About us

OACP is a membership organisation for all providers of adult social care in Oxfordshire.

Our members are from:

  • Care homes
  • Community support services
  • Home care
  • Voluntary Sector

We are a contact point for all social care providers and share and promote good practice through our networks and learning exchanges.

We provide information and advice on funding and business opportunities.

We provide training and development opportunities for your staff and your business.

We act as a representative body for providers within Oxfordshire, meeting with commissioners of services, and standing up for adult social care to promote your services.

We are improving communication between the Council and the Oxfordshire care sector.

We help develop the adult social care market in Oxfordshire and contribute to the commissioning and delivery of personalised services.

We offer existing providers advice about business opportunities and market conditions in Oxfordshire.

We will promote good news stories across a range of media channels to support a positive view of the sector.

Our strength is your involvement

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Board of Directors

Mike Corran: Chair

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Mike joined the OACP team in May 2021 as the Independent Chair. He previously had a 35-year career in retail banking with senior roles in procurement, leading major change programmes, building external partnerships and crisis management. Mike has lived in Oxfordshire for over 40 years. When he can, he likes to be active outdoors tending his garden, playing golf, umpiring hockey and cycling.

Chris Ingram

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Chris is CEO at Style Acre, an Oxfordshire-based provider of supported living services for people with a learning disability.

Jamie Miller

Jamie is CEO at Headway Oxfordshire and brings a wide-ranging knowledge of acquired brain injury and local NHS commissioning arrangements.

Liz Clements

Liz is Peripatetic Manager for Sanctuary Care in the Home Counties. Liz has an extensive track record of clinical leadership and end of life expertise and leads our End of Life Network.

Mark Collins

Mark Collins, Business Director for Oxford Private Care and Chair of OACP

Mark is Business Director at Oxford Private Care, a family-run business, and brings an understanding of domiciliary care delivery and wide-ranging business experience.

Patsy Just

Patsy is Operations Director at Orders of St John Care Trust, a large provider of care homes and extra care housing support across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Lincolnshire.

Steve Secgin

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Steve is Executive Director at Oxfordshire based Day And Nightcare Assistance and brings a wealth of experience in designing, developing and implementing new service openings for domiciliary care settings.

Core Team

Eddy McDowall: Chief Executive

Eddy has worked in local government for 26 years and also at Department of Health and Local Government Association. He has wide-ranging experience of leading partnership projects with diverse memberships.

Catherine Newport: Administrator

Catherine Newport

Cath is our Administrator and first contact for OACP. Cath is our go-to person for sorting out our IT issues and has excellent knowledge of all things Apple and Microsoft.

Fiona Florey: Project Manager

Fiona Florey is our Project Manager, leading on the Oxfordshire Trusted Assessor pilot.

This is funded by Oxfordshire County Council through Oxfordshire Social Care Partnership (OSCP).

Jane Wood: Marketing Manager

Jane leads our schools, and community engagement. She has extensive design and marketing background, as well as a knowledge and experience of working in the business and voluntary sectors. She leads design and publication of Talking Care.

External Consultants

Kathy Thomas: Associate Trainer

Kathy started working alongside OACP in June 2015. Kathy delivers front-line carer courses.

You can find out more here.

Lizz Lewis: Associate Trainer

Lizz is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Manager.

She delivers our clinical training and other key specialised training for registered care providers.

Liz Pride: Associate Trainer

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Liz is an experienced and respected trainer with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Liz started working alongside OACP in July 2015 and delivers management skills and training.

Staff Team

Diana Olszewska: Project Worker

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Diana joined OACP in April 2021 as a part of our Better Security Better Care team supporting care providers to complete the Digital Security Protection Toolkit.

Hannah Cantellow: Project Worker

Hannah is our Project Worker, working specifically on our Data security Protection Toolkit project bringing cyber security and NHS systems to our Thames Valley-wide care providers.

Lisa Leah: Project Worker

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Lisa joined OACP in April 2021 as a part of our Better Security Better Care team supporting care providers to complete the Digital Security Protection Toolkit.

Maria Ewulomi: Project Worker

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Maria joined OACP in April 2021 as a part of our Better Security Better Care team supporting care providers to complete the Digital Security Protection Toolkit.

Wider Team

Lynda Gardner: Senior Trusted Assessor

Lynda is a Registered Nurse and hugely experienced in the assessment and delivery of domiciliary care.

Lynda leads our Trusted Assessor pilot working with domiciliary care. This project is funded by Oxfordshire County Council

Kerry Huggett: Asst Trusted Assessor

Kerry Huggett

Kerry is part of our team supporting successful hospital discharge at the JR Hospital in Oxford.