Carole Cochrane, Ambassador Carers Trust, awarded CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

We are delighted to learn that Carers Trust Ambassador and former Chief Executive of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now Carers Trust) Carole Cochrane has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours. She has been given this well-deserved recognition for her years of services to unpaid carers.

Carole has worked in the voluntary sector and at a senior level supporting carers for more than 20 years. Her first involvement with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was as a centre manager, establishing North Tyneside Carers’ Centre.

Carole supported the Network of carers’ centres extensively. Amongst other achievements, she established carers’ centres in South East England in 1998 and developed training programmes to support the Network.

She later moved to the Northwest and developed the Network in North of England, Northern Ireland Isle of Man and Wales. Furthermore, Carole represented The Trust as a working group member on the Carers Strategy and was also the person behind the development and delivery of the highly-valued breaks for carers, held annually at Pontin's, Blackpool.

In 2008, Carole was appointed as Chief Executive of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. She stepped down from the post at the end of March 2011 after leading on the initial merger negotiations with Crossroads Care. In April 2012, the two organisations joined to form a new organisation called Carers Trust.

Anne Roberts, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said: “We were absolutely delighted to hear that Carole had been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her work with carers. Carole has campaigned and worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to gain understanding and awareness for carers and young carers and her CBE is a well-deserved recognition of this work. Congratulations Carole!”

She was also appointed as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Lancashire in January 2012. Carole has maintained links with Carers Trust in her ambassadorial role. Carole said:

Carole Cochrane, said when asked about her feelings on receiving the award: "From young to the not so young carers never fail to amaze me with their patience, kindness and coping skills and how they always put the cared for first, often to the detriment of their own health and well being. It continues to be an honour and a privelege to support carers and to find ways to make their lives a little better."



Congratulations Carole! It's

Congratulations Carole! It's years since you and I worked at North Tyneside together and I've just come across this article. It was a delight to work with you then and I wish you every success in the future.

Hi Carole I hope you remember

Hi Carole

I hope you remember me from the london office. Congratulations on your CBE, you really deserve it.
I hope you are well


Many congratulations Carole,

Many congratulations Carole, I've just heard about your CBE. I am so pleased that all your hard work has been recognised.

Sheffield is on it's third CEO now and I retired back in 2004, but I still remember our work together with great fondness.

Very well done

Love and blessisngs,

Brenda xx

Congratulations Carole, you

Congratulations Carole, you really deserved this. We remember with great pleasure the times when we met at the meetings at Darlington.

This recognition for Carole

This recognition for Carole is so well deserved, we met on a small number of occasions and I know from you just how much you value the unpaid work the Carers do for others, but we should not forget how much work you have done for us in our Carers Centres under the PRTC banner.(Halton Carers Centre)
Many congratulations and best wishes from Lorna Plumpton

Hi Carole Congratulations on

Hi Carole

Congratulations on your CBE, thoroughly deserved.

Hope you still have the Diving Siut(Pontins 2002)

Best Wishes.

Brian & Gina

Many congratulations to

Many congratulations to Carole from the National Skills Academy for Social Care. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now the Carers Trust) was one of our Founder Member organisations and Carole was a central figure in working with the Skills Academy to promote leadership and best practice in the sector. What a well deserved award and how refreshing to see a champion for Carers being recognised.

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