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 of Trustees

Our trustees are responsible for the governance of the Carers’ Resource. In other words, they shape our plans, agree budgets, provide advice and support to the Chief Executive Officer and monitor our work throughout the year.

Between them, our trustees have experience in business, local government, health and social care and voluntary organisations. Some are or have been carers themselves. What they have in common is a commitment to developing and supporting the work of the Carers’ Resource.

Trustee meetings last around two to three hours every other month, commencing at 4pm on Thursdays. There will be some time required for reading agendas and reports, thinking and preparing for meetings.

It’s not always easy being a trustee, because there’s often more than one right answer to any given question – but it is immensely rewarding to see the charity go from strength to strength.
David Harbourne, chair of trustees

Some items are discussed at every meeting: we always have a finance report, for example, and a comprehensive progress update. In addition, we look in depth at specific issues and hear about the services provided by our hard-working staff and volunteers.

We expect trustees to come to the Annual General Meeting and at least one planning half day each year. Some trustees also join one of our committees – currently, we have a Finance and General Purposes Committee and a Governance Board, which has special responsibility for care services provided by Care@Carers’Resource.

There is currently no fixed term of office as a Trustee. One third of Trustees are required to resign each year, but they are eligible for re-appointment. The position is unpaid, though we do offer travel expenses to attend meetings.

Our current Trustees are listed below. We are always on the look out for skilled and committed people to join our board. If you are interested please see how to Become a Trustee.

Our Current Trustees

See also our Register of Members Interests.

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.

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.

Julia Lister

Before her retirement, Julia was a solicitor and partner at Gordon’s LLP, specialising in corporate and employment law. Amongst other things, she is currently Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, a trustee of the York Minster Fund and of the Fred Towler Trust, a member of the Steering Commitee for Bradford arm of Leeds Community Foundation, a governor of Bingley Grammar School and President of Airedale Agricultural Society. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Julia ran her own business and then worked in the Civil Service in the county and crown courts and studied for a degree whilst working. Julia is married and lives in Ilkley. Julia helps care for her parents, who are both in their nineties: her father is now living in a care home, while her mother continues to live at home with help from carers. Julia enjoys walking, keeping fit, gardening, interior design and reading.

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.

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.

Sarah Shaw

Sarah is the Communications Director for WISE, a campaign working with businesses to encourage more girls to study maths and science and more women to join the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) workforce in the UK. WISE have a Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and Sarah manages her patronage for the organisation as well as all aspects of communication. Along with extensive marketing, PR, events and advertising experience Sarah also has a background in senior management and was named Institute of Directors Business Woman of the Year in 2003. Previously roles include working for One Medicare, delivering NHS care. Earlier in her career Sarah worked in advertising agencies and also owned a successful commercial photography studio.  Outside of work Sarah and her husband have two school-aged children. She plays netball, enjoys her book club and socialising with friends. Sarah is a carer for her autistic son.

Steph Lawrence

Steph was born and has spent most of her working life in Yorkshire. She trained as a nurse in Calderdale and has worked within the NHS for the last 30 years.  She is currently the Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. She has held a number of senior leadership posts within nursing across provider and commissioning organisations including at executive level. She is passionate about ensuring high quality care for patients and also for carers and has had previous close working relationships with the Carers Resource. Steph is married with two teenage children and enjoys spending time with her family and travelling when she gets the chance.