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

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

We are always on the lookout for skilled and committed people to join our board.

If you are interested, please email our Volunteer Coordinator Andrew Parkin ( and briefly outline your skills, experience and knowledge and why you would like to be a trustee of Carers’ Resource.

For more information, please see the sections below: “How to Become a Trustee” and “What does a Trustee do?”

Our current Trustees are listed below. Please also note our ‘Register of Members’ Interests’.

Liz Jones

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Liz Jones has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2018. Semi-retired in 2013, Liz worked as a senior manager in Local Authorities and for the Audit Commission.

Following University Liz spent two years in The Gambia, West Africa as a teacher with VSO. Returning to the UK she started training as a Chartered Accountant before leaving to do her postgrad teacher training.

She had various roles in teaching and the education services; her final education role was as Assistant Director of Education in York.

Lizjoined the Audit Commission in the early 2000s as part of the new Best Value regime which had a focus on Council services and how they could deliver the best services to local people. Her final role was back in a council as Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for all support services in the council, such as finance, IT, legal, customer services, human resources and communications.

Following retirement Liz did some consultancy in councils and health services. She enjoys walking, golf and travelling and time in the garden. She also dabbles in making jewellery and cooking.

John Hayward


John Hayward is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 20 years experience in commercial and residential property estate management. His current employment is with Government Property Agency, an Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office, as an Asset Manager.

In this role he provides strategic asset management for the Government occupied office portfolio across the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He is a former board member for the RICS Yorkshire and Humber Regional Board and an RICS APC Assessor for graduates entering the surveying profession.

John follows Leeds United FC and regularly attends home matches with his adult son. He also has a keen interest in climate change with net zero goals and sustainability forming a significant part of his job role. He is also a member of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Damian Boddy


Damian’s principal career was in local government in Essex, London and Merseyside, and finally as Director of Corporate Services for Copeland Borough Council in Cumbria.

After early retirement, he was Clerk to a large Parish Council in Warrington, managing assets of some £2m, and a trainer/consultant, including assignments in public sector governance and financial management in Azerbaijan.

Developing his love of music and singing enabled him to teach singing too for a number of years.

Damian was a trustee of ArtServe, an organisation dedicated to creativity in church settings, and has been for some years a lay preacher, as well as undertaking several volunteer trips to Kenya to work with churches, children and families there. On his wife Pat’s retirement, from her careers as a doctor and then as a priest, a return to his native Yorkshire gave more opportunity to get involved in the voluntary sector and to continue singing, including musical theatre.

Sarah Shaw


Sarah Shaw has a broad ranging career spanning 25+ years in owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurship, corporate, government and charity sectors accumulating extensive operational senior management experience; she was awarded the UK Institute of Directors Business Woman of the Year Award in 2003.

Sarah is currently consulting for WEConnect International, a worldwide non-profit that operates in the supplier diversity and inclusion space as a global network that connects women-owned businesses to each other and to buyers in global businesses around the world.

Before joining WeConnect International, Sarah was consulting in the workplace wellbeing sector for RoundGlass, a global wellbeing corporation based in the US and for Ztudium, a blockchain technology company and global business index. Sarah was a judge for Nature Research Publishing’s prestigious global awards for two years; she has advised the Institution of Civil Engineers as a member of their sustainability steering group and has worked frequently with the British Royal family as charity patrons.

Previously, Sarah was the Project Director at UNESCO where she worked directly with the UK central government’s business department on multi-million-pound high-profile international science, technology and innovation projects aimed at tackling the complex global challenges of our age by supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to this, Sarah was the Communications Director for WISE, an equality, diversity, and inclusion campaign working collaboratively with businesses to encourage better female engagement within the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths through education and careers.

Sarah is joint leader of Harrogate Ladies Who Latte, a women-only business networking group. She is a social runner and also enjoys netball, ballroom dancing, Pilates, Padel tennis and HiiT classes, and is a member of a book club.

Corinne Jeffrey


Corinne has had over 35 years experience in the NHS, initially as a registered nurse, followed by various roles in Operational Management and worked in Leeds and Bradford during this time which included a committee role with the Royal College of Nursing, Nephrology Nursing Forum.

Corinne recently retired but has continued to support the local NHS Trust with short term projects and developments as required. She has also taken up some voluntary work to support the local community.

Her spare time is spent learning the piano (after a 30 + year break), walking, keeping fit and spending time with her husband and grown up family.

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.

How to Become a Trustee

If you have an interest in our work and think you can make a contribution, we are keen to hear from you. We particularly want to encourage younger people, people with disabilities and members of diverse ethnic minority communities to apply.

We consider all applications as soon as we receive them. If we think candidates would add to the trustees’ diverse range of skills and experience, we invite them to an informal meeting with a small group of existing trustees.

If you wish to register an interest in becoming a trustee, please write to our Volunteer Coordinator Andrew Parkin ( and briefly outline your skills, experience and knowledge and why you would like to be a trustee of Carers’ Resource. You can also send a CV, but this is not essential. You might be put on a reserve list until a suitable vacancy occurs, otherwise, the full board will reach a decision at their next meeting.

If you are appointed as a trustee, we will carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau check).

If you would like to find out more before you apply, we would be happy to have a chat with you and answer any questions you may have. Please contact Chris Whiley by email:

You can also download the Trustee Role Guide below.

What does a Trustee do?

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

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.

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.

Declarations of interest

The following are the interests declared by current members of the Board of Trustees.

Liz Jones – Chair of Board of Trustees

  • Past Chair of Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association
  • Governor at Dixons Unity Academy, Leeds
  • Committee member Yorkshire Vets Golf association
  • Volunteer- Meals on Wheels
  • Volunteer- Harrogate Foodbank

John Hayward

  • Government Property Agency – acting for various Government departments and arms length bodies, including the NHS and the Care Quality Commission but only in relation to their estates function.

Julia Lister

  • Trusteeships: Fred Towler Trust; York Minster Fund; Foundation Governor Bingley Grammar
  • Unremunerated positions: Deputy Lieutenant West Yorkshire; Foundation Governor Bingley Grammar; Member of Manorlands Challenge Committee; Member of Law Society – Solicitor, Bradford Club

Sarah Shaw

  • Currently consulting for WEConnect International
  • Trustee of REMAP