Fiona Chan – Chair (nee Bateman)
Fiona Chan is an experienced solicitor with expert knowledge of health and social care law and safeguarding responsibilities having worked in this field since 2003. She has advised and represented clients in public and private law challenges relating to social care responsibilities. She has also advised on the implementation of multi-agency joint working agreements for integrated health and social care provision and was recognised for innovation as a finalist for the Local Government’s Young Lawyer of the Year in 2013.
Since January 2014 she has worked as an Independent Chair to Safeguarding Adults Boards, gaining experience in strategic planning and quality assurance work. Within this role she has also commissioned, written and chaired safeguarding adults reviews in line with ‘Learning Together’ and other review models.
She has designed and delivered legal framework training programmes since 2006 to delegates from public, private and voluntary sectors on a wide range of topics including social care responsibilities, safeguarding, NHS Continuing Healthcare, Housing, Immigration, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, the Human Rights Act and Equality Act obligations.
Fiona is delighted to support CASCAIDr as a founding trustee director. She passionately believes that, if properly implemented, the Care Act 2014 provides a sustainable social care system that is fair and focused on personal wellbeing. She has seen at first hand how those receiving care, providing care and social care practitioners flourish when supported to make lawful, defensible decisions.
Aidan Pollitt – Shadow Chair
Aidan Pollitt is an experienced and creative social care practitioner and business development leader with specialist knowledge in operational management, training, human resources and service design, having worked within adults’ and children’s social care organisations for almost 35 years. His career spans operational social care provision, management and training and since 2014 he has worked as an independent Care Act trainer and business consultant to residential childcare homes.
More recently he has been contributing to social care services through provision of social care business consultancy and through higher level legal training for social care and health commissioners, assessors and providers for the Social Care Institute for Excellence specialising in current legislation including the Care Act 2014, The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and other relevant Health Service legislation. He has a particular interest in delivering safeguarding training, and acts part time as an Independent Mental Health Advocate on behalf of Healthwatch Halton.
Aidan has welcomed the opportunity to support CASCAIDr as our new Shadow Chair. He is dedicated to solutions that focus on personalised health and social care outcomes for people. He’s a great fit for our organisation because he believes that good communication, creative commissioning and sharp administration, coupled with a diligent attention to people’s rights and public bodies’ legal obligations are cornerstones to the delivery of a high standard of social and health care services practice and governance.
Alice Diver is a Senior Lecturer in Law with LJMU, Liverpool. Originally from Quebec, she moved to N Ireland in 1979 and has worked as a lecturer in law since 1993 (NWRC, Ulster University). She has published widely on legal issues relating to human rights law and social justice. Prior to entering academia she practised as a solicitor (Conveyancing and Probate) in Northern Ireland for 4 years. She gained her PhD from Ulster University in 2012, and has served as a Board member/Trustee for a number of charitable organisations in Northern Ireland since 2010, in the fields of social housing and kinship care.
Antony is an Operations Manager and Director who has worked in the private, voluntary/charitable sector and Local Government for the last 20 years.
He has a thorough knowledge of social enterprise, community development, developing Social Capital, Time Banking, Independent Support Planning, Direct Payments and Brokerage.
Currently he is the Director of Operations for a medium sized (circa £7m turnover) Domiciliary Care Agency – managing all aspects of the business, including Human Resources, contract management, negotiation, growth, development and strategy.
He is an experienced Local Government/NHS Strategic Commissioner/ Manager and has led procurement exercises valued at over £11m, redesigning Care at Home services, Information and Advice, and Direct Payments Support services.
Training is also a passion for Antony and he has trained many local authorities in the Care Act 2014, specialising in Adult Social Care Commissioning and Direct Payments. He also trains providers and carers in Person Centred Approaches.
Antony has developed user-led organisations from initial vision, through consultation, to delivery. He has managed user-led services in the voluntary sector, and is currently sitting on the board for the user-led co-operative the Oxfordshire Wheel.
Most of his working life has been in the public and charitable sectors; however, everything he has ever done has followed the philosophy and belief of empowerment, innovation, equal opportunities and hard work.
Nichola has developed a career with/in the voluntary sector and specifically in supported housing, care and support. She undertook a Masters degree at Southbank University in Charity Fundraising and Marketing and then took on a role as Chief Executive at ROCC, an umbrella body for Housing and Support. Part of the role involved helping providers prepare for the potential and impact of personalisation, in care and support.
In 2010 she decided to form a partnership with a vision of providing a cost-effective or free resource for individuals who provide care and support. This vision developed and became refined to become an online resource for both those providing and requiring care and support – now known as You’re the Boss.
A key offering of that organisation has been to help individuals navigate through the plethora of information, regulations and law surrounding care, giving online information in a simple and straight forward manner, and where appropriate referring the public to relevant agencies and sources of advice. Its purpose therefore chimes with the more specialist focus of CASCAIDr, with regard to upholding people’s legal rights, once they’ve found out what they actually are.
In addition to You’re the Boss, Nichola runs Conict, which provides consultancy, training and support to the Housing, Care and Support sector. The work that Conict undertakes is very fulfilling as it enables her to support a wider category of organisations still crucially important in the provision of social care. She has worked with various Local Authorities on developing their strategic review processes for streamlining and rationalising supported housing services in their area.
Rob is an experienced consultant, with over 20 years of experience providing finance systems services to corporate organisations and public services. He graduated from Manchester University with a Masters degree in 1996 and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1999. His early career was spent in financial management roles for engineering companies (Kvaerner & Skanska) and also the BBC where he specialised in implementing financial management controls and systems.
Rob became an independent consultant in 2007 and has over 10 years experience providing independent consultancy and advisory services to commercial organisations. He has held director roles for the past six years.
Rob is pleased to bring his accountancy knowledge and breadth of experience managing companies’ finances to this role. He is committed to supporting the work of CASCAIDr to deliver its mission to help people get their full legal rights to care and support services.
If you have a proactive approach to Trusteeship and some valuable skills or expertise, and would like to offer your services to CASCAIDr, please get in touch with Fiona Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org