Carers Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Gareth Howells as its new CEO.

Gareth will take up the post in December 2019 after stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Carers Trust South East Wales, a post he has held since July 2015. 

He brings a wealth of relevant experience to his new role at Carers Trust, having previously worked in senior management positions within the Mind network, housing, local government and the private sector.

As well as holding relevant senior management experience, Gareth is acutely aware of the challenges facing unpaid carers across the UK, having been a young carer himself. He is now committed to using his experience as both a carer and outstanding leader to ensuring that the voices of the UK’s unpaid carers are heard and that they have access to the right information, advice and support.

It is estimated that there are approximately 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK with three in five of us likely to take on an unpaid caring role at some point in our lives. Looking forward to leading Carers Trust in its work to support the UK’s unpaid carers, Gareth said:

“Supporting unpaid carers has never been more important and I’m delighted to be joining the team at Carers Trust as we work towards becoming the leading charity for unpaid carers in the UK. 

“I’m passionate about the rights of unpaid carers and having been a young carer myself, I understand first-hand the unique challenges and pressures carers face. I’m looking forward to working with our trustees, our staff, our Network Partners and unpaid carers to improve support, services and recognition for unpaid carers across the UK.”

And welcoming the appointment of Gareth Howells as CEO of Carers Trust, John McLean, Chair of Carers Trust’s Board of Trustees, said:

“We are thrilled with Gareth’s appointment as Carers Trust’s new CEO. Outstanding leadership is a thread running right through his career in both the voluntary and private sectors, as are his ability to inspire colleagues and transform the culture of an organisation. These qualities will be vital to leading Carers Trust at a time when our population is ageing and there is ever increasing pressure on health and social care budgets - with all the consequent pressures this is placing on millions of unpaid carers across the UK.”

Gareth has also developed invaluable experience of charity governance in a number of trustee roles, including a local Mind partner and a Welsh County Voluntary Council. 

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A hi-res image of Gareth Howells is available on request.

For further information, please contact: Matt Whitticase on mwhitticase@carers.org and 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. 

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.