Five new non-executive directors have been elected by members to the Board of United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), representing a range of providers and geographies across the home care sector.
UKHCA said the new representatives bring the association’s board to its “full-strength” of 14 elected non-executive directors. At the same time, the organisation also thanks others leaving the board at the end of their term of office.
Joining the Board are: Mario Abajo Menguez, CEO of Clece Care Services, representing UKHCA members with between four to twenty branches in England; Nancy Cross, director of Gofal Ystwyth Care, representing members in Wales; Carolanne Mainland, director of operations at Highland Home Carers, representing UKHCA members in Scotland; Polly Munyeza, director and registered manager at Support Unlimited; and Martin Ross, director of Care at Home, Care South, representing UKHCA members with three branches or fewer.
Max Wurr, director of Policy and Communications at City & County Healthcare, has also joined the Board as UKHCA’s vice chair, replacing Roger Booker, while Lesley Megarity, CEO of Domestic Care Group has been appointed as honorary secretary, replacing David Chalk.
Along with Booker and Chalk, Lynn James, representing providers in England with three or fewer branches; and Gavin Stedman-Bryce, representing providers in Scotland, have also left the Board.
Dominique Kent (pictured) continues to chair the association and Mike Smith remains UKHCA’s Treasurer.
Kent said: “It is a pleasure to welcome practising homecare providers to represent the sector across the UK. As a national professional association, UKHCA’s role is to provide strong leadership. It is essential that our strategic direction and governance is developed and overseen by members elected from within the diverse experience and knowledge of our membership.
“We are deeply grateful to all the homecare providers who devote their time and expertise to support the work of the Board and contribute to the future development of the organisation. I am particularly grateful for the contribution made by our colleagues standing down at the end of their periods of office this year.
“Whilst only five places were available for election this year, we received many more nominations for the board. We are delighted by the level of interest and would also like to thank each of the nominees for their desire to shape the future of the Association. We believe that this shows the high level of engagement from our membership with their national professional association. We are committed to enabling all our members to contribute to a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish, so people can live safely and well at home.”