Meet the Senior Management Team and our Board of Trustees.

Giles Meyer, Chief Executive

Giles MeyerGiles has 25 years’ experience of working with UK, Irish and international charities.  Before joining Carers Trust, he was CEO of International Inspiration, a London 2012 Olympics international legacy charity.  Prior to that he spent five years at Voluntary Services Overseas, 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 for FARM-Africa, Centrepoint and Enable Ireland in income generating roles.

In his spare time Giles is a keen open water swimmer and has swum the English Channel. 

He has direct experience of being a carer and the challenges this brings.

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.

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).

Gareth Howells, Acting Treasurer

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.

Lynne Powrie

Lynne is former CEO of Carers Bromley and the former Chair of Carers Trust's England Committee. She 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 

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 10 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. 

Tim Poole 

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 the Carers Trust Network, previously having been chair of the two of its committees. 

Tim has personal experience of caring for family members across two generations which helps shape his thinking and approach to supporting carers.

Veronica Stonor

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 suffered from different types of dementia.

This experience of caring for her parents whilst 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.

Mark Currie

MarMark Curriek 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 businesses going through periods of significant change.

Mark is a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Christian Aid.

He 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.