We have a dedicated Board of Directors who are also our Trustees. They volunteer their time and services to the organisation. When recruiting new Directors, we strive to have people with experience so all business skills are covered, e.g. finance, personnel, business development and social care.
The Board meets every month and we have Strategic Board meetings three times a year.
Current Board members:
- Linda Collumbell – Chair
- Wayne Weedon – Company Secretary
- Alison Griffiths – Honarary Treasurer
- Ann Braithwaite
- Anne Davis
- Matthew Lester
- Rhianon Sarginson
- Christina Wells
- David Hipple
- Stephanie Matthews
Linda Collumbell – Chair
Linda joined the board of trustees for Crossroads Caring for Carers in 2004, when she became a carer for her mother. Linda was a social worker for 40 years in Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire, managing several teams. Linda was also a committee member of Axiom Housing Association for 25 years and its Chair for a number of years. During her time with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Linda has taken several sabbaticals from the board to join the organisation, utilising her valuable skills and knowledge of caring and carers. These include managing care operations and piloting the development of a Health and Wellbeing project for Cambridgeshire in 2014.
Linda has a background in learning disabilities and has an MA in Social Work. Linda was one of two Vice-Chairs for several years and became Chair in 2016.
“I was aware of the work of Crossroads (as it was known then) when I was a social worker. When I retired, I joined the board because I felt that the work that Crossroads did was extremely valuable and I wanted to contribute.”
Wayne Weedon – Company Secretary
Wayne joined the board of trustees for Carers Trust Cambridgeshire in 2014. Wayne was a carer for his terminally ill father and currently cares for his mother. Wayne has a background in finance and is a Chartered Accountant. Wayne became Company Secretary in 2015.
“I became a Trustee as I had a desire to work with a charity board in the care sector.”
Alison Griffiths – Honorary Treasurer
Alison brings vast financial and professional expertise spanning 30 years to the board, which she joined in 2016. Alison, a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Taxation, was a Director of Taxation in International FTSE 100 groups, working on worldwide tax affairs and Board governance.
She is also a Trustee of Pinpoint and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
“I look forward to using my financial background to help Carers Trust Cambridgeshire in a changing funding environment.”
Anne has been a trustee since 2012 and served as Treasurer for many years. Anne is a Chartered Accountant and is working as Head of Regulation and Policy and IFA. She has a wide range of experience in management and financial accounting, project management, system implementation, policy and regulation and has worked in retail, financial services and the not-for-profit sector. Anne has a Postgraduate Diploma in Charity Accounting and Financial Management and is also a trustee of the Coalition for Efficiency.
“I wanted to volunteer for a charity that aims to provide advice, help and support to unpaid carers of all ages. Some of my family members and friends are or have been carers for their loved ones and they do a fantastic job, but sometimes at great cost to themselves, in terms of their own wellbeing, health and opportunities in employment and education.”
Ann has been a trustee since 2010. Ann has a background in education both teaching and management at secondary and higher levels. She is currently a school governor for a school in Wisbech. Living in Fenland she is keen to promote the Care needs of the area.
Ann was a Carer for both her father (physically disabled for many years) and for her mother, who had dementia for about 8 years. Both of these experiences brought her into frequent contact with Social Services and the Health Service. These were learning situations and have given her a deep compassion for Carers.
“I have always been actively involved in the community and wanted to contribute my experience to supporting Carers Trust staff. I try to ensure that all those who need access to support and services have information about Carers Trust Cambridgeshire.”
Matthew joined the board of Trustees in 2016. Matthew is currently a Director of Sunday Times & ESTA Gold Award winning Maxine Lester Residential Lettings. Prior to that he spent 10 years as Operations Director for the Papworth Trust where he was responsible for service delivery by 200 staff across the Eastern region. Previously, Matthew was Managing Director of a national facilities services contractor to the health and education sector for 12 years.
“I became a trustee as it is important to me to do what I can to help Carers Trust Cambridgeshire continue to provide their great support to those who need it.”
Rhiannon joined the board of Trustees in 2016. Rhiannon has vast commercial, business development and charity sector experience having worked in charity project management and transformation.
“I joined the board to gain a greater understanding of the support that carers need and the challenges they face, whilst sharing my operational and commercial experience.”
Christina has over 25 years’ experience at senior level across the public sector and has a wide range of corporate and specialist experience particularly at strategic level within the NHS, but also the civil service and local government. Christina has special interests in community development and co-production, safeguarding, and children’s and young people’s services; she is also an active volunteer with the NSPCC.
“I have huge respect for the wonderful carers in our community and feel passionate about using my skills and expertise to support a charity which focuses on them.”
David brings considerable financial and general management skills to the Trust having spent over 35 years as a Chartered Accountant, Finance Director and CEO. He has worked at a senior level for a number of large and medium sized groups in both the public and private sector specialising in utilities and infrastructure. He brings strong financial and strategic skills to the board. David has lived in Cambridgeshire for 30 years.
“I became a trustee as I wanted to help Carers Trust Cambridgeshire respond to the challenges that the increasing demands for care provide. This is a major issue for the UK in the 21st century.”
Stephanie has a strong background in adult social care as a service provider, regulator of services and within community development. She managed both community and residential homes for older people and adults with disabilities, developed and reconfigured services and managed a regional team in the new regulatory of health and social care services. With family commitments and increased caring responsibilities, Stephanie undertook less responsible roles but developed greater awareness of working with and developing volunteer led projects in and around Cambridgeshire.
“Having recently stopped paid work to care for my relatives I wanted to become involved with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire as I know how important they are to the Carers they support.”