Sheffield Carers Centre is governed by a Board of Trustees and co-opted members. A number of committees support the work of the Board and provide expert insight, experience, knowledge and skills into specific areas of our work.
Currently these include the Finance and Resources Committee, the Corporate Governance Committee, Quality, Outcomes and Performance Committee and the Carers Expert Panel. Membership of the Committees includes volunteers and carers in addition to the Board members.
We aim to have a Board and governance structure that reflects the diversity of the caring population in Sheffield. In order to achieve this we actively seek Board members from under-represented communities, ensure that our selection process is fair and provide support for all members of the Board to carry out their role effectively. Seven of our Board members have current or former experience of being a carer.
If you are interested in joining the Board please contact us.
The trustees of Sheffield Carers Centre are elected by our members and are ultimately responsible for the policy and direction of the Centre.
Chair: Mandy Forrest
Mandy joined the Board in 2016 and became Chair of Sheffield Carers Centre in 2018. She worked in the NHS and voluntary sector for 37 years. She is currently a Lay Member on NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body and a Governor at Sheffield Teaching Hospital. She now works independently for the University of Sheffield and Durham on health research issues, and for a range of organisations looking at complaints. She was a full time carer for her father, who had dementia, until he died, and now supports her mother.
Joint Vice-Chair: Briony Broome
Briony joined the Board in 2015 and became joint Vice-Chair in 2018. She was formerly the Director of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care and has been a trustee with a number of organisations supporting vulnerable people. She was a founder member of Sheffield Faith Forum and sat on the Local Strategic Partnership for 5 years. Briony is a carer.
Joint Vice-Chair: Kate Register
Kate joined the Board in 2016 and became joint Vice-Chair in 2018. She now runs a charitable enterprise providing leadership and management support to charities/projects and teams in UK, Africa and Asia. Prior to setting this up she worked in the NHS and local government for 20 years in a variety of management roles. She has been a young carer and a parent carer as well as caring for elderly parents.
Treasurer: Les Griffiths
Les joined the Board and became Treasurer in 2017. He is a retired Chartered Accountant and the first 30 years of his career was spent with one of the major international firms of Chartered Accountants in Sheffield where he specialised in providing accounting and financial advice to SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises) and small charities in the Sheffield area. His last 14 years, before retirement, were spent as Financial Controller at a SME based in Sheffield.
Ann le Sage
Ann has been a Trustee of the Centre since 2007 and its Chair from 2013-2018. Her career focused on employment and social affairs, at international, national, regional and local level with the Department of Employment. She has worked as a consultant overseas and, unpaid, with various charities in Sheffield including the Alzheimer’s Society. She retired early to care for her husband and cared for her mother until 2017. Ann was a non-executive director in the NHS for nine years, including chairing the Northern General Hospital Trust and the South West PCT (2001 to 2006). She has been a director, then Chair (from 2008), of Northern Counties Housing Association regional office. Since 2000, Ann has chaired the Friends of Porter Valley, a substantial and active Sheffield parks environment group.
Stuart has been a trustee of the Centre since 2008 and was Chair from 2008 to 2013. He retired from over 30 years’ service with Sheffield City Council Administration and Legal Department in 2007. As Group Manager, Committee Secretariat, he was responsible for Education and Social Services and also clerk to the officer working group of the Heart of the City Project and secretary to the Board of Sheffield One. In addition, he acted as clerk to the full meetings of the City Council and worked on the restructuring of the Council’s decision-making processes under the government’s Modernising Local Government Programme. Stuart was the Council’s Health Scrutiny Policy Officer, working with Council and NHS officers and the community and voluntary sector in examining and developing policies relating to health and social care. He also managed the Education Scrutiny process.
Charles is a partner at Sheffield’s Bell & Buxton Solicitors, a full-service law firm where he heads up the Wills and Probate department. He has extensive experience of Elderly Client matters, the protection of vulnerable adults, inheritance tax planning and asset protection, and he is a qualified Notary Public.
Dr Lorna Warren
Lorna joined the Board in 1996. She is an academic in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield where her research has focused in particular on the experiences of older people, and caring has been central to this focus. She has also supervised a number of doctoral students whose studies, collectively, have explored the experiences of a range of carers. Lorna has been a carer.
Angela has been a co-opeted member of the Board since 2013 and became a Trustee in 2018. She qualified as a social worker in the late 1970s and has worked in Sheffield hospitals and in the community, with older people, children and families, and people with disabilities. She later managed social work teams and became a service manager of older people’s assessment and care management services in Sheffield. Angela has also worked on projects to develop extra care housing schemes for older people and as a commissioner of services she was the City Council lead for carers, which included writing strategies for carers in the city. For seven years, Angela was a part-time carer for her father and is now a part-time carer for her mother. She volunteers to work within the Carers Centre service as well as being co-opted to the Board of Trustees.
Shiv joined the Board in 2018. A registered General Nurse with a wide range of experience within Housing, Joint Commissioning, Adults Social Care and Local Authority Communities directorate. He is currently supporting strategic partnership work and transformation programmes across Health and Local Authority Communities directorate to build on integrated approaches to a resilient, strong, healthier and safer communities. Shiv has a keen interest in helping to develop innovative practices to support carers across the age range.
Sadie joined the Board in 2018. She is a claimant clinical negligence solicitor, both assisting senior solicitors and has her own case load arising from a number of medical treatments. In some of the cases claimants require lots of care and support that is initially carried out by family and friends. She says “I always find it incredible, the resilience of those who care.”
Amanda joined the Board in 2018. Following a career in private sector business and marketing, Amanda has worked in the public sector for the last 15 years both as an employee and in her current capacity as a specialist consultant. Her career has included local, regional and national roles within Local Government, the NHS and Department of Health. This has ranged from commissioning to communications and in her specialist field of Social Marketing (insight-led behaviour change). Amanda was a child carer for her siblings due to family illness and continues in a care role for her elderly parents. She became increasingly interested in the role of carers in society during her doctoral research and joined the Centre to help raise awareness of the valuable role carers play and to help provide the support carers need and deserve.