We have a dedicated Board of Trustees made up of individuals who all volunteer their time and services. The Board of Trustees are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the charity. Our trustees are also directors of the company. As charity trustees and directors of the company, our Board ensure the charity remains true to its charitable purpose, which is to relieve the stresses of carers and to ensure compliance with the company’s legal responsibilities.

Allan Smith

Chair Person

Former Director of Operations within NHS Health Trust. Experience in business and financial management, monitoring and evaluation of service delivery and performance, management of multi million pound budgets.

Geoff Eggleston


Financial Planning Consultant. Experience in running own business, financial planning (insurance and investment) and fundraising.

Michael O’Hare

Experience in Human Resource management within NHS Health Trust, Experience in counselling and coaching. Carer experience.

Garry Pointer

Qualified Solicitor and former head of legal services within local council. Local government experience, governance of charitable companies, contracts and general legal matters. Carer experience.

Averil Hedley

Experience within voluntary sector including Crossroads and Disability project. Skills in volunteer recruitment and training. Carer experience.

Sue Pickering

Board level experience working strategically at senior level running businesses with multi million pound turnover. Experience in business strategy and planning. Background in advertising, recruitment and training. Executive mentor at Barnado’s, business mentor for the Prince’s Trust and Carers Trust Crossroads scheme.

Vicki Taylor

Former Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development within NHS and Board level experience of NHS commissioning. Fellow of CIPD with own management consultancy company, specialising in Organisational Development and HR assignments.

Helen Briggs

Experienced programme / project manager and business analyst of complex IT and organisational development change in both public and private sectors.

Trustee recruitment

As individuals, our Trustees come from all walks of life and are united in their commitment to support the continued development of the charity. When recruiting Trustees, we strive to recruit Trustees who share that commitment and who can help us grow and develop our services in areas such as social care, business development, finance, human resources and technology.

The Trustees delegate day to day management of the charity to the Chief Executive Officer, Pauline Steele. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please email: paulinesteele@carerstrusttw.org.uk for further information.