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Helena HHeléna Herklots
Chief Executive

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 Heléna'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.

Emily HEmily Holzhausen OBE
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 thousands of local events. She has been at Carers UK since 1996 and is one of the country's foremost experts on carers' issues.

Gavin MGavin Macgregor
Director of Communications and Engagement

Gavin leads on brand, digital and print communications, marketing and engagement work, which includes membership, volunteering 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.

Madeleine SMadeleine 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.

Dee BDee Brecker
Director of Fundraising

Dee leads on fundraising which includes donations from individuals, legacies, partnerships with companies, grants from charitable trusts, foundations and government plus opportunities to get involved in fundraising for Carers UK by taking part in our community and events programme whether its running the marathon to hosting a dinner party or shaking a collection tin. She ensures that fundraising continues to explore ways to grow our voluntary income so that Carers UK can support more carers, today and for the future.

Keith BKeith 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.

Simon HSimon Hodgson
Director of Carers Scotland and Interim Director of Carers Northern Ireland

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.

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