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Carers Trust adds new skills and experience to its Board of Trustees

Carers Trust is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Dr Sally Anstey, Christine Whiley, Sonja Woodhouse and  Phil Worms to its Board.

The four new trustees bring a wealth of relevant professional expertise as well as fresh perspective to the newly refreshed Carers Trust Board.

Recruitment of new skills to the Board comes at a time of increased momentum at Carers Trust.  Because of the  huge challenges presented by Coronavirus to the UK’s unpaid carers, we have significantly expanded our grants programme; unveiled a vibrant and bold new brand; and we have recently designated a further £1m to support unpaid carers across the UK despite an increasingly uncertain financial climate.

Welcoming the new trustees, John McLean, Chair of Trustees at Carers Trust, said:

“On behalf of the Trustees I am delighted to welcome Sally, Christine , Sonja and Phil  to the Carers Trust Board.

“Our new Trustees bring an invaluable infusion of new skills and experience to the Board, particularly in relation to governance, IT and digital and health and social care.

“I very much look forward to working with them on our Board and Committees to make a difference to unpaid carers across the UK.”

Dr Sally Anstey

Sally is a Senior Lecturer/Researcher for the School of Healthcare Sciences Cardiff University. As a previous carer she is aware of the challenges of balancing the conflicting responsibilities and demands of work, life and caring - specifically accessing support, respite care and advice.

Sally has spent her personal and professional life passionately advocating for and championing the needs of many disadvantaged groups. The opportunity to join Carers Trust as a Trustee and Board Member for Wales enables Sally to use both her personal and professional experiences to actively support the charity’s work.

Christine Whiley

Christine Whiley is the Chief Executive Office of the Carers Resource, a post she took up in October 2015. Prior to that she was CEO for a children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing charity in Cheshire. She started her working life as a youth and community worker, operating in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in a wide variety of roles. These included working in partnership with an extensive range of agencies.

In 2002 she became Head of Youth Service in Bradford, subsequently becoming an Assistant Director with responsibility for prevention and early intervention services for 0 – 19 year olds. She also led on multi-agency responses to parental support, voice and influence work and anti-bullying initiatives. Christine was also an active member of the local children’s safeguarding boards in both Bradford and Cheshire.

Sonja Woodhouse

Sonja is the Chief Executive of Carers Trust Heart of England delivering regulated and carer services, as well as enabling carers and the people they care for to have positive and sustainable lives.

She has a background in adult social care within local authorities in roles that included commissioning and engagement. She has also developed services for carers and implemented change management across a range of projects, teams and departments.

For several years, Sonja worked in the not-for-profit sector in roles that developed sustainability. Other roles focused on increasing efficiency and impact within organisations to ensure beneficiaries received the best quality services.

As a former carer for her father, Sonja has personal experience of the challenges faced by many carers, particularly those juggling work and family commitments.

Phil Worms

Phil has spent his entire career in the IT and telecoms sector. Currently the CEO of digital mental health and wellbeing company Frog Systems, Phil has had a varied career holding senior roles with companies such as BT, Centrica iomart Group and VarTec.

In 2017, he created an extracurricular digital skills charity for young people, the Digital Xtra Fund, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Phil has sat on several national and parliamentary advisory committees discussing issues as wide ranging as the universal provision of broadband access to online child safety initiatives. He regularly contributes to trade publications and national newspapers and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Note to editors:

For more information, please contact Matthew Whitticase, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager, mwhitticase@carers.org or calling him 07824 539481

Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.  www.carers.org 

We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives. With locally based Network Partners we are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks. We offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individual tailored support and group activities.

Our vision is that unpaid carers count and can access the help they need to live their lives.


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