The Council of Governors represents Members and the wider community of North East Lincolnshire within the Society, and is a link between the Members, North East Lincolnshire community members and the Care Plus Group Board. If you would like to contact any of the Governors please email CPG.COG@nhs.net


Colin Childs

Colin Childs, Chairman

Colin retired from the Royal Air Force in 2004 as a senior officer in the Engineer Branch. He was awarded the NATO Medal for leading teams on operations in relation to the Former Yugoslavia and the Iraq Medal for his leadership on operations in that theatre. Since then Colin has run a couple of local businesses and enjoyed a spell managing the hospital estates for the Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is currently managing director of a local business providing energy-efficiency assessment services.

As well as hearing employment disputes as a non-legal member for the Employment Tribunals Service, Colin is also a member of Lincolnshire County Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel. Colin joins Care Plus Group having just finished his term as Chair of Governors for his local school, having served 13 years as a parent governor at a number of schools throughout the UK.

A Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, Member of the City and Guilds of London Institute and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Colin is also a Chartered Engineer with a Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Barry Waby

Barry Waby, Community Member

Barry joined Accord (the community membership body for North East Lincolnshire) when it was originally formed. He became a Lay Member of the Provider Services Associate Board during the formation of the Care Plus Group and NAViGO (the mental health social enterprise in North East Lincolnshire). He remained as a Lay Member on the Shadow Board for each of the new organisations and has continued as a Lay Member to the Council of Governors for Care Plus Group. He remains an ordinary Member of NAViGO. Barry is a Chartered Engineer and a registered European Engineer. As well as working for a number of UK companies he has worked on large-scale projects in Yugoslavia, Saudi Arabia and India. In recent years he worked locally with Ciba-Geigy (latterly Novartis) and then became Engineering Manager with Syngenta until it closed it Grimsby operations. Since retiring, Barry has become involved in voluntary work and is Chair of the Cleethorpes Renaissance Town Team. During the last few years he has had first-hand experience of several aspects of the Health Service due to serious illness of several close family members and friends.

Vikki Dipple

Vikki Dipple, Staff Member

Vikki has worked as a nurse in a variety of community settings for the past 17 years and has recently moved to the Macmillan Palliative care team after having managed 2 community nurse teams.

One of the most rewarding things Vikki found about being a nurse manager was encouraging and watching members of the team develop academically and clinically and move on into different and more specialised roles. Vikki holds a BSc (hons) specialist practitioner degree in district nursing and has always found it a privilege to be able to care for people in their own homes and become part of the ‘extended family’ whilst providing that care.  As well as her degree, Vikki has a level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management which was a great help in her role as nurse manager.

On a personal level, Vikki has three grown up daughters and 7 grandchildren age ranging from 14-4 whom she loves spending time with. 

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, Local Authority Nominated Member

Information to follow

Dave McGuire , Volunteer Member

I use to be a heavy goods vehicle driver for 30 years, until I suffered a heart attack in1999.

I did get my licence back for 7 years only to lose the licence again due to heart problems. Wondering what to do, I went back to school to learn about computers. I went on to get level 3 City & Guilds Microsoft office and won a highly commended award in the Adults Learners Week in 2011. About the same time I signed up to join Accord and ticked the wrong box and ended up on Hope Commissioning Board. This later changed to the Community Forum. I also started working for the Older Peoples Health & Wellbeing, Collaboratives.

Through the OPHWB group I attended an energy efficiency course and I received a national award from the National Energy Efficiency, which had to be collected from the House of Commons.

My time was up at the Community Forum and I started working for Accords Ambassador steering group and I am still a member of the CCG’s Equality and Diversity panel. I still do voluntary work for the OPHWB. I have started a Diabetic Support Group which now has 2 monthly meetings. This group is to give help to people to help control their blood sugars and keep in better health.                                                                                         

Ann Van Spall

Ann Van Spall, Community Member

Ann is now retired, however when employed she worked in the Personnel Department of a large local authority.  After retiring from this employment she helped run a children's nursery with her husband.   Ann has also served as a Magistrate in the local area for some 20 years.

During the last 5 years Ann has experienced first-hand several aspects of the Health Service due to a decline of her elderly mother.


James (Jim)  Finney

James (Jim) Finney, Volunteer Member

I am currently a Pulmonary Rehab Buddy with the Hope Specialist Service, after being advised to join a rehab course at Hope Street I was so impressed with the work that they do that I volunteered to join as a buddy and was accepted in 2009.

Life of course did not begin there. I was born in 1939 in a tiny Durham mining village virtually where the Angel of the North monument stands now. Educated at the local grammar school I became a trainee commercial artist but just before my 18th birthday I enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served for 12 years in the telecommunications branch. During my service I met my wife Carole and we maried in 1963. As time progressed we raised 4 children, Mark, Annemarie, Kate and Clare. 

