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Leeds Care Association is passionate about quality care and champions quality through involvement in working groups, working with its members and through influencing and lobbying at a local, regional and national level.

Our role is to protect the interests of the Independent Care Sector providers in Leeds. This is achieved by representation with Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds, sitting on many committees and development groups, through informing members and reinforcing the need for a partnership approach when required.

Our primary function is to support our members but, though organic growth, we are also able to provide a range of wider services including:

  • DBS application processing,
  • Consultancy,
  • and advice to providers, employers and service users.

Leeds Care Association is a WDF Lead partner and promotes workforce development through supporting its members and partners with workforce planning, completion of NMDS or planning and purchasing training.

Leeds Care Association is a Not For Profit organisation which has been  operating as a Limited Company since 2002.

LCA Board

Peter Hodkinson


I am the Managing Director of Westward Care Ltd and have overall business responsibility for the management of the company.

Westward Care currently operates across three multi-service sites with a diverse range of care services to older people including residential care, nursing care, intermediate care, extra care apartments and independent living apartments.

I started my career in construction management but subsequently became a Building Control Surveyor with Leeds City Council where I worked for 13 years.

In 1995 I jointly founded Westward Care Ltd using my building management knowledge of creating and developing care homes in Leeds. In 1997 I become Managing Director.

My construction industry background and my management skills have been influenced and developed on the principles of sound project planning, development of processes and control, supported by effective team working to achieve objectives and outcomes.

I am a strategic thinker and influencer, who recognises the need to develop a competent team capable of sharing, being committed to and delivering the vision for the company. I value the working relationships within any team. Quality is a driver as are shared values, principles and ethical practice.

In recent years, I have lead the change to innovate new models of care for older people around independent living with care and support on all sites.

I apply the same principles to my Chairmanship of LCA.

In addition to being Chairman of Leeds Care Association, I have wider involvement with the Care Sector. I stood down last October as a board director & trustee of Skills for Care and have since been made a Skills for Care Fellow.  In addition, I am a trustee / director of Holbeck Elderly Aid.

Graeme Lee

Board Director

Graeme has been a Director of the LCA since its creation as a “Not for profit” Limited company in 2002/03 taking the role of  Chairman between 2004 and 2006. Graeme brings a diverse range of skills, knowedge and expertise of both business and the unique care market to the Board.

As the Group CEO of Springfield Healthcare Group since 1994, Graeme leads an organisation that provides Care Homes, domiciliary care services and supported living units across Yorkshire and the North East.  The group now has over 2500 clients in their care and has over 1300 employees across West, North and East Yorkshire.

Springfield Healthcare celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 and is one of the longest established Care Providers in Leeds.

Springfield Healthcare has over 250 care beds in Leeds providing a wide range of care services from day care, residential and dementia nursing right through to end of life palliative care.  It is Graeme’s wish to be able to deliver a fully integrated care model from hospital to home.

In 2017, Graeme opened the award winning Chocolate Works Care Village at the fully refurbished Terry’s Chocolate HQ in York. (

The above illustrates the breadth of knowledge and expertise Graeme brings to the LCA, both in the Care sector as well as his executive management skills. He has over 30 years business experience including leading senior level teams, in addition to the 7 years he spent at management level at Marks and Spencer in the 90’s.


Chris Ball

Board Director

Chris is Managing Director at Maria Mallaband Care Group, having joined in October 2008.  Before joining Maria Mallaband, Chris worked for 7 years as Finance Director and CEO of a language services business and during this time was involved in winning and negotiating contracts with many UK government departments and local authorities.

Chris has a wife and two children and lives in North Yorkshire.

Being headquarted in Leeds, Maria Mallaband values strongly the work done by the LCA, for the benefit of all its members and Chris looks forward to contributing the continued success of the LCA.

David Hobman

Board Director

Along with my wife Jackie and my daughter Nicola we own and manage The Hollies and St.Armands Court.

My role is primarily in the maintenance of both homes, I therefore have extensive knowledge of all aspects of care home maintenance and specialist equipment suppliers.  I would be pleased to assist any member home with any requests.

Hobbies are centred around D.I.Y. and swimming to keep reasonably fit.

John Allott

Dementia Representative

John commenced work as a graduate social worker in 1978, initially with St Anne’s (Leeds) and then with Wakefield City Council where he practiced generically (also supporting older people including mental health assessment), prior to becoming Assistant Area Officer and then Senior Community Team Manager.  In 1989 John became the proprietor of The Hollies Care Services in Wakefield, specialising in residential care for older people who experience dementia and other mental health issues.  Subsequently John also became the Managing Partner of Ashgrove House in Wakefield and Cedars Care Home in Methley, again with the focus on caring for people who experience dementia and mental health difficulties.

To assist with this important area of work John has also attended the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and Stirling and has obtained the postgraduate qualifications of MA, MBA and the Post Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies. He states the work with the Health & Dementia Studies Departments of Bradford and Stirling are of particular value – both are pioneers in terms of dementia care.  John has also completed the Best Interest Assessor training (Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) at the Univeristy of Central Lancashire. He is the LCA representative on the Leeds Integrated Dementia Board.

John has also tutored at Armley and Flockton Prisions.

John’s other interests include education (he is a Governor at two local schools), community development (he is a Director of Eastmoor Community Project) and sport (he is an active shareholder at Wakefield Trinity and an original member of Huddersfield Town Blue and White Foundation).

John welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the work of LCA and sees this as an extremely valuable organisation which (in partnership with Leeds City Council, CCG’s, Health Trusts and the third sector – e.g. Alzheimer’s Society), is making a significant contribution to the future of adult care provision in Leeds, where the issue of the quality of service provided is the main priority.

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