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Our trustees

Carers UK is governed by our Board of Trustees, the majority of whom must have recent experience of caring. This is one of the most important ways in which we seek to live out our core value that carers are at the heart of everything we do as a charity.

Ultimately our Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the charity and everyone working for it operates within an increasingly complex legal framework.

Each Trustee is an unpaid volunteer with particular skills and experience. Our Nominations Committee ensures that we maintain the right balance of skills, diversity and caring experience, so the Board is equipped to lead the charity well.

Carers Scotland, Carers Wales and Carers Northern Ireland are all governed by committees of carers and former carers. The Carers UK Board of Trustees must include representation from all four nations.

Our current trustees

CHAIR

David GraysonProfessor David Grayson CBE, co-opted 2012

David is Professor of Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management. David started his working life in marketing management but for most of his career he has been a social entrepreneur – starting or running a number of public-private-community partnerships, including Project North East, the Prince’s Youth Business Trust and the Prince of Wales Award for Innovation.

He has chaired or served on the board of several government agencies, including the chairmanship of the National Disability Council. He is a former patron of the disability charity Scope and from 2006 to 2011, he was non-executive chairman of one of the UK’s largest social enterprises: Housing 21, where he championed the “good later life” for older Britons. David received an OBE for services to industry in 1994, and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.

David’s passion for caring and the role of carers comes from his personal experience: being cared for by his parents when he contracted a life-threatening bone disease at the age of 11 and helping his 91-year-old mum maintain her independence, in her own home in the North of England.


 VICE-CHAIR

Geoff AlmondCanon Geoffrey Almond, elected 2010

Geoff is a retired primary school headteacher who cares for his wife Jean who has MS. Geoff is passionate about carers’ issues and rights. Both he and his wife have been involved in media coverage and are often invited to speak to groups.

Geoff was the Mayor of St. Helens 2012-2013 and Jean was his Mayoress. As a wheelchair-user she was able to portray a very positive image on their many engagements. Locally Geoff is involved in voluntary work including his role as Treasurer of the St. Helens Carers Centre.


 

TREASURER (Interim)

Terry Bryan

Terry Bryan, co-opted 2011

Terry has career-long experience in marketing and business development, having worked for a range of leading household-name organisations including H J Heinz, American Express and NatWest Bank.

During his career he has worked on a whole range of new product and service developments and managed the implementation of supporting marketing activity. This has included, for example, managing the breadth of marketing communications activity for NatWest Bank.

Most recently he worked in the charity sector for Charities Aid Foundation on a number of projects concerned with promoting overall levels of charitable tax effective giving.

He is also a volunteer Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, which brings him into contact with the problems that can be faced by people who are caring for others.


TRUSTEES

Paula Bryan, elected 2015

Kevin DalyKevin Daly, elected 2012
Chair, Carers Northern Ireland

Kevin is a full-time carer and a member of the Mid-Ulster Carers Group. He has been caring, the past sixteen years, for his wife who has MS. He is Co-Chair of the ‘Carers’ Voice Network’; a member of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust ‘Carers’ Strategy Steering Group’ and on the Mid-Ulster ‘Integrated Care Partnership’ Committee.

Kevin has been appointed to the ‘Carers’ Strategic Implementation Group’ of the Health and Social Care Board for Northern Ireland. He feels strongly about greater support and recognition for the work of carers of all ages.


AndrewHensmanAndrew Hensman, elected November 2015

Andrew worked in Central Government for over 20 year before becoming a full-time unpaid carer for his friend and believes that there is much work to be done to ensure carers get the recognition and respect they deserve.

 Andrew is an elected Governor of North Essex Partnership University NHS Trust, a District Councillor and also sits on the Adult Autism Partnership Board at Essex County Council. He is a trustee of a community charity where he co-ordinates mental health support groups as part of the services that it provides and is keen to represent carers’ voices from all aspects.


Brenda MurrayBrenda Murray, co-opted 2015

Brenda currently cares for her mother who is recovering from a stroke. She was a Carer Ambassador for three years and has been a Carer Representative for her local Carers Partnership Board and the Royal College of General Practitioners. She campaigns to bring about positive change for carers by participating in local and national events highlighting carers' issues. This has included meeting MPs at the Houses of Parliament and being part of a Round Table discussion as well as presentations to health professionals at the King’s Fund.

Brenda brings trustee experience to the Carers UK Board from her time on church and housing association boards. She believes her time as a Carer Ambassador has strengthened her commitment to improve the lives of carers and is keen to bring her skills to the organisation and help drive it forward.


Paramjit OberoiParamjit Oberoi, elected 2015

Paramjit cares for her daughter, who has Juvenile Huntington’s disease, and helps care for her 91-year-old father. She also cared for her husband for 25 years. Paramjit is keen to share her caring experiences to raise awareness of the impact that caring can have – especially as a single parent juggling family life, caring and work.

Paramjit has worked in the public and voluntary sector for over 40 years – including lecturing at Derby University and roles in Derbyshire social services and Nottingham city council. With a special interest in end of life issues, she has spoken at the NHS end of life care conference. She is Chair of the ‘Care to Write Group’ and runs Sheenamswish – a charity supporting people with Juvenile Huntington’s disease. She has served on a number of Boards and voluntary groups including the Board of Greater Derby Primary Care Trust and the Advisory Group for the Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme. Paramjit is an ex JP (Justice of Peace) and school governor.


