Board of Trustees
John McLean, Chair
John has a long-standing relationship with several charities and has played a key role in a number of fundraising initiatives, including sitting on the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Board and chairing Carers Trust’s inaugural carol concert board in 2017.
His recognition of the vital role that carers face and the prospect of himself or his family and friends becoming carers prompted him to find out more about the role of carers and to consider how he could contribute to help improve their lives.
John says he is acutely aware of the increasing ageing population and has seen the effects of caring on a number of his friends and colleagues.
John was a member of Voluntary Overseas (VSO) Federation Council (2012-2015), Chairman of VSO China (2010-2015) and an active VSO fundraiser. His commitment to young people stems from his work with VSO and ultimate interest in young carers, as a result.
Outside of his charity work, John is a chartered accountant, who brings a wealth of expertise to the role of chair of Carers Trust, having led growth in a number of medium-sized organisations. He has held senior posts in numerous international and UK organisations, with particular interest in China, where he chairs several companies.
He was awarded an OBE for services to British business interests and the development of civil society in China in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list.
John’s other interests include abseiling, travelling and singing. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Veronica Stonor, Vice Chair
Veronica is currently Chair of Newcastle Carers, having joined their board in 2012. She represents the Carers Trust Network in the North East.
She became involved with Newcastle Carers as she was keen to pursue a role that she could combine with looking after her young family, and was drawn to this charity in particular having undertaken a caring role for her parents who both had different types of dementia.
This experience of caring for her parents while also working and looking after four young children has made her aware of the issues and pressures facing carers.
Veronica's career was as a general manager in the NHS, working in several major teaching hospitals. Her roles covered medical, care of the elderly and paediatric services.
Linda Main, Treasurer
Linda is a chartered accountant and a partner in KPMG LLP where she leads the UK Capital Markets Group, working with clients of all sizes and sectors seeking to list their shares in London. She also oversees HR issues for a group of around 750 people.
Linda’s interest in Carer’s Trust stems from her experience of caring for her elderly parents as well as her (now adult) son who has complex learning difficulties, autism and epilepsy and required full-time care. She is acutely aware of the demands caring puts on a family and the challenges of balancing work, caring and family life.
When she is not working or caring Linda enjoys walking, gardening and trying to keep fit.
Jackie Ashley has been a political journalist for more than 30 years working for the BBC, ITN, Channel 4 News, the New Statesman and the Guardian and has been a full-time carer.
In 2015 she became President of Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge, a post she held for three years. During this time, Jackie espoused several causes, including women in leadership, women in tech and women in sport, holding conferences and seminars and inviting guest speakers.
Jackie is currently working as a consultant, advising a range of organisations including the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. Jackie is an experienced media consultant and a successful fundraiser.
Sally Chandler, Trustee
Sally is a Registered General Nurse (RGN), Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)
Sally has been the Chief Executive at Hillingdon Carers since May 2014. She previously worked with carers, being part of the team that opened the (then) Princess Royal Trust Salford Carers Centre. She brings a range of experience to the role, having had a career that spans the health service, public health, local government and the third sector.
Prior to May 2014, she worked in the Age-friendly Manchester team, part of Public Health Manchester, and co-produced this nationally-recognised ageing programme. Sally led the development of the World Health Organisation-affiliated UK Age-friendly Cities Network and the award-winning Positive Images of Ageing work in Manchester in the early 2000s.
She has led the development of the Hillingdon Carers Partnership to tender for the £3m aggregated Carers Services Contract with the London Borough of Hillingdon. Following a competitive selection process in early 2016, the Partnership was successful. It has ambitious plans to improve carer experience of services and ensured that over 500 carers led the redesign of a comprehensive programme of support that is fit for the future.
Hillingdon Carers is also one of five Hillingdon charities that have launched a new Community Interest Company, H4All. H4All has equal voting rights on the Hillingdon Accountable Care Partnership and is commissioned by the clinical commissioning group to provide a Wellbeing Service to residents under a social-prescribing model of delivery.
Joanna Dodd has worked in PR almost her entire career and currently runs her own PR consultancy, Rochester PR Group, which specialises in helping international brands and companies launch in the UK. Her clients have included the Royal Hospital Chelsea (home of the Chelsea Pensioners) and work on other companies’ CSR programmes.
Joanna has undertaken pro bono work for several charities with a focus on messaging, stakeholder engagement and reputational issues. Joanna recently completed eight years as a trustee of The Clothworkers' Foundation.
Gareth Howells, Trustee
Gareth is the Chief Executive Officer of Carers Trust South East Wales, the Chair of the Wales Sub-Committee and one of the Wales representatives on the UK partnership forum.
He worked in the third sector for most of his career, having held senior positions at a local Mind association, as well as a housing association and a local authority.
Gareth brings the perspective from Wales and its Network Partners to the Board of Trustees including key differences in legislation and the public sector, regulation, differences of approach to commissioning and the relevance of the Welsh language.
Gareth also contributes his own wide and strategic third sector experience in order to help Carers Trust in continuing to reach and support more unpaid carers across the UK.
