Board of Directors

Geoffrey Cox

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.

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June Burgess

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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