The NAEP Board

The NAEP Board is composed of eleven serving Board Members, covering fourteen Board Posts, with some Board Members at present holding more than one Board post.

Board Members

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NAEP Executive Team

Jean Hutfield - NAEP Council Member

Jean Hutfield

NAEP Chief Executive

Treasurer/Health Representative/Conference Operations Group – Vice-Chair/Communications Group Chair

Jean has worked in the NHS for 47 years and has been involved in Equipment for 40 of those years. She has been Head of Operational Services that included Community Equipment Services and also Commissioner of Community Equipment Services in West Cheshire. Jean now works at Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust, whilst also sitting on the Medical Devices Committee, she is also a Director of the National Association of Medical Devices Educators & Trainers (NAMDET).

Jean has been involved in NAEP since its conception when it was Equipment Service Providers. The first NAEP Conference took place at the Heartlands in Birmingham in 1997, it became the National Association of Equipment Providers (NAEP) a not for profit organisation in 1999 and her membership number is 17. She truly believes that Community Equipment Services are at the heart of keeping people in their own homes and also allowing patients to be discharged in a safe way.

Jean has had the privilege to be the Chair of NAEP since July 2007, she finds it to be a very rewarding position and has met a lot of interesting people, Jean hopes to spend many more years as Chair.

Bridget Gaynord

Bridget Gaynord

NAEP Executive

NAEP Eastern
Regional Group Chair

I qualified as an OT with a Dip COT from (what was then) Newcastle Polytechnic more years ago than I care to admit to. Since my student days down the Bigg Market (if you know, you know) my clinical work has been wide ranging and varied – and always seemed to involve toilet seats! At some point I moved into a 3 month secondment to work with our newly outsourced equipment service. Two decades, two retenders and one global epidemic later, I’m still the Clinical Advisor to Peterborough and Cambridgeshire ICES. I have been a member of NAEP for a few years and chair of the Eastern Region for the last few years, hopefully enabling our wonderful membership to network, share, develop and think all things equipment.

Non-Executive Board Members

Frances Kent - Council Member

Frances Kent
RGN / Queens Nurse

Chair of Clinical and Prescriber Support SIG since inception in 2007

Frances is Clinical Nurse Specialist Lead for a Specialist Clinical Equipment Resource Team and Community Equipment Service in Buckinghamshire.
In post since September 1995 providing advice and expert assessments for community equipment provision for complex needs of clients. Provides training for all users of the Community Equipment Service to facilitate safe and proper use of equipment, including the technical and theoretical aspects of the equipment prescribed. Additionally, in conjunction with the provider and clinicians develops processes, policies, and guidance in relation to risk assessments, suitability of the equipment and the environment.

NAEP – Board member since it was formed. Now in process of writing 4th guidance document. Attended every conference since they started.

Evelyn Murray

Evelyn Murray

NAEP Scottish Regional Group Chair & Regional Coordinator Scotland

Aurndra Golden - North West Regional Chair

Aurndra Marshall-Clarke

NAEP North
Regional Group Chair

Sarah Windsor

Sarah Windsor

NAEP Midlands
Regional Group Chair

Sarah Docksey (nee Bailey) - Trent Regional Chair

Sarah Docksey (nee Bailey)

NAEP Trent
Regional Group Chair

Anita Rush - South East Regional Chair

Anita Rush

NAEP South East
Regional Group Chair

Anne Reed

Anne Reed

Honorary Legal Advisor

Oriana Bell

Oriana Bell

NAEP Co-Ordinator
& Digital Manager

Oriana has been working with NAEP for many years, along with our team she redesigned and built the NAEP public website and created our Members Area providing a central hub for NAEP Members to make the most of their membership benefits.

She manages updates for the website, publishs our monthly NAEP Focus and quarterly NAEP Insider. More recently she has taken on the task of our Membership Administrator, helping members with their renewals, upgrades, and ensuring they make full use of their benefits. Oriana also enjoys assisting the team with our annual conference administration and queries.

Board Member Responsibilities

The NAEP National Board is responsible for ensuring that robust systems are in place for the management of the key areas of the association’s business.

  1. Governance
    – To provide effective governance that ensures the business of the organisation provides clarity and is transparent to all members.
  2. Operational
    – To ensure the operational services of the organisation are managed in an effective and efficient manner.
  3. Financial
    – To develop a proactive approach to business planning and financial forecasting and to ensure external audit takes place of NAEP’s finance and Business is carried out.
  4. Services to Members
    – To conduct all such other lawful processes that will further the attainment of the aims and objectives of the organisation.

NAEP is aligned with organisations that offer services and support to the statutory and private sector community equipment providers.

Terms of Reference

Download the 2021 NAEP Board Terms of Reference pdf by clicking here.

NAEP’s remit will continue in:

  • The promotion of our member’s interests in the national policymaking arena and to form partnerships with like-minded organisations to support the development of the organisation and its services.
  • Managing, interpreting, and disseminating information both within the organisation and externally that will promote the interest of our members.
  • Working closely with all Government bodies and associated partners throughout the United Kingdom to ensure that policy changes are informed by evidence.

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