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.

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Board of Directors

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. Mark is Chair of the OACP Board.

Lynda Gardner

Lynda Gardner, Managing Director of Oxford Aunts and Director of OACP

Lynda is Managing Director of Oxford Aunts, which provides innovative live-in care as an alternative to residential or nursing care.

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.

Edwina Johnston

Edwina Johnston, Chief Executive of Choice Care Group and Director of OACP

Edwina is CEO at Choice Care Group. She is a Chartered Accountant and has substantial experience in leading financial institutions. 

Jamie Miller

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

Mary Parslow

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Mary is Advisor to the Director of Service Delivery at Response Organisation with extensive experience of mental health services in residential and in community settings.

Jill Timms

Jill is a Registered Nurse with a wide experience of managing care homes with nursing. She has worked as a Quality Assurance Manager for a small group of residential and nursing care homes at Peverel Court Care, all rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Jill is also a self employed Care Consultant and brings wide ranging and in-depth knowledge of the care sector to OACP.

Staff 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.

Jane Wood: Project Co-ordinator

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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.

Hannah Cantellow

Hannah is a highly proficient IT user, excellent with both Mac and Windows, and highly competent in a broad range of computing packages and social media platforms. Hannah joined OACP in October 2017.

Kathy Thomas: Associate Trainer

Kathy joined OACP in June 2015. Kathy brings high level organisational skills, business knowledge and training expertise to OACP.

Liz Pride: Associate Trainer

Photograph of Liz Pride, Training Manager

Liz is an experienced and respected trainer with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Liz started with OACP in July 2015 and leads our respected ILM-accredited Leadership and Management training.