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Meet the Directors


Angela Dupont, MBE, DL (Chairman)

Angela Dupont, MBE, DL, Chairman

Angela was appointed to the Somerset Care Group Board of Directors as Non-Executive Chairman in September 2017. Angela brings with her a wealth of experience of chairing large organisations, including Yeovil District Hospital, and Devon and Cornwall Housing Association. Angela was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to healthcare.

Roger Davies

Roger Davies, Non-Executive Director

Roger joined the Somerset Care Group Board of Directors in October 2016. Roger has a background in care, housing and support services for older people. His most recent executive position was as Chief Executive of Methodist Homes (MHA), one of the UK’s largest charities and foremost providers in the sector. Roger has also played a prominent role in establishing organisations such as Care England, Your Care Rating and Associated Retirement Community Operators.

Sarah Hicks

Sarah Hicks, Non-Executive Director

Sarah joined the Somerset Care Group Board of Directors in October 2016. Sarah is Head of Private Patients and Commercial Support at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. Sarah has been a senior manager in the leisure industry, and led the turnaround of the historic Fox’s woollen mill after its acquisition by Deborah Meadon, investor and entrepreneur known for her appearances on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. Sarah has an MBA from Exeter University.

Richard Ring

Richard Ring, Non-Executive Director

Richard joined the Somerset Care Group in July 2016. Alongside his role on the Board of Directors, Richard is Chief Financial Officer and Retail Operations Director for the apetito Group, which deliver meals to care homes, hospitals and people living in their own homes. Richard is also the Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President for apetito Canada. 

Dr Jane Townson

Dr Jane Townson MA (Oxon), MSc, PhD, Chief Executive

Dr Jane Townson MA (Oxon), MSc, PhD, was appointed as Chief Executive in June 2015, after joining the Somerset Care Group Board in April 2011. Jane’s earlier career was spent working in bioscience and agribusiness and since 2005 she has been a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director on the Board of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, gaining significant experience in clinical and social care governance. Jane was appointed as Vice Chairman of UKHCA in October 2017. She also runs her own business, providing consultancy and professional training services for organisations and individuals on the link between nutrition and health and wellbeing.

Sue Andrews FCIPD, Executive Director HR and Organisational Development

Sue joined the Somerset Care Group in 1993, becoming Group Head of HR and Training ten years later, and shortly after being appointed as Director of Somerset Care’s training company, Acacia Training and Development. In 2012, Sue was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) before being promoted to Executive Director of HR and Organisational Development in July 2015.

Gary Ridewood, Executive Director of Finance

Gary Ridewood was appointed as Executive Director of Finance for the Somerset Care Group in September 2017. Gary, who is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and holds a First Class degree in Economics and Accountancy from Loughborough University, brings with him a wealth of experience in managing finance from within fast-moving acquisitive and entrepreneurial environments.

In association with

  • Registered Care Providers Association Ltd
  • National Care Forum
  • Quality First
  • United Kingdom Homecare Association
  • Acacia training and development