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Helena HHeléna Herklots CBE
Chief Executive

Heléna Herklots is Chief Executive of Carers UK, the national membership charity for the UK’s 6.5 million carers. Prior to joining Carers UK in 2012, Heléna was Services Director at Age UK with responsibility for the organisation’s charitable services for people in later life, and for supporting local Age UKs.

Heléna has over 25 years’ experience in the charity sector in a range of service development and provision, policy and campaigning, and strategy roles. She has led and contributed to a number of Government advisory and working groups, covering care and support; housing; dementia; and carers; and spent a year on secondment at the Department of Health working on older people’s issues. Her previous career includes working at Age Concern England as Head of Policy, and at Anchor Trust as Corporate Strategy Manager.

Heléna is Chair of the NIHR School for Social Care Research Advisory Board, a Trustee of the Centre for Ageing Better; and a Fellow of the RSA. Heléna started her career working directly with older people and carers at care homes and day centres.


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. 


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. 


Dee BDee Brecker
Director of Communications, Engagement and Fundraising

Dee oversees everything from our relationships with major funding partners through to the way we interact with our Members, Volunteers and brand positioning. Using her experience from working across multiple sectors, Dee strives to ensure that however caring affects you and your family, Carers UK is here to provide timely and appropriate advice and support.


Simon HSimon Hodgson
Director of Carers Scotland and 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.


Marie Magimay
Director of Finance and Resources

Marie leads on our finance, HR, IT and governance work as well as overseeing the facilities function. She works closely with the Chief Executive and other members of the senior management team to develop and manage strategic, business and budget planning for the organisation. Over the last 17 years, Marie has built up a wide breadth of experience from working in national and international charities and the social enterprise sector. She is experienced in helping drive the business to achieve its aims. She is also Carers UK Company Secretary.


Claire Morgan
Director of Wales

Claire joined in July 2017. She campaigns within the Welsh Government and with other public, private and third sector partners in Wales, to increase recognition of the 370,000 carers saving the Welsh economy £8 billion a year and the support carers need to continue to making such a vital contribution.

Claire joined us from Age Cymru where she was a Director for over 5 years, managing national services for older people. She has worked in Wales and England in community development, business start up and economic development.

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