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Board of Directors

Maureen Bradley - Chair of the Board

Maureen Bradley worked in the care, support and housing sectors for many years. She recently retired as chief executive of New Outlook, a Housing Association providing care, support and services both younger and older adults with complex needs and sensory loss; One of her previous role as Director of Care and Support for Accord Housing Association she managed a department of over fifty schemes, and introduced the Eden Alternative into  residential care homes for older adults.

Maureen has held a number of roles as a Board Member for housing and care organisations 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.

Maureen is currently Chair of Birmingham branch of Cruse Bereavement Care and is also a member of the Regional Committee for Cruse.

Maureen was appointed to the Eden Alternative UK Board of Directors in January 2015.

Maureen Bradley

Geoffrey Cox - Vice Chair of Board

Geoffrey is the Managing Director of Southern Healthcare (inc. 2001) which has and runs 4 Devon Nursing Homes, ‘the Old Rectory’ Exeter, ‘Parkwood House’ Plymouth, ‘the Seaton’ and ‘Sefton Hall’ in Dawlish. Prior to a career in Residential Care, Geoffrey was a practising Solicitor for 25 years.

In 2008, Geoffrey instigated the Devon Care Providers Association to lobby for Provider concerns, and in 2009 became a Provider representative to Devon County Council and to the Devon Safeguarding Adults Board.

Geoffrey is a  Board member of the Registered Nursing Homes Assn and with a small group of Providers, was a member of a group which initiated 2 Judicial Reviews upon funding matters in Devon in 2011 and 2012.

In 2012 he became a member of the ‘Devon Care Kite Mark’ steering group in 2012.

Geoffrey completed a Masters degree in Dementia studies at Stirling University in 2013 and has run 5 Devon Care conferences since.

Geoffrey Cox

June Burgess (Regional Coordinator, Eden Alternative UK)

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.

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Jan  Westrope

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.

Jan Westrope

Karen Whitehead

I have worked in the care sector for a number of years. I have vast experience of Operational, Development and Construction of Care Homes.

I have worked, at a senior managerial level, across Learning Disabilities and Older Peoples Care, for both Not for Profit and Private Operators.

I was introduced to the Eden Alternative back in 2006 and I’ve been a keen advocate ever since. I am an Eden Educator and latterly joined the Board of Eden.

Karen Whitehead
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