Disability Support South Tyneside

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”



Ann Marie Pape: Director

After a dedicated nursing career, I recently retired as a senior practice nurse from the NHS. Throughout my career I worked with people with special needs and learning difficulties, their Carers and families, within the general practice.

As a director at Holder House CIC, I strongly believe the role of myself and other directors is to act as an advocate to those who attend as well as their Carers and their families. It’s vital that all the directors, endeavour to ensure the voices of all our stakeholders are heard and listened to. That their needs and requirements are met to the highest of standards.

I also offer a great sense of responsible to support for the staff and management who give this care diligently and holistically. We must ensure they continue to grow and develop through ongoing education, training and support.



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