Our Trustees are responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of Care for the Carers. They make sure we have a clear strategy, remain true to our vision, and that we comply with all necessary rules and legal obligations. As Care for the Carers is both a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee, the Trustees are also the organisation’s Directors. They meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies and receive reports and updates from senior managers and the team.
The majority of the Board have been, or are, carers. We are a membership organisation, and most of our Members are current or former carers. The Board is elected by our Members, and informed by their views. Our Trustees work with us as volunteers and are committed to Care for the Carers doing all we can to ensure no one is left to care alone.
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Chris Raper joined Care for the Carers’ Board in September 2016. He became Treasurer in late 2016, then took on the role of Chair in September 2018. Chris began his career in industry, later heading up the finance functions of medium to large organisations, including subsidiaries of major companies such as Glaxo. Over the last few years, he has served as Chair of the Institute of Directors for Sussex and of a local golf club, and has acted as a mentor for directors of start-up companies. Chris brings broad business experience to the Board, particularly in finance, the raising of funds, strategy, governance and organisational development.
Mandy Curtis joined Care for the Carers’ Board in September 2016, and was made Vice Chair in September 2018. Mandy is a business owner and academic, specialising in community-focused events organising. She recently completed a PhD in Human Geography, exploring people, place and identity, and also brings experience of teaching and mentoring. Mandy is an advocate for Care for the Carers, supporting us to network, raise awareness and funds. Mandy also has years of marketing expertise and will be able to help create a marketing strategy for the organisation, maximising opportunities for print, online and social media. She is comfortable with all aspects of organisational planning, fundraising and sponsorship. Mandy brings recent experience of being a carer, and began her career as a nurse.
Jenny Ballard is the former chair of Care for the Carers and has been a member of the Board since 2006. Jenny is now a trustee, and is a carer of an adult daughter with learning difficulties, and has extensive experience and knowledge of carers’ issues and learning disability services in East Sussex. As a long-standing member of Care for the Carers and Royal Mencap, and as governor of a special needs school, Jenny worked on the new GP contracts raising and ensuring an awareness of carers' health issues, and currently chairs a Patient Participation Group. Jenny has used her experience to advance the cause of carers and improve services to the benefit of service users and carers in East Sussex.
Alan Botterill joined Care for the Carers’ Board in September 2015, being co-opted to the Board for 12 months to support its development and growth, and was voted onto the Board by our Members in 2016. Alan has a wealth of experience in management and governance within Business and the Third Sector, including trustee roles at Carers Trust – Epping Forest, Harlow, Havering and Redbridge; NatCen Social Research – a major social research charity; YMCA – Trustee of pension scheme and member of investment committee; YMCA World Alliance – trust fund based in Geneva – member of Investment Committee. He is currently a volunteer mentor within the Carers Trust ‘Advance’ Mentor Programme, acting as a mentor to two separate Carers Trust Network Partner CEOs. Alan is an actuary and has served the profession as a volunteer over many years, including as a member of the Council of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland.
Sara Geater was voted onto the Board in September 2016. Sara has worked in NHS Commissioning for the past 15 years, which has given her a strong understanding of health and social care economies. She is an experienced member of partnership boards and strategic committees at a local, regional and national level. Sara has seen Care for the Carers develop and grow over the years, having worked with us as a funder and statutory partner. She has a strategic focus and a passion for supporting people to shape the environment around them. Sara’s current role is as the National Lead for Stakeholder Engagement for Specialised Commissioning at NHS England. Prior to joining NHS England, Sara spent 12 years working for the NHS in East Sussex.