Our fellows

Skills for Care Fellows are senior leaders who have a shared passion and commitment to improve the workforce in the adult social care sector.

Each of our Fellows have made a significant contribution to the adult social care workforce agenda over the course of their careers and have worked in partnership with Skills for Care on workforce issues.

Skills for Care Fellows act as ambassadors for Skills for Care and for adult social care as a whole, and use their expertise and insight to advise us and shape our work.



Anita Astle

Anita has managed Wren Hall Nursing Home for the past 26 years and is the Registered Manager there. Anita trained as a Registered General Nurse in 1984 and worked as a Staff Nurse on the Burns Unit, and later Intensive Care unit at Nottingham City Hospital. Anita has been an active member of the Nottingham University School of Nursing Practice Learning Team since its inception in 2000.

She has been Vice Chair of the Nottinghamshire Partnership for Social Care Workforce Development, Regional Chair and Board member for Skills for Care.



Clenton Farquharson

Clenton has extensive knowledge around health and social care, particularly in relation to equality and co-production due to both personal and professional experience. He is a member of the National Co-production Advisory Group, which is a partner of the Think Local, Act Personal partnership. He is also a member of the Coalition for Collaborative Care Co-production Group, which brings together people, including people with long-term conditions, and organisations from across health and social care. Clenton is Director of Community Navigator Services CIC and a trustee of Lench's Trust and of CHANGE; a learning disability rights charity. Clenton was awarded an MBE for services to people with disabilities in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List.



Peter Hodkinson

Peter is Managing Director of Leeds based Health and Social care organisation Westward Care. He is chair of Leeds Care Association (LCA), and was a trustee of Skills for Care for 11 years.



Jill-ManthorpeJill Manthorpe

Jill is Professor of Social Work at King’s College London and Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit. She also has much experience in the voluntary sector and is a Trustee of the not for profit care provider the Orders of St John Care Trust. Jill’s unit at King’s focuses on the social care workforce and publishes particularly on the subjects of dementia, risk, safeguarding and care. She is a social gerontologist by academic discipline and is a Fellow of the Academy for Social Sciences and a Senior Researcher Emerita of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


Bill-MumfordBill Mumford

Bill has 40 years’ experience in the health and social care sector, starting as a live-in care assistant at Barnardo's.  More recently he was the CEO of Eden Valley and Jigsaw Hospice for adults and children in Cumbria and before then CEO of the charity MacIntyre.  Whilst at MacIntyre he created the Great Interactions values-based recruitment programme which won the Skills for Care Winner of Winners Accolade. 

Additional roles held include: Non-Executive Director of NICE having joined the board as its first social care representative, Chair of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, Chair of the National Market Development Forum and Director of the Winterbourne Joint Improvement Programme.  He’s currently working in a freelance capacity specialising in leadership development, mentoring and facilitation.


Julia-ScottJulia Scott

Julia has been Chief Executive at the College of Occupational Therapists since 2006.  Prior to this, she held the position of Vice Chair of the COT Council. Julia is an Honorary Fellow at Brunel and NICE. Julia started her career as an Occupational therapist in the NHS and subsequently went on to work with GPs and Practice nurses on a Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention project.  Having moved in to social care, Julia’s career has developed across a variety of roles and in 2001 she was seconded to the Department of Health.  Prior to joining the College, Julia was Head of Disability services at Kensington and Chelsea Social Services in London.


Melanie-WeatherleyMelanie Weatherley

Melanie is Chief Executive of Walnut Care at Home, a domiciliary care provider in Lincolnshire providing more than 5,000 hours per week. Melanie is acting Chair of Lincolnshire Care Association (LinCA) which is represents residential, domiciliary, and community care providers in the county.  In 2015 Melanie established LinCA Workforce Development which works closely with Local Authority and NHS colleagues to provide an integrated response to the sector by developing and commissioning programmes and resources. Melanie is a chartered Accountant and has worked in both the UK and USA in this field.