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The Fold Woman: Michelle Phillips

The Fold Woman: Michelle Phillips
August 17, 2015 The Fold
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Can you give us a brief background of your career to date?

I qualified as a Registered Nurse at The Royal Free Hospital in London in the early 90’s working as a staff nurse in Orthopaedics and Accident & Emergency. When I moved back to Anglesey, North Wales I set up my domiciliary care company in 1997, Carelink Homecare Services Ltd, providing support to older people, people with physical disabilities and people with dementia in their own home employing over 100 homecare staff. I graduated with an Executive MBA last year and stood for the Conservative Party in the last general election for Anglesey/Ynys Mon, which was a fantastic experience.

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Michelle wears The Arlington dress in navy and white painterly print

 

What has been your biggest career achievement to-date?

I would say the way my business has evolved, it gives me great satisfaction knowing that we are making a difference to our service users and their families lives every day.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a fantastic management team who allow me the flexibility to work around my 12 year old son, Harri and work on future projects/plans for the business.

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Michelle wears The Shell Top in white and The Tailored Trousers and Little Jacket in navy

 

You are working on a really interesting project for dementia patients similar to the Hogeway complex in the Netherlands. Could you tell us a bit more about it? 

45,000 people have dementia in Wales and it is projected to increase by 31% by 2021. It has the lowest diagnosis rate so there is such a need to improve levels of care and diagnostic services.

I have always wanted to do more with dementia and improve peoples quality of life. My “Dementia Village” is a concept based on the Dutch model “living with dementia” and would include creating a life book and using appropriate stimulation to prolong life. For example, gardening, working on allotments, looking after animals and cooking/baking, which research has shown reduces the need for over dependency on medication.

My village would consist of up to 50 cottages, allotments, hens, pets, a shop… creating a real sense of community. There would be three stages: early, mid and end of life, encouraging huge family involvement and multi agencies.

Do you have any advice for someone who’s thinking in starting a career in Politics?

You should stand for the party who’s core values you believe passionately about, stand in the area that you know well and are associated with and have some life experience to offer the people you would have the honour of representing.

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Michelle wears The Arlington dress in navy and white painterly print

How do you like to unwind outside of work?

Family time with my son and partner, cooking and walking the dogs around the fantastic coastline of Anglesey.

I am also the Vice President of Soroptimist International – Anglesey, amongst other things, we are involved in local and national projects raising awareness of human trafficking and slavery, female cancers and supporting local women’s refuges. Education, Empowerment and Enabling women and girls to maximise their potential.

 

Do you think it is important to dress in a particular way for work?

Yes, creating that first impression counts, especially when it comes to business meetings and conference speeches, The Fold certainly offers a diverse and exciting wardrobe, I am regularly complimented on the unique style of their dresses.

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Michelle wears The Shell Top in white and The Tailored Trousers and Little Jacket in navy (right) and The Hampstead Coat in blush pink (left)

 

And finally, what is your favourite piece from The Fold?

Currently, The Northcote Dress.

Pictures from David Nyanzi

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