I joined Friends of the Elderly as the Group’s Chief Executive in the Spring of 2014 and take much pride in working with a diverse and talented team to help deliver our new strategy in support of older people – in sustainable, personal and innovative ways.
As a healthcare entrepreneur, I founded Prime Care Community Services, which provided award-winning social care services to adults and older people through the South East of England. Prime Care employed over 1,000 people and became the first social care company in the UK to achieve Investors in People Gold accreditation, and win the National Training Awards outright.
I currently serve as Vice Chair of the Government-backed Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), formed to help drive the economy of the South East. I also chair the LEP’s Enterprise Zone and the Digital Catapult Centre in Brighton.
I’m a former board member and Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Home Care Association. I’m active in the National Care Forum and sit on the Care Quality Commission’s Adult Social Care Co-production Group.
I enjoyed being part of the national Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities programme, sponsored by the Department of Health, during 2014/15, and I hold a post-graduate Diploma in Risk Management from Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics.
A former UK Police Officer, I have also worked to resolve sensitive operational situations around the world for multi-national companies, government departments and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs); latterly as a director of Europe’s leading risk management consultancy, sold to Control Risks Group.
I’m motivated by putting together the right people with the right structures and systems so that older people can be kept safe, and flourish, as independently as possible in their own community, surrounded by familiar faces and settings. I think that social care can be better connected and more innovative – something I’m keen to deliver on behalf of Friends of the Elderly and the people who use its services.
In my spare time I enjoy being an Ambassador for the Sussex Community Foundation, part of the Community Foundation Network, where I help raise funds in support of community groups and small charities.
The one piece of advice I would give to my younger self: “find a job that you really enjoy doing; that way you will never have to work again!” Life doesn’t quite work out like that, but at least that way you’ve tried to make the best difference you can.
I’m a keen walker, having trekked to Everest Base Camp; and a qualified Offshore Yacht-master who enjoys the sea in all its elements. So when I’m in my 80s I want to be able to continue to walk for miles and see, hear, feel and embrace the changing seasons around me.