Carers Trust has a range of expert spokespeople available for comment or interview. Please contact the Press Team, press@carers.org or call 07824 595786 to request an interview.

Laura Bennett, Acting Head of Policy and lead on Young and Young Adult Carers

Laura joined us in January 2015, and leads our Time to be Heard work – ensuring young adult carers' voices are heard by decision-makers, and campaigning to make sure this happens.

Laura can speak about young carers' and young adult carers' legal rights to social care, their mental health, and what young adult carers need to succeed in education, training and employment.

Laura has always worked in the voluntary sector, most recently for the National Council for Palliative Care and Sense (where she led on their work for the Campaign to End Loneliness), as well as a variety of national, regional and local charities, including a local Mind.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LauraBWork.

England

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.                          

Scotland

Louise Morgan, Director of Carers Trust Scotland and Northern Ireland 

Louise worked for Carers Trust and previously Princess Royal Trust for Carers 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 three grown up sons and an undying passion for horse riding.

Wales

Simon Hatch, Director for Wales

Simon became Director of Wales in July 2013 having spent four years as Director at Samaritans in Wales and eight years as Director at Parkinson's UK Cymru.

Simon works across the Third Sector in Wales and links with Welsh Government, Local Health Boards and our local Network Partners and is able to discuss all issues relating to services for unpaid carers, home care and the work of Carers Trust in Wales. (Welsh speaker available on request).