Meet the senior management team at Carers UK
Helena Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK
Heléna Herklots is Chief Executive of Carers UK. Heléna is responsible for leading the organisation; working with the Board of Trustees to ensure that Carers UK meets its charitable objectives and improves the lives of carers. A key part of Helena's role is to ensure that the needs of carers are brought to the attention of policy-makers, the statutory, private and voluntary sectors, the media and the general public.
Helena co-chairs the Department of Health Care and Support Transformation Group, and represents Carers UK at the Carers Strategy Cross-Government Board, as well as serving on a number of other advisory groups covering policy, research and practice.
David Rouane, Director of Finance and Administration
David leads on finance, human resources and premises, providing back office support to colleagues across Carers UK. He has worked in charity finance for 25 years and prior to joining Carers UK held a similar role with an international disaster relief organisation. He is also a trustee of his local carers’ centre.
Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Emily leads on our policy, parliamentary, research and media work as well as overseeing all our Advice and Information services. Within her team is also Carers Week, one of the UK's biggest awareness weeks involving over 12,000 local events. She has been at Carers UK for over 15 years and is one of the country's foremost experts on carers issues.
Gavin Macgregor, Director of Communications and Engagement
Gavin leads on brand, digital and print communications, marketing and engagement work, which includes membership, voluneering and peer support. With over fifteen years experience with Carers UK, Gavin's passion is making sure carers are at the heart of all our work.
Helen Ferguson, Director of Carers Northern Ireland
Helen has been part of Carers Northern Ireland for 18 years and is a firm believer in partnership and collaboration. She works closely with and on behalf of carers with government and other statutory and voluntary agencies, advocating for carers in Northern Ireland and promoting an understanding of support for caring as a social justice issue.
Keith Bowen, Director of Carers Wales
Keith leads the policy work in Wales and is the main link with Welsh Government. He develops strategic partnerships with statutory and third sector organisations, manages carer involvement work and supports employers for carers in Wales. Keith is committed to getting proper support for carers from health and social care.
Madeleine Starr MBE, Director of Business Development & Innovation
Madeleine leads on business development and innovation, with responsibility for training and consultancy, technology and the Employers for Carers membership forum. She ensures that our income-generating activities meet our charitable objectives, helping to improve carers lives while ensuring that the organisation is sustainable in the future. She has been with Carers UK for nearly 14 years.
Simon Hodgson, Director of Carers Scotland
Simon works closely with the Scottish Government and a wide range of partner organisations to raise awareness of the importance of providing support to carers. He is committed to supporting carers to speak for themselves and to turning positive strategies and legislation into something that makes a real difference to carers' lives.