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Meet the Board

WCS Care is a registered charity which has a Board of Directors who are also the charity's trustees. They are not paid for their services (although they may receive reasonable expenses) and provide their time on a voluntary basis.

The Board's primary role is to agree the strategic direction of the organisation, ensure policies, plans and resources are in place to achieve strategic objectives and monitor progress against them. It ensures the organisation is compliant with statutory legislation, contractual requirements and that risk management is a high priority throughout the organisation. The Board delegates day-to-day management of activities to the Chief Executive and the Executive Team.

Adrian Levett


Adrian joined the Board in September 2015. Between 2006 and 2013, Adrian ran his own business helping organisations manage change effectively, with a particular focus on strategic development. Before that, he was Head of Trading Standards for a local authority and has over 30 years of experience in the public sector. He has taken part in the 'Experts by Experience' project for WCS Care by Age UK and, having had relatives live in a WCS Care home, understands the relative's experience.

Adrian wants people to understand that residential care is better than remaining at home lonely and isolated, and for their relatives to support that, so everyone can live their lives with purpose and dignity. He is helping WCS to be the very best example for that to become a reality.

Jayne Matthews

Vice Chair

Jayne joined WCS Care's Board in July 2019. Inspired by her caring mother to give back to society, Jayne became a trustee to contribute to the care of others. She brings her risk management experience to WCS to support the charity to take considered risks in order to remain innovative.

She is a Chartered Quality Professional and a Certified Member of the Institute of Risk Management.

Mark Andrews

Mark joined the WCS Care Board as a Trustee in November 2017. His career in Financial Services spans over 40 years including over 30 with one of the UK’s largest banking groups.

Mark believes every resident should be given the opportunity to live life to the full in a safe, caring environment. He's passionate about helping to make this a reality. Having loved ones who live in care homes in other parts of the country, Mark brings his experience of being a relative to his role at WCS.

Elizabeth Basten

Elizabeth joined WCS Care's Board of Trustees in September 2021, bringing over 25 years' experience of marketing and brand development in the for-profit sector, with a focus on innovation and growth.

Liz reached a point where she wanted to make more of an impact on changing things for the better - contributing to the world her children are growing up in and making them proud. Being part of the care sector became more poignant when she lost her mum and dad, experiencing first-hand the challenges families face. The possibility she can play even a small part in accelerating positive change in the care sector is very close to her heart.

Shân Dobinson

Shân joined WCS Care's Board in November 2020. She previously worked in the UK and overseas in the transport industry and, for the last 32 years, has run her own business.

Shân is particularly passionate about creating opportunities for working-age adults. She wants to challenge perceptions of adults with disabilities, emphasising their often-overlooked brilliant abilities.

Anthony Holt

Anthony, who is is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, joined the WCS Care Board in July 2022. His career in private residential development and the affordable housing sector spans over 28 years. Anthony is currently a Director at a large Midlands’ social landlord, responsible for property development, sales, sustainability, and asset maximisation.  

Anthony believes that care homes don't need to feel institutional and wants to help WCS continue its development of the De Hogeweyk care model in the UK.

Emma Ireson

Emma joined the WCS Care Board in July 2022. She is a qualified IT professional, with over 25 years of senior management experience. 

Emma has led large public and private sector transformation programmes, solving complex problems and aligning technologies to business challenges, while focusing on customer needs and outcomes. As a natural problem solver, Emma’s passionate about leveraging technology to ensure residents feel at home and live each day to the fullest.

Alison Last

Alison joined our Board in April 2018. A Chartered Physiotherapist, Alison has spent many years in the NHS working clinically as a physiotherapist, as well as a manager of therapy services. She is currently in a senior NHS leadership role, using feedback from patients and carers to learn and develop service improvements.

Alison joined WCS after seeing and feeling the fantastic care for her Dad by WCS, which she’s thankful for. She’s passionate about supporting people to give the best dignified and respectful care.

Roger Merchant

Roger previously served as WCS Care's audit partner from 1997. He joined the Board and assumed the position of Chair for the Finance Committee in 2017. His professional work for the charity established a personal affinity with the organisation's culture and innovative practices. Roger is determined to contribute to WCS's future ambitions by ensuring a strong financial foundation.

Roger also gives his time to several other charities and not-for-profit organisations including a museum, large social housing operator and a benevolent association.

Rebecca Warwick

Rebecca joined WCS Care’s Board of Trustees in January 2019. She's currently a consultant for a family company, offering strategic and financial support to a wide range of UK businesses.

Rebecca’s a mum first and foremost, and passionately believes that, given the right opportunities, people can astound themselves. She’s motivated by helping to make things better, for people or organisations and wants to support WCS and its team to succeed.

Nick Weatherburn

Nick brings over 20 years of experience in HR management to WCS Care after joining the Board in January 2019. He's previously led the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) in Birmingham and is currently Head of HR for a food and drinks logistics provider.

Nick is passionate about recognising the role of carers and ensuring there are opportunities for career progression at all levels of WCS Care.


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WCS Care Group
Head Office - Newlands
Whites Row
Kenilworth CV8 1HW
Registered charity number: 1012788
Registered in England (address above)
Registered company number: 2713150

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