The Association’s AGM was held on 20th June 2018 at IP City in Ipswich and was attended by 32 members.

A copy of the minutes and report from the Chair and Financial report will shortly be available along with a copy of the draft minutes on the membership section of the web site (

The meeting said a fond farewell to Hilary Gibbs who stood down as Chair after 12 years at the helm since inception of the Association.  A vote of thanks was made by Prema Dorai and Hilary was presented with a bouquet of flowers and garden gift vouchers as a token of appreciation for all her sterling and hard work on behalf of the sector during her tenure as Chair. We wish her a very long and happy retirement.

At the meeting the following were appointed to the

SAICP Steering Group for 2018/19.

Note: Two providers requested, and it was agreed to have a shared representation on the Steering Group to ensure continued representation within the Association and at meetings in the coming year.

Prema Dorai (CHAIR) Cardinal Healthcare Nursing, domiciliary and day services
Alicia Wright (Joint VICE-CHAIR) Fuchsia Homecare Domiciliary
Helen Fairweather (Joint VICE-CHAIR) Headway Suffolk Day and domiciliary services (specialist brain injury and acquired neurological conditions)
Emma John The Partnership in Care Residential and Nursing
Rachel Fitton The Partnership in Care Residential and Nursing
Adrian Fairburn Cardinal Healthcare Nursing, domiciliary and day services
Mary Hunt Beyea Care Domiciliary
David Finch/Sam Smy Cephas Domiciliary and supported living (voluntary service)
Simon Gibbs Stowcare Residential service
Sarah Kopferschmitt The Seckford Foundation Very supported living and residential care services
Andy Weight/Debbie McKenzie Versacare Live-in care services
Graham Gibbs The Paddocks LD Residential service
Paul Hayman/Denise Frost J and M Care Domiciliary
Vinay Patel KRG Healthcare Residential services
Matthew King Healthcare Homes Nursing and Residential services

If you wish to contact any of the above, please email:

Prema Dorai who has served as Vice Chair of the Association for the last 12 years was voted-in unanimously as Chair of the Association for the coming year.  As Hilary stood down Prema assumed the chair for the remainder of the meeting and gave her inaugural address:

“Thank you for entrusting me with the Chairmanship of the SAICP for the next year.  I hope to continue the excellent work and tireless commitment that Hilary has given us for the past 13 years.  She made significant inroads in our engagement with ACS as well as the local CCGs and we are better informed now than we ever were.  Hilary will be a hard act to follow but I can only assure you that I will do my best to represent the views of our very varied membership.

The post AGM programme was hosted by Attwells Solicitors (to whom the Association is very grateful) and Lloyd Clarke gave a very detailed and informative talk on: 

GDPR – Pragmatic Advice: Dispelling the myths.

Download a copy of Lloyd’s presentation by clicking on the following link: GDPR

We were then given an update on the implementation of the Residential and Nursing Strategy within ACS at Suffolk County Council followed by a demo of the new Provider Portal which ACS are hoping to roll out in 2019.  

ACS will be circulating further information and an update on both of the above in the coming weeks. 

Finally, Barclays Bank gave a presentation on the Ten Top Tips for raising funding in the care sector before the delegates enjoyed a welcome buffet lunch.  

Thank you to all the speakers and the members who attended this year’s AGM.