Carers’ Support East Kent is governed by a board of trustees.
Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run.
Barry Jackson – Chair of Trustees
Barry joined the Trustee Board in March 2020. After a career working for accountancy, law and banking firms in business development and marketing with a focus on stakeholder engagement, he now runs his own coaching and training consultancy. After his mother became a Carer for his father who had dementia, he was inspired to use his skills to give something back. Barry is keen to ensure stakeholder engagement runs through everything Carers’ Support East Kent does and to identify opportunities for new projects that complement its core contract with Kent County Council.
Barry lives in Ashford, is an avid cinema-goer and keen walker.
Natalie Richards, Vice-Chair
Natalie joined the Trustee Board in June 2020. Keen to support a local charity and with experience of running a number of small businesses in the domiciliary care sector, Natalie brings skills in compliance, systems, processes, auditing and health and safety.
Natalie lives in Maidstone with her young family.
Gordon Viggers, Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Risk Committee
Gordon, a retired chartered accountant, joined the Trustee Board in 2014. He brings experience of both professional accountancy and senior financial management. During his career Gordon was secretary and deputy chief executive of a regional building society, worked for a children’s charity and several further education colleges. He was also a non-executive director of a housing association. He is Treasurer for Medway Voluntary Action and several other local charities.
Gordon lives in Sittingborne, is a keen reader and a not particularly competent gardener.
Peter Rhodes – Treasurer Designate
Peter joined the Trustee Board in November 2020 as the Treasurer Designate and will transition into the Treasurer role. Having had an earlier career in law and finance, most recently as the head of credit for a global technology company, Peter has recently established his own brewery and is currently setting-up his first microbrewery pub. Having previously worked with another charity, Peter is keen to contribute to Carers’ Support East Kent’s continuing success moving forward.
Peter is an avid sports fan, enjoys cooking, travelling and plays (badly) the guitar.
Fran Sexton, Chair of People and Governance Committee
Fran has been a Trustee since July 2019. She joined the board after Carers’ Support East Kent supported her family to access respite care for her father who has dementia. Fran has a background in commissioning adult social care for Kent County Council, driving quality improvement in the care sector for training consultancy, Ladder to the Moon and is a former CQC Inspector. She currently works in quality and risk management in private health care, where she is part of the senior management team. Fran’s wealth of experience in quality improvement and relationship building helps us to question what we can do better.
Fran lives in Swale and enjoys walking her two dogs.
Rouzbeh Pasha, Chair of Transformation and Quality Committee
Rouzbeh joined the Trustee Board in April 2020. Following a period where he needed to step back from his career to be a Carer within his own family, he was keen to give some of his time to a charity. An engineer by training, he has worked in IT and technology projects for over 25 years and currently works as a consultant to a number of technology start-ups. His IT background means he is committed to digital transformation to improve processes, systems and efficiency in the charity and has the planning and project management skills to get things done.
Rouzbeh is married to an NHS doctor, has two young boys and lives in Maidstone.
Gary Parker, Trustee Lead – Marketing
Gary became a Trustee in May 2020. Now a business consultant helping companies to digitise, he has a background in sales and marketing in multinational companies and in the hospitality industry. Following personal experience of close family members having difficulty accessing Carer support services (outside Kent), Gary was keen to use his skills to help market a charity local to him. As a senior manager and director, Gary also brings people management skills to the Trustee Board.
Gary lives in Canterbury, is a former semi-professional footballer and maintains a keen interest in sport.
Sarah Tait, Trustee Lead – Safeguarding
Sarah joined the Trustee Board in 2015. After 25 years working as a nurse within the specialisms of learning disability and mental health, Sarah had to give up work to become a full-time Carer for her partner Lisa in 2016. She brings her skills from health and social care, a drive to get Carers more involved in the planning and delivery of services and a desire to increase awareness of the diversity of Carers. Sarah was instrumental in setting up the Carers’ Involvement Advisory Group at Carers’ Support East Kent.
Sarah lives with her partner in Ramsgate and is a performing poet.
Cheryl Ramsay, Trustee Lead – Compliance
Cheryl joined the trustee board in June 2020. She is passionate about supporting Carers to get the assistance they need after being a Carer to several members of her family. A barrister since 1997, Cheryl has civil and criminal litigation experience and is a Senior Consultant supporting the NHS with compliance, quality improvement & assurance, corporate governance, culture change and transformation and CQC inspections. Cheryl is committed to ensuring we provide quality Carer-centred services and that our policies, systems and processes are rigorous.
Cheryl lives in Ashford where she volunteers in her local community.