Our Trustees
The role of the Trustees is to ensure that Tamar House meets the needs of our residents in a way that is expected by people today and the home remains fully compliant with the standards laid down by the Abbeyfield Society and the Care Quality Commission.
None of this would be possible without ensuring financial stability. To this end, we perform regular inspections and meet 4 times a year with the Care Manager and Administrative Officer, which forms our Executive Committee. Reports from the various members are received and ongoing management and policy topics discussed. Each Trustee has specific areas of responsibility. These include financial management, health and safety, marketing, estate management, resident liaison, human resources, legal matters, and quality standards.
Our Trustees often spend time with our residents.
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Meet our trustees...
Dr. Richard Page
Dr. Page retired from General Practice 11 years ago after 30 years at Yealmpton. Prior to this he spent 5 years in the Royal Navy where he trained as an Anaesthetist. He was asked to become a Trustee about 10 years ago and has been Chairman for about 5 years. Dick says he finds this voluntary role very satisfying, if at times somewhat challenging! He goes on to say that he is very fortunate to be excellently supported by his fellow trustees, the staff at Tamar House and the Abbeyfield Society.
Mr. Peter Lowson
Peter was educated in Plymouth and went on to train as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in London. He then moved to Arthur Young (now EY) and worked in Lisbon and London. Peter returned to Plymouth in 1983 to open the office of PKF Francis Clark where he was partner until his retirement in 2010. Peter is now the Treasurer of the Tamar House Society.
Mr. David James
David is retired, having formerly enjoyed a career as a solicitor in practice in Devon and Cornwall. An area of his work encompassed acting for individuals, including the elderly, in relation to both their business and personal interests.
Mr. Ken Farnham
Ken is the managing director of a construction & development company as well as being managing board director of the Master Builders Federation and a director of the Building & Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council. Ken is also the chairman of FMB SW Regional Charitable Fund and chairman of The Abbeyfield Buckland Monachorum Society Ltd. He has been a trustee at Tamar House for 4 years and brings his experience to the board in building development, maintenance and employment management.
Mr. Eric Distin
With 47 years as an Abbeyfield Volunteer, Eric has a background in chartered surveying and is the founder committee member at Tamar House where he is currently focusing on the estate. Eric was a former Director of the Abbeyfield Society and Regional Chairman for Devon & Cornwall. He is also the current Chair at Abbeyfield Saltash.
Mr. John Deacon
John has a wealth of experience gained  from his professional life where he has been a non executive director on the Plymouth Health authority for over 10 years and a member of the NHS Deanery for 5 years. He is also a member of the Plymouth Mental Health Management Team. John was a Secondary School Headteacher for over 20 years and also worked as an inspector of schools. John draws upon the above experience and specifically supports Tamar House with his financial and people management skills.
Mr. Trevor Addis
Trevor has had over 35 years experience in marketing, business management and working in the commercial sector.
He has also spent many years advising and supporting small businesses in the area.
He has lived in Plymouth since 1980 and has recently joined the board of trustees to advise
on all aspects of marketing  at Tamar House.  

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