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Care North East started as a small association of local care home providers in the early 90’s and principally in the Newcastle and Gateshead area. Lead by Chairman Simon Beckett, Associations were subsequently formed in other areas in the North East and membership continued to grow. Our current Chairman, Keith Gray, joined the board in 2004 and took over position as Chairman in 2013. Currently, every member of Care North East is a care home provider. Our members have nearly 250 care homes across the North East nearing 10,000 beds.
Each local association, such as Newcastle or North Tyneside, has its own Chairman and lead members who are all care home providers from that area. We feel it is important that local providers lead local associations as nobody has more experience then those actually caring for residents. Members of each local association can be found below. Feel free to use our enquiry form if you wish to be put in touch with one of our local association chairman.
What We Do
On behalf of our members, we undertake some of the following duties:
Attend contract discussion meetings with Council/CCGs
Attend fee discussion meetings with Council/CCGs
Review contracts on behalf of our members
Provide cost of care reports
Prepare market analysis reports
Liaise with legal advisors on contractual issues
Arrange association meetings to discuss working practices
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Care North East Board Members
Keith Gray: Chairman
Costing Care LTD
Keith has been part of Care North East for over 15 years, firstly as Financial Controller for a national care provider before moving on to become overall Chair of Care North East. He has also been chair of nearly all the regional associations working closely with providers and local authorities to negotiate fair terms for providers in the north east region. His role also includes producing cost of care models for use by both providers and local authorities. Keith supports all Associations within Care North East and covers as temporary Chairman of these areas when needed.
Bunty Malhotra: Board Member
Bunty is Chief Executive Officer of the Malhotra Group Plc. All Malhotra Group PLC care homes operate under the Prestwick Care brand name. Prestwick Care have homes in Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Durham, Sunderland. Bunty is currently Chairman of the Sunderland association.
James Oates: Board Member
James is Assistant Director (Commercial & Commissioning) at HC One. HC One have care homes in all areas within Care North East and James is currently on the Executive in most of the regional associations.
Nic Gilbert: Board Member
Nic is Finance Director at St Cuthberts Care. St Cuthberts Care have care homes in Newcastle and Sunderland. Nic is currently chairman of the Newcastle association.
Mohammad Malik: Board Member
Mohammad Malik is Managing Director of Exclusive Care Group and Crystal Care Services. Exclusive Care Group have Care homes in Gateshead, Sunderland and Darlington. Crystal Care Services have Care homes in Sunderland, Redcar and Cleveland, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Alister Kerr: Board Member
Alister is Director of Parkside Care. Parkside Care have care homes in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland. Alister is currently part of the Executive in some of these areas.
Oliver Lightowlers: Board Member
Oliver is Chief Financial Officer of Akari Care. Akari Care have residential and nursing care homes in Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Durham and Stockton. Oliver is part of the Executive in most of these areas.
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