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Annual Conference Workshops 2017

Andrew Larpent OBE



Common Age – developing the appetite for Commonwealth engagement in the older people’s agenda

  Andrew spent 30+ years as an infantry officer in the British Army 1969 - 2002. CEO of CLIC, a national UK children’s cancer charity 1997 - 2001.  CEO - Somerset Care Group 2001-2011, one of the leading not-for-profit care groups in the UK.  A founding director of the UK National Care Forum, and Chairman from 2006-2011. Board member of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing 2005-2012. 

 His most recent role was as CEO Southern Cross Care (South Australia &Northern Territory) 2011 to November 2016.  This is one of the largest not-for-profit aged care and retirement living providers in Australia.  While in that role he was also invited to take the Chair of Dignity in Care Australia in 2014 and was proud to be one of Australia’s first Dignity Champions.

  Andrew is also Founder and Chairman of the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing – CommonAge.

Anthony Collins LLP

Governance – Getting it right for social care

Health and Social care organisations are being asked to deliver more for less and to balance increasing demands for quality services with challenging economic circumstances. Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) acts as an expert for many leading health and social care providers, helping them to navigate this highly complex legislative and regulatory environment.

  Our depth of expertise in health and social care legal practice covers numerous issues frequently faced in regulation, property, employment and governance. We can support you in many ways, including with:

·         property development projects, and the buying and selling of care homes

·         crisis management and dispute resolution

·         a range of employment issues including TUPE, pensions and National Minimum Wage

·         regulatory challenges, reputation management and CQC inspections.

  At ACS our purpose is to improve lives, communities and society by working with like-minded clients who share our vision and passion. For over 40 years we have been successfully combining market-leading legal expertise with a commitment to excellence and long-term relationships.

Brendan Martin

Public World



Buurtzorg – modelling new approaches to Home Care

  Brendan Martin founded and leads Public World and has supported organisational change by facilitating workplace conversations to improve team work and staff engagement, to promote equality and diversity, and to combat bullying.

  Since 2015 Public World has been the Britain and Ireland partner of Buurtzorg Nederland, supporting a growing number of health and social care commissioners and providers to apply the lessons of its experience of frontline freedom and responsibility. Pilot projects are underway or in preparation in a dozen locations.

  With experience in more than 70 countries, Brendan’s recent clients have included several NHS Foundation Trusts and local government organisations, the Scottish government, NHS Employers, the Care Quality Commission, Voluntary Services Overseas and Unite the Union.

  A journalist and broadcaster by background, Brendan is a graduate of the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the RSA, and has served on specialist advisory groups of the UN and OECD.


James Greenshields

Tonic Housing

LGBT older people and care

  James’s career has included time as a teacher in Kenya and Honduras, as a journalist with the BBC World Service and other international broadcasters in Southern Africa, and as an editor at GQ Magazine.

   While working in Africa, James realized the potential of generating broadcast material with local communities, leading to the development of new skills and confidence. In 1994, he established Radio for Development in response to these new opportunities in Africa, the Indian sub-continent, and the Caribbean. In 2005, Media for Development (MFD) was launched, reflecting the multiple media platforms that the organization was now working with. Through MFD, a range of new initiatives and social businesses has been launched, including Inside Job Productions, Young Dads TV, and Prison Media. James stepped down as Chief Executive of Media for Development in March 2013. He now chairs the Board of Directors.

  James is currently involved in the development of new social initiatives in the UK and internationally, including the establishment of the UK’s first social business offering support services to older LGBT people.


Liz Fenton

Health Education England

Workforce Fit for the Future

  Liz is Nurse Advisor at NHS England, previously Director of Nursing and Quality at Gloucester Care Services NHS Trust.

  Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason: to improve the quality of care delivered to patients. Through our Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), we ensure that our workforce has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

Philippa Bragman


Easy Read developments for dementia and learning disability 

As Director of CHANGE I work and campaign for the human rights and full social inclusion of all people with learning disabilities.

  CHANGE uses a 'Peer to Peer Model' of working. This means that we employ experienced and professional adults with learning disabilities to work with and support children and adults with learning disabilities empowering them and giving positive and genuine role models. CHANGE believes this way of working is aspirational, inspiring and it supports adults and children with learning disabilities to have a genuine voice.

  I have also worked and campaigned in the women's sector on domestic abuse issues. I was part of a group of women that secured funding, designed, and set up the first refuge for women with learning disabilities in the UK.

  CHANGE are continually exploring possibilities and looking to build relationships with organisations working around human rights, children and parenting charities and mainstream health issues.

Steve Allen

Friends of the Elderly

NCF Member

Charting the Improvement journey – a personal perspective on organisational change

  I started my career as a police officer and then spent 10 years directing Europe’s leading risk management consultancy, resolving sensitive operational situations around the world for multi-national companies, government departments and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

  I am a Director of the government-backed Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), where I lead on EU social cohesion programmes, rural portfolio and third sector partnerships. I’m in my seventh year as a Board Member of the United Kingdom Home Care Association, where I have been Vice Chair since 2012. More recently, I enjoyed being part of the acclaimed national Leadership for Empowered and Healthy Communities programme.

When I am in my 80s I want to be able to continue to walk for miles and hear, see, feel and recognise the changing seasons around me.

Will Shepherd


The Future of Recruitment

  Will is the CEO of Cohesion – a recruitment business that has been delivering excellent results in Social Care recruitment for over a decade. We are the recruitment provider of choice for a number of national care providers – including The Fremantle Trust, Turning Point, and Four Seasons Healthcare.

  Cohesion operate with a total recruitment philosophy - we believe that bespoke recruitment is the only way to truly reach, engage and retain great people, who are going to stay with your company and make an impact long-term.

  For more than 20 years Will has worked to drive value from the recruitment process through innovation, passion and recruitment expertise. As a discipline, Will believes that recruitment should be much higher on the list of most company’s priorities, given that the right people are what make a business extraordinary.

  “Cutting costs, cutting corners, allowing hiring managers to do it their way – good for the short term bottom line, bad for long-term retention and service quality”

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