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Meet Our Board Of Directors

Mike Padgham

Mike Padgham


With more than 30 years in social care, Mike Padgham is a leading and influential figure in the sector and leads the Independent Care Group from the front.

Mike is managing director of the growing, family-owned and award-winning Saint Cecilia’s Care Group, which owns three care homes, a nursing home and a day care centre in North Yorkshire.

An unflagging champion for social care, Mike is prepared to speak out, when others might shy away, gaining vital coverage, across print, radio and television media, including prime-time news bulletins.

Mike is also immediate past Chair of the UKHCA. He led it through a period of change and restructure, strengthening it, growing its membership and raising its profile. It is now the foremost voice for homecare in the UK.

He is a former non-executive director of Care England and is on the York Health and Wellbeing Board, the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Board and the North Yorkshire Strategic Partnership. Mike also holds non-executive director posts on a number of different companies.

After 30 years in the sector – 40 years if you include his previous role in healthcare, Mike shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, with the need to keep up the pressure for social care, Mike’s voice is as loud as ever, demanding change and a better deal for our oldest and most vulnerable.

Bev Proctor

Bev Proctor

Operations Director/Acting Chief Executive

For over 30 years Bev's career has largely spanned the Health system in delivering, leading and managing care in hospital & hospice services and community (out of hospital) provision.

Prior to joining the ICG Bev has worked across health and social care leading on patient flow and safety whilst developing a broad understanding of how 2 care systems function.

A Registered Nurse by background Bev has worked her way up from the frontline to more strategic/leadership roles in health and social care. Taking the opportunity to move into a more social care focussed role became a natural step in her career following a shift within the system to work in a more joined up way.

On a personal level, Bev describes her commitment to influencing and shaping communities health and social wellbeing as being at the core of everything she does. Being curious, quizzical and imagining the art of the possible. Partnership working is central to achieving these aims and relationship building across all sectors drives her ambitions to serve our communities.

Amongst other groups, Bev is a member of the North Yorkshire & York Safeguarding Adults Boards, Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Steering Group (York & North Yorkshire) and Chairs the Care Alliance for Workforce Development (social care).

Sue Cawthray

Sue Cawthray

Following a varied career for nearly 30 years within the care sector, Sue has been the Chief Executive with Harrogate Neighbours for 14 years, where she oversees the four services provided.  These include a Domiciliary Care Agency and the award winning hot meals on wheels delivery service 'Harrogate and Ripon Food Angels'.

Sue is skilled in all aspects of the care industry including hands on care, marketing, business and strategic planning, grants, and fund raising.

Sue has been a board member of the Independent Care Group for over 11 years. She engages with a local Leeds charity, Holbeck Together, who support the older community in Holbeck with various services.

Sue is also on the Board of Trustees for Donsithorpe Hall, a residential/nursing care home in North Leeds.

For the last 18 years Sue has held various positions with the National Association of Care Catering and is currently National Chair. Sue is the Lead for Yorkshire and Humberside Housing Lin.   She actively promotes the importance that all older people must have access to services to enable them to stay well cared for, nourished and hydrated.   She believes that older people should live independently, where possible and promotes the fact that regular human contact eases the devastating isolation and loneliness many elderly endure.

Tony Conroy

Tony was 'dragged kicking and screaming' into the world of social care in 1998 leaving behind a 'stress free' career in plumbing.

Along with his wife Gill, they developed Riccall Care, a domiciliary care company whilst taking over the ownership of Riccall House, a small care home established by Tony's parents in law in 1984.

Gill and Tony then bought three further care homes in the Selby and York area and opened a training centre for care workers and a Day Care Centre for the over 50's in 2012.

Tony joined the North Yorkshire Care Group just before it was renamed as the Independent Care Group so he has been a member for over 22 years.

Tony is now semi-retired but has remained active and interested in retaining his place on the board of Directors.


Vicky Craddock

Vicky Craddock

Vicky is a registered nurse who has worked in the independent sector since 1991 in a variety or managerial roles.

Currently Vicky is the Operations Director for the Maria Mallaband Care Group where she has been employed since 2003.

She is also the nominated individual with CQC and is responsible for leading a team of Regional Directors and Regional Heads of Quality and Compliance with a focus on maintaining core values of the organisation whilst maximising opportunities for improvement and development.

