Our Trustees

Action for Carers is led by a team of volunteer Trustees – all either carers, former carers, or professionals with a special interest in caring. The Trustees share ultimate responsibility for ACS as a charity. They direct how it is managed and run – and ensure it does what it was set up to do.

Being a Trustee is a really rewarding and interesting role. We have a great team of Trustees currently, but would be interested in new approaches from people with backgrounds in law, HR and marketing. We’re also interested in hearing from younger carers – in their late teens for example, as well as carers in their 20s and early 30s.

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Pat Adams

Chair of Trustees

Pat worked with families and carers and became involved with Surrey Young Carers, setting up a Young Carers group in the school and promoting the work of SYC.

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Laura Dennett

Vice Chair

Laura has personal experience of carers’ issues relating to HIV/AIDS, adolescent mental health and older people.

Hollie Baker


Hollie works at the University of Surrey, where she first encountered young carers – she’s now working to help raise awareness of, and support for all Surrey’s carers, young people in particular.

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David Perry


David has had an interest in caring for many years – his mother was a carer for his father for a number of years.

Leanda Hargreaves

Leanda Hargreaves


Leanda Hargreaves is a carer for her son who is now in his 40’s and has therefore been a carer for most of her adult life.

Henrietta Griffiths


Henrietta has had a caring role within her family and appreciates the challenges which carers face and the support that they need.


Geoff Martin


Geoff is a graduate chartered accountant who spent 29 years with Shell in both Finance and HR.

Zafar Iqbal

Zafar Iqbal


Zafar has personal experience of caring of family members for over twenty years and has been engaged with Action for Carers Surrey over a number of years.

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Margaret Hicks


Margaret was involved in the first years of Action for Carers Surrey even appointing the first Chief Officer. Margaret was also a carer herself for her husband.

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Rhianna Williams


Rhianna is carer who has benefitted from the support from our Young Adult Carers team. She is passionate about supporting young people with a caring role.

Nicola Walsh


Nicola has worked in Education for most of her working life, and is a carer for disabled family members.

Simon Denison Trustee

Simon Denison


Simon has been a barrister practicing in criminal law for over 30 years, and also sits as a part-time judge. Although he has no personal experience of caring, he finds the selflessness and dedication of carers truly inspiring.