Meet the Team

The board of EMCARE is a team of social care professionals with a wealth of knowledge to support members in all matters relating to operating high-quality care homes.

Harj Nanuwa


My career in Adult Social Care spans over 20 years, where I have had experience in the running of a number of Multicategory Residential Care Homes, which have included Dementia. As part of my career I have held Senior Management positions as a Director and Head of Operations. My experience has involved me in all matters in the Daily Management and Operations of Care Homes, such as Safeguarding, Quality Assurance, HR, Accounts, IT, Policies and so on.

As part of EMCARE, I have represented our Membership as an Exec member over a number of years, where I have been involved in Local Authority Fee Reviews and Contracts as well as numerous other local matters. I currently am part of a number of Boards where I feed into, represent the views of our Members and feedback to Members.

Jackie Riddett

Vice Chair

Jackie has over 30 years experience in being involved in the family business of running her nursing home in Market Harborough.

As well as currently managing the home, she is a Director and the Vice-chair of EMCARE. She has been involved with EMCARE at an Exec Board Level for over 20 years and has previously been the Chairperson. In her role within EMCARE she attends a number of Forums representing the members and the industry, locally and nationally. Jackie is a qualified RGN and in addition to this has a BSc(HONS), MSc and a Law degree LLB, as well as numerous other qualifications. She is also a director of the RNHA and NORARCH and is a member of the Royal College of Nursing; Older Peoples Forum.

Kishen Sachdev


Kishen has been managing care homes for over 11 years and has achieved a number of qualifications and honours including BA Hons in Business and Finance, and Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care Level 4.

Kishen has been involved with EMCARE for a number of years and helped guide and shape how care is delivered by assisting with the Local Authority Core Agreements, Residential Care Fees and providing support to local care homes. Kishen is currently one of the directors of EMCARE and has previously chaired the association.

Louise Richards


25 years’ experience in the Care Sector. Back ground in teaching and assessing care qualifications up to and including the Registered Managers Award (L5).

I manage a residential care setting and I am currently the EMCARE representative for the Leicester City Council. I have also represented EMCARE on the equipment policy board, adults safeguarding board and pressure ulcer ambition strand.

Karen Noon


With a dual qualified nursing background and five different qualifications, I have worked within the independent sector for the past 25 years since returning from living in Australia.

I hold a good working knowledge of legislation and employment issues whilst contributing to the interface with our own partnership agencies across five different local authorities and CCGs.

I truly believe in the power of group pressure , which is why EMCARE is so important in shaping our industry today.

Mahesh Pattani


I have over 15 years’ experience in operating care homes. My current role is Managing Director of BestCare Ltd which I set up in 2004 and currently owns 3 care homes, one in Leicester, one in Leicestershire and one in Ellesmere, Shropshire. My responsibilities are to ensure the care homes operate effectively and efficiently and support the management and staff to deliver excellent personalised care for each one of our service users. I am responsible for financial performance of the company and the responsible individual for the CQC.

I have been an executive member of EMCARE for several years and have
represented EMCARE in the Leicestershire Safeguarding Board as well as Skills for Care and LSCDG. I have also supported the Annual EMCARE conferences both in terms of Exhibitors, Sponsorships, and Speakers.

Currently I am member of the task group to enhance EMCARE’s presence in the digital space and use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With over 30 years’ experience in technology sector which I started developing software and rising to the Vice President level in companies like Nokia, LogicaCMG and others. I am passionate about use of digital technology in operating care homes to improve productivity and reduce costs with the potential to achieve Outstanding rating.

Debbie Pears


Debbie is the Director, Matron and Registered Manager of Nightingale’s Nursing Home in Wigston, Leicester. She has been a Registered General Nurse (RGN) for over 33 years and trained at Queen Mary’s Hospital and the Royal Masonic Hospital in London. The family-run nursing and residential care home has been open for 27 years and specialises in neurological and palliative care. As Matron, Debbie is responsible for the day to day running of the care home’s nursing care, staff and wellbeing of the residents. Debbie has a special interest in palliative care, ensuring the best quality of life is achieved for individuals through to end of life, and Nightingale’s Nursing Home has a good working relationship with Loros due to this.

Nightingale’s Nursing Home has contracts with Leicester City, West Leicestershire, East Leicestershire and Rutland, Staffordshire, Lancashire and London Care Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The home is rated “Good”
by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is also accredited for the Gold Standards Framework. Nightingale’s Nursing Home has been a member of EMCARE since opening in 1992. Debbie has represented EMCARE at the “End of Life” board meeting and has also been involved in developing an end of life pathway for care homes.

Joe Johal


Over the last 40 years, I have been involved in many projects in the Public and Private Sector in various parts of the world. My role has been varied, from a small private business to public sector senior management and public sector board level.

My current role as a director of a small business allows me to enjoy my life
and take part in volunteering to help the community and colleagues.

Jabriel Raja


An experienced operator with 10 years experience who owns and operates a group of 4 homes (Nursing, Residential, Dementia, Mental Health). The groups are privately owned and are predominantly based in the Midlands (one in Newbury) and one nursing home based in Leicester City Centre.

Main responsibilities include managing finances & operations, growth strategy, recruitment and retention of key staff, procurement, managing and directing Managers to help ensure homes are compliant at all times. Responsibilities as a Exec Member – to assist the Chair and fellow exec members in leading members of EMCARE to help ensure compliance, provide support to members, assist with ideas which may lead to good ratings and hare best practice, introduce new organisation to EMCARE who may be able to help members in the day to day running of the home (e.g. technology, procurement, etc.), assisting in the organisation of the annual conference.

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