How does DCHA Operate?

Committee Members

DCHA is represented by an elected board of committee members which is made up of representatives who are in a senior position within a residential setting in the local area.

Current DCHA Committee Members:

Anna Knight, CMgr FCMI, Chair

Chartered Manager/Registered Manager, Harbour House

I have worked in social care for over 20 years primarily in learning disabilities and forensics and latterly in elderly care.   I have also worked for the Local Authority as a Specialist Commissioning Manager.  I am Chartered Manager specialising in strategic management within the care environment. In 2018, Harbour House was rated as Outstanding by CQC.

Over the last few years, my key responsibilities have been to implement a robust and sensitive change management programme to develop and support the workforce, increase income streams and provide leadership to a staff team of over 55 staff working in a privately owned residential care home.

I ensure that I am fully engaged in understanding all the latest regulatory, legislative and legal requirements enabling both myself, my team and the home to be fully compliant at all times.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any support, mentoring, guidance or information.

Angelique Atack, Co Vice-Chair

Registered Manager of Burwood Nursing Home

Mrs Angelique Atack, originally qualified as a Registered Nurse from Bournemouth University, and has experience in both the hospital and community settings, predominantly within the Poole and Bournemouth area. Her experience includes elderly care, orthopedics, respiratory illnesses, and community nursing and case management for long term health conditions. In 2009 Mrs Atack graduated with a BSC (hons) in developing professional practice and completed her Registered Managers award in 2012.

Angelique aims for very high standards of care but cultivates a family-friendly atmosphere. She believes that strong leadership, balanced with team empathy, allows her objectives to be met.

Angelique is the Dignity, Equality, and Diversity and Gold Standard Framework GSF coordinator in the home and really enjoys all the challenges that she encounters in the day to day management of the home. She finds that dealing direct with people is fulfilling and has a high degree of job satisfaction.

Angelique became involved with the DCHA because she wanted to contribute to a stronger professional community amongst Dorset Homes and the Care Sector. Angelique feels that she can contribute to the association and its offer of support for all homes and managers wishing to succeed in achieving high standards.

Dedrey Charles, Co Vice-Chair

Registered Manager, Muscliff Nursing Home

I qualified as a nurse in 1995 and have a passion for working in the social care sector. I decided to join the committee to represent the North Bournemouth area and to tackle the issues we face locally by sharing good practise.

Beverly Harris, Committee Member

Regional Manager, Vauxian Care

My name is Beverly Harris and I started my career in care in 1996 when I started working part time in a specialist Dementia care Home, while studying. I graduated 3 years later as a qualified Welfare Officer specialising in Dementia Care, with extinction. During this time I was promoted to Care Manager and then after qualifying I secured my first role as home Manager with Milton Lodge and this was a specialist Dementia home, I worked there for 8 years, I then moved across to our other home Adamscourt and we then became an accredited Dementia care home. I have been the manager here for the past 11 years. I am passionate about delivering good, person centred care for people living with Dementia. I continually seek to develop and learn personally and to advance and enhance our care home.

Nikki Soulsby, Committee Member

Registered Manager, Bupa, Queensmount Care Home

I have worked in care since the age of 14 and qualified as a registered nurse in 1997. My acute career was at RBH on the elderly care, acute medical, and acute admissions units. After having my children I transferred to the private sector and have been in my current home since 2006.  I became Registered Manager in 2014. I pride myself on supporting my team to provide high quality care and enjoy supporting new home managers in the company. When I’m not at work I like spending time with my two teenagers and enjoying the local area. If I can be of any help, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kate Blake, Committee Member

Manager, Partners in Care

Kate has worked within the sector locally for over 20 years in a range of roles and has been with Partners in Care for 12 years. She has extensive knowledge and direct experience of working in the sector and as well as a good understanding of the challenges it faces.

Malcolm Baker, Treasurer

Morris Lane Chartered Accountants

Malcolm is Treasurer for DCHA. Now working as Business Development Manager for Morris Lane, Chartered Accountants. Malcolm was previously a Relationship Manager with Nat West and brings with him commercial experience and knowledge both within and outside of the Care Sector. He is also a Board Member at East Boro Housing Trust.

Jenna May

Registered Manager, Drumconner Care Home

I have been working in the care sector for nine years and I developed myself from a junior care worker, to a team leader, then to head of training, followed by the deputy role and finally a registered home manager. I feel that with my range of experience, this has helped me to see the roles from different perspectives, which has assisted me within my leadership style.

I consider creativity and empowerment of staff essential to reach goals and objectives and we base our vision of the home, around outcome-based practice.

Fiona Lawley

Cedars Castle Hill, Finance Manager

In my role of Finance Manager I cover all aspects of our charity finances – invoicing, credit control, funding, budgets, cash flow and financing. I have been in my role for 4 years and am a qualified accounting technician (AAT). I am currently studying for my Chartered Accountancy (ACCA) and have an advanced diploma in accounting. Our major challenge in the sector at present is about the funding gap between the cost of care and the local authority rates.

One of the great things about finance is that you can get involved in almost any area of the operation as part of cost control. As our direct staffing costs are the biggest expense, I am especially interested in staff quality.

Adrian Poole, Specialist Advisor

Partner and Head of Employment, Head of Medical & Care at Porter Dodson

I qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and joined Porter Dodson in October 2003. Since qualification, I have acted for clients on a wide range of employment and HR matters, specialising in the health and social care sector.

In the sphere of employment and HR I act for both businesses and individuals, giving effective legal advice on all aspects of HR and employment practice. My work includes taking and defending claims in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and in the higher appeal courts.

As well as individuals, I act for a broad range of businesses from SMEs to multinational companies. My clients include a large number of charities and GP practices.

I have recently been working on a number of the integration models affecting General Practice. This has included involvement in the legal fabric behind the local Vanguard initiative as well as being an advocate for practices on an array of different projects.


DCHA is governed by a constitution which can be viewed via our members lounge.