Our Trustees & Directors
Kate Blake: Director of Operations, Co-Founder and Trustee
Formerly a nurse, Kate has extensive personal experience of being involved at the front end of caring for many years and in many different settings and care pathways.
Kate has a thorough all round knowledge regarding changing Government Legislation, Health and Social Care Directives and Policies and therefore, fully appreciates how they really impact on people.
She is a motivated and passionate campaigner that works tirelessly to improve the nursing and care that all our frail and vulnerable people receive. In the expectation that they will all be treated with the respect, dignity, compassion and with the kindness they so truly deserve.
Her strong research skills are a major asset for the Edith Ellen and she also has a successful fundraising track record.
David Sparkes: Co-Founder
David has a strong background in the provision of care, most recently, championing the health and wellbeing of older people as a Facilitator for a local involvement network (LINk) and also in his former capacity as day services coordinator for a local charity.
With a strong interest and emphasis on older people’s health and social care issues and the need to develop effective Dementia services, David continues to support older people through his voluntary work within the third sector.
David also has extensive experience of supporting seldom heard from communities and is completely focused on ensuring that all services are delivered fairly and equitably and fully respect people’s diverse needs.
David experienced first-hand all the demands and expectations on care providers from his time as a partner in an EMI registered residential care home. He was responsible for recruitment, induction, training, appraisals and managing business finances.
Anastasia Paul: Director of Social Media and Online Marketing, Trustee
Anastasia joined the Edith Ellen Foundation in 2015 as our Social Media Guru, growing our presence across the Social Media Platform.
Anastasia comes from a background in Healthcare having worked in safeguarding children and safeguarding older people over a 21-year career path.
Anastasia’s vision for the Edith Ellen Foundation is to see us develop a complex accredited training programme to ensure best practice throughout the care sector and to see a change in how healthcare workers are certified. The big vision, – for the bigger picture.
Her capacity to utilise social media to capture the voice of people in nursing and care has helped the Edith Ellen to gain a clear insight into the problems facing people who need supporting.
Craig Hayes: Director of Training, Trustee
Craig, is a retired Veteran who built up his consultancy Training in bespoke Training Courses having worked for the MOD and IBM.
Craig also brings the experience of running training for The Leonard Cheshire Foundation promoting a More Caring Approach.
Craig brings to the Edith Ellen over 26-years’ experience in Training and Consultancy and a vast understanding of bespoke Training from the Business and Care Industries.