Board of Directors
June Burgess (Regional Coordinator, Eden Alternative UK & Ireland)
June is a registered nurse with a background in healthcare management and quality assessment in aged care. She has a Masters Degree in the Management of Quality in Healthcare from the Health Management Centre at Birmingham University.
June has worked as a Registration and Inspection Officer and independent consultant to the private nursing home sector in the UK and as an Aged Care Quality Assessor with the Queensland Standards and Accreditation Agency in Australia. She was also responsible for coordinating the quality education for the Salvation Army aged care facilities in South East Queensland and advised on the Salvation Army Aged Care Quality Committee for the Eastern Territory of Australia. During her seven years in Australia working in residential aged care facilities she was impressed with the part the Eden Alternative philosophy played in improving the quality of life for residents and staff in those homes that had adopted the principles and practices.
Since 2005 June has been the EARC for the UK & Ireland and has been promoting the Eden Alternative by presentations at National and International Conferences, publications and by networking.
Des Kelly was Executive Director of the National Care Forum (NCF) until June 2016, a post he held since the NCF was formally launched in the House of Lords in 2003. He represented NCF with key sector bodies including the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, Think Local Act Personal partnership, for which he chaired the TLAP Quality Forum, National Market Development Forum, Skills for Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. He was co-founder of ‘My Home Life’ culture change programme and founder Chair of the Care Provider Alliance. He was Partnerships Director with BUPA Care Homes from 1998 - 2003. Des has a background of working in the residential care sector with both older people and other adults and served on the Wagner Review of Residential Care Committee which published ‘A Positive Choice’ in 1988. He has had several books published and has written extensively for the professional press, continuing to act as News Editor of the monthly magazine Care Management Matters. He was co-author of ‘Creative Homes: how the arts can contribute to quality of life in residential care’, published by The Baring Foundation in November 2011. Des was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2007 for services to social care. His current roles include: Chair of the charity the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA), Director of Skills for Care, trustee of the Relatives & Residents Association, Greensleeves Care and the Residential Forum. In July 2013 was appointed a Commissioner on the Demos-supported Commission on Residential Care chaired by former Minister Paul Burstow. He is currently part of an Expert Panel on adult care and support for the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.
Janice Westrope worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau for twenty-two years. During this time she has been a volunteer adviser, training manager and was the chief executive officer of the CAB service in Bath and North East Somerset, a post she held for nine years until retiring in 2015. Limited resources in such voluntary agencies mean that CEOs typically have a very practical and hands on responsibility for all aspects of the operations including: human resources; project management; account management; account reporting; budget setting and control; quality control and assurance; staff development; change management and supporting sound governance.
She has a BA Hons in Post Compulsory Education and a Certificate in Education.
Maureen Bradley is currently Chief Executive of New Outlook, a Housing Association providing care homes for younger adults with complex needs and sensory loss and other conditions, sheltered schemes for older people with visual impairment, an Extra Care Scheme for older people with visual impairment and a Domiciliary care service known as Home Heroes. In her previous role as Director of Care and Support for Accord Housing Association, where she managed a department of over fifty schemes, she introduced the Eden Alternative into three residential care homes for older adults.
Maureen is also a Board Member of the Abbeyfield Kent Society and is currently chair of St Peters Housing Association, a Board member of Black Country Housing Group and their care arm Black Country Care and an Executive member of West Midlands Supported Housing Network. In the past she has also acted as Chair of Walsall Supporting People Forum, Chair and secretary of the National Housing Federation Care and Support Group.
Andy Tilden Director Sector Development-Skills at Skills for Care. He joined Topss England , the predecessor of Skills for Care as the Regional Development Officer in the South West.
Previously Andy has worked in residential child care, as a trainer/manager in a hospital trust, as a qualified social worker, a lecturer and he managed a care training company.
As part of the Corporate Leadership team, Andy manages three area teams in the North West, the Midlands and the South West, the Employer Engagement team, the Standards, Learning, Qualifications and Apprenticeships team and much of the work of the National Skills Academy. He is also a NICE Fellow.
Anne Thomas is Executive Director for Linc Care. She joined the organisation in March 2012 and is responsible for the strategic planning, development, direction and performance of the health and social care division.
Anne draws on more than 25 years of experience in health and social care. Before joining Linc, she was Senior Manager of Service Delivery (for older people) at Surrey County Council. Previously, she worked as a Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at Newport Local Health Board, and a Project Manager (for Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) at Bath and NE Somerset Primary Care Trust.
A qualified Nurse from Princess Alexandra School of Nursing, Anne earned a Bsc (Econ) (Hons) degree from the University of Wales in Health and Social Care, an advanced Diploma in Diabetes Nursing at Roehampton University London, and a Post Graduate course in Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Leicester University, amongst various other nursing qualifications.
With a passion for designing and delivering services with the people that use them, Anne is an advocate for dignity, independence and quality of life for older people.
Paul Bailey – (Company Secretary)
Paul worked in Australia for thirty years as a medical scientist and laboratory manager and for the last seven years of that period managed Queensland Health Pathology Service which operated all the pathology laboratories in Queensland’s public hospital system.
Since 2005 Paul has become increasingly involved in Eden Alternative in the UK and is currently an Eden Mentor and Certified Eden Educator.