Graham Mitchell (Chair)
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 (Secretary)
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.
Veronika Susedkova (Director)
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.
Stephanie Bradley (Director)
I live within the Colne Valley and work locally at a law firm as a Chartered Legal Executive, specialising in Private Client law. A big part of my job is working with our elderly community to offer support and legal advice in relation to their general affairs, and I see first-hand the need to support them further with their everyday life. That was a large factor in me wanting to become a board member with CCCV, so I could take on extra responsibility for the Co-Op to help ensure that it was well-run and working towards the purpose of offering a personalised care service which promoted independent living.
I am passionate about making a difference to our local community and look forward to contributing my ideas and knowledge to the future running of CCCV. Becoming involved with the organisation will allow me to use my skills in a different context compared to my role as a Lawyer, and I look forward to expanding my professional and personal network for the benefit of everyone involved.
Jean Parker (Director)
Finding home care for my disabled mother in Doncaster has given me much insight into the difficulties of finding the right kind of care. I am committed to helping CCCV develop a caring and sensitive service for both user members and staff.
I am a retired special needs teacher working with children with severe and profound needs. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in residential care and halfway houses in my early career.
As a special needs teacher, my focus was on communication, interaction and finding ways the children could live as independent and fulfilled lives as possible.
I have developed specialised training in this area, and have delivered training to many of the special schools in Kirklees. I have worked with the local charity Shabang and volunteered with the local foodbank and refugee charities. I have also been a school governor at Castle Hill Special School.
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 were 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 live 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 that people’s 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 this possible. In recent years I have taken up golf which keeps me busy in my spare time.
Tracy McHugh – Director
I am a founding member of Co-Operative Care Colne Valley. I joined the board because I have 10+ years of experience in Domiciliary Care. I saw first-hand how Health and Social Care failed in many ways. I have always had the belief that care needed to be as a non-profit sector.
It was great finding a like-minded set of people who had the drive to make it possible. I also have always dreamed of a person-centered care setting, as opposed to the current system of putting profits over people.