Carole has worked in the voluntary sector and at a senior level supporting carers for more than 20 years. Her first involvement with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was as a centre manager, establishing North Tyneside Carers’ Centre.
Carole supported the Network of carers’ centres extensively. Amongst other achievements, she established carers’ centres in South East England in 1998 and developed training programmes to support the Network.
She later moved to the Northwest and developed the Network in North of England, Northern Ireland Isle of Man and Wales. Furthermore, Carole represented The Trust as a working group member on the Carers Strategy and was also the person behind the development and delivery of the highly-valued breaks for carers, held annually at Pontin's, Blackpool.
In 2008, Carole was appointed as Chief Executive of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. She stepped down from the post at the end of March 2011 after leading on the initial merger negotiations with Crossroads Care. In April 2012, the two organisations joined to form a new organisation called Carers Trust.
Anne Roberts, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said: “We were absolutely delighted to hear that Carole had been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her work with carers. Carole has campaigned and worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to gain understanding and awareness for carers and young carers and her CBE is a well-deserved recognition of this work. Congratulations Carole!”
She was also appointed as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lancashire in January 2012. Carole has maintained links with Carers Trust in her ambassadorial role. Carole said:
Carole Cochrane, said when asked about her feelings on receiving the award: "From young to the not so young carers never fail to amaze me with their patience, kindness and coping skills and how they always put the cared for first, often to the detriment of their own health and well being. It continues to be an honour and a privelege to support carers and to find ways to make their lives a little better."