Who we are People Ambassadors Ambassadors Care & Repair England closed in April 2022. This website is now an archive ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Care & Repair England's Former Ambassadors Peter Archer Founder member of Care & Repair England and former Chair for 20 years. Founder member of the Academic and Practitioner Partnership for Housing and Health. Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Former Chair of the CIEH and past President of the International Federation of Environmental Health. Wendy Cocks Until December 2019, Wendy worked for Care & Repair England as the Housing Action Officer supporting local older people’s action groups, forums and self-help groups to undertake and support initiatives/local action/ projects that aim to improve the housing and living conditions of older people. She extended this support to local and regional bodies interested in improving their integration with housing, health and social care and housing offer to older people.Previously she worked across the North of England for 20 years developing and managing services with older people. While this has been predominantly in the voluntary sector, it has included innovative partnerships with statutory partners in affordable warmth, health and social care. Her work has included development of older people’s forums and supporting their engagement with local government. Lorna Easterbrook Lorna works independently as an evaluator, researcher, writer, and storyteller. Much of her work has focused on older age - especially on health, housing, social care, and quality of life. She increasingly works on arts projects for and with people over the age of 50. Lorna is an Associate of Community Catalysts, and of Imogen Blood & Associates, and a founder member of the Story-Based Evaluation & Research Alliance (SERA). She previously worked for the King’s Fund, Age UK, and Care & Repair Rhymney Valley; prior to this, she worked in the professional theatre as a stage manager. Until September 2018, Lorna was on the Board of Care & Repair England. Frances Heywood OBE Housing researcher (University of Bristol, now mainly retired) Specialist originally in repair and improvement of poor condition housing but then intensively in housing and adaptations for disabled people, pioneering involvement of professionals and service users as co-researchers. Led the DFG review for central government in2005 and of evidence for value of adaptation, with implications for health and social care, for the DWP in 2007. Jane Minter Jane was, until December 2018, the Integration and Engagement Associate (p/t) at Care & Repair England. Previously she was Head of Intelligence and External Affairs at Housing and Care 21, has been seconded to the Department of Health promoting the role of housing in social care and health and has worked for Housing Associations Charitable Trust, the National Housing Federation and Age Concern England (now Age UK) in the field of older people’s housing. She is currently a Board member of the National Development Team for Inclusion and an Executive Committee member of the South East England Forum on Ageing (SEEFA) Liz Potter Independent consultant, working with a wide range of housing and other social purpose organisations specialising in governance, strategy and leadership, working with boards and executive teams, and an experienced and qualified executive coach. Held a national role as Director of Policy at the National Housing Federation. Former Chair of Orbit Group and current Chair of Curo. Has worked in housing for over 30yrs, and believes passionately that everyone has a right to a decent home. John Simmons Retired from the post of Deputy Director of Social Services and Head of Adult Care in Derbyshire in 2004 and has continued to be involved in looking at how older people can be involved in issues which impact on their lives. Board member of Care & Repair England until 2021.