Spokespeople

Carers Trust has a range of expert spokespeople available for comment or interview. Please contact the Press Team to request an interview.
 
Andrew Cozens CBE, Chair

Andrew has more than 30 years experience in social care in the public and voluntary sectors. He is currently Strategic Adviser, Children Adults and Health Services for the Improvement and Development Agency for local government and spent ten years as a director of social services in Gloucestershire and Leicester. He can talk on a range of issues related to social care, carers and the third sector.

Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive

Gail joined Carers Trust in February 2015 as its new chief executive. She brings with her a wealth of experience drawn from 20 years of working in the public and voluntary sectors. A former deputy chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, she has led teams delivering all aspects of finance, HR, IT and marketing and communications and was part of a senior team to work on the merger of two organisations, something Carers Trust underwent in 2012. She also has experience of the implications of caring.

 
POLICY
 
Moira Fraser, Director of Policy & Research
 
Moira is available to talk about policy and legislation, specialist carers’ services such as mental health carers’ support, third sector, funding issues and carers’ rights.
 
Ben Cavanagh, Policy and Public Affairs Manager
 
Ben manages our relations with Parliamentarians and the political parties making sure that carers' issues are at the heart of national debates.
 
 
SCOTLAND
 
Florence Burke, Director for Scotland
 
Florence joined The Trust in March 2008, after 11 years with CEiS (Community Enterprise in Scotland), providing tailored support to social economy organisations, such as Carers’ Centres and leading on a range of regeneration initiatives. Florence is our main spokesperson for carers' issues in Scotland.
 
Louise Morgan, Development Manager (Young Carers - Scotland)
 
Louise works with all the young carers’ projects in Scotland and with the Scottish Government to develop new services and legislation to support young carers. She can speak about every aspect of issues affecting young carers.
 
WALES
 
Simon Hatch, Director for Wales

Simon became Director of Wales in July 2013 having spent 4 years as Director at Samaritans in Wales and 8 years as Director at Parkinson’s UK Cymru.

Simon works across the Third Sector in Wales and links with Welsh Government, Local Health Boards and our local Network Partners and is able to discuss all issues relating to services for unpaid carers, home care and the work of Carers Trust in Wales. (Welsh speaker available on request)

Kieron Rees, Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Kieron manages Carers Trust Wales’ external relations with organisations, Assembly Members and political parties in Wales and is able to speak about health, social care, and education policy as it relates to carers in Wales. Kieron is also the first point of contact for press enquiries in Wales.