Helen brings a wealth of leadership experience in civil society organisations and strong experience of fundraising and strategic and business planning. Before joining the national volunteering charity, TimeBank, as Chief Executive in 2008, Helen was Director of Fundraising at the military charity SSAFA.
Director of Income Generation and Communications
Laura joined Carers UK in November 2018. In her role, she leads on fundraising and earned income, brand, communications, marketing and digital strategy. Laura brings over 16 years’ experience in UK charities, and she also bring 18 years’ business experience of commercial sales in major international media companies.
Emily Holzhausen OBE
Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Emily leads on our policy, parliamentary, research and media work. Within her team is also Carers Week, one of the UK's biggest awareness weeks involving thousands of local events.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer at Carers UK Marie is responsible for directing and controlling operational services in accordance with the strategy and business plans agreed by the Chief Executive and Board to ensure Carers UK’s goals and objectives are met. She is accountable for ensuring the charity is financially sustainable and compliant and for ensuring that the charity is operating effectively and efficiently. Marie also fulfils the role of Company Secretary.
Director of Carers Scotland and Carers Northern Ireland
Richard leads the team at Carers Scotland & Carers NI. He has extensive experience working in the third sector in senior leadership roles, including recently as Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, where he led award winning campaigns to change legislation and influence public policy. He has a proven track record in managing departments, teams and projects covering public affairs and stakeholder engagement plans, research projects, corporate communications activity and strategy development.
He has worked for a range of organisations including Barnardo’s Scotland, Fleishman-Hillard, NHS Quality Improvement and the Home Office.
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 five years, managing national services for older people. She has worked in Wales and England in community development, business start up and economic development.
Madeleine Starr MBE
Director of Carer Services
Madeleine leads on the strategic development, management, delivery and roll out of Carers UK’s portfolio of carers products and services targeted at carers, employers and service providers. She also works closely with other teams to inform marketing, promotion and funding activities.