About Us

The Care Association Alliance was created from a discussion between a few like-minded local Care Association leaders back in 2010. The Alliance has established a forum for local Care Associations to exchange best practice based on their experiences as well as being a useful vehicle to deliver front line smaller provider issues direct to the central decision makers.

Attendance at meetigns has grown over time and agendas for each meeting are evenly split between sharing best practice and seeking discussions with the leading decision makes in social care.

Membership of the Care Association Alliance is free for local Care Associations. Meetings are typically held once per quarter.

Erica Lockhart - Co-Chair

Erica has been Chief Executive to SCA Ltd since September 2005. Her career in Social Care spans over 35 years covering a wide range of roles. From 2002 Erica was Director of the Care Sector Development Project, with Surrey Learning and Skills Council, and for 10 years ran a Social Care consultancy and training business as part of Surrey County Council. Erica has held many Senior Management positions in Social Services in Surrey, Cleveland and Stockport including managing Care Homes, Home Care and also developing older people and mental health services. Erica trained as a social worker in Newcastle and worked in Children’s services, Adoption and Fostering, Safeguarding and Older People and Disability services in the early part of her career, in both hospitals and local offices – Erica was very much the “generic” social worker and has developed a very wide range of expertise over those years and also seen many changes in the world of Social Care.
Erica has built up excellent partnerships and networks not only in Surrey but across the South East and Nationally. She is a member of the National Market Development Forum on the Think Local Act Personal Working group at national level. Erica currently co-chairs and is instrumental in developing a National group of “local” care associations to share intelligence and support each other. In 2011 Erica was awarded South East Region “Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award” and went on to be recognised nationally at the Great British Care Awards in 2012. Erica brings a passion and energy to her work and prides herself on “making a difference” – in her current role to support our Social Care providers in Surrey and beyond.

Debbie Le Quesne - Co-Chair

Debbie has worked with people with Learning Disability and the local PHAB Club as a volunteer since she was 14.
After completing a business degree she worked for a variety of companies in marketing and development. This included a number of different types of Associations, from the National Tool Hire to a Mailing Association. Continuing her interest in helping the Care Industry through the Rotary Club; helping to start a voluntary Learning Disability Home and run a Holiday Home for Older people in Ross on Wye, which included spending a weekend in the Care Home on several occasions
She started work for the West Midlands Care Association in 2003 and has taken every opportunity to promote the sharing of best practice between Care Providers, Local Authorities and other Associations in the Country. She believes in working as a team to innovate and evolve; the best part being the willingness of Providers to share and support each other, which is the heart of the Local Care Association’s and the ‘Care Association Alliance’. In 2011 she won an award for outstanding contributions to the Care Industry.

Roger Wharton - Admin Support

Roger Wharton retired from the Royal Airforce in 1992 after 25 year’s service in the Logistics Branch. He then bought and converted a Edwardian building into a small residential care home in Somerset and started a residential letting agency at the same time. Over the ensuing 16 years he moved into nursing home management and sold all his business interests to retire, in theory, but was attracted to an advert in the local freebie paper for a job running the Somerset Registered Care Providers Association. Roger retired from that post in 2015 and established himself as an independent care consultant.