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Our trustees

Carers UK is governed by our Board of Trustees, the majority of whom must have recent experience of caring. This is one of the most important ways in which we seek to live out our core value that carers are at the heart of everything we do as a charity.

Ultimately our Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the charity and everyone working for it operates within an increasingly complex legal framework.

Each Trustee is an unpaid volunteer with particular skills and experience. Our Nominations Committee ensures that we maintain the right balance of skills, diversity and caring experience, so the Board is equipped to lead the charity well.

Carers Scotland, Carers Wales and Carers Northern Ireland are all governed by committees of carers and former carers. The Carers UK Board of Trustees must include representation from all four nations.

Our current trustees


Nick Baird CMG CVO - appointed 2020Nick Baird Copy

Nick Baird has been Group Corporate Affairs Director of Centrica plc since March 2014.

Before this, Nick had a long and varied career in Government. He was CEO of UK Trade and Investment from 2011-2013, Director General in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 2009-2011, and the British Ambassador to Turkey from 2006-2009.

Earlier in his career, Nick was Director for Immigration Policy in the Home Office, and held posts in the UK and overseas (Brussels, Kuwait, Oman) on European Union issues and the Middle East.

He was a member of the Board of the FCO and of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and was a Non Executive Director of NordAnglia Education Inc.

Nick is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and a member of the Council of Cheltenham Ladies College. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Sheffield University School of Management, and was on the Cole Commission which provided advice on exports to the Labour Party.

Nick is married to Caroline, a teacher, and has three children. He has caring responsibilities for his adult sister with special needs.


Virginia Pulbrook – appointed 2017
Ginny trustee

Ginny’s background is in investment banking and she is a cofounder of one of the UK’s leading corporate and financial communications companies. She is a highly experienced board-level adviser to a broad range of UK and overseas companies.

Her past non-executive roles include serving on the Development Council of the Natural History Museum and founding the Patrons’ Programme. Ginny is currently a non-executive director of Stobart Group plc

Ginny spent 11 years as a carer for her mother.


Eleanor Bradley - appointed 2017

Ellie Bradley webEleanor is Chief Operating Officer and a Board member at Nominet UK. She leads the company’s corporate functions and commercial and service activities relating to its domain name business.

Nominet is a membership company and Eleanor’s role includes working with its members and leading on member engagement activities.

She believes passionately in the power of technology as an enabler of inclusion and opportunity. She has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of operational roles, always with a technology focus.


Tim Anfilogoff - appointed 2017Tim Anfilogoff web

Tim works as Head of Community Resilience with Herts Valleys CCG, leading on social prescribing and carers. Tim is a committee member of the national social prescribing network and co-chair for the EoE.

Tim led the Herts and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) winning the Health Service Journal (HSJ) System Led Support for Carers award (2018).He managed the National Carers’ Strategy and Carers Grant for Department of Health during 1999 – 2001 writing practice guidance on the Carers and Disabled Children Act (2000).

He lives in Suffolk, where he and his wife care for their daughter.

Dr Helen Brown - appointed October 2018Helen Brown web

Caring for her mother in 2004 opened Helen’s eyes to issues facing family carers and began her commitment to help recognise, inform and improve life for all carers. During her time as Chief Executive of West Anglia Crossroads / Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Norfolk she was involved in developing carers strategies and policy and providing practical support for thousands of carers in the East of England.

Helen was appointed to the government’s Standing Commission on Carers and the Independent Advisory Group on Carers (2015-17), working on the Carers Strategy. Helen previously held senior roles in the global agrochemical industry and Not for Profit sectors and brings a wealth of experience to the Board.

Paula Bryan - appointed 2015

Paula Bryan webPaula is Co-founder and CEO of Carers4Carers a social enterprise run by carers for unpaid carers. Paula’s first experience of caring was as a child, providing support to her mother. Much later she became her mother’s main carer for six years.

Prior to being a full time carer Paula had worked in the Voluntary Sector as both a practitioner and manager; her last position was as a Senior Service Manager in a national charity delivering services for young people at risk of offending.

Margaret Dangoor - appointed 2018Margaret Dangoor web

Margaret has been a Carers UK Member since 2010 and a volunteer since 2013. She has represented Carers UK on radio, television and at conferences. She was appointed as a trustee of the Centre for Ageing Better in June 2017.