Rosie TopeRosie Tope, elected 2014
Chair, Carers Wales

Rosie practised as a Registered General Nurse for 16 years in a variety of clinical settings until she qualified as a teacher in 1985. Over the next 11 years she worked in two University faculties (Bristol and Cardiff), teaching nurses and allied health professional and developing her research skills. In 1994 she completed her doctorate in inter-professional learning and working between the health and social care professions. In 1996 she founded HERC Associates – a well-established inter-professional team of clinicians and academics. They have forged ongoing networks and partnerships with a large number of user and carer groups and third sector organisations.

In 2001 Rosie’s husband was diagnosed with dementia. He died in 2013. Rosie was his primary carer throughout this long, challenging but ultimately very special time and experienced all the highs and lows that this devastating illness brings to sufferer and family alike. Taking care of someone’s increasing psychological and physical needs every hour of every day, year on year, is an exhausting, isolating and frequently lonely experience. Rosie feels very keenly that thousands of unpaid carers in Wales find themselves in similar situation, the challenges and frustrations unpaid carers face are remarkably similar regardless of the age and diagnosis of the person they care for. She has been an elected member of Carer’s Wales Committee for several years and was recently elected as Chair.


MArtha WisemanMartha Wiseman, elected 2013

Martha became a carer for her mother at the age of 14 when her parents parted. That and other traumas sadly contributed to her mother having a serious nervous breakdown and continuing chronic and severe mental health problems.

As time passed, the severity of mental health problems partly gave way to vascular dementia, and caring then became much more practical and protective as she became frail and much more vulnerable. At times Martha also supported her grandfather and father as their health deteriorated in older age. Over the years Martha has experienced so many aspects of being a carer, as a teenager and working adult.

Martha’s mum died in June 2013 and since then she has cared for a close relative with terminal cancer. She now shares her years of experience with Carers UK as a young/long-term/working carer, with committee and governance skills, and experience as a corporate manager at BT for over 25 years. She completed three terms as a Governor of the Camden & Islington Mental Health & Social Care Foundation Trust, including a term as Lead Governor.

Martha has recently been elected as the Carer Governor at the University College London Hospital (UCLH) Foundation Trust.


Tim Anfilogoff - elected 2017Tim trustee

Tim works three days per week as Head of Community Resilience with Herts Valleys CCG, leading on social prescribing (preventing clinical problems through nonclinical interventions) and carers. Tim is a committee member of the national social prescribing network (and co-chair for the EoE). Previously he worked for Herts CC’s commissioning a portfolio of £15m of voluntary sector and prevention services.

Tim led Hertfordshire to Beacon Status for Supporting Carers (2005). He managed the National Carers’ Strategy and Carers Grant for DH during 1999 – 2001 writing practice guidance on the Carers and Disabled Children Act (2000).

He lives in Suffolk, where he and his wife care for an 18 year old daughter with very severe CFS/ME.


Eleanor Bradley - elected 2017

Eleanor Bradley trustee

Eleanor is Chief Operating Officer and a Board member at Nominet UK, a profit for purpose company, where she leads the company’s corporate functions including finance, HR, legal, business continuity and risk. She also oversees all commercial and service activities relating to its domain name business.

Nominet is a membership company and Eleanor’s role includes working with its members and leading on member engagement activities.

She believes passionately in the power of technology as an enabler of inclusion and opportunity. She has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of operational roles, always with a technology focus.

Eleanor lives in Oxfordshire.


Virginia Ann Pulbrook - elected 2017Ginny trustee

Ginny’s background is in investment banking and as cofounder of one of the UK’s leading corporate and financial communications companies. She is a highly experienced board-level adviser to a broad range of UK and overseas companies.

Her strategic advice and PR campaigns have covered myriad scenarios. Past non-executive roles include serving on the Development Council of the Natural History Museum and founding the Patrons’ Programme.

Ginny spent 11 years as a carer for her mother who suffered Parkinson’s disease.


Siva Shan - elected 2017Siva trustee

Siva is a Director within Accenture Strategy focusing on the Telecommunications, Media & Technology sectors. Siva has 16 years’ experience working with clients on market entry, growth and organisational transformation programmes.

Prior to working in strategy consulting Siva trained and qualified as a barrister to the Bar of England and Wales. Last year, Siva also supported Carers UK in defining a roadmap to optimise its own digital capabilities. 

Over the past few years, Siva has also been a care provider and care co-ordinator for his parents. Through this experience, he has developed an understanding of the challenges that full-time workers face in providing care for family and dependents, and also insight into ways of leveraging technology, community support and employer support to help manage these challenges and provide a stable care environment.


Our committees

The Board of Trustees includes three committees where trustees can use their skills and expertise to focus on specific issues in more detail.

  • The Finance & Resources Committee aims to scrutinise Carers UK’s finances and other resources and to report and make recommendations to the Board as relevant.
  • The Governance & Constitution Committee aims to scrutinise Carers UK’s governance and constitution and to report and make recommendations to the Board as relevant.
  • The Remuneration Committee aims to provide assurance to the Board that Carers UK has an effective remuneration policy in place which supports the delivery of our overall Strategy, promoting an effective, high performing and diverse workforce.
  • The Nominations Committee aims to make recommendations to the Board of new trustees ensuring the overall Board comprises of; both the skills matrix and the requirement to have a majority of carer members; appropriate diversity of Trustees and that all equality legislation and good practice is adhered to. The Nominations Committee also aims to make recommendations to the Board of potential honorary positions including president, vice-presidents or patrons.
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