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Holder House Directors

Our Directors

Chris Convery: Managing Director

Chris Convery - Project Manager

After a varied and interesting career in construction, manufacturing, professional driving and four years in the armed forces I found my place in the world and the passion in my heart, helping people with challenging behaviours, learning difficulties and disabilities. Whether it’s in teaching, care, or respite support I bring a huge sense of motivation, competence and skills into my work at Holder House, the Community Interest Company (CIC) I helped set up in 2008.

Holder House CIC is a social enterprise designed to offer training, education, and workplace environments or as a place to simply relax. Our beneficiaries include people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues, autism, the elderly and local schools. We help groups understand each other’s difficulties, promote equal rights, independence, choice and inclusion. The support is built around the individual’s needs.

We work over 7 days, including running a Saturday and Sunday club for adults and children who access this using their personal budget “direct payment”

I’m accustomed to building great teams, just like the one here at Holder House. I believe in helping everyone realise their potential for maximum benefit to themselves, our clients and the CIC, which rewards me with a successful and cohesive unit of dedicated individuals

My responsibilities include applying for appropriate funding for projects and I have been very successful in securing this on numerous occasions. I manage the funds to ensure they are put to best use for all stakeholders. I’m also responsible for the overall operations of our Community Interest Company, ensuring it meet the needs of the people attending, that our staff are DBS checked and continually trained to meet the demands of the service.

In 2012 I was awarded for South Tyneside Council Innovator of the year.
in 2013 I was a finalist in the Pride of South Tyneside.
In 2016 I was a finalist for the staffing awards in the “Pride of South Tyneside”



 julie anneJulie Anne Parsons: Director

Julie Anne Parsons has worked within the International business and creative industry since 1992.  Her most recent formal role was in a Managing Director capacity of a lifestyle branding company in London, however since then she has returned back to the North East.  Julie Anne brings her decades of experience to inform and support Holder House CIC across a range of disciplines including helping to drive company strategy, building its brand and promoting its Centre of Excellence. She has also utilised her time as a Senior Principal Lecturer at University of the Arts, London to deliver National Lottery art and animal therapy programmes to Holder House Clients, Julie Anne recently engaged them in an art exhibition at Seaham Hall Hotel, County Durham, where she is their Artist in Residence.

In 2016 she graduated from Sunderland University with a Masters in Fine Art, and has since began to work in a personal capacity with clients that experience mental health challenges.  Julie Anne ‘gifts’ her meaningful art to support their journey in recovery.  She plans to enrol upon a PhD programme soon, to formalise research into this field of study, with the intention that findings and outcomes can be utilised by Holder House CIC. to continue her investment in the company.


Phil Brooks: Director


Phil Brooks started his career doing an Apprentice for South Tyneside Council in painting and decorating for 3 years. He then went on to working in the manufacturing industry for 15 years. After this Phil wanted to develop his career and found a passion to help children. This led Phil to do voluntary work with children who have offended for 18 months with the mentoring scheme within South Tyneside. Phil then went on to work part time at South Tyneside Council as a Relief Sessional Worker, whilst also working part time at a children’s home as a Relief Sessional Worker at Gateshead Council, which he then did full time for 9 years. After this Phil moved on to work with Gateshead Councils Youth Offending team, working as a support advocate for 6 years. Working in these various roles gave Phil the experience of working with Children with various needs and behavioural difficulties.

Since 2012, Phil has worked for Holder House CIC on Saturdays with our Young Carers club at the time. Then in 2016, Phil joined Holder House CIC full time as a Senior Activity Support Worker which he gained experience working with both adults and children with learning disabilities. Phil has been assigned as a director to further support holder house with his knowledge and expertise.




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