Chair of Carers Trust and former Vice Chair of PRTC, Andrew Cozens CBE has over 30 years of experience in social care in the public and voluntary sectors.
Until March this year he was a Strategic Adviser, Children Adults and Health Services for the Improvement and Development Agency for local government, Andrew spent ten years as a director of social services in Gloucestershire and Leicester. He was President of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) in 2003/04 and is a qualified social worker and is now a Consultant on Health and Social Care Issues.
Andrew's involvement in the carers movement began in 1987 when he was working in North Yorkshire. He was ADSS spokesperson on carers' issues from 1997-2002 and, prior to becoming a Trustee for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 2005, he was a member of The Trust's Policy Development Committee
Honorary Treasurer of the organisation, Mark Currie joined Carers Trust. from Crossroads Care where he had served as Treasurer for two and a half years. He served on the Finance & General Purposes and Membership Sub-Committees of Crossroads.
Mark is currently the Chief Financial Officer of The Independent College Partnership, a business focussed on delivering excellence in the further education sector. 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.
Patrick 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.
Previously, a Treasurer of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers since 2009, Tania joined Carers Trust following the organisation’s merger with Crossroads in 2012 taking up roles on the Trustee Board, the Finance & General Purposes Committee and the Audit Committee.
Tania spent sixteen years in commercial finance roles, mostly in the travel and aviation sector, including British Airways, Harrods Aviation & Air Harrods Ltd, and First Choice Holidays PLC.
Her move towards the social sector was motivated by personal experience of disability and the challenges facing carers following an accident in which her sister suffered a traumatic brain injury. For three years, she served as the Finance Director of Scope - a national disability charity and is currently one for Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.
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.
Josephine has been involved for over 15 years with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now merged with Crossroads Care to form Carers Trust); initially as the representative at the Scotland Trustee Network for the managing agent of 2 carer centres and over the last 4 years as a Trustee of her local carers centre.
During this period she has been active in supporting and strengthening the relationship between Scotland and the UK at various board, committee and forum levels and at present chair the Scotland Trustee Network and the Scotland Committee.
Before retiring, Josephine was a senior manager within the voluntary sector with responsibility for community care services for over 30 years. Josephine has a strong interest in carers’ issues through personal experience and as a member of the Scottish Children’s Hearing system for over 20 years.
Stuart is a is Management Consulting Director for a global telecommunications client, and also for a major aerospace and defence organisation. He graduated from University of Strathclyde in 1985, and has been with Accenture for over 25 years where he currently leads their lead Accenture’s Talent and Organisation Performance business across its UK and Ireland CHT business.
Stuart has worked with many clients across Europe, and has lived abroad for six years in Zurich and Dublin working with retail and private banks. He brings experience from operating in a large corporate organisation that focuses on providing services that will help its clients businesses be more successful.
Stuart was closely involved with carers when both his mum and aunt contracted terminal cancer in 2002, and both were cared and supported through their short illness by various local support and health service bodies.
He has championed the Trust’s cause in his company since 2006, engaging many colleagues who have supported skills development initiatives for Carers through coaching and running training courses, reviewed policies for several central Trust functions, supported research for the policy development team and also raised funds.
Stuart is married with two boys, both keen sportsmen and lives in Cheshire.
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 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 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.