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.

Felicity Jefferis-Boyd

Flic is the Deputy Finance Director at Orders of St John Care Trust and is a qualified accountant with experience of finance system transformation and operational restructuring.

Katy Trueman

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Katy is Director and Manager of Enable Health Ltd, a local home care provider that has delivered care services in Oxfordshire since 2013.

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.

Matt Jones

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Matt is Chief Executive of Guideposts Trust providing social prescription, day opportunities, carer services across a range of individual needs including learning disability, mental health and autism neuro-degenerative  diseases.

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.

Core Team

Eddy McDowall: Chief Executive

Eddy has worked in adult social care for over 30 years, 26 of them in local government 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

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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 is our Project Manager, who successfully set up and led our Trusted Assessor Service before leading our delivery of the BOB-wide Better Security Better Care programme funded by Digital Social Care  via RNHA


Jane Wood: Marketing Manager

Jane leads our engagement. She has an extensive design and marketing background, as well as knowledge and experience of working in the business and voluntary sectors. She leads the design and publication of Talking Care and Proud to Care Oxfordshire development.

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.