Meet the Team

Meet the Team2018-08-07T14:23:36+00:00

Alocura’s major shareholders have an in-depth understanding of community-based health and social care market solutions.  The team brings with them vast experience of personal budgets and services that relate to them, including use of innovative systems and strategic procurement knowledge to support the complex processes required to deliver personalised care and health services.

Steve Jones CBE
Partner Alocura

Formerly chief executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council and Wigan Council, Steve is recognised as one of the top chief executives of his generation and was awarded a CBE for his contribution to enhancing the performance of local government.

While at Wigan Council, Steve was one of the first people to fund a personal budget and has been an adviser to the Cabinet Office and Department of Health on self-directed support, an improvement advisor in the public and private sector and a mentor to a number of chief executives.

He was chairman of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, co-founder of In Control and chairman of shop4support. He is currently a non-executive director of iMPOWER Consulting Ltd and chairman and trustee of My Life Legacy.

Alan Bell
Partner Alocura

Alan has spent the majority of his working life involved in start-up business ventures in various commercial sectors, including property, construction, social and healthcare and IT software development.

His career path has involved research and analysis into specific sectors, identification of potential opportunities, selection of appropriate business partners, establishment of company infrastructures, recruitment of skilled staff and growth until eventual sale.  

A serial entrepreneur, Alan has created and built new businesses in a variety of sectors as a shareholder, CEO and chairman. Two of his ventures are care-related businesses comprising residential, nursing and EMI care homes including operating EMI beds for the NHS, a school for children with learning disabilities and providing support and accommodation for adults with learning disabilities in the community.

Alan was also co-founder and director of shop4support and is a trustee of My Life Legacy. 


Iain Walsh
Partner Alocura

Having successfully built a corporate career in procurement and supply chain management in several blue chip companies, including Whitbread Take Home, Coca Cola, SCA, and Danone, Iain set up Valueworks in 2001, a multi award-winning company which grew to more than 100 employees.   

Valueworks is an innovative provider of eMarketplace and professional services in the UK, particularly strong in the social housing sector, where the company was at the heart of driving efficiency savings during the government’s Decent Homes programme and beyond, creating efficiencies in procurement in the sector.  

Iain was also the co-founder and director of shop4support and is currently also a non-executive director and interim managing director of Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction, a company within the Calico Group of companies. 

Iain is now focusing solely on the personalised care sector and the growth of Alocura within that market.

Joanne Heyes
Operations Manager

Joanne has a degree in Forensic Science but since qualifying has developed a strong interest in procurement. Joanne has more than 10 years’ experience in the industry and has previously worked as a helpdesk manager for Valueworks and as a buyer for Forrest, helping to deliver significant savings for the Decent Homes Programme and construction industry.

As Alocura’s operations manager, Joanne plays a vital role in ensuring the day-to-day operations run smoothly and is responsible for designing and controlling the processes required to ensure the business can grow and deliver a quality service.

Lynne Worrall-Reid
Finance Officer

Lynn previously worked for Crossroads Care North West as the finance officer and has more than 14 years’ accounting experience. Lynn qualified for her AAT Level 4 in back in 2000 and has since decided to continue her qualifications and work towards achieving  her CIMA.

As the finance officer for Alocura, Lynn is responsible for maintaining and administering the payroll, assisting in the preparation of management accounts and reconciling daily, monthly and yearly transactions.

Lisa Kinder
HR Manager

Lisa is a Law graduate who, after 10 years working as a Fee Earner for a local Law Firm, retrained and moved into recruitment. During her time with Hays PLC, Lisa worked closely with the NHS, and wider Public Sector, filling difficult roles with her exclusive candidates. Lisa’s diverse work experience, legal knowledge and compassionate nature enabled her to quickly progress into Human Resource Management.

In January 2018, Lisa joined Alocura as HR Manager where she is responsible for recruitment, screening, interviewing and placing of compliant workers as well as employee relations, salary/benefit reviews, developing/implementing HR strategies & policies and interpreting/advising on employment law.


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