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Devon Wide Representatives

Jacqui Blackmore, Caraston Hall

Chair of Provider Reference Group & Mental Health Representative

I am honoured to be the Mental Health Provider Rep and Co-Chair for the Devon PEN. I have worked in health and social care for over 30 years in various clinical and management roles spanning the NHS, voluntary and private sector in Devon. I have built a broad range of professional relationships with both mental health providers and commissioners over the years and seen many changes in the way social care is provided. I think I have a good strategic overview of the mental health market and the links between health and social care services and the pressures within. I am keen to see better investment in mental health in Devon that provides safe and effective care from hospital to community.
If there are issues you wish to be raised at the Devon PEN or you have concerns generally, please email me at Jacqui.blackmore@carastonhall.com


Lorna Turner, Court House Care

Business Expertise

I am a co-owner of two businesses; The Fruit Tree for Business and Court House Care Services. I have over 20 years of experience in business development initially in the private sector, before moving on more recently to working primarily with social enterprises, ethical businesses and the voluntary sector.

The Fruit Tree for Business is a partnership with Debbie Stewart. We provide business advice, training and consultancy services primarily for social businesses, social enterprises, and charities that are trading within Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. We have both set up and run various businesses in the past 15 years. This hands-on real experience is of tremendous value to our clients.

My other business is a residential care home. I am a co-director of Court House Care Services (Devon) Ltd with my partner, Marcus Lyward. His background is in the Care Sector and along with my business skills, plus a great manager and some fabulous staff, we have a growing social business.

I want to represent social enterprises and provide feedback from the PEN group to them. Social enterprises are an important and growing part of the health and social care sector and the emerging social enterprises struggle to understand how to engage with the wider sector and the County Council.

Contact details:
Lorna@the-fruit-tree.co.uk 077731 47758


Marilyn Spencer, Estuary League of Friends

Voluntary Sector

I joined Estuary League of Friends, a local charity who for over 30 years been continuously working to improve quality of life and care in their local community. I have a background in HR and Employability/Disability Awareness Training; which included running a Job Club at another local Charity for clients on the Autism spectrum. In my current role I develop community activities and awareness for Estuary League of Friends, feeding insights and partnership opportunities into the new Topsham Community Hub development plans. I represent the voluntary sector in my role with the Provider Engagement Network.

Contact details: marilyn.spencer@estuaryleague.org


Debbie Avery, Westbank

Voluntary Sector

I am able to offer as a PEN representative the following:
• A good understanding of health and social care issues with 18 years experience working within the social care sector and latterly 10 years experience working within Westbank. This has therefore enabled me to have insight and connection of both the voluntary aspect of service delivery alongside the health & social care agenda.

• Knowledge and understanding of how engagement with providers is key to the planning of future services.

• Experience of working as part of a consortium and/or partnership arrangements with other voluntary sector providers – this includes being the lead organisation and as delivery partner of a consortium.

• Past and recent experience of undertaking the voluntary representative role on various PEN networks eg Devon Strategic Partnership Group, Care Act Provider Group.

Westbank offers a variety of diverse services to the local community, across Devon and also nationwide and is therefore well placed to fully understand and appreciate the complexities of the health and social care arena in the market place.

Contact details: debbie.avery@westbank.org.uk


Residential Care Representatives

George Coxon, Classic Care Homes

Residential Care, South Devon

I am trained in mental health nursing in the north east leaving to relocate to the southwest immediately upon qualifying. I worked in numerous clinical roles as a CPN in the Exeter area then trainer, manager, psychotherapist and health authority mental health advisor in Bristol. I then before worked as an NHS senior commissioner in Devon for all areas of health care including stroke, cardiac surgery, ambulance services and specialist commissioning. My final two roles in the NHS were as senior manager for end of life care then senior project lead at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton responsible for income realisation.

I became a care home owner in 2005 with the first of 2 non-nursing care homes. I retain my nurse registration and have part time jobs as specialist advisor to Nursing in Practice and also national chair of the MHNA (Mental Health Nurse Association).