Vicky is a natural leader who enjoys the ability to influence change with a view of shaping a better future.


Neil Franklin

Neil joined the social care sector in 2015 having built a range of expertise from multiple businesses. He has a unique blend of financial and operational skills that, underpinned by a strong interest in technology and design, led Neil to become the CEO of a rapidly growing Adult Specialist Care organisation that has an ambitious plan to become a UK leader in the space, creating a sustainable business in the process.

Neil is passionate about creating high quality, bespoke spaces and delivering positive outcomes for the individuals in the care of his dedicated and talented team.

He is proud of his team achieving a CQC Outstanding rating but believes that this is only the beginning of a pursuit to ensuring the care provided on a daily basis is innovative, high-quality, person-centred and delivered with a sense of humour.

Neil believes that if care businesses can work together through organisations like the ICG, the voice of the social care sector will eventually be heard on a local, regional and national level. There is a lot of work and joined-up thinking to be done in order to give our segmented sector a clear identity to the general public - but Neil hopes he will see this in his lifetime, along with a new long-term bipartisan funding strategy for social care.

Neil is an active investor in the arts and tech startups.



Samantha Harrison

Sam has over 30 years experience of working within the health and social care sector. She qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993 in Leeds and worked in the acute trusts before returning to university to train as a District Nurse in 1997.

Sam worked locally in Harrogate and became a Community Practice Tutor for Leeds Metropolitan University to train District Nurses. After starting a family she left the NHS and worked as a Director within her family run Nursing/Residential Home and Domiciliary Care business, expanding the Domicillary Care across three sites in Harrogate, Settle and Thirsk/Ripon.

Throughout her career in health and social care she has always had an interest in staff development, education and recognition. Sam became a Director of the ICG in 2011.

In her spare time Sam enjoys running and road cycling.


Larry Hollando

Larry is passionate about improving the quality of life of people accessing social care services. He’s the CEO of the Avalon Group, an award winning charity and social care provider operating in Yorkshire and the North East. He’s been at the helm of the organisation for the past seven years.

With experience working for the NHS and local authorities in senior positions, Larry knows the care sector well. He’s a qualified social worker and is driven by supporting people to achieve their aspirations, whatever they may be. He has worked as a senior manager in a number of areas including North Yorkshire and Darlington.

Larry lives in Doncaster with his wife Jenny, their two Gordon Setters and their three cats. His Italian background has influenced his love for cooking hearty food and enjoying a Limoncello or two. For his sins, despite their regular failures on the football field, he’s an avid Crystal Palace supporter.


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Andrew Luckett

Andrew is passionate about providing high quality Domiciliary care whilst retaining the personal touch. Andrew is the Managing Director of his families business, New Concept Care and Nursing, which was set up by Andrews mother in the families spare bedroom In 1989.

Andrew studied Business Management at Newcastle University followed by a Post graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Andrew is now a Chartered Member of the CIPD. After travelling Andrew returned to the UK, and supported NCCN though its first acquisition. Andrew has developed an in-depth understanding of TUPE, and is passionate about his workforce, staff development and training. Andrew has been the Joint chair of the East Riding of Yorkshire Partnership Board, and currently sits on the North Yorkshire Council Partnership Board.

Andrew became a board member of the ICG in 2011.


Sean Atkinson Maury

Sean worked in Children’s Homes in both North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council for 21 years. He qualified as a social worker in 1994 and enjoyed working as a Deputy Manager in two Children’s Homes in York. He left this post when the council decided to re-organise.

Sean was appointed the Hospital Social Worker in York and was the designated Social Worker for the Neck and Femur Ward. He then moved to the NHS to work as the Social Worker on the Fast Response team before taking on the responsibility of the Managers post. He worked for 7 happy years within the NHS.

Thereafter Sean moved to Harrogate to manage a residential care home for the Royal National Institute for the Blind where he continues to enjoy the work he does.

When not working he enjoys running and walking with his dogs, and taking skiing holidays with family and friends.