As a recent past family carer for almost twenty years Margaret has been deeply committed and involved with promoting the interests of carers, and she is passionate about linking real life experience with policy makers and influencers. Margaret’s long-term career background was in the NHS. As a general manager she focused on risk, patient safety and medico-legal management. Margaret holds an MA in Health Law.

Beverley Harden - appointed 2018Beverley Harden

Beverley has extensive experience as both a carer herself and as a physiotherapist working to support, identify and work in partnership with carers. As a leader in hospital-based, health services she championed both the access for and involvement of carers, but also rest for carers during hospital admissions, Beverley is currently the National Lead for the Allied Health Professions at Health Education England.

Colin Harper - Chair Northern Ireland Committee - appointed 2020IMG 2022

Colin is CEO of Camphill Communities Trust (NI) which provides support, land and buildings to the four Camphill Communities in Northern Ireland; facilities where people with and without disabilities live and work together. He started his career as a philosophy lecturer and has worked across the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland for 20 years, often combining these roles with further academic work. Colin is currently an Honorary Lecturer in Social Policy at Queen’s University Belfast.

Colin cares for his mother and also has broad experience of the challenges faced by carers through working as an independent advocate for carers.

Flora Martin - Chair Scotland Committee - appointed 2018Flora Martin

Flora spent most of her career in consumer public relations and is acknowledged as one of Scotland’s leading media gurus. She set up her own consultancy in 1989 which became one of the most successful integrated PR and advertising agencies in Scotland.

Flora brings a wealth of experience as a non-executive charity director as well as communications expertise and is based in Glasgow.

Siva Shan - appointed 2017Siva trustee

Siva has a professional background in business strategy and transformation and has over 15 years of experience working with multinational clients in the Telecommunications, Media & Technology sectors. Siva has supported Carers UK in optimising its own digital capabilities. Prior to his current roles, Siva trained and qualified as a barrister to the Bar of England and Wales.

During the past five years, Siva has been a care co-ordinator for his parents. Through this experience, he has developed an understanding of the challenges that full-time workers face in managing care for loved ones, and has recognised opportunities for leveraging technology to help manage these challenges.

Rosie Tope webDr Rosie Tope - Wales - appointed 2014

Rosie is a founder of HERC Associates, a well-established inter-professional team of clinicians and academics who work closely with a large number of user and carer groups and third sector organisations.

Rosie cared for her husband and found it to be a challenging but special time. Taking care of someone’s increasing needs full time was an exhausting, isolating and lonely experience and Rosie feels very keenly that thousands of unpaid carers in Wales are in similar situations. Rosie was an elected member of the Carers Wales Committee for eight years, being elected as Chair for the last year of her tenure. As a Trustee she remains an active volunteer of Carers Wales maintaining a close relationship with the staff.

Jeff Hayes – special advisor to the Board – appointed 2016

Jeff Hayes webJeff has a professional finance background with over 40 years of experience in the Fund Management industry and has worked with Carers UK for more than 10 years, both as a trustee and a Finance Committee member. His long-standing involvement with the organisation has given him a good picture of how caring has evolved over the years and the changes which still need to take place. Jeff shares his skills and financial experience with the organisation to help take this work forward.

Our committees

The Board of Trustees includes three committees where trustees can use their skills and expertise to focus on specific issues in more detail.

  • The Finance & Resources Committee aims to scrutinise Carers UK’s finances and other resources and to report and make recommendations to the Board as relevant.
  • The Governance, Constitution and Membership Committee aims to scrutinise Carers UK’s governance and constitution and optimise its membership. The Committee reports and makes recommendations to the Board as relevant.
  • The Remuneration Committee aims to provide assurance to the Board that Carers UK has an effective remuneration policy in place which supports the delivery of our overall Strategy, promoting an effective, high performing and diverse workforce.
  • The Nominations Committee aims to make recommendations to the Board of new trustees ensuring the overall Board comprises of; both the skills matrix and the requirement to have a majority of carer members; appropriate diversity of Trustees and that all equality legislation and good practice is adhered to. The Nominations Committee also aims to make recommendations to the Board of potential honorary positions including president, vice-presidents or patrons.

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