Carers Trust, the largest charity for unpaid carers, has appointed a new Director of Policy and Research. 

Joe Gannon, joins from Pitchfork consulting, where he led on several assignments for the Department of Health and Public Health England. He has spent much of his career working for the NHS and local Government, in both operational and strategic policy roles.

Joe takes over from Moira Fraser who left in February to join Macmillan Cancer Support.

He comments: “I see my role at Carers Trust as a natural progression of my interest in influencing policy in a vital sector.  I believe I can make an immediate contribution to Carers Trusts priorities over the next 12 months.”

“On a personal level, I have first-hand experience of being an unpaid carer. I shared the care for my mother in the last years of her life and continue to share the care of my 92 year old father with my siblings.”

Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust comments: “This is an important time for Carers Trust. We are in the middle of a Care Act review and the Care Act itself will be one year old soon. We need to ensure that unpaid carers are always on the political agenda and Joe’s experience will help us to do this. We’re delighted that he is joining us.”

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