Care for the Carers is governed by an unpaid Board of Trustees, who are also the Company Directors.
Each year one-third of Care for the Carers’ Board members are required to stand down. They may, if they wish offer themselves for re-election. The Board and voting members may also make nominations for election by members at the Annual General Meeting.
Commitment to Care for the Carers
All of the following people have demonstrated a commitment to the carers’ cause, a clear understanding of the role of trustees and an understanding and commitment to governance, as well as the necessary skills to contribute to financial and strategic development.
Jenny Ballard is the current Chair of Care for the Carers and has been a member of the Board since 2006. Jenny 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. 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.
Angela Chapman ( BSc(Hons), DPhil) is the current Vice-Chair of Care for the Carers and has been a member of the Board since 2005. Angela was the Open University Science Staff Tutor in the SE and still tutors for them. She has several years’ experience as a County Councillor in a neighbouring county and as a Trustee. Angela has extensive experience of Local Government processes and voluntary sector Governance. She is a member of the Local Community Board of Central Sussex College.
Clare Szanto has been a member of the Board since 2010. Clare trained as a psychiatric nurse at the Maudsley Hospital in London and worked as a community psychiatric nurse before moving to Eastbourne. She studied for a degree in Social Policy at Brighton University and then worked as a researcher in the Health and Social Policy Research Centre. Many of the research projects under taken were on the subject of caring and included two pieces of research for East Sussex Care for the Carers on the Independent Living Fund and the Care Passport. For six years during this period Clare was also a carer.
Chris Raper joined Care for the Carers’ Board in September 2016. Chris’ career began as an Accountant in industry and after qualifying he headed up the finance functions of medium to large organisations, including subsidiaries of major organisations such as Glaxo. Over the last few years Chris has held such posts as Chairman of the Institute of Directors for Sussex and of a local golf club. In addition, Chris has acted as a mentor for directors of start-up companies. Chris brings broad business experience to the Board of Trustees, particularly in finance, the raising of funds, strategy, governance and organisational development.
Mandy Curtis joined Care for the Carers’ Board in September 2016. 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.
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.
Stephen Lloyd joined Care for the Carers’ Board in September 2016. Stephen is a business development consultant and was the Member of Parliament for Eastbourne from 2010 to 2015. Prior to becoming an MP, Stephen worked in business for over 20 years. Being an active member of the community in Eastbourne, Stephen has been a supporter of Care for the Carers over some years, helping to raise awareness of caring locally. Stephen will bring a wealth of skills to the Board with his business experience, which will help the Charity in its plans to raise funds and diversify its income. His knowledge of the political environment will be an asset to the organisation in its work, strengthening the voice of carers locally, understanding communications and the media that will support Care for the Carers to raise awareness and keep carers on the agenda. Stephen also has personal experience of being a carer.