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Robin Sutton

Robin is a Non Executive Director of the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and is heavily involved as a provider of care services covering the spectrum from meals on wheels, day care, supported living and residential care.

Robin has enjoyed completing an Innovating in Healthcare program with Harvard University looking at smart phone applications in the field of dementia. He is Chair of Torbay Pharmaceuticals, a Director of the Trust’s subsidiary SDH Developments Limited, and a Board member of Health and Care Innovations LLP.

Robin has been involved with various providers in Devon since the formation of the Devon Care Kite Mark and a keen supporter of collaborative work across the care sector. Recently, he has been involved in discussing key issues with SWAST and providing a formal process that providers can access, and most recently involved with the framework for enhanced health in care homes with the NHS.

Louise Arnold

Louise Arnold joined Peninsula Care Homes , a family company in 2005 and is now Managing Director.  Owning 5 homes across Devon caring for over 200 people living in our homes and over 250 staff.  Louise has been an active member of various organisations across Devon to share best practice which contributes to developing her own homes. 

Louise attended University of Birmingham and Cranfield University and completed courses with Maria Montessori Institute Montessori for Dementia and Ageing  and Dementia Care Matters which helps shape Peninsula’s approach within the homes.

Lucy Bull

Director and Communications Officer

Lucy is returning to her roots in care, becoming a manager at Castle Grove Nursing Home at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. She was just completing an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health at Bristol University when the 2020 March lockdown started, and her public health expertise became a useful tool! Lucy grew up in Devon, learning the ropes from her parents, who started Castle Grove, a “hotel with nurses" in 1984. Life after university led Lucy to a career in media, working for the BBC in Bristol for over a decade. She says that working in local radio used some of the same skills she learnt as a care assistant: “listening is a crucial skill - and sometimes you know that you are the first person that a listener has spoken to that day - it was vital that they felt heard, and it often led to some fascinating stories”.

Since returning to Devon, Lucy worked in education for five years as an Education Visits Co-ordinator and Press Officer. She embarked on the MSc in 2019 to enhance her knowledge and skillset and received a Distinction.

Geoffrey Cox

Geoffrey is the Managing Director of Southern Healthcare but prior to a career in Residential Care, Geoffrey was a practising Solicitor for 25 years. In 2008, Geoffrey became a Board member of the Registered Nursing Homes Assn and instigated formation of the Devon Care Providers Association which with others lobbied for Provider concerns. He then became a Provider representative to Devon County Council and to Devon Safeguarding Adults Board. In 2011 he became a member of a group which initiated 2 Judicial Reviews upon funding matters in Devon both in 2011 and 2012, which was a substantial and successful undertaking.

In 2012, he became a steering group member of the newly formed ‘Devon Care Kite Mark’ group which is a collaborative, existing to share, develop and promote best practice.

Geoffrey completed a Masters degree in Dementia studies at Stirling University in 2013 and has run circa 10 Devon Care conferences since 2011, which have been growing in impact each year, with significant key speakers.

Ann Woolway 

General Manager 

I wanted to thank all of you for being so welcoming, as it certainly has been a few crazy weeks, though I think you already know that, with outbreaks, mandatory vaccinations and the loss of employees.  This is where my position comes in as I represent DCHC members on a variety of different committees and on a variety of different topics.

A little about me, I am a Teignmouth girl; I went to Teignmouth High school before going onto Torbay Technical College. I did my RN training at Torbay Hospital where I worked in multiple departments before moving to the United States. I am living in Torquay again, with my American husband and our retired military working dog.

I see an exciting future for DCHC. We have our Chef’s Club led by Sue Trott, details of which are below. We have two more sessions for Skills for Care that we are planning so stand by for more details on those. We also have multiple opportunities for you to become more active in DCHC as we will be moving forward with our Annual General Meeting the first quarter of 2022 and this allows for the voting of new Board Members, more information will be posted to the website shortly.

Marcus Lyward

Marcus Lyward has worked at management and owner/director levels within the care sector for over 30 years. Working primarily in dementia care settings with experience in working with mental health, alcohol dependant and learning disability clients.

He is currently a director and NI for Court House, a dementia home registered for 33. Marcus has also been on the steering group for the ‘Devon Care Kitemark’ supporting like-minded establishments to maintain and improve standards prior to the inception of DCHC.

Joanna Foulstone

Joanna has been a Director of Hillbrow Residential Care Home, a family-owned care home in Devon for 6 years providing quality care for the residents. Her family have owned the home for 18 years.

Joanna's background is mainly in administration working for an Investment Banking Firm and Solicitors. Over the last 6 years she has completed IOSH training in Health and Safety and achieved the NVQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care. She feels privileged to love what she does and firmly believes that through collaboration and innovation, providers can improve the quality of life for the people living in their homes.

Lorna Turner
Company Secretary

Lorna has over 25 years of experience in business development initially in the private sector, before moving on to work as a business advisor and consultant with social enterprises, co-operatives and ethical businesses. She is a co-owner and director of Court House Care Services (Devon) Ltd with her partner, Marcus Lyward. Court House is a 30 bed residential home based in Cullompton supporting elderly with dementia. She is also currently studying for a Masters in Sustainable Development.

Her role with DCHC is to support the development of the organisation through her social enterprise knowledge and skills; to be an active member, representing the organisation and as Company Secretary.

Sara Small

You may have seen me on various DSPT events, where I am administrator and moderator. I work closely with Lorna Turner, director for DCHC, delivering the DSPT contract. 

I'm originally from Hertfordshire and moved to Devon in 2001. I've worked in admin and PA roles for over 15 years, over a variety of sectors - you name it I've done it! Most recently I did a lot of land agency and farming administration, partly because I also run the family business, rearing our own sustainable produce (we specialise in pedigree Dexter beef and Black Welsh Mountain sheep). I've really enjoyed learning about the impact of data security on the care sector (something I never thought I'd say!) as the DSPT programme is really very well put together.

When I'm not thinking about data security or farming, I'm ferrying my three Smalls to their various hockey/theatre/swimming lessons. 

Family Small all share a passion for the outdoors, nature and the sea. 

If you'd like to know more about DSPT please get in touch.

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