Borough Care is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society. This means that all our income and profits are reinvested for the benefit of our residents.

We have a board of Directors, who are responsible for:

Leading the organisation to ensure that it is properly run;
Developing a strategy, which enables every resident to live their Life in Colour;
Putting policies, plans and resources are in place to achieve the strategic objectives; and
Monitoring progress against those objectives

We operate a ‘combined board’ structure, which means that both executives (who are full-time employees of Borough Care) and non-executives (independent, part-time board members, who bring external expertise and experience) collectively lead and govern the organisation.

We are deeply committed to engaging our residents, families and staff, ensuring their views are heard and genuinely inform the approach that we take and the decisions we make.

We know that good corporate governance is essential for the organisation’s success, and the services we deliver are vital to the residents and families we serve. We work hard to provide a balanced, diverse and effective board, leading the organisation to deliver benefit to the communities that we serve, whilst complying with our legal obligations.

The day-to-day management of our operations is delegated to the Chief Executive and the Executive team.

Kanika Selvan

Non-Executive Director

Kanika is a motivated non-executive director, with a passion to ensure that communities in the North are well equipped with homes and care support that builds resilience to future challenges.

Through her career as a technical change practitioner, she offers a strong understanding of customer engagement, holding a background in public, private and third sector organisations.

She offers a diverse perspective, brought about through lived experience as a BAME woman in technical leadership, combined with her work as Director of Change in ‘Tech for Good’ start ups. She has held EDI ‘lead’ roles at board level; delivers mentoring; hands on experience of founding diversity employee networks; building new talent pipelines and sharing EDI thought leadership at public speaking events.

Helen Gopsill

Non-Executive Director

An accomplished business leader with over 25 years experience working with many well-respected, global brands, Helen has a background in the fields of Human Resources, engagement and employee relations, gained within organisations undergoing major change and organisational transformation.

Since April 2021, Helen has worked as a NED for Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, with responsibilities on the Digital Connectivity Board and the Remunerations & Appointments Committee.

She is a member of NEDonBoard, the professional body for NEDs in UK.

Helen is driven by the desire to make a positive contribution to individuals, communities and society. In her spare time, she works as a Coaching Volunteer for Smart Works Greater Manchester and as a Careers Enterprise Adviser, improving careers education in Warrington.

Rekha Harrison

Board Member

Rekha is Chief Executive Officer of charity, Petrus Community and has over 30 years’ experience in community and social care. In her spare time Rekha is studying for her MBA and working as a volunteer tutor for women studying for degree level qualifications.

Nick Pennell
Head of Finance

As Head of Finance, Nick has a head for figures, having previously worked for accounting giant KPMG as its Deputy Finance Director of Learning Services. He is responsible for managing our finance team, updating our financial processes, and helping us to improve efficiency, through the introduction of new technology, ensuring that our ethos of profit-for-purpose is at the heart of our business thinking.

Outside of work, Nick loves to spend time in the garden of his home in the Peak District, with wife and two cats. He also loves walking, camping, eating, ‘Dad’ jokes, 70s music and playing his guitar ‘badly’.

Julie Sutton
Operations Director

Julie joined the Borough Care team in December 2020 and has brought with her over 30 years’ experience of working in the Health and Social Care sector. During her career she has held post in several senior management positions, which includes Regional Manager roles, as an Inspector and as Quality and Compliance Manager. One of Julies many strengths is her strategic knowledge of working with different organisations, service users and working in multi-disciplinary teams. Julie also has in depth knowledge and experience of regulations, compliance, quality assurance and governance.

As well as having a passion for making care services for older people a place where residents can live their lives to the full and enjoy every day, Julie loves to spend her downtime outside, embracing nature, camping, walking and wildlife photography!

Mark Ward
CEO

Mark has been a voluntary sector leader, Chief Executive and Non-Executive Board member for over 20 years. He has worked across social care, youth work, disability, environmental regeneration and education. In every organisation, Mark has delivered growth in services, quality and finances. At the heart of every company he has led is his ethos of enabling people to live their best possible life, regardless of the challenges they might face.

In addition to leading Borough Care, Mark is a Trustee and Finance Committee member of Skills for Care, a charity that improves skills in the care sector. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Finance & Risk committee member at Vivo Care Choices, a not-for-profit provider of services to people with learning disabilities and autism in Cheshire.

Isla Wilson

Chair

An experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director, Isla has a track record for innovation, social value, partnerships and collaboration. With a background in health, social care and housing, Isla is driven to tackle health and social inequalities, and achieve better outcomes for communities. Isla is passionate about using engagement to empower people – including those with learning difficulties and dementia – to have a say in how services and their workplace are designed.

Isla is also Vice Chair of the Integrated Care System for Lancashire and South Cumbria and is Chair of the Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism transition Board. She also founded and runs a small consultancy, which specialises in innovation, growth and Board development for businesses and social ventures. Outside of work, Isla has two children and a menagerie of pets.