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Alun Thomas, Chairman

Alun has had involvement with Shaw since May 1995 and was elected as Chairman for Shaw Group when it was formed in October 2006. Previous appointments include Honorary Treasurer of Swansea Cricket & Football Club, The Prince’s Trust and Swansea Festival of Music. Alun still holds the position of Honorary Treasurer at the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust and the Welsh School in London.


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Jeremy Nixey, CEO

After reading Biology at Oxford, Jeremy taught at secondary level for four years and then worked as a priest in a Cardiff parish. He then set up the Secondary Housing Association for Wales (SHAW) which created ten new Housing Associations in Wales and at one stage was developing a fifth of all new social Housing in Wales. Shaw was asked by the NHS to develop and then to manage a small specialist care home. Other NHS orders followed and Shaw won many tenders to develop and operate care homes and hospitals for Councils and the NHS. In 2006 he led the management buy-out of the business and its conversion into a staff owned company. The buy-out price became the £15 million cash endowment of a separate charity which gives grants and loans for health and care purposes.


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Mike Smith, Chief Operating Officer

Mike worked in the retail sector for 20 years at brands such as Sainsburys and Boots before transferring into the care sector. He has held Operations Director roles at a number of well-known care competitors prior to joining Shaw healthcare in 2016 as Group Commercial and Operations Director. He was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer in May 2019 where his responsibilities include the overall management of the care services under the Shaw healthcare group umbrella.


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Russell Brown, Chief Financial Officer

Russell joined the board of Shaw healthcare (Group) in August 2008 as Chief Financial Officer. Russell previously held a number of senior positions in the Automotive Logistics and Construction industries, including being Group Finance Director of a c£200m turnover public company and Managing Director of a c£150m turnover UK logistics company. Russell attained a BSc from Loughborough University and is professionally qualified both as a chartered management accountant and a chartered tax advisor. His responsibilities include Finance, Property Services, Payroll & IT.

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Helen Black, Non-executive Director

Helen served in a number of senior Social Care roles within local government for over 35 years and was a trustee of several charities, including Chair of Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service (CSASS).

She brought her significant knowledge and experience relating in particular to learning disabilities and Social Care generally to her role as a Social Care consultant. She worked from 2006 until 2010 offering her expert advice and support to a number of local authorities and NHS organisations including Birmingham City Council, Cheshire County Council, Denbighshire County Council and N.E. Essex PCT.

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Alan Pilgrim, Non-Executive Director

Alan had a 30 year executive career in healthcare services and has recently been Chairman of several healthcare businesses. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the charitable Benenden Hospital, Kent and Chairman of the Governors of Haileybury, the independent school in Hertfordshire.



Back to Our People

Dear Relatives,

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support of all our care homes and hard-working staff throughout the past year. It has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, and we recognise the impact that the pandemic has had on all those connected to our homes and within our local communities. We are now hopefully seeing a way back to normal and look forward to opening our doors fully in the coming months.

However, following the recent announcement by the government, we are pleased to advise that from Monday 12th April 2021 our care homes in England will be able to allow visits from 2 named visitors(subject to a negative Lateral Flow Test and PPE being worn). We will also be extending visiting into the weekends as long as it is booked in advance. Your care home will discuss with you the guidelines we need to follow for you to become a named visitor.

Furthermore, we are also delighted to announce that for the first-time visits can include a child or baby. Children under the age of 2 will not count towards the 2 named visitor quota. Clearly, visits involving children will need to be carefully managed and in agreement with the home manager. As per the guidance those over the age of 11 will need to wear PPE and be tested (with parental consent).

Another development in the new approach to visiting is the nomination of an ‘essential care giver’. The essential care giver role is intended as a way of supporting the relatively small proportion of our residents who need some element of care and support that could only ever be provided by someone with a unique personal relationship with the resident, perhaps formed over many years. It is likely that this person will already be part of the ongoing care plan for the resident. All this will be at the discretion of the manager and the care giver will be subject to the rigorous testing regime currently undertaken by our own staff. Please speak with your Home Manager for further details.

In summary from 12th April 2021 the new government guidelines for care home visits allow for;

1. 2 named visitors (see the guidance for help on how you could become a named visitor and what restrictions apply)

2. Children can also visit with those under the age of 2 not counted as part of the 2 named visitor quota (see the guidance for help and what restrictions apply)

3. A person can apply for essential carer status but this will need to assessed and agreed by the Home Manager and is subject to rigorous testing.

The Government guidance on care home visiting in England can be found HERE.