Our trustees

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.

Are you interested in becoming a Trustee? This is an exciting time to join Carers’ Support East Kent. As a trustee, you would contribute additional skills to our collaborative and committed Board. If you would like to know more about being one of our Trustees, please email chair@carersek.org.uk.

Charles Traylen – Chair of Trustees

Antony Blackman

Anthony joined the Trustee Board in December 2021

He brings with him his experience and expertise from sitting on various other charity boards and membership organisations, where he led various projects, including fundraising, business development, stakeholder engagement, and governance.

His background is as an Optician, but he has spent much of his career in education, working as a senior lecturer/prorgamme director at Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as sitting on Qualification committees with the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

He now spends most of his time running his training business which he founded in 2017, offering training to high street practices, private hospitals, and the NHS.

Anthony lives in Gillingham and is a keen explorer of single malt whisky.

Beverley Frean

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.

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.

Kaye Draper

Malcolm Frier

Malcolm joined the Trustee Board in December 2021.

He is a retired HR Director whose career of some 42 years was across various industries including health, engineering, food, music and chemicals, all of which contributed to his wide experience of people and organisations, both in the UK and internationally.

He continues to work as an Executive Coach and is also a volunteer employability mentor to young people for The Princes Trust.

Malcolm is married and lives near Canterbury where he regularly runs around local country lanes…slowly.

Natalie Richards

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.

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.