The Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the
Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.

Carers' Resource - You care for them, we care for you

Board / Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for the governance of the organisation. They bring a range of business and commercial skills and many are or have been carers, our trustees are committed to developing and supporting the work of The Carers’ Resource:

David Harbourne – Chair of Trustees

David was born and brought up in Yorkshire. His working life started in the London headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, where he held a number of posts including serving as Private Secretary to three ministers. He left to become Director of the National Association of Master Bakers, moving on after six years to the Hotel and Catering Training Company.

In 1996, David’s wife, Jeanette, learned she had Huntington’s Disease. The family moved back to North Yorkshire, where David was Chief Executive of the Training and Enterprise Council and subsequently Executive Director of the local Learning and Skills Council. He stood down in 2005 when his role as Jeanette’s carer made it impossible to work full time. Jeanette died in 2009.

Until August 2016, David was Director of Policy and Research at the Edge Foundation, which champions technical, practical and vocational education. He is now a freelance writer and researcher.

David Blythe

Experienced senior manager in the third sector. Currently General Manager for William Merritt Disabled Living Centre and previously Provider Support Manager for Caring with Confidence & Regional Director for Arthritis Care. Also patient representative / patient teacher for University of Leeds.

Viv Hobman

Viv has worked in senior management positions in local authority children’s social care with particular interest in young carers and parent carers. Viv lists theatre, entertaining with friends, reading and travel as personal interests and keeps young and stays busy on granny duty for three young grandchildren.

Liz Jones

Semi-retired in 2013, Liz worked as a senior manager in Local Authorities and the Audit Commission. She has particular interests in strategy, organisational development and improvement through collaborative and partnership working.

Enjoys trekking overseas, gardening and trying to make jewellery.

Andrew Makey

Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with PKF in 1990 and after a few years gaining experience in the commercial sector, started his own small practice with his wife in 1998. Principally worked along with entrepreneurs in the role of Finance Director for a number of SME companies varying from fast food outlets, wholesale distribution to waste management – enjoyable work that has been both demanding and rewarding. Outside work enjoys family life, cycling, walking and golf.

Tony Pugh

Former Head of Service with Leeds City Council. Now works as a freelance consultant in health and social care. His interest in caring is from both a personal and professional perspective. When not working enjoys walking, reading and being with family.

Martyn Richards

Martyn was born in Yorkshire. He is a qualified solicitor and spent all of his career in local government, most recently as a Director of Corporate Services at Hambleton District Council. He has significant experience in public administration, corporate governance and probity. In his spare time Martyn plays football and gardens.

Robert Smith

Robert has more than 30 years’ experience (Nat West Bank) in providing relationship banking to the SME market place and, over the past nine years, has focused exclusively on the care sector. He is presently the Director for Healthcare North Region with responsibility for 13 healthcare relationship managers, who look after customers who operate both within the Social Care and Primary Care markets.

Robert is experienced in leading a team, and supporting them within the market, to provide a first class customer experience, managing revenues and assets, whilst driving standards  from internal, external, credit, and operational perspectives within a regulatory framework.

Interests outside of work include, DIY, and walking whilst living in Knaresborough North Yorkshire.