Board of Trustees



Stuart Taylor

Stuart has been involved with the Charity since 2005. Stuart recognised the needs of carers when his mum required support and care as she battled cancer. After her death in 2003, he had a strong desire to see what he could contribute to the many people in need of care, who were supported by carers. This resulted in his engagement with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, initially through his employer, Accenture. After obtaining an initial £40k contribution this became the start of a long journey, which Stuart is proud to still be on. 
He became a Trustee during 2010 supporting the merger between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care and the subsequent launch of Carers Trust during 2012. Stuart then joined the Board of the new charity. 
In his role as chair, he will be able to provide continuity to the charity, building on the legacy left by his predecessor Andrew Cozens CBE.
Stuart has always been a very hands on trustee. During 2013, he oversaw the relationship with The Cooperative Group on behalf of the Board, when Carers Trust were selected as their Charity of the Year Partner. During the year, Carers Trust raised £6.2m. The interim evaluation of the work delivered to date suggests that the organisation is well on its way to transforming the lives of 20,000 young adult carers. Stuart was runner-up as Trustee of the Year 2014 from a pool of 800,000 trustees in the Charity Staff Foundation awards as a result of this work. The charity won the Charity Times Business Award and were runners up in the Institute of Fundraising Awards for this transformational partnership.
Stuart brings much to the table from his work life since he is a very experienced senior business operator.  He has spent much of his career helping clients shape, plan and execute complex Business Transformation initiatives to support business growth and efficient delivery of services. These are skills that Stuart regularly brings to board meetings, steering discussions to ensure the charity can prosper and support even more carers.   
He worked at Accenture, a global management consulting organisation, for 26 years operating at Partner level for 17 years.  He has worked with many clients in Europe and the US across Financial Services, Telecommunications and Technology industries for example. Stuart has led significant business change programmes, helping clients expand into new markets, develop new services, drive up revenue streams, and develop more efficient operations resulting in significant business transformation and profitability.
After a short period of early retirement, Stuart has decided to use his large corporate experience to help smaller businesses who are seeking to grow and develop.
Stuart lives in the North West, is married with two sons, and is a keen sportsman.

Mark Currie 

mark currie

Honorary treasurer Carers Trust and previously the honorary treasurer of Crossroads Care.

Mark is currently the Head of Portfolio Performance Improvement at KPMG in London where he focuses on helping private equity clients improve the financial and operational performance of the businesses they own. During his 25-year career in business, he has held senior roles in a number of private equity owned business going through periods of significant change. He has also been the CFO of a quoted consulting business, a partner in KPMG’s transaction services business and was a private equity executive in Guy Hands’ Principal Finance Group at Nomura.

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s in England and Wales, having won the Peat Prize for achieving first place in the Order of Merit in his professional examinations in 1987, and is a law graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mark is passionately committed to ensuring that a charitable heart remains at the core of the care industry.  Mark is also a co-opted member of the Audit & Risk Committee at Christian Aid.

Andrew Cozens

Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience in social care in the public and voluntary sectors. He is a freelance policy and improvement specialist in social care and health. Prior to that he was Strategic Adviser, Children Adults and Health Services for the Improvement and Development Agency for local government from 2006-12 and spent ten years as a director of social services in Gloucestershire and Leicester.


Patrick Healy

patrick healyPatrick Healy is vice-chair of Carers Trust.  Since 2007 he has been a trustee of Crossroads Care and its chair since 2010. His involvement at the national level had begun in 2006 assisting with fundraising.

Patrick became involved with Crossroads Care when his wife had been taken ill over a long period with a brain tumour. His local Crossroads Care had provided vital support when things became very tough. It was clear to Patrick that not everyone was able to get the level of help that he and his wife had received, either because they did not know how to find it or because it simply was not available where they were.

Patrick is a lawyer and accountant and has worked in the City for about 20 years.

Dr Edward O Wojakovski MPBF

Dr Edward Wojakovski first became involved with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 2005, when he attended a dinner at The Dorchester in the presence of Her Royal Highness. He joined the Board of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 2007 and has been an active Trustee ever since. He was a keen supporter of the merger with Crossroads Care and joined the Board of Carers Trust when it was formally constituted in April 2012.

Holding degrees in Law and Accountancy, a Masters in Land Economics and a PhD in Economics and Business Administration, Dr Edward Wojakovski’s career has evolved directly and indirectly with the real estate market in the United Kingdom and Europe. His business involvement is mainly through the Tonstate Group vehicle which holds or manages his interest in all sectors, with great emphasis on the leisure and hotels sector.

Dr Wojakovski is a keen art collector and enjoys the world of opera, violin and piano music. He is also an advisor and patron for various charitable organisations in the UK and abroad.

Lynne Powrie

Currently Chair of the UK Partnership Forum, Lynne is also Chair of the England Committee and CEO of Carers Bromley. Lynne was a reference librarian for a number of years and then developed an interest in psychology.

She re-trained in counselling and psychotherapy ran her own private practice and worked in many different health and social care settings.

Lynne also ran workshops and training events in psychology -related subjects and undertook a managerial qualification. She has worked with carers in different roles for over 14 years and is committed to the progress of Carers Trust and the Network Partnership.

Robin Foster

Robin Foster has been associated with the Crossroads Care Oxford scheme for more than 30 Years. He has been the chair for more than 20 years and has seen it expand into Oxfordshire and more lately into West Berkshire. He had been a member of the Crossroads Care Association Board for 8 years prior to the merger with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. At that time he was on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and now chairs the Policy and Performance Committee.

Prior to his retirement 10 years ago he had been a General Practitioner in Oxford with varied responsibilities. He was a G P tutor in the University Department. He had in the past been involved in various health committees when he was secretary to the Local Medical Committee for  8 years. He has also been involved in health matters with Marks and Spencer, Thames Valley Police and student Health.

Martin Morris

Martin joined Crossroads Care as Chief Executive Officer of their recently merged Carmarthenshire scheme in 2009.  Before then he had been Chief Officer of the Community Health Council bringing with him an extensive experience of community engagement and patient advocacy in this NHS role. 

He had also served as a County Councillor for twenty five years and has a widespread background in trade union and public administration. Martin currently sits on the board of a large Housing Association in West Wales and also chairs the Wales regional board of the Co-operative Group.

Martin is content to be counted as one of today’s sandwich generation sharing caring responsibilities with his wife Ann for their elderly parents and one lively granddaughter. He enjoys TV, reading and gardening in his leisure time.


William McCormick is a trustee at Belfast Carers Centre, a member of the Northern Ireland Committee of Carers Trust and Vice Chair of the UK Partnership Forum.  A senior nurse at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, he has extensive experience of employee relations and staff development.

Previously in his career he worked in health and social care research for 10 years on a number of projects across a number of European countries.  William is a member of the Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland Board. He has held a number of senior positions with St John Ambulance and is currently Resilience Officer for Northern Ireland. 

William graduated in Health Studies and has a Master’s Degree in the Management of Lifelong Learning.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.