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Board of Trustees

Alison Harries (Chair)
Appointed October 2017

Alison has worked in the NHS as a doctor until her retirement in 2016. She combined this with raising a family of four. In the last decade Alison worked as a Specialty Doctor on a Stroke Unit. This gave her the professional ability to evaluate care needs across the spectrum dealing with medical, personal care, financial, emotional, mental capacity and advocacy issues.

Alison worked as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team and really enjoyed this aspect of responding to and negotiating with a huge variety of people in ever changing situations. Alison is also able to take decisions and be accountable for such. She has experience of the Audit process, continuing Professional Development demands and annual Appraisal.

Alison has personal experience of being a carer for her parents and other family members with dementia and chronic pain syndrome.

Jenny Theed (Vice-Chair)
Appointed February 2014

Jenny is a qualified nurse and health visitor and has worked in the care service within the NHS and more recently Sirona Care and Health for over 43 years.

Jenny knows first-hand the essential role carers play in enabling people to stay in the community as she sees it on a daily basis whilst working in her role in the NHS. However, it really came home to Jenny 16 years ago when her daughter had an accident and for a time Jenny became her carer instead of just her mum.

Jenny brings her expertise and very detailed knowledge of the care services in B&NES, Bristol, N Somerset and S Gloucestershire to maximise the opportunities there are for the Carers’ Centre to reach out to a wide range of service users and their carers to provide them with high quality support to deliver their vital caring role.

Gordon Westwood (Treasurer)
Appointed November 2018

Gordon is a Chartered Accountant having trained and qualified with Price Waterhouse in London.

From 2005 to his retirement in July 2018 he was a founder partner and Chief Operating Officer of Heronbridge Investment Management LLP, a fund management firm based in Bath, specialising in institutional clients including charitable endowments.

Between 1993 and 2005 he held various operational and financial positions within the fund management industry, having worked at Mercury Asset Management and Guinness Flight.

Gordon has undertaken a number of carer roles for close family members as a result of acute illness. He continues to support a number of medical and sporting charities.

Christine Bone
Appointed February 2013

Christine has many years’ experience of management, administration and supervision having previously worked at the School of Management at the University of Bath where she gained a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice (Bath 2009). As a trained counsellor she has worked at organisations in Bath and Wiltshire and has run her own business. Christine has volunteered at home and abroad in crisis counselling, advice, support and fundraising.

Christine was instrumental in the charity securing its Bath premises in 2016 and continues to ensure the charity provides a quality service to young and adult carers.

Barry Hulme
Appointed October 2015

Barry has been a volunteer for a number of years at the Carers’ Centre best known for his watercolour classes but has also helped with driving carers to and from breaks and packing envelopes when needed. Barry also facilitated a Carers for Each Other group.

Barry has a wealth of experience from his work life where he worked in both the voluntary sector and the private sector. Barry has also cared for his aging parents and feels this mix of experience helps with being a trustee.

Paul Richards
Appointed November 2019

Following a career of over 40 years in management and consultancy across a wide range of organisations, Paul’s final full-time career role was as CEO for Wells Cathedral. This involved using his broad skills and experience to take a leading role in strategic and operational delivery for a very diverse organisation.  He retired in 2017.

With a Maths degree from Oxford, Paul’s career started in research at the Meteorological Office, where he developed technical IT skills.  His career then evolved to developing IT strategy and managing the resultant change to processes and, more importantly, the people that supported them.  He developed cultural sensitivity from working not just in public, private and not for profit sectors in the UK, but also overseas in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and sub-Continent

As well as at Wells Cathedral, his not for profit experience includes working at Macmillan Cancer Support as a change programme manager.


Ken Littlewood
Appointed November 2019

Ken is an experienced General Manager who has worked in an executive capacity in both large and small organisations. This has mainly covered strategy, finance, marketing, operations and project management in a number of different fields, as well as extensive experience of teaching at Masters level, complemented by wide involvement as a Charity trustee over the last fifteen years.

His main areas of experience have covered 10 years with British Airways, 20 years with HSBC/Midland, 5 years with Sabanci Bank (a small UK based Turkish owned bank), and 10 years as a Visiting Senior Teaching Fellow with the Open University Business School, responsible for the writing and delivery of parts of their MBA programme.

Since 2004 he has been a trustee with a range of charities focused on supporting people in the UK. He has been on two local Relate Boards as well as five years on the National Board of Relate (where he was Chair from 2016-17). He is currently Chair of First Steps Bath and Finance Director of Film Bath.