Our Trustees
The role of the Trustees is to ensure that Tamar House meets the needs of our residents in a way that is expected by people today and the home remains fully compliant with the standards laid down by the Abbeyfield Society and the Care Quality Commission.
None of this would be possible without ensuring financial stability. To this end, we perform regular inspections and meet 4 times a year with the Care Manager and Administrative Officer, which forms our Executive Committee. Reports from the various members are received and ongoing management and policy topics discussed. Each Trustee has specific areas of responsibility. These include financial management, health and safety, marketing, estate management, resident liaison, human resources, legal matters, and quality standards.
Our Trustees often spend time with our residents.
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Meet our trustees...
Mr. Eric Distin

With 47 years as an Abbeyfield Volunteer, Eric has a background in chartered surveying and is the founder committee member at Tamar House where he is currently focusing on the estate. Eric was a former Director of the Abbeyfield Society and Regional Chairman for Devon & Cornwall. He is also the current Chair at Abbeyfield Saltash.
Mr. David James
David is retired, having formerly enjoyed a career as a solicitor in practice in Devon and Cornwall. An area of his work encompassed acting for individuals, including the elderly, in relation to both their business and personal interests.
Mr. Ken Farnham
Ken is the managing director of a construction & development company as well as being managing board director of the Master Builders Federation and a director of the Building & Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council. Ken is also the chairman of FMB SW Regional Charitable Fund and chairman of The Abbeyfield Buckland Monachorum Society Ltd. He has been a trustee at Tamar House for 4 years and brings his experience to the board in building development, maintenance and employment management.
Mr. Trevor Addis
Trevor has had over 35 years experience in marketing, business management and working in the commercial sector.
He has also spent many years advising and supporting small businesses in the area.
He has lived in Plymouth since 1980 and has recently joined the board of trustees to advise
on all aspects of marketing  at Tamar House.  

Mr. Brian Stoyel
Born and educated in the West Country.  Teaching career culminating as Head of a boarding school and the formation of a Guardship organisation for overseas children.
Active member of Rotary International in various senior leadership positions throughout the world.
Widely travelled as a volunteer in Africa and Eastern Europe constructing schools and health facilities and raising funds to fight the scourge of Malaria in Tanzania.
Married with a son and twin daughters and now with five grandchildren and a ‘perfect’ Golden Retriever.
Mr. Peter Vines
Peter was born in Somerset and studied at the London School of Economics before working in education for 35 years teaching social sciences.
He then took on a variety of senior management roles, achieving an MBA degree.
In recent years, he served on the board of Plymouth Primary Care Trust and Derriford Hospital and currently works as an Associate Mental Health Act Manager with Livewell South West.
Other roles include Lay Panel Chair for Fitness to Practise hearings with the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service and co-director of the Plymouth Schools Counselling Service.
Mrs. Rosemary Parsons
Rosemary was born in Plymouth and has one son and a grand daughter.  She  retired from a 40 year career in banking in 2012 and is a serving Justice of the Peace in Plymouth in both Criminal and Family proceedings.
In recent years, she has served as a Non Executive Director for the Primary Care Trust and currently works as an Associate Mental Health Act Manager with Livewell South West.
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