On leaving the services I began work as a sales rep which was so bad that I embarked on a teacher training course. With little prospect of teaching in Scarborough, where we then lived, I accepted a teaching post in a primary school in Grimsby. This became my life for the next 30 odd years teaching in various primary schools in town. 

During my time at Hope Street I have chaired the pulmonary support group and when this ceased I organised another similar group for patients and family to provide support and social activities. 

All my working life has centred on people and communicating with them, providing me with valuable insight on the variety of human relations and the need for understanding of all aspects of the way people live. 

I have previously servedd as a volunteer governor but ill health forced my resignation after only a short period but now my health has greatly improved I look forward to becoming a productive member of the Council again and renewing old acquaintances. 

Beyond my family and my grandchildren I enjoy music, travelling and art and craft. 

Jess Camburn

Jess Camburn, Staff Member

Jess graduated from the University of Hull with a BA (Hons) Business Management degree in 2010, later joining Care Plus Group in 2013 working in the Business Unit. Her current role includes identifying potential development opportunities, market analysis of service areas, supporting various organisational projects, and ensuring the appropriate liability cover is in place. During this time Jess has achieved the Prince 2 Foundation in Project Management and remains focused on her professional development.

Wishing to make an active contribution to Care Plus Group’s future strategic plans Jess became a Staff Governor in 2016.


Stephanie Blake

Stephanie Blake, Staff Governor

After leaving school, I headed straight into the working environment and completed a Business Administration NVQ placement at Havelock Academy and had a year of volunteering with Brownies as a young leader. I then moved onto working for a Shipping Agency in the accounts department where I continued to work for 5 years. I joined CPG in 2015 within the Finance team as an Accounts Assistant. My role involves a variety of duties for the group where I can use the skills I’ve gained from studying AAT.

Kerry  Jacklin

Kerry Jacklin, Staff Governor

Kerry is currently employed within the Care Plus group as a Discharge Co-ordinator, since 2013, primarily discharging patients from hospital. She has been employed within North East Lincolnshire Social Services since 2009 in a variety of roles such a Care Co-ordinator, Navigator, Reviewing Team Co-ordinator. Prior to this she was with the Intensive support Team working for Dr Moran at the Psychology unit. Kerry is a representative for the Discharge team, in matters arising relating to Care Quality Commissioning, she actively contributes towards ensuring the Team stay compliant to meet their ISO registration.

Kerry recently completed a rehabilitation and Reablement Course within York St John University to promote speedy recovery for patients and support transition and discharge from hospital.

Outside of work Kerry is a registered carer, advocate and friend for a lady with Learning difficulties and also her elderly mother in law. Kerry has had a very varied life in employment often working within several different roles at once, such as; Northern Territories Sales Manager for the second largest IT communications company in England, a Public House Manager, Self Employed Wedding Planner, Small Business Owner of a bakery shop, Self Employed Property Manager and Trainee Stock broker at Canary Wharf, Kerry states the list is endless!

Kerry moved to North East Lincolnshire during her teenage years from Derbyshire where she was born, Kerry attended Swanwick Hall Public girls school in Derbyshire and then Havelock comprehensive school in Grimsby, following her move to this region. Kerry states that when she used to see the bright lights of Cleethorpes and hear the sea, she always felt that this was home.

Kerry hopes to ensure that her time as a governor will contribute towards the sustainability of the Care Plus Group and its future business, and build on its excellent reputation.

Dean Blakeman

Dean Blakeman, Staff Governor

Dean has worked in Healthcare IT since moving back home to Grimsby from Derby in 2004.  During this time he has worked for NL&G Hospital and the local Primary Care Trust before joining Care Plus Group in 2013 to co-found the IT Service.

A PRINCE2 certified Project Management Practitioner, Dean also holds a qualification in Information Risk Management and a degree in Software Engineering.

Dean hopes to use his experience of working with and supporting staff throughout CPG and other healthcare organisations in the area to help shape the future direction of the organisation.

Councillor Tim Mickleburgh, Local Authority Nominated Member

Information to follow

Tracy Clark, Staff Governor

I have worked in Health and Social Care for around 17 years. I started as a carer in a care home, then a Health Care Assistant at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital. I was then fortunate enough to secure a role working with people that had Physical and Learning disabilities, which I enjoyed very much. I was then fortunate enough to be offered a secondment to train as an Assistant Practitioner and I have been in post for 6 years.

My role is varied and I support a team of support workers and manage the day to day running of Intermediate Care at Home, which at times is very challenging but I do enjoy my job. I am passionate about ensuring that people receive a high level of care and support and this also extends to their families.

I am married to a very supportive and patient man and I have 5 grandchildren of various ages. I love going on holidays to sunnier warmer climes and recently went to Tenerife where I para-glided off mount Teide, at 2,838 KM above sea level, very strange going through clouds, and it was an experience I thought I would never do.


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