Carers Trust has a range of expert spokespeople available for comment or interview. Please contact the Press Team or call 07824 539481 or 07810 544420 to request an interview.

Giles Meyer – Interim Chief Executive

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. Giles Meyer

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.  

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.

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)