The Judges

Meet the 2017 Suffolk Care Awards Judges

Each of our judges have occupational expertise and experience in the category on which they are judging.

Julie White

Category: Student placement / apprenticeship category

Julie White is Programme Manager with Health Education England supporting the development of the healthcare workforce across Norfolk and Suffolk. This includes supporting NHS employers to embrace apprenticeships to develop existing staff and to recruit new staff. Julie has promoted the development of networks with social care which includes apprenticeships, traineeships and careers guidance. Suffolk should be very proud of its collaborative working which has provided opportunities for young people to undertake rotational apprenticeships and traineeships across health and social care. Julie is currently an Enterprise Adviser and Careers Adviser working with local schools to promote health and social care career pathways. Julie is also a member of the Commissioning for Learning Integrated Care Workforce Task Group and has been able to support the ‘By The Bed’ project which is providing training and support to carers.

Maggie Tween

Category: End of life

Maggie is the Head of cancer, palliative and end of life care for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG and she recently managed the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy project which aimed to improve health and social care professionals the skills and knowledge to deliver high quality palliative and end of life care.


Nichola Bennett

Category: Promoting dignity and respect

Nichola is currently the Adult Safeguarding Operational Manager for Suffolk County Council. Nichola qualified as a Social Worker in 2004 having previously worked in a number of different care settings. Nichola worked as a Social Worker for the Learning Disability Team and Adult Care Team before joining the Adult Safeguarding Service in 2008. Nichola is also a qualified Practice Educator and Mentor for Social Work students and Best Interests Assessor for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards framework. Nichola said “I am honoured to be asked to be part of the Suffolk Care Awards again, I feel very passionately that we should celebrate the exemplary care being provided in Suffolk”

Dr Natius Oelofsen

Category: Inspiring leaders and managers

Dr Oelofsen is a Psychologist with an interest in helping people live fully and creatively, despite the challenges they may face in their personal or work lives. He works with organisations, teams and individuals to develop effective, yet compassionate ways of working, and has a particular interest in developing leaders within health and social care organisations. He has recently published books for practitioners in health and social care on maintaining compassion in the face of increasing demands and austerity, and reflective practice.


Julie Bateman

Category: Care service of the year

Julie is currently Assistant Director, Personalisation, Quality and Safeguarding with ACS at Suffolk County Council. Julie is a qualified social worker who has worked in social care services for the last 35 years. She arrived in Suffolk 20 years ago to manage mental health services and has stayed on ever since in a range of roles from operational management through to commissioning. Julie is passionate about good quality care and the Team award combines her interest in understanding how great leadership, an emphasis on workplace learning and best practice can all combine to create happy vibrant teams that deliver excellent services.

Julie Martin

Category: Innovative approaches to services for dementia

Julie is a Provider Support Lead working in Adult Community Services for Suffolk County Council and has 33 years’ experience working in a number of care settings both in Essex and Suffolk; having worked in various roles delivering and supporting direct care. Julie became the first Dignity Ambassador in Suffolk in 2012 and her role was promoting dignity standards within care services for adults across Suffolk. Julie was very proud to have been actively involved in the Suffolk GEM Awards for three years and in the first Suffolk Care Awards in 2016; she is looking forward to being part of the Suffolk Care Awards for the second year running.


Fran Woodall

Category: Excellent training

Fran is a Locality Manager for Skills for Care working with employers and related services in Suffolk and Norfolk to help create a better-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce. Prior to joining Skills for Care in 2015, Fran managed the Eastern Region Sector Led Improvement Programme; supporting senior leaders across the East of England to improve the quality of services provided to children and young people. Having graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a degree in Applied Psychology in 2004, Fran went on to gain over 10 years' experience in various roles within the public sector and completed a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Leicester University along the way. Fran is passionate about supporting employers to ensure their staff have the right values, skills and knowledge to enable them to provide quality care, and feels privileged to be part of the Suffolk Care Awards and be able to give recognition to those who are delivering excellent services, who often don't get the credit they deserve.

Jennifer Dudley

Category: Culture, creativity and activities

Jennifer is Director at NAPA (National Activity Providers Association) an organisation that aims for every care and support setting to be full of life, love and laughter. Jennifer has worked in the care sector for over thirty years, originally trained as an Occupational Therapist, specialising in the care of older people with a dementia. She has promoted person-centred care throughout her many roles in the care industry, encouraging others to promote standards as she progressed into strategic management. Jennifer enjoys inspiring others through delivering and facilitating training, also enjoying assessing and verifying in Health and Social Care. In her spare time Jennifer is a Guider, running a busy and active Brownie Unit and Guide Unit.


Julia Dinley

Category: Food and catering

Julia Dinley manages Adult Community Speech & Language Therapy services across Suffolk. She qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist over 20 years ago and has been working in her current role in Suffolk since 2005. Over this time, the service has seen a significant increase in the number of referrals from Care Homes for residents with swallowing difficulties. Julia is fully aware of the vital role Care Home staff play not only in making sure people can eat and drink safely, but also in helping to maintain people's enjoyment of meal times. She is very much looking forward to hearing about all the examples of good practice, therefore, which makes such a positive impact on people's quality of life.

Jane Finnerty

Category: Innovative approaches to services for dementia

A specialist in communications, financial know-how and wellbeing in Later Life. A member of various policy setting and various voluntary committees that campaign for older and disabled adults and trustee of the National Dignity Council. As Joint Chairman of the Society of Later Life Advisers, champions consumers being able to find accredited advice when it comes to their later life especially relating to retirement and care issues. She also writes for financial and consumer facing publications on Later Life issues and is passionate about standards, helping people develop their skills and assistive technology that can free advisers and carers to deliver kind compassionate care. Jane is looking forward to hearing about innovative approaches to services for dementia that can make such a difference to people and their family's quality of life.

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