Meet the Team

Meet the My Home Life England Team

Tom Owen

Tom Owen

Director

Steph Thompson

Steph Thompson

Deputy Director

Jennifer Lindfield-Cross

Jennifer Lindfield-Cross

Senior Development Officer and Care Home FaNs Lead

John Gibbon

John Gibbon

Senior Development Officer and Care Home FaNs: Intergenerational Linking Lead

Emma Hollamby

Emma Hollamby

Senior Development Officer and Project Lead

Amy Simpkins

Amy Simpkins

Communications Officer

Saqib Khushnood

Saqib Khushnood

Administrator

Pamela Holmes

Pamela Holmes

Facilitator

Dr Ali Somers

Dr Ali Somers

Research Fellow - Care Home FaNs: Intergenerational Linking

Professor Janet Anderson

Professor Janet Anderson

Professor of Quality of Care of Older People - City, University of London

Most of our team work part-time but someone will always be available to help.

Our Associates

Our programmes are delivered by a network of highly experienced associates and the My Home Life England core team.

Our current associates are:

Ana Paula Nacif

Caroline Maries-Tillott

Dyllis Faife

Mandy Hetherton

Ed Washer

Anne Mason-Powell

Christine Fogg

Ed Watkinson

Oluwafunmilayo Vaughn

Suzy Webster

Annie Stevenson

Daniel Casson

Janet Hayes

Paul De La Haye

Becky Dunn

Danuta Lipinska

Jan Hennessy

Sarah Reed

Our Development Board

We are supported by a Development Board who provide great guidance, ideas and support, as well as an additional link into the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London.

Our current board members are:

Blesson Thomas

Blesson Thomas

A graduate of the My Home Life Professional Development and Support programme, Blesson manages an outstanding home for Fremantle Trust.

Blesson came to the UK as a qualified nurse in India, moving into social care and eventually a registered manager.

Outside of work Blesson has held national leadership roles within his church.

Catherine Holmes

Catherine Holmes

 Catherine works for a care home provider with national responsibility for lots of different areas including quality, focused support for people who have dementia, new projects and change programmes.

Prior to working for Anchor, Catherine worked for business link as a regional leader, offering advice and support for small and medium sized businesses.

Sheila Sorby

Sheila Sorby

Sheila joins the board whilst working as Associate Director of Nursing and Clinical for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS trust, having worked as a nurse for over 25 years in a number of different settings.

Throughout her career Sheila has worked alongside care homes, supporting projects relating to nursing in social care and collaborative approaches to learning together. Sheila brings personal and professional experience of care homes to the board.

Nick Acland

Nick Acland

Nick’s first involvement with MHL came when the Henry Smith Charity awarded My Home Life a five-year strategic grant in 2014. Nick has been the Director of the Henry Smith Charity (a grant making trust) since September 2012, having served as a Trustee of the Charity since 2007.

Prior to joining Smith’s full time, Nick’s career was in the commercial manufacturing sector. He held various general management positions in the specialist paper industry and most recently ran his own manufacturing business supplying the events and leisure industries.

Professor Janet Anderson

Professor Janet Anderson

Professor Janet Anderson is a psychologist specialising in improving the quality and safety of healthcare with a focus on older people and care homes. Her aim is to translate evidence into practice to benefit patients and residents.

Her research has resulted in numerous tools and guides for practitioners, including a framework for identifying teamwork behaviours, a guide to improvement through resilience systems, and a tool for evaluating learning from simulation training.

Current projects include using technology to bridge communication gaps in dementia care, understanding how teamwork behaviours in simulated practice affect outcomes, and investigating factors affecting team adaptive capacity in hospitals in six countries worldwide.

Matthew Such

Matthew Such

Matt is the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for leading a large professional administration team within the School of Health Sciences (SHS). He currently Chairs the My Home Life England Board.

Working with colleagues across City, University of London, Matt provides high-level management support for the effective operation of programmes and the associated student experience in the School. Matt is a member of the School Executive and Senior Management Team and supports the Dean with the strategic development of the School.

Matt has held senior roles in a wide variety of higher education departments, with experience of working for a Students’ Union, Registrar’s department, national complaints ombudsman and several Schools at City.

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