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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


David GraysonProfessor David Grayson CBE - appointed 2012

David is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management. David started his working life in marketing management but has been a social entrepreneur for most of his career – 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 was a Managing-Director of the charity Business in the Community.

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 and Care 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 carers comes from personal experience; his parents cared for him when he contracted a life-threatening bone disease and he then looked after his parents for several years. David has written several books including “Take Care: How to be a great employer for working carers.”


Virginia Pulbrook – appointed 2017
Ginny trustee

Ginny’s background is in investment banking and she is a 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 past non-executive roles include serving on the Development Council of the Natural History Museum and founding the Patrons’ Programme. Ginny is currently a non-executive director of Stobart Group plc

Ginny spent 11 years as a carer for her mother.


Terry BryanTerry Bryan - appointed 2011

Terry has career-long experience in marketing and business development, having worked for 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.

Eleanor Bradley - appointed 2017

Ellie Bradley webEleanor is Chief Operating Officer and a Board member at Nominet UK. She leads the company’s corporate functions and 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.



Tim Anfilogoff - appointed 2017Tim Anfilogoff web

Tim works as Head of Community Resilience with Herts Valleys CCG, leading on social prescribing and carers. Tim is a committee member of the national social prescribing network and co-chair for the EoE.

Tim led the Herts and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) winning the Health Service Journal (HSJ) System Led Support for Carers award (2018).He managed the National Carers’ Strategy and Carers Grant for Department of Health 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 their daughter.

Dr Helen Brown - appointed October 2018Helen Brown web

Caring for her mother in 2004 opened Helen’s eyes to issues facing family carers and began her commitment to help recognise, inform and improve life for all carers. During her time as Chief Executive of West Anglia Crossroads / Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Norfolk she was involved in developing carers strategies and policy and providing practical support for thousands of carers in the East of England.

Helen was appointed to the government’s Standing Commission on Carers and the Independent Advisory Group on Carers (2015-17), working on the Carers Strategy. Helen previously held senior roles in the global agrochemical industry and Not for Profit sectors and brings a wealth of experience to the Board.

Paula Bryan - appointed 2015

Paula Bryan webPaula is Co-founder and CEO of Carers4Carers a social enterprise run by carers for unpaid carers. Paula’s first experience of caring was as a child, providing support to her mother. Much later she became her mother’s main carer for six years.

Prior to being a full time carer Paula had worked in the Voluntary Sector as both a practitioner and manager; her last position was as a Senior Service Manager in a national charity delivering services for young people at risk of offending.

Kevin Daly webKevin Daly - Chair, Carers Northern Ireland - appointed 2012

Kevin was a full-time carer for his wife and a member of the Mid-Ulster Carers Group. He is Co-Chair of the ‘Carers’ Voice Network’; a member of the Northern Health and Social Care Trust Carers Strategy Steering Group’ and sits 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.

Margaret Dangoor - appointed 2018Margaret Dangoor web

Margaret has been a Carers UK Member since 2010 and a volunteer since 2013. She has represented Carers UK on radio, television and at conferences. She was appointed as a trustee of the Centre for Ageing Better in June 2017.

As a recent past family carer for almost twenty years Margaret has been deeply committed and involved with promoting the interests of carers, and she is passionate about linking real life experience with policy makers and influencers. Margaret’s long-term career background was in the NHS. As a general manager she focused on risk, patient safety and medico-legal management. Margaret holds an MA in Health Law.

Beverley Harden - appointed 2018Beverley Harden

Beverley has extensive experience as both a carer herself and as a physiotherapist working to support, identify and work in partnership with carers. As a leader in hospital-based, health services she championed both the access for and involvement of carers, but also rest for carers during hospital admissions, Beverley is currently the National Lead for the Allied Health Professions at Health Education England.

Andrew Hensman webAndrew Hensman - appointed 2015

Andrew worked in Central Government for over 20 year before becoming a full-time 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 areas

Flora Martin - Scotland - appointed 2018Flora Martin

Flora spent most of her career in consumer public relations and is acknowledged as one of Scotland’s leading media gurus. She set up her own consultancy in 1989 which became one of the most successful integrated PR and advertising agencies in Scotland.

Flora brings a wealth of experience as a non-executive charity director as well as communications expertise and is based in Glasgow.

Paramjit Oberoi webParamjit Oberoi - appointed 2015

Paramjit cares for her daughter and also cared for her husband and father. Paramjit is keen to share her caring experiences to raise awareness of the impact that caring can have – especially as a single parent juggling commitments.

Paramjit has worked in the public and voluntary sector for over 40 years and has a special interest in end of life issues. 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 a school governor.

Siva Shan - appointed 2017Siva trustee

Siva has a professional background in business strategy and transformation and has over 15 years of experience working with multinational clients in the Telecommunications, Media & Technology sectors. Siva has supported Carers UK in optimising its own digital capabilities. Prior to his current roles, Siva trained and qualified as a barrister to the Bar of England and Wales.

During the past five years, Siva has been a care co-ordinator for his parents. Through this experience, he has developed an understanding of the challenges that full-time workers face in managing care for loved ones, and has recognised opportunities for leveraging technology to help manage these challenges.

Rosie Tope webDr Rosie Tope - Wales - appointed 2014

Rosie is a founder of HERC Associates, a well-established inter-professional team of clinicians and academics who work closely with a large number of user and carer groups and third sector organisations.

Rosie cared for her husband and found it to be a challenging but special time. Taking care of someone’s increasing needs full time was an exhausting, isolating and lonely experience and Rosie feels very keenly that thousands of unpaid carers in Wales are in similar situations. Rosie was an elected member of the Carers Wales Committee for eight years, being elected as Chair for the last year of her tenure. As a Trustee she remains an active volunteer of Carers Wales maintaining a close relationship with the staff.

Martha Wiseman webMartha Wiseman - appointed 2013

Martha became a carer for her mother at the age of 14. She also supported her grandfather and father and so experienced many aspects of being a carer, as both teenager and working adult.

She now shares her caring experiences with Carers UK along with her committee, governance and managerial skills gained during her professional career with British Telecom.

Martha completed three terms as a Governor of the Camden & Islington Mental Health & Social Care Foundation Trust, including a term as Lead Governor.

She was recently elected as the Carer Governor at the University College London Hospital Foundation Trust.

Jeff Hayes – special advisor to the Board – appointed 2016

Jeff Hayes webJeff has a professional finance background with over 40 years of experience in the Fund Management industry and has worked with Carers UK for more than 10 years, both as a trustee and a Finance Committee member. His long-standing involvement with the organisation has given him a good picture of how caring has evolved over the years and the changes which still need to take place. Jeff shares his skills and financial experience with the organisation to help take this work forward.

Tara Macleod – special advisor to the Board – appointed 2017

TaraTara has an extensive career in marketing communications which includes brand marketing director at: Prudential and Aviva and partner at management consultancy Mercer Delta. After working as Deputy Director Marketing Strategy at Public Health England, she completed her MA in social gerontology. Tara has been involved with Carers UK Trading since 2013 advising on brand and corporate development and joined the Board of Trustees as an Advisor in 2017, to more directly apply her professional skills and experience to support its work.

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 and Membership Committee aims to scrutinise Carers UK’s governance and constitution and optimise its membership. The Committee reports and makes 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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