Dee understands that applying to become a Deputy after a relative or friend has lost capacity, can often be a long, emotional and complicated procedure. She also understands that managing the roles and responsibilities that then come with being an appointed Deputy can be complex and some times overwhelming. Dee can help clients with applictions to the Court of Protection (COP) for the appointment of a Deputy and also how to best manage the responsibilities that come with a Deputyship.
Her work at the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) as a Court of Protection Visitor involved visiting lay and professional Deputies on behalf of the Public Guardian to ensure that the Deputies were adhering to the terms of their Court Order. An important part of her role was to provide Deputies with the support and practical help they needed, in particular to comply with the values of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Allied to her experience at the OPG, Dee also has a sound understanding of the health and social care system with over ten years’ experience at the local authority as finance manager with responsibility for managing the Deputyship teams, Direct Payments team, undertaking financial assessments for contributions towards care and ensuring provider invoices were correct and paid. This role involved close liaison with social workers, care providers, families and vulnerable adults.
A true ‘Maid of Kent’, Dee was born and educated in Canterbury. She enjoys playing golf and watching cricket (a good thing as Girlings sponsors Kent County Cricket Club). She also loves cats and has two ginger siblings - Razzle and Dazzle.