Action for Carers Surrey
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Enabling carers to have a voice and realise a life outside caring

Our Trustees

Action for Carers is led by a team of volunteer Trustees - all either carers, former carers, or professionals working 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.

Chair
Pat Adams

Pat has retired after a long career in education in which she was the Inclusion Manager for SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) in a large Junior School. 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. She has wide experience of multi-agency working and safeguarding procedures. Pat is Chair of Governors at a Surrey Special Needs School and she cared for her cousin who was blind. Pat is very pleased to support ACS as a trustee and in particular the work of the young carers’ service.

Vice Chair
Laura Dennett

Laura has personal experience of carers’ issues relating to HIV/AIDS, adolescent mental health and older people. During her career in the NHS she worked in health promotion, volunteer management, palliative care, patient advice and liaison, public engagement and commissioning policy. Until recently, Laura was a Policy Officer for Adult Social Care, with the Care Quality Commission.

Treasurer
Geoff Martin

Geoff is a graduate chartered accountant who spent 29 years with Shell in both Finance and HR.  He retired in 1996 and has since worked part time for The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre (Frensham)  as Administrator and then St Hilary’s School (Godalming) as Bursar. He is now fully retired.  He has no practical experience of caring but recognises the vital work Action for Carers Surrey is doing and is delighted to be involved.

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. She has a wealth of experience on the barriers and issues that carers have to face and in particular knowledge of mental health services. Leanda is a member of the Surrey and Borders Carers Action Group and attends the SABP Acute Care Forum. Leanda has a degree in Education and taught at the University of Surrey for 10 years. Where possible Leanda attends as many other carer related meetings and conferences as time will allow. Leanda has found Action for Carers a great resource and help to her as a carer and is pleased to have the opportunity to further her wish to ease carers’ lives by being a trustee.

Chris Crook

Chris has been a carer for his wife for over 25 years, and more recently for his daughter.
He has worked for nearly 40 years in the IT business and has previously volunteered in a number of roles including Special Constable & Section Officer, Secretary of Mole Valley District Sports Council, and PR Officer for the British Judo Association in Surrey. Currently he also volunteers for Dorking Minds, and is working full-time for Ford Motor Co Ltd.
Chris says: “I am determined to make sure that other carers get the support and advice they need and do not go through the unnecessary struggles I did 10-20 years ago. I am particularly interested in the area of support for carers who are trying to stay or get back into employment/education”.

Henrietta Griffiths

Henrietta has a caring role within her family and appreciates the challenges which carers face and the support that they need. Before giving up full time work many years ago she worked as an administrator for the charity MIND and since then has volunteered for organisations such as Meals on Wheels, Riding for the Disabled and Homestart and her local primary school. She has experience in organizing community events and fundraising. She sits on the Surrey Young Carers Council.

Nicola Walsh

Nicola has worked in Education for most of her working life.  Nicola is a carer for her disabled siblings and has now taken on a greater role with this as her parents are retiring.    Nicola also cares for other relatives who suffer with mental health issues..

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David Perry

David is a chartered accountant who has worked in London, Reading and Russia.   David has had an interest in caring for many years – his mother was a carer for his father for a number of years. 
David’s experience includes being a trustee of Guildford and Waverley Crossroads and of Surrey Crossroads from its formation until 2007 at which time he resigned on becoming Chairman of Woking Hospice – a position he held until late 2015 – and he remains a trustee.   David was also Chair of Carers Support Guildford from January 2016.

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Margaret Hicks

Upon returning from living in the Lebanon and Kuwait for 18 years, Margaret moved to Hersham in 1984. She became involved in volunteering and in 1989 became the County Councillor for Hersham, retiring in 2017.   During that time, Margaret was involved in Social Services and Education and was the Mental Health Champion for Surrey.  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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Zafar Iqbal

Zafar has a wealth of experience in such diverse fields as scientific research, vocational training and setting up a number of highly successful community organisations relating to education, inter-faith and business development in both the UK and Pakistan. This has provided him with extensive experience in project management as well as dealing and engaging effectively with people from all walks of life. 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.

We are always looking for new trustees to join our Board   - if you are interested in our work and the governance of our organsation  please click here for more details or contact anne.hess@actionforcarers.org.uk  telephone: 01483 302748