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The Great Caldy Caper – Winning Story
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Jean is a Controller for Unilever Food Solutions, the specialist foodservice arm of Unilever, manufacturer of well-known brands such as PG Tips Tea, Flora Spread, Colman’s Mustard, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Knorr Stocks.
Jean’s 20+ years’ experience in the food industry is a successful blend of marketing and sales, combined with leading teams and developing talent.
Recently she lead the development of Unilever Food Solutions strategy and action plan for Elderly Care Operators, inspired by creating meaningful occasions for all! Jean became an active Trustee in 2016.
My career in health and social care spans 30 years. My work has mostly focused on care homes for older people. I began by providing care and support to people living in care homes before moving into leadership and management of care home managers, working with statutory services, opening new care homes, leading projects to transfer groups of people out of old and into new care settings, training in dementia care and assessing care quality through audit and investigation are among some of the specialisms with which I have experience.
It is fabulous to see the changes that have taken place within care home services – especially in terms of meeting intellectual needs. The most successful services understand the importance of providing opportunities that help people remain engaged with ‘life’. Participating in fun and interesting things to do every day.
Much of my work has been in developing the quality of life for people who live with dementia. As well as training care teams in the provision of dementia care I introduced the Bucks Dementia Care Forum. This is a forum that provides an educational and supportive resource for anyone involved with or affected by dementia.
I am a social worker by profession with a post graduate diploma in dementia studies, an advanced dementia care mapping certificate and training qualification with Dementia Matters.
My 30+ year career in health and social care is about changing hearts and minds to achieve quality of life for older people. NAPA is my favourite charity as it is small and inspirational with extraordinary influence. Activity organisers are hidden gems in the care world and NAPA created them.
My privilege was to know its founder, the late Margaret Butterworth in the 1980’s. I saw her spot ‘activity’ as being key to creating energy in a care home, where institutionalisation was accepted. She had courage, determination, imagination, energy and they shine through NAPA’s amazing team today. What a legacy!
Suzanne’s has had a successful career in Social Work and Management, she qualified as a social worker in 1985 and specialised and majored in Management and Counseling. Suzanne is a Care Home Director, with extensive knowledge and experience in managing multi-site operations. She has an excellent track record of growing and developing care home businesses, achieving KPI targets and improving services.
Suzanne is acknowledged as a successful leader who has been able to develop and motivate others and lead by example. She believes in creating a working environment where strong teams and effective communication are vital in promoting staff loyalty and retention.
On top of this she has been an active Trustee board member of NAPA (National Association for providers of Activities for older people). She has dealt with peoples’ problems, from all walks of life, and working with them, is where Suzanne found her passion.
Narinder is the Managing Director of MiHomecare, a national provider of homecare services to elderly people who need help and support whether due to old age, illness or disability.
Narinder has worked at a senior level in Health and Social Care for 10 years, joining Bupa Care Homes following a successful career in retail.
Familiar with the challenges of providing meaningful activities for the elderly in care homes, Narinder became a trustee in 2014.
For over 25 years Julian has worked within some of the London’s most renowned design agencies helping clients with their brand communication challenges.
In recent years he’s been working in the third sector helping clients to communicate complex issues as well as raising awareness of their mission and objectives.
On top of his charity work he’s also providing design consultancy services for governmental agencies such as Healthwatch and Monitor.