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- Giles Meyer, Interim Chief Executive
- Gareth Howells
- Stuart Taylor, Chair
- Mark Currie, Treasurer
- Patrick Healy
- Dr Edward O Wojakovski MPBF
- Lynne Powrie
- William McCormick
- Tim Poole
- Veronica Stonor
Giles has 25 years’ experience of working with UK, Irish and international charities. Before joining Carers Trust as Director of Fundraising and Grants, he was CEO of International Inspiration, a London 2012 Olympics international legacy charity. Prior to that he spent five years at VSO initially as Head of Fundraising and Partnerships and then as Head of Strategy Change leading on their cost reduction and performance programme.
He has worked at director level for FARM-Africa, Centrepoint (as a consultant) and Enable Ireland in income generating roles.
In his spare time Giles is a keen open water swimmer and was President of South London Swimming Club, the club resident at Tooting Bec Lido, and has swum the English Channel and some other seas and lakes.
He has direct experience of being a carer and the challenges this brings.
Gareth is the Chief Executive Officer of Carers Trust South East Wales, the newly elected Chair of the Wales Sub-Committee and one of the Wales representatives on the UK partnership forum.
Gareth has 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 will bring 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 will also be able to contribute his own wide and strategic 3rd sector experience in order to help Carers Trust in continuing to reach and support more unpaid carers across the UK.
Gareth is also a Board member of a local mental health charity and his local County Voluntary Council and plays an active part in his community being on the committee of a running club and volunteering at many local community events.
Stuart has been involved with the Charity since 2005. Stuart recognised the needs of carers when his mum required support and care as she battled cancer.
After her death in 2003, he had a strong desire to see what he could contribute to the many people in need of care, who were supported by carers.
This resulted in his engagement with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, initially through his employer, Accenture. After obtaining an initial £40k contribution this became the start of a long journey, which Stuart is proud to still be on.
He became a Trustee during 2010 supporting the merger between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care and the subsequent launch of Carers Trust during 2012. Stuart then joined the Board of the new charity.
In his role as chair, he will be able to provide continuity to the charity, building on the legacy left by his predecessor Andrew Cozens CBE.
Stuart has always been a very hands on trustee. During 2013, he oversaw the relationship with The Cooperative Group on behalf of the Board, when Carers Trust were selected as their Charity of the Year Partner. During the year, Carers Trust raised £6.2m.
The interim evaluation of the work delivered to date suggests that the organisation is well on its way to transforming the lives of 20,000 young adult carers. Stuart was runner-up as Trustee of the Year 2014 from a pool of 800,000 trustees in the Charity Staff Foundation awards as a result of this work.
The charity won the Charity Times Business Award and were runners up in the Institute of Fundraising Awards for this transformational partnership.
Stuart brings much to the table from his work life since he is a very experienced senior business operator. He has spent much of his career helping clients shape, plan and execute complex Business Transformation initiatives to support business growth and efficient delivery of services.
These are skills that Stuart regularly brings to board meetings, steering discussions to ensure the charity can prosper and support even more carers.
He worked at Accenture, a global management consulting organisation, for 26 years operating at Partner level for 17 years. He has worked with many clients in Europe and the US across Financial Services, Telecommunications and Technology industries for example.
Stuart has led significant business change programmes, helping clients expand into new markets, develop new services, drive up revenue streams, and develop more efficient operations resulting in significant business transformation and profitability.
After a short period of early retirement, Stuart has decided to use his large corporate experience to help smaller businesses who are seeking to grow and develop.
Stuart lives in the North West, is married with two sons, and is a keen sportsman.
Honorary treasurer Carers Trust and previously the honorary treasurer of Crossroads Care.
Mark is currently the Head of Portfolio Performance Improvement at KPMG in London where he focuses on helping private equity clients improve the financial and operational performance of the businesses they own.
During his 25-year career in business, he has held senior roles in a number of private equity owned business going through periods of significant change.
