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


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

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.

Alison Straw – Head of Operations

Alison Straw is the Head of Operations. She has been with the organisation for five years, leading Service Managers to deliver for carers and in line with contracts. She currently line manages the Young Carer, Family and Employment teams.

Heather Smith – Executive Officer

Heather Smith is Executive Officer. In addition to supporting The Director and Head of Operations she is responsible for all matters relating to Administration and Facilities and also attends regular Health and Safety training forums run by the Harrogate Health and Safety Forum.

Jan Burrows – Head of Carer Services

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).

Sam Dawson – Head of Care Provision

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.