Sponsors Board

Sponsors Board

National Care Association values the contribution our sponsors make to the social care sector in their unique way. In order to ensure we harness the most effective support we have created a NCA Sponsors Board which meets annually to consider and respond to the challenges our members face.

We pride ourselves on our collaborative approach with our sponsors where we are fully committed to working together to achieve excellence for our members and those they serve and to bring change and innovation for the benefit of the sector. 

The sponsors board representatives:

David Taylor - Howden Insurance Brokers Limited

With 40+ years’ experience in the commercial and corporate insurance sector, including the last 10 years specifically supporting the insurance needs of Social Care providers, David has a breadth of experience in supporting the requirements of our sector and is responsible for Howden’s Health & Care practice in the UK. Social Care is the largest area of focus and attention, although other segments include Primary Care (surgeries, clinics etc.), specific Medical Malpractice covers for Doctors, Consultants/Surgeons & Dentists, also Allied Healthcare (e.g. talking therapists) and the developing world of Digital Healthcare & Life Sciences.

Howden is a specialist broking group, which includes insurance brands such as A-Plan, Endsleigh and Aston Lark under its umbrella, meaning the Group has the capability and reach to help you across many, if not all, aspects of insurance, both business and personal. Despite being a global business of scale (over 10,500 people across 45 territories) it remains effectively an ‘employee owned’ business which focusses heavily on its strategy of ‘People First’ with Global specialisms driven by Local Experts. Quality of advice and service is the cornerstone of approach, and Howden regard their connection with the NCA as a key relationship in their desire to be the ‘broker of choice’ for Social Care.

Albert Cook -MD - Bettal Quality Consultancy

Albert is Managing Director of Bettal Quality Consultancy, a small but thriving family business that has provided quality management systems (including policies and procedures) to care homes, domiciliary care services, registration of domiciliary care and supported living services and daycare for nearly 30 years.

Key to our success is our raison d’etre to provide high-quality documentation to providers of social care services that comply with the requirements of the CQC at an affordable cost. All our documents are written by people who have expertise and practicable experience of the care sector.

Albert has extensive experience in the care sector as a manager of social care services, a principal inspector of adult care services, and a researcher for the European Commission at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Albert is committed to quality and is a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute.

Bettal continues to grow as a company and has gained a high reputation for the quality of its documentation. This, in no small way, is down to the recommendations of registered managers who have encouraged others to join us, contributing more than 20% of Bettal Quality Consultancy's overall sales.

For more information, please visit https//www bettal.co.uk

Telephone: 01697741411

Paul Ridout - HCR Law

Paul Ridout has been providing advice to the health and social care sector for over 40 years. Throughout his career Paul has been actively and constantly instructed in matters relating to the operation, regulation and funding of care service businesses. Paul has a unique knowledge from previous experience of how regulation has changed and is regarded as one of the most experienced advisers in the sector.

Now working with HCR Law -

With an increasingly ageing population, demand for adult social care continues to rise, putting pressure on an already stretched sector.

Our dedicated healthcare specialists can advise you on a wide range of issues your business may encounter, providing support when you need it and sharing the experience we have gained from advising similar businesses.

Derek Breingan, Head of Health & Social Care - Virgin Money

Derek has many years of UK multi banking experience but has a personal passion for social care and has become actively involved in the national care agenda much of which supporting a wide variety of health and social care businesses. These include aged care, specialist care and looked after children. Derek joined the bank in 2010 to create a dedicated sector approach and grow the bank appetite to support health and social care in the UK. It is now the second largest sector that the bank lends to in the UK.

With a dedicated team of 19 colleagues Virgin Money seeks to support businesses within the sector with finance, advice, support and direct relationship management.

Derek also actively promotes better outcomes for social care and is an Ambassador for Championing Social Care, supporter of the Care Workers Charity and a regular speaker at public events.


07818 454674


Richard Hornsey, Senior Director - Health and Social Care Corporate and Structured Finance -Virgin Money

I have worked in banking for 39 years and have spent the last 19 years working with the Health and Social Care Sector, this includes the provision of a range of funding structures to elderly, children and specialist care provision.


James Leigh – apetito

James is Business Manager for apetito Care Homes. Having joined apetito back in 2012 he has worked in several different roles within the Care Homes division. Having spent over 5 years working with providers to improve the quality of food they’re serving and the dining experience they’re offering, James has extensive experience in all areas of care catering.

apetito is the leading meal provider for care homes and our chefs pride themselves in creating dishes for specific dietary requirements and nutritional needs. All without compromising on a delicious meal. Our meals are created with sustainably sourced ingredients and designed to enhance the health and well-being of residents. Our award-winning range includes our world leading texture modified meals for those residents living with dysphagia and our world-first Fingers Foods Bites range for residents with dementia; enabling you to offer all residents a meal that is not only safe but allows them dine with dignity.

For more information, please visit: https://apetito.link/nationalcareassociation

Ben Campbell - Director IPA Purchasing Ltd, IPA Cleaning and Hygiene Ltd

With 20 years’ experience at the top of major supply chain organisations, 15 of those in management and operations, Ben is extremely well versed in the FMCG marketplace, and comes with a wealth of knowledge and operational skills. Ben loves procurement and specialises in Food, Hygiene and Catering Supplies. Driving down supplier costs and increasing client revenue is in the very core of his being.