He has also been the CFO of a quoted consulting business, a partner in KPMG's transaction services business and was a private equity executive in Guy Hands' Principal Finance Group at Nomura.
Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant's in England and Wales, having won the Peat Prize for achieving first place in the Order of Merit in his professional examinations in 1987, and is a law graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mark is passionately committed to ensuring that a charitable heart remains at the core of the care industry. Mark is also a co-opted member of the Audit & Risk Committee at Christian Aid.
Patrick Healy is vice-chair of Carers Trust. Since 2007 he has been a trustee of Crossroads Care and its chair since 2010. His involvement at the national level had begun in 2006 assisting with fundraising.
Patrick became involved with Crossroads Care when his wife had been taken ill over a long period with a brain tumour. His local Crossroads Care had provided vital support when things became very tough.
It was clear to Patrick that not everyone was able to get the level of help that he and his wife had received, either because they did not know how to find it or because it simply was not available where they were.
Patrick is a lawyer and accountant and has worked in the City for about 20 years.
Dr Edward Wojakovski first became involved with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 2005, when he attended a dinner at The Dorchester in the presence of Her Royal Highness. He joined the Board of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 2007 and has been an active Trustee ever since.
He was a keen supporter of the merger with Crossroads Care and joined the Board of Carers Trust when it was formally constituted in April 2012.
Holding degrees in Law and Accountancy, a Masters in Land Economics and a PhD in Economics and Business Administration, Dr Edward Wojakovski’s career has evolved directly and indirectly with the real estate market in the United Kingdom and Europe.
His business involvement is mainly through the Tonstate Group vehicle which holds or manages his interest in all sectors, with great emphasis on the leisure and hotels sector.
Dr Wojakovski is a keen art collector and enjoys the world of opera, violin and piano music. He is also an advisor and patron for various charitable organisations in the UK and abroad.
Currently Chair of the UK Partnership Forum, Lynne is also Chair of the England Committee and CEO of Carers Bromley. Lynne was a reference librarian for a number of years and then developed an interest in psychology.
She re-trained in counselling and psychotherapy ran her own private practice and worked in many different health and social care settings.
Lynne also ran workshops and training events in psychology-related subjects and undertook a managerial qualification.
She has worked with carers in different roles for over 14 years and is committed to the progress of Carers Trust and the Network Partnership.
William McCormick was a trustee at Belfast Carers Centre, a member of the Northern Ireland Committee of Carers Trust and Vice Chair of the UK Partnership Forum. 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 10 years on a number of projects across a number of 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.
William graduated in Health Studies and has a Master’s Degree in the Management of Lifelong Learning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Tim Poole has been CEO of Carers Gloucestershire since December 2003 having joined after 20 years in the commercial sector in Financial Services.
In his time in Gloucestershire Tim has been on the Professional Executive Committee of the then Primary Care Trust and is currently Vice-Chair of Healthwatch Gloucestershire. He is also on the Board of Crossroads Care Forest of Dean and Herefordshire.
He has been actively involved with Network engagement for number of years in Carers Trust and previously having been the chair of the inaugural UKPF and England Committee. He was also a member of the merger steering committee helping to bring together the two former charities to form Carers Trust.
Tim has personal experience of caring for family members across two generations which helps shape his thinking and approach to supporting carers. He is also the Chair of a local charity providing tennis and recreational opportunities in an underprivileged area of Swindon. For his sins, Tim is a long suffering season ticket holder at Gloucester Rugby.
Veronica is currently Chair of Newcastle Carers, having joined their Board in 2012. She has been the North East region’s representative on the England Committee since its inception and also now represents the England committee on the UKPF.
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 suffered from different types of dementia.
This experience of caring for her parents whilst also working and looking after 4 young children has made her aware of the issues and pressures facing carers.
She is very pleased to be involved with the Carers Trust where she can use both her personal and professional experience to help improve the services available to carers through supporting the Network.
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.