Our Team


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 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. He is also Chair of Moretonhampstead Development Trust. He is committed to community life, working to improve community facilities and services, to make them more environmentally sustainable, and to overcome social injustice and disadvantage.

What John brings to NEDCare

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.

Jenny Bates

Jenny joined NedCare as a trustee in 2015 and has also been a member of the Moretonhampstead Development Trust since this time. Jenny has 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.

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

What Jenny brings to NEDCare

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.

Jenny has worked in a senior management position within the local authority and latterly within a private company following service ‘outsourcing’. She has particular experience in people / team management and relationship building together with recruitment, HR and budget management.

Jane Wimberley

Jane has been with NEDCare from the beginning (when the community hospital closed) , as she felt it was so important that people are cared for (where possible) in their own home, rather than in larger hospitals that are often further away.

Jane has had a long career in nursing and social care, working mostly in community hospitals. Jane has also worked as a home visiting adviser for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. She is a partner in the family farm which she takes a strong interest in. Jane has four grown up daughters who are all in caring professions

What Jane brings to NEDCare

Jane brings her nursing and social care skills to NEDCare, along with a passion for wellbeing for the community in which she lives and supports.

Julia Darby 

Julia has been a key member of the NEDCare team since it’s inception in 2015. Having led on starting-up, securing funding and driving strategic development to this point, Julia says that ‘creating NEDCare from scratch with Simon as Registered Manager and our stalwart Board of Trustees has been a great privilege. The Care Team that Simon and Lucy lead are inspiring in their dedication and commitment to inclusive and empowering care that goes way beyond the call of duty, every day’.

With a long track record in the third sector, Julia says she is driven by supporting communities to play a lead role in developing and delivering services that support local people in the ways that they want and need whilst building community resilience. Julia believes,  ‘an empowering person centred and strengths-based approach to care goes hand in hand with supporting communities to develop their own solutions, services and supports’.

Simon Tickner

Simon is the registered manager for NEDCare. He ensures that the service provides high quality, person-centred care for anyone who needs it.

Simon notes, ‘Putting the person first is a thread that runs through everything we do, from training for carers, our relationships with families, linking in with other professionals and understanding the people in the local community. My role is to ensure this thread remains at the core of all our work’.

Simon likes working for NEDCare because the organisation is small enough to be responsive. He highlights, ‘the fact that we are a local organisation means that we get to know people well and can retain a personal, sensitive, and individual approach to all those we support. This is the single most important thing to me and gives me the greatest professional satisfaction.’

Contact Simon 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 on simon@nedcare.org.

Lucy Collings

Lucy Collings is the Deputy Manager for NEDCare. She is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operational running of NEDCare, including supporting carers to meet the needs of NEDCare’s clients. She is part of the management team responsible for ensuring NED Care is operating in lines with our regulating body CQC.R

Lucy says, ‘working for NEDCare ticks many boxes for me, but in particular I love working within a team whose priority is being client centred. Every one of the team really strives to meet the individualised needs of the people we provide support to. The care team I work with, are a truly inspiring group of people who consistently work hard to meet our clients care needs. I love that I get to work with them every day’.

Contact Lucy for an informal chat about working for NEDCare on lucy@nedcare.org