Our trustees serve voluntarily and pro bono; they have particular responsibility for strategy, quality, compliance, governance and oversight of management. They make sure we comply with legislation and all relevant regulations, and are responsible for safeguarding our assets. Finally, they are our advocates and ambassadors.
- Stuart Evans – chair
- Alison Griffiths – honorary treasurer
- David Hipple
- Matthew Lester
- Mike Passfield
- Ben Walsh
- Christina Wells
The trustees comprise the board of directors of Caring Together Charity (Company No. 4379948, Registered Charity No. 1091522), trading as Caring Together.
Stuart Evans – chair
Stuart became our Chair cn 2017, having previously chaired the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge. In 2015, the Hospice won a significant grant from the NHS for service delivery; in late 2016, it opened a new charitably-funded £12m hospice. He was also a board member at the East of England Development Agency, which supported economic development in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and elsewhere. Stuart was educated at Cambridge University and Harvard Business School. He spent his early career at IBM & McKinsey, and then became an entrepreneur and CEO at several start-ups in Cambridge and London. He and his wife Brenda adopted three children as babies, and have deep experience of caring for family members.
“What carers do has never been more important for those they care for, and for the burden they remove from our hard-pressed health and social services. Inexorable demographic trends mean this will continue. Yet being a carer can be challenging and stressful. So it’s a privilege to chair a charity which supports these wonderful people”
Stuart can be contacted at [email protected].
Alison Griffiths – =honorary treasurer
Alison brings vast financial and professional expertise spanning 30 years to the board, which she joined in 2016. Alison, a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Taxation, was a director of taxation in international FTSE 100 groups Inchcape plc and EMAP plc, working on worldwide tax affairs and board governance. She is also a trustee of Pinpoint and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
“I have so far enjoyed using my financial and project management background to help Caring Together and look forward to providing further support in this area in the future.”
David brings considerable financial and general management skills to the charity having spent over 35 years as a chartered accountant, finance firector for a number of large and medium sized groups in both the public and private sector specialising in utilities and infrastructure. These include Anglian Water, Guernsey Electricity, the Department for Transport and EEDA. He brings strong financial and strategic skills to the board.
“I became a trustee as I wanted to help Caring Together respond to the challenges that the increasing demands for care create. This is a major issue for the UK in the 21st century.”
Matthew joined the board of trustees in 2016. Matthew is currently a director of Sunday Times and ESTA Gold Award winning Maxine Lester Residential Lettings and Property Management. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as operations director at the Papworth Trust where he was responsible for service delivery by 200 staff across the eastern region. Previously, Matthew was managing director of a national facilities services contractor to the health and education sector for 12 years.
“I became a trustee as it is important to me to do what I can to help Caring Together continue to provide their great support to those who need it.”
Mike Passfield RN QN MSJ MSc
Mike brings a decade of management experience to the role of trustee. His career in public service began in 2002, graduating as a clinician and joining the National Health Service. He delivered clinical services across community health and social care, general practice, prison health and sexual health services and now leads a regional workforce of circa 350 people. He has also led the commissioning of community-based health services and he was awarded the honour of ‘Queens Nurse’ in 2013 in recognition for his commitment to community leadership, education and improving standards of care.
Mike is enthusiastic when it comes to supporting the community, with over 20 years of membership with the St. John Ambulance spanning Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. Mike is currently the executive member for finance for Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils.
Alongside other family members, Mike was a young carer, who cared for his father following an industrial workplace accident. This resulted in his father experiencing neurological damage and requiring full care and support for many years.
“I became a trustee of Caring Together to share my professional and personal skills, knowledge and experience to positively contribute to a cause I’m passionate and care about.”
Ben joined the board of trustees in 2018. He has a wealth of experience in the field of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) working with charities that help families overcome the barriers to accessing appropriate support. A practising mediator, Ben was part of a working group convened by the Department for Education to develop quality standards for SEND mediation. He now sits on the review panel overseeing this initiative. Ben has a keen interest in co-production and has published research on young people’s participation in decision-making. Ben interviews candidates for the DfID international Citizen Service programme and is a lay member of the higher education inspection team for a major professional regulator. Ben has personal experience of caring. He graduated with a first class degree from the University of Cambridge.
“My work in the charity sector has focussed on ensuring families have the information to empower them to make key decisions about their lives. It has made me particularly conscious of the need to make sure that a charity’s activities are shaped by the people who use its services and what matters to them. Hearing about the experience of the people who use the services of Caring Together, many themes echo my own professional and voluntary experience. I believe that Caring Together offers a genuine lifeline to those who need it most.”
Christina has over 25 years’ experience at senior level across the public sector and has a wide range specialist experience particularly within the NHS, but also in the civil service and local government across the East of England. She has held leadership roles on behalf of these organisations for improving services for children, older people, mental health and prison health across the east, but particularly in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk. Christina has special interests in promoting the health and wellbeing of carers, developing carer friendly communities, safeguarding and children’s and young peoples services. She is also an active volunteer with the NSPCC schools service.
“I have huge respect for the wonderful carers in our community and feel passionate about using my skills and expertise to support a charity which focuses on them.”
The board has established two committees to oversee critical elements of our operations:
- The finance and audit (F&A) committee which is chaired by Alison Griffiths; its other members are Stuart Evans and David Hipple. It is supported by our director of finance and resources. View the terms of reference.
- The quality service and delivery (QS&D) committee which is chaired by Christina Wells; its other members are Matthew Lester, Ben Walsh, Mike Passfield and David Hipple. It is supported by our head of services. View the Terms of Reference.
The terms of reference of these committees are initially approved by the full board and are subsequently kept under regular review. Their meetings are reported back to the full board, and our CEO Miriam Martin routinely attends meetings of both committees.