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
  • Mandy Hill
  • David Hipple
  • Matthew Lester
  • Christy O’Connell
  • Donna Talbot
  • Howard Tidman
  • Christina Wells.

The trustees comprise the board of directors of Caring Together Charity (Company No. 4379948, Registered Charity No. 1091522), trading as Caring Together.

Individual biographies


Stuart Evans – chair

Stuart became our Chair in 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 and 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 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.


Mandy HillMandy Hill

Mandy is Managing Director of Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press & Assessment. CUP&A is a department of the University and shares their mission. Mandy’s team, customers and products span the world, in rapidly changing markets, addressing radical digital transformations

Mandy is also the Champion for Diversity and Inclusivity and chairs the Publishing Ethics Committee.

Before joining Cambridge University Press in 2014, Mandy worked for Oxford University Press for over 15 years. Mandy’s publishing career started at Elsevier and also included a brief period at a medical communications agency.

Outside work Mandy spends much of her time in the garden (which she opened with her husband this year for the National Garden Scheme). She also loves cooking.


David Hipple

David brings considerable financial and general management skills to the charity having spent over 35 years as a chartered accountant, finance director 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 Lester

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.”


Christy O’Connell

Christy has over ten years’ experience working in the corporate team at a city law firm. Christy is passionate about the work Caring Together does, and is looking forward to working together.

In her spare time she likes to read fiction, go spinning and walk with her two dogs.



Donna Talbot

Donna is communications and income generation director at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC). Donna has 16 years leadership and management experience, six at director level. Donna is passionate about people and takes great pride in establishing a culture which reflects this philosophy. Donna is committed to making a positive difference to individuals and their communities through her role at ARHC. Donna joined the board of trustees of Caring Together as she recognised the challenges facing carers. Donna wanted to support the fantastic work being undertaken by the team in helping to identify carers and ensure that they can access appropriate support for themselves and those they are caring for.


Howard Tidman

Howard is a registered psychiatric nurse with 11 years’ experience of supporting carers within the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. He currently work as a senior carers lead. He has worked in mental health for the past 20 years.

I have known the organisation for several years and have been in admiration of the work they do in supporting carers. As a carer myself and working professionally to support carers I know how hard it can be to be a carer and the need for good quality support for them.


Christina Wells

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 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 chief executive, Miriam Martin, routinely attends meetings of both committees.

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Page last modified: 1 November 2022
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