The Co-operative Care team consists of the Board of Directors, Paid Staff and Volunteers.
Board of Directors
Dr Richard Murgatroyd (Chair)
I am a long-standing resident of the Colne Valley, Labour Councillor for Golcar Ward, Kirklees and an experienced community and environmental activist. I worked as a college History teacher for many years, but have also undertaken roles spanning local government, trade unionism, working in the charity sector, small business and in universities.
I have direct experience of promoting the co-operative sector at a community level and I am very interested in the potential of local, place-based co-ops to transform lives and opportunities. These skills have enabled me to play a leading role in initiating the Valley Care project, developing policy, messaging and communication, liaising with decision-makers and engaging with the community.
Dorothea AnnisonMy professional profile on LinkedIn
I have spent my working life in the public and third sectors. My focus has been on making services work better for people. This has involved a variety of jobs including housing adviser, neighbourhood management, community participation, grants management and policy development.
I have been a trustee of charities including WomenCentre, who manage contracts and have a professional staff team and Huddersfield Thespians an entirely volunteer run drama group.
I am currently using my knowledge of governance and management to support local organisations to obtain the Quality for Health standard. I got involved in this cooperative as I believe we can do better for older people and have had experience with my own parent’s care needs. I would like to see a time when getting good care does not depend on having family members able to advocate but is available to all who need it as a human right.
Graham Mitchell (Society Secretary)My professional profile on LinkedIn
I have diverse experience and skills both in the private and third sectors, including business start-up, sales and marketing, project management, business management and development, and strategic planning.
I have particular skills in strategy, business development, IT, design, web development and content. I am a strong advocate for cooperative/collaborative solutions and business models, resulting from experiencing firsthand the positive impact that co-operatives make over a 30+ year career in the co-operative economy.
Janet Walters (Treasurer)My professional profile on LinkedIn
I have lived in Marsden for 25 years and work locally as a solicitor. I am a Quaker, a human rights activist and an environmentalist. I currently co-chair Sanctuary Kirklees an organisation supporting and welcoming refugees and asylum seeker to the area and am the Treasurer for Amnesty Kirklees, a local branch of Amnesty International.
In the last 7 years, I have been actively involved in the procurement and monitoring of care services for my parents which has led me to become committed to the establishment of CCCV for the benefit of my local community.
Sarah Nunns (Team Manager)
I have over 25 years of experience within care services, having worked for Kirklees Council for 22 of those and been a Care Quality Commission Registered Manager since 2003.
I have had various roles within this time starting off my carer as a night support worker in a residential care setting to most recently, a Service Manager position within Community Plus.
I have worked within mainstream residential, Dementia residential, Learning disability respite, Physical Disabilities, Day centres, Community support, Learning disability employment and Children’s respite and have looked after care services.
This has enabled me to build up a vast knowledge of Provider and Community Service, make good strong support and information connections, and have an expert understanding of our regulatory bodies and their expectations.
I believe strongly that care workers should be recognised and valued for the difficult yet rewarding role they do and that people that require care and support services should be protected from harm, treated with dignity and respect and be valued members of our communities. I will work with CCCV to ensure that this at the foundation of everything we create, everything we share and everything we provide.
At home I have a love of music (all types), Police/crime series, travelling abroad (hot countries only) and Formula 1.
I have lived in the Colne Valley for the last 20 years, and have been actively involved in supporting community-run groups through fundraising and as chairperson for a charitable preschool. I became involved in the care co-operative to address the shortfalls in the current system of domiciliary care provision.
I am a regional manager for a national care provider of residential and community care services and it is my responsibility to ensure the services deliver quality person-centred care. Prior to this, I spent 15 years as an inspector of health and social care services. My knowledge and experience of the provision and regulation of care will support the co-operative in providing high quality truly person-centred care.
I strongly believe that care workers should be valued for the difficult yet rewarding role they do and I will work with cooperative members to ensure carers are provided with sufficient training, favourable remuneration, support and career development opportunities.
Veronika Susedkova (Co-opted Director)My professional profile on LInkedIn
I live in Slaithwaite and have been involved in local community life for several years in many ways. I have been working in the third sector alongside organisations such as local hospice, community-based projects supporting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants and The Welcome Centre – local food bank provider.
I currently work for WomenCentre – a local women only charity offering mental health and wellbeing support.
I am an experienced trainer and advisor, facilitator, campaigner, advocate, organiser, coordinator, networker, data analyst & visualiser and feminist. I work with others to challenge injustices and strive to be the change I want to see.
Tracy McHugh (Founder Member and Director)
I was born in the Colne Valley and returned aged 19 after moving around with my family, as my Dad was in the Royal Navy. I have spent most of my working life in the care sector. Having worked for a number of providers over the years I set my own private care business.
I have personally witnessed the decline in care service provision and employment opportunities for dedicated carers over the years and became a founder member of CCCV because I believe that we can create a service that provides a much better experience for both client and carer.
Sue Richards (Nominated Individual)
I have had a 35 year career in social care, starting as a care assistant and progressing to the level of service director in the local authority. I am a qualified social worker – my practice days mainly spent in learning disability services.
I have held responsibility for a budget in excess of £100 million. I have also held responsibility adult safeguarding and domestic homicide reviews.
My responsibilities over the years have been wide ranging, including all regulated services for adults and some regulated services for children.
I am passionate about supporting people to lives the lives they want -even up to the end of their lives. Over the last few years it has become increasingly apparent to me that preventative services that help people maintain independence as part of a social network is crucial in supporting individuals need for social care. The more peoples lives shrink the more likely they are to be dependent on social care. When people need more support from services it is important that individuals and their families are able to shape and have control over the high quality they deserve.
My other passion is for the opportunities that integration affords in improving outcomes. Integration not only with health and social care but also maximising the benefits of partnerships with the voluntary and community sector.
At home I have a love for gardening and walking but I also love to travel in England and abroad. I am lucky enough to have a motorhome which makes the possible. In recent years I have taken up golf which keeps me busy in my spare time.