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...
Dr. Richard Page
Chairman
Dr. Page retired from General Practice 11 years ago after 30 years at Yealmpton. Prior to this he spent 5 years in the Royal Navy where he trained as an Anaesthetist. He was asked to become a Trustee about 10 years ago and has been Chairman for about 5 years. Dick says he finds this voluntary role very satisfying, if at times somewhat challenging! He goes on to say that he is very fortunate to be excellently supported by his fellow trustees, the staff at Tamar House and the Abbeyfield Society.
Mr. Eric Distin
Trustee

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
Trustee
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
Trustee
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.
Mrs. Jane Brightman
Trustee
Jane has 24 years’ experience in the Health & Social Care industry, ranging from care management, training & consultancy, NHS, residential, domiciliary and extra care.
She is currently working in a national Project Manager role supporting learning and development for the adult social care sector with Skills for Care.
Jane has developed and delivered a wide range of care and leadership programmes and managed partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. She also set up and facilitates a large network of Registered Managers across the UK.

Mr. John Deacon
Trustee
John has a wealth of experience gained  from his professional life where he has been a non executive director on the Plymouth Health authority for over 10 years and a member of the NHS Deanery for 5 years. He is also a member of the Plymouth Mental Health Management Team. John was a Secondary School Headteacher for over 20 years and also worked as an inspector of schools. John draws upon the above experience and specifically supports Tamar House with his financial and people management skills.
Mr. Trevor Addis
Trustee
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.  

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