Carers Trust has a range of expert spokespeople available for comment or interview. Please contact the Press Team or call 020 7922 7751 to request an interview.

Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive

Gail joined Carers Trust in February 2015 as its new chief executive. She has a wealth of experience drawn from 20 years of working in the public and voluntary sectors.

A former deputy chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, she has experience of the implications of caring and of leading an organisation through merger. Her other interests include walking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Follow Gail on Twitter @gailscottspicer.

Joe Gannon, Director of Policy and Research
 
Joe Gannon joined Carers Trust in March 2016 as the Director of Policy and Research. Joe has had a long career in the NHS and in working with local authorities. He has personal experience of being a carer and of the issues facing carers.

Luen Thompson, Director of Marketing and Communications
 
Director of Marketing and Communications for Carers Trust with five years hands-on practical knowledge, research and face-to-face projects around working for, with and about carers and young carers.

Luen has a great understanding of the issues carers face and can articulate them well with solid radio and TV experience. Luen has also been a guest speaker many times at conferences and events where she shares her wealth of knowledge about the sector and carers.
 
Laura Bennett, Senior Policy Manager 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.
 
Daniel Phelps, Project and Development Manager for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers
 
Daniel works with the young carers services in England and develops ideas and work related to young carers and young adult carers across a range of settings, including schools, colleges, universities, health and developments in local authorities.

Daniel also leads on the Young Carers Awareness Day.
 
Ruth Hannan, Policy and Development Manager (Mental Health)
 
Ruth led on Carers Trust’s programme of work across England ensuring the needs of carers of people with dementia and mental health are considered, recognised and supported.

Ruth also leads on the Triangle of Care programme which works with mental health services. The programme ensure carers are included and supported by services to achieve a long-term cultural change in health services.

Follow Ruth on Twitter @HannanRuth.

Scotland

Louise Morgan, Development Manager (Young Carers - Scotland)

Louise works with all the young carers' projects in Scotland and with the Scottish Government to develop new services and legislation to support young carers. She can speak about every aspect of issues affecting young carers.

Wales

Simon Hatch, Director for Wales

Simon became Director of Wales in July 2013 having spent 4 years as Director at Samaritans in Wales and 8 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)

Kieron Rees, Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Kieron manages Carers Trust Wales' external relations with organisations, Assembly Members and political parties in Wales and is able to speak about health, social care, and education policy as it relates to carers in Wales.

Kieron is also the first point of contact for press enquiries in Wales.