Martin Jones, Home Instead CEO, appointed chair of Homecare Association

Home Instead UK chief executive Martin Jones has been appointed chair of the Homecare Association, replacing CEO of senior living at Pacific Investments Dominique Kent.

As well as the appointment of Jones at a meeting of the board of directors on Thursday (13 October), Mario Abajo Menguez, CEO at Clece Care, and Lucy Campbell, CEO at Right at Home, were appointed vice chairs, while John Rennison, CEO at 1st Homecare, becomes treasurer and Polly Munyeza, owner and registered manager at Support Unlimited UK, is honorary secretary.

New board members also include Paula Beaney, of Promedica24, Mitch Miller of Ashridge Home Care, Sharon Lowrie of Be Caring, and Andrew Needham of Trinity Homecare.

As well as Kent, Roger Booker, Sarah Leskinen-Keel, Caleb Atkins, and Lesley Megarity are standing down.

Jones said: ‘With about 2,300 members nationally, the Homecare Association takes a lead in shaping homecare, in collaboration with partners across the care sector, and provides hands-on support and practical tools for its members.

‘Our government is focusing on economic growth. Wealth is dependent on health and it is important to enable people to remain well and economically active if they wish. Keeping people out of hospital, ensuring they can access diagnosis and treatment in the NHS in a timely manner if needed, and supporting them to return home from hospital if admitted, are dependent on availability of good quality home-based support and care.

‘We must continue to make the case for investing in homecare to enable us all to live well at home and flourish in our communities.’