Keynote Speakers Schedule

Deborah Ivanova

Deborah Ivanova is the Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the London and South regions.  She was Head of Regional Compliance at CQC before she was appointed Head of Inspection for the South Region in 2014. She also worked at CQC's predecessors, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and National Care Standards Commission (NCSC).

Deborah spent five years working as a volunteer for Voluntary Service Overseas in Albania and Bulgaria, training staff and developing services for children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. During this time, she also worked as a consultant for Unicef in Macedonia considering how to improve the situation of children with disabilities.

As a qualified social worker, Deborah's previous posts include inspecting learning disability services in Gloucestershire and managing a residential service for people with disabilities coming out of long stay hospital. She was also a project worker in a respite service for children with disabilities and a care assistant in a children's home. Deborah remains on the Health and Care Professions Council register and has a BSocSc in Social Administration and Sociology, and a Masters of Social Work.

Speaking at: 10:05 - 10:50

Jonathan Cunningham MBE

Chair & FounderSTORM Care Managers Inner Circle

The Southwest Care Exhibition are excited to announce our headline speaker for 2020.

An inspirational speaker with expertise in the delivery of outstanding social care, crisis intervention, and excellent leadership, Jonathan Cunningham MBE is a highly successful entrepreneur, and business mentor.

Jonathan is also the owner of Rosebank Care Home, one of the top 1% of providers graded outstanding by CQC, and registered manager of Birkdale Park Nursing Home, experiencing first-hand the life of a care professional, and all that comes with it.

Speaking at: 11:00 - 11:45

Nadra Ahmed OBE DL

Chairman - National Care Association

• Nadra has been involved in the field of social care for over 30 years. Her background is in training and education, which has been the passion that drives her towards a quality service, underpinned and provided by a skilled workforce.
• Has been Chairman of NCA since 2001 and stepped down as a Trustee of Parkinson's UK in October 2018.
• Holds various positions within voluntary organisations, delivering services to vulnerable people in the community.
• Has been a member of a number of advisory committees in the DoH including a number at Ministerial level and served on government Taskforces.
• A regular contributor to journals and conferences and is frequently called upon by major media networks to represent the views of social care providers.
• In 2006 she was awarded the OBE for her services to Social Care.
• Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent and a Kent Ambassador.
• Awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Business Community’

Speaking at: 11:45 - 12:30

Adrian Poole

Mental Health & Coronavirus – Two Sides to the Same Coin or Just a Bad Penny?


At a time when the sector has a deluge of employees suffering with mental ill-health and possibly now coronavirus,  Adrian will be joined by speakers from Demolish the Wall and Truth Sayers to explore the tools which can be used to better manage sickness levels in high-pressured workplaces such as your own.


Whilst predominantly about stress management, this not-to-be-missed open discussion will  also draw parallels between dealing with mental and physical illness, identifying the tell-tale signs and avoiding risk all round.


Visit the team on stand 74-77 before or afterwards to take Truth Sayers’ stress test to find out how stressed you really are alongside your peers!


Adrian and the team at Porter Dodson act for clients on a wide range of employment and HR issues, offering pragmatic support and advice to assist businesses with whatever problem they are faced with.

Speaking at: 12:30 - 13:15

Dr Jane Townson

Chief Executive Officer, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA)

Jane is the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), the professional association for providers of home care. Its mission is to promote high quality sustainable homecare services, so that people can continue to live well at home and in their local community. Jane was on the Board of UKHCA from 2015 and was Vice Chair from 2017 to 2019.

Jane is the founder of LifeSpan100, whose purpose is to empower and encourage people to make the most of the 100 year life. For 9 years was a Senior Independent Director on the Board of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and CEO of Somerset Care Group.

Prior to this, Jane was CEO of the Somerset Care Group, which she joined in 2011 as a Non-Executive Director before being appointed as CEO, leaving at the end of 2018. She was also Chairman of the Board of YourLife Management Services, a housing with care joint venture between Somerset Care and McCarthy and Stone.

Jane’s first career was in international leadership roles in research and development in ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta, where she was Global Head of Bioscience Research. She then established her own business providing consultancy and training on the link between nutrition and health, working with private individuals and local authorities in the field of public health.

Jane is an award-winning Chief Executive, Chairman and expert on the evolving technological, political and social forces shaping organisations which provide some of the most essential human services. Her experience comes from a range of businesses in industries from social and health care to housing, and from food production to medical screening.

From 2005 to 2014 she was Senior Independent Director on the Board of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health, learning disability and community health services.

Speaking at: 13:15 - 14:00

Leon Livermore

Chief Executive, Chartered Trading Standards Institute

Leon joined the Chartered Trading Standards Institute in February 2013 after a successful career in Local Government.  During his time in Local Government he rightly earned a reputation for delivering culture change and innovative, citizen centred and highly effective services.  Services led by Leon won numerous awards including Beacon Status for Better Regulation and a prestigious National Business Award


He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the trading standards profession ensuring that politicians, businesses and consumers understand what the profession brings to a modern vibrant United Kingdom.


Leon leads the team working on behalf of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver business advice through focussed guidance projects which take an in depth look at problem areas which could benefit from clearer guidance. The focused interventions are to help business comply with legislation and most of the 'intervention' work will be on raising awareness of legislation in a targeted way.


Last year we completed 3 comprehensive guides with training notes on the subject of Care Homes.  These guides were based upon sections of the Competition and Markets Authority guidance on Care Homes published in November 2018.  Following on from the guides CTSI produced last year on behalf of BEIS, we recognised areas we could assist further and produce further guidance on behalf of BEIS.  We are preparing to create a comprehensive guide focusing on Care Home complaints area, providing guidance and support so the sector understands their legal obligations to consumers.

Speaking at: 14:00 - 14:30

Sapphire Consulting 

Kristy Gouldsmith, GDPR Consultant at Sapphire Consulting

"Minimising the risks that GDPR brings to your care home"


Learn what risks the GDPR brings to your care home and how to minimise those risks while still carrying business as usual. This practical seminar uses examples from real care home audits to illustrate the solutions for your GDPR compliance, for both clients and staff.  There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion so come along and bring your queries

Speaking at: 14:30 - 15:00

Other speakers are being confirmed and we will update further soon.

We will also add a timetable of speakers, CPD certified workshops and the events program will also be posted in due course.