About us Our team Staff CEO Jennifer Twist BA (Hons) MA Jennifer joined Care for the Carers in 2006, becoming CEO in 2012. Jennifer has over 10 years’ experience of working with carers, partners and stakeholders to champion carers’ rights and achieve the services and support that they need and deserve. Throughout her career, she has focused on care, working in both voluntary and commercial sectors, and particularly specialising in caring for vulnerable older people and supporting unpaid carers. Senior Management Team Jo Egan BA (Hons) – Operations Manager Jo joined Care for the Carers in March 2016. Her work background is mainly in the voluntary sector, where she has worked in the areas of domestic violence, mental health, well being, and young people. At Care for the Carers, Jo is the strategic lead for direct services, counselling, safeguarding, outcomes measurement, and database development, and she manages the Operations Team. Teresa Flower BA PDip – Strategic Partnerships Manager Teresa brings a wealth of expertise from a 25 year career working with diverse communities in both urban and rural settings. This has included working in public and third sector organisations in formal and informal education, health, social care and housing. Teresa has managed teams and projects in both front line and strategic roles and research, and she has worked as an independent consultant managing her own business. Fiz Lauer Deaves BSC (Hons) ICAEW – Finance Manager Fiz is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over six years' post-qualification experience in both practice and industry. Fiz’ previous roles include corporate financial accountant and forensic investigator. She is also treasurer for both a local charity and Parents’ Association. Fiz brings a financial rigour to the organisation, and has applied her auditing skills to Care for the Carers’ Quality Assurance. Operations Team Our dedicated team of support workers deliver Care for the Carers’ direct services to carers, including Gateway, support and advice, groups, training and counselling. The team brings an extensive and varied background of skills and knowledge to their work, including previous experience of advice work in a range of settings, social work, and counselling. Partnerships Team The Partnerships Team plays a cross cutting role within the organisation and builds strong working relationships with our partners. The team is responsible for enabling unpaid carers to share their views and experiences through our Carers Voices Network and represent carers at a strategic level. We keep people informed through our social media, website and publications and raise awareness of unpaid carers through our campaigns and Carer Friendly Community work. Office staff and administration At the heart of our team is a small group of staff dedicated to the running of Care for the Carers as a charity. They work hard to create a welcoming environment at the Carers Centre and keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes.