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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.



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Dear Relatives,

In England, the Government has just announced that visits to care homes may take place following a ‘negative Covid-19 test’. I just wanted to clarify that this relates to the new Lateral Flow Tests only. The new Lateral Flow Test (or LFT) can give a test result within 30 mins. Thus enabling us to have an accurate up-to-date Covid-19 test result from which we can either agree or decline a visit almost instantly assuming it was pre-booked.

As of today less than a handful of our homes have received these new LFT tests and as such until your particular service receives their allocated test kits then we will need to continue with the current visiting arrangements in place at your particular home.

We do hope the new tests are rolled out quickly and we are told that many homes should have them prior to Xmas however as we are not aware of when they are dispatched and where to, then all we can do is wait and let you know as soon as your service receives their allocation. Only then can we facilitate the new visiting arrangements which these tests are designed to enable.

Thank you for your continued patience. You have been incredibly supportive of our care home teams so far and we hope you do not have long to wait before you can see your loved ones in a way that we all have been longing for since the start of the pandemic.

Thank you again.

Mike Smith Chief Operating Officer