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, but are interested in new approaches from people with direct experience of caring, as well as anyone who has particular skills to offer, such as in finance, or fundraising. For more information, please email [email protected]

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Laura Dennett

Chair of Trustees

Laura has had a long career in the NHS, including in public health, palliative care, policy and comms. She most recently worked for the Care Quality Commission. Both as a carer and through her career, Laura has experienced first hand the enormous challenges faced by unpaid carers and the organisations that support them.

Henrietta Griffiths

Vice Chair

Henrietta has worked in a variety of paid and voluntary charity roles, including with MIND, and Homestart. She had a caring role for her father and appreciates the challenges which carers face and the support that they need.

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David Perry


Chartered accountant David has previously been a Trustee for both Crossroads and Woking Hospice. He has had an interest in caring for many years – his mother was a carer for his father for a number of years.


Hollie Barker


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

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Margaret Hicks


Margaret worked for many years in Social Services and Education, and was the Mental Health Champion for Surrey. She's been part of Action for Carers since its inception, and was a carer for her husband.

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Rhianna Williams


Rhianna works in fundraising/comms. She's also a carer who has benefitted from Action for Carers' support. 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.

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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.

Alison Yard


Alison is a former Chartered Surveyor and now Executive Coach. She previously cared for her father and understands the challenges caring can bring.

Catherine Maskery


Catherine is an employment lawyer, within the Charity Team at Russell-Cooke. She has experience of caring looking after her grandmother.

Martin Brown


Martin runs an accountancy practice and is a part-time carer for a family member.

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