William McCormick, Trustee
William McCormick was a trustee at Belfast Carers Centre and a former member of the Northern Ireland Committee of Carers Trust. A senior nurse at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, he has extensive experience of employee relations and staff development.
Previously in his career he worked in health and social care research for ten years on a number of projects in different European countries.
William is a member of the Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland Board. He has held a number of senior positions with St John Ambulance and is currently Resilience Officer for Northern Ireland.
Natasha Mutch-Vidal is a young adult carer and is passionate about supporting other carers under 25. She graduated in 2017 from University of Leeds with a 1st class degree. During her time at university, she was a trustee and elected student officer at Leeds University Union advocating equality and diversity on campus as well as being a member of University Council.
Natasha now works at City, University of London leading a dedicated support programme for young adult carers and other student groups to ensure they succeed while at university. In her free time she enjoys painting and plays the violin in West London Sinfonia.
Philip White, Trustee
Phil spent all of his working life in the electricity supply industry from the tender age of 16 years. He is a qualified Power Systems Electrical Engineer graduating with Honours from Rugby College of Engineering Technology. During his career he was appointed to a number of senior management positions and was in this industry during the privatisation process. A few years prior to his retirement Phil was appointed Head of Business Improvement for Scottish and Southern Energy Group.
Since retiring Phil has kept busy, primarily in volunteer roles. In early 2009 he became part of a small team that took on the challenge of saving the then North Argyll Carers Centre from certain closure. In August 2009, the Carers Centre was re-established as an independent limited company with charitable status and Phil became Chairman of the Board of Trustees at that time, a position he still holds today. Phil is also currently chair of the Scotland Committee of Carers Trust.
For nearly 14 years Phil was a member of Children's Hearings Scotland, a public body established to protect and safeguard children and young people in Scotland who may be at risk. He sat on Childrens Panels, which are tribunals of trained lay-people that make decisions in the best interests of children.
Along with his wife, Phil spends a good deal of his time with their three young grandchildren and still finds time to indulge in his other passion of fly fishing in which he is a qualified instructor.
Senior Management Team
Simon Hatch, Director of Carers Trust Wales
Simon is from Mold in North Wales and started his career working for the newly elected Chris Ruane MP in the Vale of Clwyd in 1997, before becoming Welsh Labour’s Head of Organisation a year later. In 2001 he left politics to spend several months abroad carrying out health research in five global cities before returning to Wales and becoming the Wales Director for Parkinson’s UK. Simon spent seven years in this role focusing on working with the Welsh NHS, social care and voluntary sector to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease and their carers and families.
Before joining Carers Trust, Simon was Executive Director for Wales at Samaritans for 4 years where he also worked alongside volunteers and staff, Local Health Boards, Local Authorities and the Welsh Government. Simon was a Trustee of Cardiff Foodbank from 2013 to 2017, is a Welsh learner and lives in Cardiff with his wife and two children.
Kathryn Hill, Director of England
Kathryn joined Carers Trust in 2018 and was previously Head of Engagement, Participation and Involvement at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, where she was also carers lead. Prior to that she was Director of Planning and Business Development at Mind and before that Director of Programmes at the Mental Health Foundation.
She is currently Chair of a charity called Bright who support staff on acute mental health inpatient to work holistically with their service users. She has experience of working with a network, policy (both local and national), grant giving and programme development and delivery. Kathryn has direct experience of being a carer.
Svetlana Kirov, Director of Fundraising and Communications
Svetlana joined Carers Trust in May 2018. Svetlana has extensive fundraising experience and has held senior roles at Beating Bowel Cancer, Samaritans and Diabetes UK as well as working at several leading charities including NSPCC, Comic Relief and The Prince’s Trust.
Svetlana oversees our individual giving, events, corporate, major donor and trusts teams. Svetlana also leads our Communications team. In her spare time, Svetlana loves travelling particularly in Central and South America.
Louise Morgan, Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland
Louise worked for Carers Trust and previously PRTC for almost 14 years. During that time as Young Carers Development Manager, Louise’s role has included working with all of the young carers services in Scotland to develop and roll out various national initiatives, including the annual Festival. The job also included working in a strategic role alongside the other national carers organisations in Scotland and with relevant departments in Scottish Government.
Louise is delighted to be taking up the Director post for Scotland and Northern Ireland and is looking forward to the new challenges this role will bring.
Louise lives in Ayrshire and cares for her mother who has advanced COPD. She has 3 grown up sons and an undying passion for horse riding.
Judith Wilson, Director of Corporate Services
Judith joined Carers Trust in May 2017 and she is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience of accounting, financial systems and tax across a range of private sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Operating at a senior management levels and maintaining stakeholder relationships Judith has developed effective teams in different companies. She has a sound grasp of business processes, internal controls and systems needed to operate smoothly to deliver strong finance, corporate services and performance functions. In addition, Judith has led a number of improvement projects and change projects through to successful implementation.
Judith is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA).