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UKHCA Appoints New Board Members and Officers

UNITED KINGDOM / AGILITYPR.NEWS / October 16, 2020 / Five new non-executive directors have been elected by members to the Board of United Kingdom Homecare Association, representing a diverse range of providers and geographies across the homecare sector.

The new representatives bring the Association’s board to its full-strength of 14 elected non-executive directors. At the same time, the organisation also thanks others leaving the board at the end of their term of office.

At the Association’s annual general meeting, held on 14 October 2020, UKHCA’s membership elected the following to the board:


  • Mario Abajo Menguez, Chief Executive Officer, Clece Care Services Ltd, representing UKHCA members with between four to twenty branches in England
  • Nancy Cross, director, Gofal Ystwyth Care Ltd, representing UKHCA members in Wales
  • Carolanne Mainland, Director of Operations, Highland Home Carers Ltd, representing UKHCA members in Scotland
  • Polly Munyeza, Registered Manager, Support Unlimited UK Ltd, representing UKHCA members with 3 branches or fewer
  • Martin Ross, Director of Care at Home, Care South, representing UKHCA members with 3 branches or fewer

Standing down from the board, with the Association’s warmest thanks for their work and support for UKHCA over recent years were:Roger Booker, UKHCA’s Vice-Chair

  • David Chalk, UKHCA’s Honorary Secretary
  • Lynn James, representing providers in England with three or fewer branches
  • Gavin Stedman-Bryce, representing providers in Scotland

At the Association’s board meeting on the following day, 15 October 2020, the following appointments were made from the Association’s non-executive directors:Max Wurr, Director of Policy and Communications, City & County Healthcare Group, appointed UKHCA’s vice-chair

  • Lesley Megarity, Chief Executive Officer, Domestic Care Group, appointed UKHCA’s Honorary Secretary

Dominique Kent continues to chair the Association and Mike Smith remains UKHCA’s Treasurer.

UKHCA’s Chair, Dominique Kent, said:

“It is a pleasure to welcome practising homecare providers to represent the sector across the UK. As a national professional association, UKHCA’s role is to provide strong leadership. It is essential that our strategic direction and governance is developed and overseen by members elected from within the diverse experience and knowledge of our membership.

“We are deeply grateful to all the homecare providers who devote their time and expertise to support the work of the Board and contribute to the future development of the organisation. I am particularly grateful for the contribution made by our colleagues standing down at the end of their periods of office this year.

“Whilst only five places were available for election this year, we received many more nominations for the board. We are delighted by the level of interest and would also like to thank each of the nominees for their desire to shape the future of the Association. We believe that this shows the high level of engagement from our membership with their national professional association. We are committed to enabling all our members to contribute to a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish, so people can live safely and well at home.”

About Us

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,100 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA’s members agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at www.ukhca.co.uk/codeofpractice.aspx.

Fourteen of UKHCA’s non-executive directors are elected by the membership of the association and serve for a period of three years. The Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Honorary Secretary are elected by the non-executive directors from within their number. The Association’s Chief Executive and Corporate Services Director are also non-executive directors. 

Twitter: @ukhca

Registered in England, No. 3083104.


Matthew Kiernan

Press Officer


United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd., Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

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