brilliantly optimistic attitude to life. ‘Mama Joyce’ lives independently and says “I’m so lucky to be able to live here. I’m surrounded by family and friends and don’t feel that I’m burdening anyone”. I hope I’ve inherited some of her genes.

In my free time, I’m training for the London Marathon to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital which is giving me pleasure and pain in equal amounts!

“I love listening to how Canary enriches people’s lives - it’s the human stories that really motivate me.”

Barbara Carmichael

Office Manager and PA

My late mother spent most of her working life as a District Nurse in a rural part of the country, and got to know all her patients as well as their extended families in nearby villages. It’s a long time since I was “the nurse’s daughter”, and times have changed. As much as we may wish to be close to our relatives this is no longer possible for many, but Canary has the potential to help people facing the challenges of maintaining an independent life.

When I joined the team in January 2015 I was immediately impressed by the passion and commitment of everyone here at Canary Care, and I love the dynamic of working in a team with a wide range of skills, and the challenges every day brings with it.

I have worked in Customer Services, Administration, and as a PA, for a number of organisations, in a wide range of industries. I am now based at Canary HQ.

At work I look for order, but when I’m not in the office I can usually be found pottering about in my garden or walking on the downs with friends. Simple pleasures. For me it’s all about quality of life, and how we achieve it for ourselves and those we care for.

“For me it’s all about quality of life, and how we achieve it for ourselves and those we care for”