Giles Meyer, 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.
He has worked at director level for FARM-Africa and at 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 and some other seas and lakes.
He has direct experience of being a carer and the challenges this brings.
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.
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.
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.
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).