Our Trustees

Our Trustees

Kate Blake: 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.

Kate has also worked with the Audit Bureau of Circulations, where, as an Account Manager, she helped to raise the consistency of certification for the Free Distribution Sector, in the UK Newspapers and Magazines Industry. She introduced an industry’s quality benchmark and set up training workshops which had the key benefit of new standards in communications, reporting and operations between the Bureau and its members.

Her strong research skills are a major asset for the Foundation and she also has a successful fundraising track record.

Her capacity to utilise social media to capture the voice of people in nursing and care has helped the Foundation to gain a clear insight into the problems facing people who need supporting.

Her vision is for the Edith Ellen Holistic Carer Givers, who are recognised, supported, acclaimed and certified throughout their career for their Holistic Kindness in Care.

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 in particular 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.

Formerly, David experienced at first-hand all the demands and expectations placed 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.

In December 2015 David took the difficult decision to step down from the Board of Trustees, to be able to devote his fulltime attention to running his family’s business. It is with sadness that we no longer have his direct involvement, but the Foundation fondly, sincerely and respectfully acknowledges his rightful role in setting up this legacy and charity for everyone in care. The Foundation hopes that sometime in the future, should the opportunity arise, that we might be able to welcome him back.

Anastasia Paul: Trustee

Introducing Anastasia Paul. Ana has joined the Edith Ellen Foundation in 2015 as our Training and Development Manager.

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.