Serving the people of Bradford, Harrogate, Selby and Craven Districts

The staff at 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 four sites in Harrogate, Skipton, Bradford and Selby, and are led by the senior leadership team, which consists of:

Chris Whiley

Chief Executive Officer

Christine Whiley is the Chief Executive Officer of Carers’ Resource, a post she took up in October 2015. Prior to that, she was CEO of 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.

Julie Duerden

Head of Operations for North Yorkshire

Julie Duerden has gained vast experience in developing and implementing services for vulnerable people in her previous roles in the NHS, DWP, local government and over 20 years in several VCFS organisations.

As a former CEO and a Carer Centre manager she has a wealth of knowledge of the challenges faced both for the individual and the service providers.

Julie is fully committed to providing high-quality services in the right way at the right time for the individual.

Diane Boustead

Diane Boustead

Head of Operations for Bradford District

Diane Boustead began her working life as a serving soldier, and began championing the needs of carers over 20 years ago when she first became an unpaid carer for people in her close family alongside working full time.


Formerly Director of Operations at Carers Trust Mid Yorkshire, she joined Carers’ Resource to continue combining her extensive experience of working with statutory and charitable sectors, post graduate qualifications in English Linguistics and Teaching and Learning, and personal experience to develop and implement high quality services for carers.

When not working or caring for her family, Diane relaxes through being outdoors and enjoys walking with her two dogs in the lovely rural village where she lives.

Helen Prince

Head of Young Carers and Families

Helen Prince is the Head of Young Carers and Families, with responsibility for delivering and expanding our services to support young carers and parents of children with disabilities.

Having previously worked in the Public Health department of Newcastle University, she joined Carers’ Resource in 2005 as a young carer mentor and has had various roles within the team since then, balancing work life with caring for her autistic son.

Helen is passionate about providing high-quality support to families through a thriving voluntary sector. As an active member of Local Safeguarding Partnerships and multi-agency strategic networking groups, she helps to keep families affected by disability, illness and substance misuse considered as a local priority. She is particularly interested in emotional health and finding ways to increase carers’ resilience.

Sam Dawson

Head of Care Provision

Sam Dawson, Head of Care, joined Carers’ Resource in 2013 when Crossroads Care merged with the organisation. Prior to joining, she 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-enablement, delayed discharges and working with health and community teams. She is skilled in assessments, care support planning, safeguarding, dementia and risk management, team building and budget management.

BA (Hons) Business Management degree, Certificate in Management, Diploma in Management, NVQ 2 and Level 5 Registered Managers Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Sam is passionate about delivering a high-quality person-centred service to each individual, meeting their aspirations and needs and developing the service to be flexible through a highly qualified dedicated team. Her aim is to develop a strong brand by ensuring that minimum operational standards are being met, coupled with inspiring best practices, focusing on performance and quality.

Sam is very proud to lead her team of dedicated compassionate support workers and looks forward to the future challenges within the changing environment and needs of our customers.

Tracey Kay

Head of Finance

Tracey Kay is Head of Finance and joined Carers’ Resource in November 2017. Tracey’s financial experience is gained working for various organisations within differing sectors, including textiles, media and communication, healthcare and education.

Tracey’s last financial post was as Regional Finance Manager for a healthcare company, giving knowledge of CCGs (PCTs), Local Authorities and Care Quality Commission.

Emma Corbet

Head of Quality and Performance

Emma Corbet, BSc (Hons) OT, MCMI, Diploma in Human Resources, is the Head of Quality and Performance and Human Resources lead, joining Carers’ Resource in April 2019.

Having originally qualified as an Occupational Therapist, Emma has worked across a range of health and social care settings, in public, private and voluntary sectors.

Having moved into commissioning, she specialised in developing the quality, safety and clinical governance agendas for a local Clinical Commissioning Group prior to expanding on this work across the Yorkshire and Humber region with NHS England.

As a former CQC Registered Manager for ambulance services,  she brings a wealth of experience in performance improvement and regulatory methodology.

Jenny Cornish

Head of Communications and Engagement

Jenny Cornish joined Carers’ Resource in 2021, having worked in the field of media and communications for 20 years. She started her working life in journalism, as a writer and editor for local, regional and national media companies including ITV and Mirror Online.


Jenny was chief political reporter at the Leicester Mercury before becoming a freelancer, during which time she worked as a news production editor for Mirror Online, and as a writer for ITV’s marketing team. She also wrote features for national and regional magazines and newspapers, and was a copywriter and editor for local and national PR companies, media and marketing agencies. She worked as Communications Officer for Craven District Council for six years.