Being a PEN representative is useful to influence plans, policy and processes regarding joint working between commissioners and providers. Through this group we are able to reflect the issues, positives and pressures affecting providers. This group also keeps me informed of news and changes that are afoot and gives me an opportunity to share these onward and outward.

Contact details:
george1coxon@gmail.com 07825 702184


Kerry Turton, Malvern Group

Residential Care, North Devon

Kerry has worked in the Care sector for 20 years, during which time she has developed significant knowledge and a wide range of transferrable skills. She joined the Malvern Group in March 2018 as Registered Manager for the Meadows, bringing with her over 12 years of Management experience gained in different settings, but predominantly involving complex and/or behaviours of concern.
She is particularly knowledgeable and skilled in the field of Dementia and received an award for outstanding achievement for dementia services in the community by training over 400 people in dementia awareness sessions, using her own training package free of charge. Her achievement was recognised by the Alzheimer’s society.
Kerry’s knowledge in this area will be particularly valuable across the group with any of our Service Users whether with Learning Disabilities or Mental Health Diagnoses, who may also subsequently develop Dementia.


Barnaby Griffiths, Vision

Residential Care, East Devon

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Richard Buswell, Asher Care and Kahanah Care

Residential Care, South

Before we bought a Residential Home I spent many years in finance management, including working for Devon County Council. Along with my colleague Alistair, we represent other residential sector Providers in the South area. Asher Care is a home for 25 persons, and we focus on adult residential, elderly and those with mental health challenges.

The business relationship with Devon County Council can be challenging but we believe in communicating and negotiating with them, to improve understanding and fairness, and to influence the direction of travel in local care provision. We are keen to involve other Providers and understand and represent their concerns to the County Council.

Contact details: admin@ashercare.co.uk
Role shared between Richard Buswell & Alistair Whitmore-Pryer.


Alistair Whitmore-Pryer, Asher Care and Kahanah Care

Residential Care, South

I have been running care homes for 35 years, and have currently invested in Asher Care, Newton Abbot (25 Elderly/Mental Health), and own Kahanah Care, Miramar, Exmouth (14 Mental Health), and Dene Court Exeter, (28 Elderly). Richard and I share responsibility for representing Providers of residential care in the South Area, and we do this through the PEN (Provider Engagement Network) joint meetings with the County Council. While those meetings can be candid and challenging, they are important to challenge and inform.

Contact details: admin@ashercare.co.ukRole shared between Richard Buswell & Alistair Whitmore-Pryer.


Community Regulated

John Powell, Unicare

Community Regulated, South

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Pauline Hilton, Devon & Cornwall Care

Community Regulated, North

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Therese Timberlake, United Response

Community Regulated, East

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Community Unregulated

Gary Kent, New Key

Community Unregulated, South

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Carol Barkwell

Community Unregulated, North

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Ruth Wells, Headway Devon

Community Unregulated, East

I am the Chief Executive Officer of Headway Devon. We work to ensure better outcomes for people who have an acquired brain injury. We run social care services in the community, centres for a range of rehabilitative activities in a sociable environment, support for carers and a lovely building which we hire out. I have a background in leadership in mental health and arts in health and I’ve been working in Devon since 2012 when I moved here from the Midlands. I’m secretly a brummie!

I wanted to be a PEN representative for the Unregulated Sector, Exeter and East for a number of reasons. I believe that although there is always more networking to do, I am known to many of you. I am passionate about providers having a voice and I believe in grassroots leadership; PEN representation ensures this. I am comfortable in roles of critical friend and from a selfish perspective I really enjoy getting to know people and organisations and this gives me a prime opportunity to spend time with more of you.

Do contact me at any time by emailing me at ruth@headwaydevon.org.uk or by phoning 01392 211822. I’m more than happy to meet to discuss concerns. I’m also keen to support our busy sector by emailing you when pertinent topics arise at PEN so do drop me a line and let me know what you want to hear about. I’ll do my very best to support you all to make the most of your influencing and consultative opportunities. Please get in touch.


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