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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA appoints new board members - 23/10/2015

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) this week elected new board members following their recent annual general meeting (note 1).

The Association would like to welcome new directors:-

• Mike Smith, Trinity Homecare Group Limited
• Jane Townson, Somerset Care Limited
• Richard Walker, Optimo Care Group Limited
• Fiona Williams, Bluebird Care Company Limited

UKHCA’s board bids farewell and thanks Steve Allen, Peter King and Wayne Rees, who stepped down from the board having reached the end of their three year term in office (note 2).

Mike Padgham, UKHCA’s Chair, said:

“I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new board members and I am confident that their strength and skills will help represent the views of providers.

UKHCA’s board have a vital role setting the strategic direction of the Association during an especially turbulent time for the whole social care sector.

“On behalf of UKHCA, I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to our outgoing board members for their hard work and commitment.”

Max Wurr was re-elected to the board. Both Lynda Gardner and Trevor Brocklebank have been re-elected and will continue to perform the role of Honorary Secretary and Treasurer respectively.


Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. UKHCA’s board members are elected to the Association membership for a three year period on a phased pattern over three years.

3. UKHCA’s mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community. We do this by campaigning and through leadership and support to social care providers

4. UKHCA has a vetting procedure for its members, all of whom agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at

5. UKHCA represents 33% of independent and voluntary sector providers in the UK, and estimates that its member organisations employ over 119,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 2.79 million hours of care per week to around 166,000 service users, valued at £1.62 billion per annum..

6. Homecare encompasses provision of personal care, to people in their own homes. For many, homecare is the alternative of choice for people who would otherwise need to move into residential accommodation.

7. The majority of homecare is funded by the state (usually by local council social services departments, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), or Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland). However, homecare services are largely delivered by independent and voluntary sector providers working under contracts with the statutory sector.

8. A high resolution royalty-free image of Mike Padgham, UKHCA Chair quoted in this release is available.

9. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07920 788993

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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