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

Staff bios

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.

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.

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).

Heather Smith – Executive Officer

Last changed: Thursday 16 March, 2017
Heather Smith

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.

Alison Straw – Head of Operations

Last changed: Friday 18 March, 2016
Alison Straw

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.