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.

Geoffrey Cox

Margot Whittaker

Margot Whittaker RGN, BSc in Health Studies, Dip Professional Studies in Nursing, INLPTA Master in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP Master Practitioner), Certified Hypnotherapist, and Certified Trainer, Senior Trainer and Director for The Eden Alternative,  Director of Nursing and Compliance for Southern Healthcare, and founder member of the Devon Care Kite Mark Group, (now the Devon Care Home Collaborative) She has been working in the Company for the past 17 years within a nursing career spanning 40 years.

She has been heavily involved over this time with ensuring and supporting excellent Care Home management, compliance to meet  the continual challenges  of CQC regulation and expectations, together with ensuring  increasing complexity of Care Home nursing provision.

Due to her passion of achieving exceptional  nursing standards within social care, she has been developing over past years  a Specialist Residential Nurse Award(SRNA)  programme, which is  a set  of specific competencies, she feels are necessary to attain by residential nurses, in order for them to fully fulfil the role that is now expected of them within nursing homes. These acquired skills will support new and current nurses within the sector, reach a substantially high standard that is also recognised by other professionals, that of a ‘Specialist’ residential nurse.  Once achieved, these SRNA nurses can then mentor trainee nurses being attracted into the sector in the future, as part of a career pathway, for residential nursing, and ultimately then be expanded upon, potentially to Practitioner level. The idea is being fully supported by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Queens Nursing Institute (QNI) and other eminent nurses around the country.

She works alongside her  husband Geoffrey Cox who shares her passion in constant innovation to improve homes within the sector and their own four nursing homes. Over the last few years Southern Healthcare not only has achieved ‘Outstanding’ from the regulatory body the CQC, but also have won numerous awards, notably the National Best Care Home Award last year. Both strive in ensuring  that the Southern Healthcare homes operate within an encompassing  framework of the development of quality and meaningful relationships. They firmly believe this is key to ensuring an enjoyable environment in which to work and live, and both implement their interests in psychology towards achieving this.

Outside of work, Margot works with animal psychologies within dog and horse care, is a qualified dog groomer and has many well- loved horses, dogs and other animals at home. She has recently been heavily involved in restoring the lovely old farmhouse in which they both live, and developing the miniature horse stud they own that is within the grounds.

December 2020

Margot Whittaker

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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