Board of Trustees

Karen Dykes

Having had over a twenty five year career in the NHS as a Registered Nurse I moved to the private sector in 2013. I came to Mount Olivet Nursing Home as a Clinical Lead Nurse, leading to Registered Manager in 2016. Mount Olivet is a Nursing Home environment which offers high level Nursing care predominately for elderly. My first CQC inspection rated the Home as overall Outstanding, first Nursing Home in Torbay to receive this accolade. This inspired me and my team even further to ensure quality care for the elderly resident’s. Having laid excellent foundations and links within the community , and having a clinical background, I am confident that I am able to support, inspire and promote best practice within Residential Care Home Settings.

Maddy Bird

My name is Maddy Bird and I am the founder of Love To Care Devon, a home care organisation which was rated by CQC in June 2018 as Outstanding supporting over 45 people across Paignton and Torquay. I have been fortunate to have found a vocation within the Health and Care sector which gives me purpose. I am committed to positive change and am a firm believer that by working together we can support each other to better serve our communities. I am excited to be joining the CMN as a Trustee Member and I hope to add value by through community engagement, projects which prevent social isolation and to support Intergenerational activities across the network. In addition to offering an open invitation for any provider to contact me if they need any peer support. You can best contact me on

Nicola Barnes

I have worked in the care industry for 20 years, with a variety of customers, including elderly and frail, dementia, learning difficulties, complex care and mental health. I worked in a Mental Health setting for 6 years and then moved into the domiciliary care sector. I joined the NHS, and worked within the NHS for 8 years, and as a service manager in the NHS for five years with Rapid Response. I have worked in the private sector for three and a half years, as a manager of domiciliary services. I am currently the Registered Branch Manager for Helping Hands Home Care