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


The staff of the Carers’ Resource combine a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience with a dedication to the wellbeing of the carers they support. The teams are split across the three main sites in Harrogate, Skipton and Bradford and are led by the senior management team. The senior management team comprises:

Chris Whiley – Chief Executive Officer

Last changed: Wednesday 12 April, 2017
Chris Whiley, Carers' Resource Director

Christine Whiley is the Chief executive Officer of the Carers Resource, a post she took up in October 2015. Prior to that she was CEO for a children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing charity in Cheshire. She started her working life as a youth and community worker operating in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in a wide variety of roles. working in partnership with an extensive range of agencies.

In 2002 she became Head of Youth Service in Bradford, subsequently becoming an Assistant Director with responsibility for prevention and early intervention services for 0 – 19 year olds and leading on multi agency responses to parental support, voice and influence work and anti bullying initiatives. She was also an active member of the local children’s safeguarding boards in both Bradford and Cheshire.

Jan Burrows – Head of Carer Services

Last changed: Friday 18 March, 2016
Jan Burrows

Jan Burrows is the Head of Carer Services, originally joining the Carers’ Resource in 2013 as an Information Officer. Prior to this, she worked in Local Authority statutory services for eight years as practitioner social worker and for 25 years as operational manager (team leader, Principal Care manager in Airedale and district wide service manager for older people).

With experience in child care, physical and learning disability and older people, Jan has skills in mental health, mental capacity, assessment, identification of need, support planning, risk management and safeguarding.

Registered social worker, Certificate in Management.

Sam Dawson – Head of Care Provision

Last changed: Friday 18 March, 2016
Sam Dawson

Sam Dawson is the Head of Care Provision and joined the Carers’ Resource in 2013 in line with Crossroads Care merging with Carers’ Resource. Prior to joining, Sam worked in Local Authority statutory services for 16 years, providing management support across a diverse team.

Sam has experience with performance management, embedding and supporting new ways of working, re-ablement, delayed discharges and working with health and community teams. Sam has skills in assessments, care planning, safeguarding, dementia and risk management, team building and budget management.

BA (Hons) Business Management, Certificate in Management, Diploma in Management, NVQ in Care.