Board of Directors

Felicity Irwin DL MCIPR Chairman

Felicity Irwin DL MCIPR - Chairman

Felicity has been Chairman of Care South (formerly The Dorset Trust) since 2000 and is a founder member of the Board of Trustees of the charity, which was formed in 1991.

She lives in Dorset and has been involved in voluntary organisations for more than 40 years and has raised millions of pounds for charity.

She has served as a Justice of the Peace, Chairman of the Wessex branch of the Institute of Directors, Relate marriage guidance, Dorset Conciliation and has served as Governor of Bournemouth University, Poole Grammar School and Dumpton School. She was a regional executive for Television South and is a public relations consultant. She is also Chairman of the Poole Museum Foundation. She enjoys tennis, flying, and sporting challenges, having run the London Marathon, biked around the Dead Sea and skydived for charity.

Chris Kean FCA Vice Chairman

Chris Kean FCA - Vice Chairman

Chris has been a Director of Care South for a number of years and is presently our Vice Chairman. He is also Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committees and serves on both the Property and Development and Remuneration Committees.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and for many years, until his retirement, was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP both in the UK and overseas.

During his professional career he worked closely with a number of clients in the not-for-profit sector through which he has gained an in-depth understanding of the particular issues affecting businesses of a charitable nature.

Tiggy Ansell


Tiggy joined the board of Care South in July 2015. She has extensive experience of elderly nursing care in the not-for-profit sector and was the Chair of TH Russell Charitable Trust – the former owners of the residential nursing home at St Ives. Care South acquired the St Ives site and has now re-opened the new St Ives House and St Ives Place development.

Stephanie Barnett BSc (Hons) FCIPD


Stephanie was appointed to the Care South Board in May 2013.

Stephanie is a business consultant with an extensive range of experience and expertise in HR and Training. She specialises in strategic HR solutions, change management, engagement, learning and development.

Paul Causton BA MA Director

Paul is a solicitor and chartered tax adviser. He was for many years a partner in local firm, Steele Raymond LLP, and is now a consultant with the firm.
His wide ranging professional experience includes dealing with mental capacity issues and the affairs of elderly clients, and advising, and occasionally lecturing on, taxation matters as they affect charities.
Paul is a member of Rotary and his other interests include history in which he has two postgraduate degrees.

Dr Richard Day FRCP FRCP(Ed)


Richard has been a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Poole Hospital since 1988, with interests in drug therapy, stroke, and rehabilitation. He is Chairman of the Dorset Stroke Support Association, and has been the England representative on the finance committee of the British Geriatrics Society. He contributes to the board in many ways, including a focus on the quality of care.

Richard Dyson


Richard was appointed to the Care South board in May 2009 and is a member of the Property and Development Committee.

He is also the principal of a management consultancy company which specialises in the provision of facilities management expertise within the health and residential care sector. His work extends throughout the UK and also overseas.

Richard previously had a long and distinguished career with the National Health Service, developing innovative service solutions to support and enable clinical care advancements.

Richard Groom MBE FCIB


Richard joined the board of Care South in May 2010. He was a General Manager of The Woolwich Building Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a past President of the Charted Institute of Building Societies.

He is a past Chairman of the Lord’s Taverners and a Trustee of the Orpheus Trust, an Independent Specialist College developing life time skills for disabled young adults. He is also a Non Executive Director of a property company.

Charles Hunter FRICS


Charles was appointed to the Care South Board in January 2014. He has headed the property investment teams in several large financial institutions, where he was responsible for investment decisions on large transactions and developments. Recently he has served as a non executive director on a number of property fund vehicles and is Chairman of the quoted Axa Property Trust plc. He also served nine years as a Council Member and Trustee of another care organisation, St Monica Trust based in Bristol.

Jane Stichbury CBE QPM DL

Jane Stichbury CBE QPM DL

Jane joined the Board of Care South in July 2017. She has spent some 40 years in public service, with a career in policing spanning some 32 years. Jane served in many challenging roles in the Metropolitan Police, prior to her appointment as Chief Constable in Dorset, a wonderful county which she was proud to lead for nearly six years. She concluded her policing career as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary with oversight of 16 forces, including national work. She was then delighted to work in the NHS as Chair of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals for seven years.

Jane has other charitable interests and appointments. She has always wanted to ensure the best possible support and service for citizens and patients, and strongly supports the Care South HEART Values.

James Webster BSc FRICS


James is a chartered surveyor who for most of his professional career specialised in advice on issues relating to property development and town planning. He joined the board of Care South in 2007, around the time of his retirement from full time practice.

He brings experience on property-related matters and is Chair of the Care South Property and Development Committee.