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.
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 Carers’ Resource.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and briefly outline your skills, experience and knowledge and why you would like to be a trustee of Carers’ Resource. Further details are below, in the section ‘How to Become a Trustee’.
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, former 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. Please also note our ‘Register of Members’ Interests’.
Our Current Trustees:
Liz Jones – Chair of Board of Trustees
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. She enjoys trekking overseas, gardening and trying to make jewellery.
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.
Damian’s principal career was in local government in Essex, London and Merseyside, and then as Director of Corporate Services for Copeland Borough Council in Cumbria.
After early retirement, he was Clerk to a large Parish Council in Warrington and a trainer/consultant, including assignments in public sector governance and financial management in Azerbaijan. That early retirement meant that Damian could indulge his love of singing, both learning and teaching.
He 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 and an orphanage there. On his wife Pat’s retirement, from her careers as a doctor and then as a clergyperson, a return to his native Yorkshire gave more opportunity to get involved in the voluntary sector, as well as musical theatre.
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.
Sarah Shaw has a broad ranging career spanning 25+ years in owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurship, corporate, government and charity sectors and extensive operational senior management; she was awarded the Institute of Directors Business Woman of the Year Award in 2003. Sarah is a dynamic leader and strategist, passionate about empowering change and harnessing the power of global companies to improve our world for generations to come.
As the Lead, Wellbeing 500, Sarah is directing this engaging initiative for RoundGlass, positioned as the worldwide leader in holistic wellness. The Wellbeing 500 lists and ranks global companies and personalities, driving better corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance practices for a better future for all. As well as being Vice Chair for Carers’ Resource, Sarah is also Vice Chair of Trustees for the charity Remap, which is a network of volunteers UK-wide who custom make equipment to help individual disabled people to leave more independent lives.
Previously, Sarah was a Project Director at UNESCO where she worked directly with the UK central government’s business department on high-profile international science and innovation projects aimed at tackling the complex global challenges of our age. Prior to this, Sarah was the Communications Director for WISE, a campaign working collaboratively with businesses to encourage better female engagement within the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths through education and careers.
The following are the interests declared by members of the Board of Trustees.
Liz Jones – Chair of Board of Trustees
Director of Webbenables
Management and leadership consultant
Trustee of Harrogate Neighbours Housing Association
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
Employed by WISE- Leeds College of Building, Cudbear Street, Leeds, LS10 1EF
Trustee of REMAP D9 Chaucer Business Park, Kemsing, Sevenoakes, Kent, TS15 6YU
How to Become a Trustee
From time to time the board needs to replace or add trustees. 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can also download the Trustee Role Guide below.