Sue Nutter

Sue Nutter

Sue started her career as a cadet nurse at Leeds General Infirmary in 1975 prior to commencing her registered nurse training in 1976.  After qualifying in 1979 she remained at LGI as a staff nurse on the ophthalmic unit before moving to Harrogate and taking a senior staff nurse post on the opthalmic ward in the old General Hospital.

Sue remained there until the birth of her daughter in 1982 by which time she had moved to Catterick. To help with childcare arrangements Sue undertook several jobs in the community with the Marie Curie nurses looking after patients in their own homes at end of life, whilst also doing the odd night in the intensive care unit at Harrogate District hospital.

When Sue's daughter started school she took a post at the Friarage Hospital as a staff nurse on nights on the general medical and coronary care unit where she remained until moving to the Garrison Hospital to staff an elderly care unit for two years which was run by the NHS.  After this unit closed Sue began a post as a special needs teaching assistant with a child with brittle bones where she remained until he transferred to secondary education.

Sue then took a post at Maple Lodge care home as a staff nurse.  I really enjoyed this and progressed to home manager within 2 years. She had finally found a role that suited her many skills!

Sue was then seconded to Poland, Jersey, London and also local homes to assist failing homes as well as managing her own home and eventually took over a very large home in Middlesbrough after turning it around.

Sue then moved back to Harrogate in 2010 to be near her father who was terminally ill.  My husband, Chris noticed a home near to their own home which required a manager and as they say the rest is history as there she remains the manager where she will remain until she retires.

Sue has taken on several community roles as a direct result of being a member of the ICG board for 11 years which has increased her knowledge and understanding in several areas. It has been a pleasure meeting so many dedicated and kind people in an ever increasing difficult market at the many meetings that she attends through her work.


Linda Stephens

Linda has spent her working life in Mental Health within the NHS and the Independent and Charitable Sectors. Her career has spanned many diverse roles at all levels within a broad sector of organisations, from Student Nurse to CEO of a secure forensic mental health service.

Although Linda is now retired, she began her career as a registered mental health nurse.  She studied for a degree in Health Services Management and then an MBA.  She has recently been made a Fellow of the International Institute for Organisational, Psychological Medicine, (IIOPM).

Linda is currently working as a Service Development Director within a Supported Living organisation and has a keen interest in strategy planning and the implementation of mentoring schemes, a subject she feels particularly passionate about.

Outside of her working commitments she is a keen gardener both in terms of design and planting along with enjoying the company and walks with her dog Sam.

Harry Larcombe

Harry Larcombe

Harry joined the care world in the early seventies after 15 years or so in completely different jobs as diverse as farming and lorry driving. Joining Bradford Social Services as a social work assistant, Harry quickly became an unqualified social worker then qualified social worker after completing a degree as a mature student then undertaking post graduate qualifications.

After ten years, Harry went to Australia and took a position as Community Services Manager in a progressive city council in Victoria, responsible for various services including domiciliary services, social work services, meals on wheels, aids and adaptations and so on. He was also responsible for the councils social work student unit taking students from Monash University.

Harry then moved to Tasmania as Director of Client Services at the Royal Tasmanian Society for the Blind and Deaf-an ancient organisation that provided a range of services including nursing home and industrial training services. A move back to Victoria saw Harry back in post at another council in Melbourne as Human Services Manager, a corporate position providing social work, care and nursing homes, child care centres, domiciliary and youth services, emergency planning and so on. On returning to the UK in the late eighties, Harry bought a small care home in North Yorkshire, expanded to a 40 bed nursing home and has operated two nursing homes and a care home since. He has been a formative member of the ICG and its predecessors since the late eighties. He is a firm believer in minimal paperwork on the basis that written hyperbole does little or nothing to actual care delivery!

Harry retired from the ICG Board of Directors in December 2020.  All at the ICG thank Harry for his loyal service to both this organisation and the Care Sector as a whole.  We wish him a long and happy retirement.

John Fisher


It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic news that our friend, colleague and ICG Board Director John Fisher, sadly passed away on 4th April 2020, after a battle with coronavirus (Covid-19). John had been ill with the virus for some days. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

John was founder and Chairman of the Fisher Care Group, a popular member of the Independent Care Group and a respected figure in the wider world of social care.

A larger than life character, John was full of fun and will be sadly missed for the laughs he brought to Group meetings and social events.

‘Farewell Good Friend’