Meet our Team

Meet our Care Team

Our Carers work tirelessly to make sure people in the local area get the help they need when they need it. Care can be challenging at times, and we are so proud of their constant dedication and enthusiasm. NEDCare wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of our fantastic Care Team.

Find out more about some of our Carers here:


Senior Carer Kate has been with NEDCare for 3 years. Previously she worked at Roecroft and Marie Curie, in palliative care.

Kate was attracted to NEDCare because she liked the ethos, and wanted to help people stay within their community. Kate says she ‘meets such interesting people, I love hearing their history.’ Kate is passionate about making people feel valued in her role with NEDCare, and helping the community stay together. Kate says, ‘it’s much more than just wiping bums!’

Outside of work, Kate enjoys walking her dog, Ethel, in the woods around her home.


Clive has been working as a carer with NEDCare for nearly three years. Before that, he was a Design Engineer working on satellite broadcasting and mobile telecoms.

Clive has been working as a carer with NEDCare for nearly three years. Before that, he was a Design Engineer working on satellite broadcasting and mobile telecoms. Clive comments, ‘I grew tired of working in sterile environments without natural light.’ In Clive’s current role with NEDCare, he loves meeting people around the moor and sharing stories. He always has a handful of photographs, having handpicked out collections of Dartmoor, birds, or travels to show to clients. Clive continues, ‘having a client pleased to see me, and making them feel cared for makes the job thoroughly fulfilling. NEDCare provides good training, assistance at any time, flexibility, and thoughtful time matching and balancing its carers with the needs of each individual client, which makes it a pleasure to be a part of.’


Hilary has been working with NEDCare for the past 2 years, having moved down to Devon from Somerset. Previously a biochemistry research assistant and special needs teacher, Hilary is now in her 60s, has retired and lives just outside Lustleigh.

As she has always lived in the country, she enjoys talking to clients about a wide range of topics, and never struggles for things to talk about. ‘The best part of working for NEDCare’, Hilary says, ‘is knowing that you make a big difference to people’s lives, both practically and emotionally’.

Hilary was attracted to NEDCare’s ethos of being a charity, and a local organisation making people’s lives better in the community. She says, ‘the flexibility in hours works well for me; it fits in with my retirement and family life’. Outside working for NEDCare, Hilary enjoys long walks with her dog on the moor, growing veg, tending to her chickens and spending time with her grandchildren.


Ethel the Springer Spaniel can often be found accompanying our Senior Carer Kate on her client visits. She’s a firm favourite with many of our clients!

Ethel the Springer Spaniel can often be found accompanying our Senior Carer Kate on her client visits. She’s a firm favourite with many of our clients!

As NEDCare is a registered charity, we have a Board of Trustees, made up of local people volunteering their time to ensure we benefit the community and deliver the best care we can. Our Management Team is based at the NEDCare office in Moretonhampstead Hospital. They keep the wheels of NEDCare turning, supporting our care team from first thing in the morning until the end of the working day, making sure there is always someone on the end of the phone for carers or clients.

Our Services

Management Team

Deputy Manager in Training

Jane Tilsley

Jane practiced as a Social Worker and Family Group Conference Coordinator before joining NEDCare in August 2022.

Jane practiced as a Social Worker and Family Group Conference Coordinator before joining NEDCare in August 2022.   She was encouraged to join NEDCare by a long-standing carer at a time of uncertainty for the organisation.  Being new to adult social care, Jane had a great deal to learn.  But under the excellent guidance of the experienced team, she soon developed a deeper understanding of the joys and challenges of this fulfilling role.   Jane is now in training to become the Registered Manager.
‘NEDCare is a vital resource within our community,’ Jane argues.  ‘It is so important that our seniors are able to remain in their own homes and receive very high quality, reliable and compassionate care.  Most of our carers also live locally which is reflected in their commitment and mutual understanding.’
Acting Registered Manager

Lily Danning

Lily is the Operational Development Manager at Karrek Care and acting Registered Manager for NEDCare. Her role at Karrek is to develop Karrek Care hubs across Cornwall. She loves being part of the team because of the fantastic working relationships where we all support each other and share the same passion in delivering fantastic care. In her spare time, she likes to compete her horses and do water sports.

Contact Lily if you are interested in working for NEDCare and would like an informal chat, or if you are looking to finding out more about care for you or a loved one, via email at

Board of Trustees


John Willis

John has been a NEDCare Trustee since it was set up as a charity in 2020, and before that was a director of NEDCare CIC since starting it with others in 2015. He has lived in Moretonhampstead for 30 years and has an elderly relative who now uses NEDCare support.

He was motivated, and still is, by seeing the challenges that face many of his neighbours and friends in obtaining the care they need for their families and the huge benefits that a community-run service provides.

John has management experience in community organisations throughout his working life, initially in inner London. He has worked as a teacher in secondary schools and in further education, and as a careers service practitioner and leader, so has experience of people in all walks of life. He believes that everyone should be treated as of equal value.

John is married with two grown up children and two grandchildren who live locally. He is a keen walker and cyclist, has run a local choir for the last 20 years, and enjoys gardening.


Jenny Bates

Jenny joined NEDCare as a trustee in 2015, having lived in Moretonhampstead for 32 years, has raised her family there and cared for her elderly parents locally prior to their death.

Jenny also supported her first husband during his decline and eventual death, in his early 50s, as a consequence of early onset, frontotemporal dementia. She counts herself fortunate to live in such a supportive community as Moretonhampstead and is keen to play her part in assisting those in need locally.

Jenny has worked for many years, initially as a teacher and then as an educational psychologist supporting children, young people, families and schools experiencing challenges in their lives. Jenny was eventually appointed as Principal Educational psychologist for Devon County Council, then oversaw the privatisation of the service by Babcock International.

Now largely retired Jenny enjoys spending time with her family including five grandchildren, she also loves walking and riding her electric bike!


Jill French

Jill is a retired administrator with 15 years experience working at Age UK Exeter as a Volunteer and Enabler. She also currently volunteers with Acorn community support, helping people with social activities and transport to medical appointments.
Jill's hobbies include gardening, walking, motorhoming and spending time with her grandchildren.

Board Advisor

Geeta Ashton

Geeta Ashton is a Director at Karrek Community CIC. Her role is to ensure the charity is running well, that we meet our standards, and that we deliver our values so that the people we support will get the very best outcome possible. Her passion is to make sure that everything we do is person-centred so that people feel they are in control of the support they receive. She loves family life, entertaining, cooking, reading, and gardening.

Board Advisor

Paul Ashton

Paul is the CEO of Karrek Community CIC. Paul originally trained as a nurse and had a successful career in the NHS, where he became Director of Nursing, and then CEO of an NHS Trust. He has operational and board experience with a number of charities and voluntary organisations.

Fundraising and donations help us to provide a high quality service for those who most need it.


If you would like to discuss your care needs in more detail, or you are considering a career as a Carer, give us a call on 01647 279211 or fill in the contact form.