New Chair for Carers Trust Cambridgeshire

8th August 17

With the impending retirement of their current Chair, Linda Collumbell, Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Norfolk is delighted to announce the recruitment of a new Chair.

Stuart Evans is a Cambridge-based Entrepreneur, Board Member and Trustee, and will become Chair of Trustees in September 2017. Until recently, he was Chair of Trustees at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which operates and raises funds for the adult hospice in Cambridgeshire. Over the last decade, he helped build a terrific management team and accomplished a strategic transformation in a complex and changing environment. In 2015, the charity won a significant grant from the NHS for service delivery and in late 2016 it opened a new charitably-funded £12M hospice.

Stuart was previously a Board Member at the East of England Development Agency, which supported Economic Development in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and elsewhere. He has been CEO at several start-ups in Cambridge & London, and now has a portfolio of charitable and commercial activities.

He was educated at Cambridge University and Harvard Business School, and spent his early career at IBM & McKinsey. He and his wife Brenda adopted three children as babies, and have deep experience of caring for family members.

Stuart said,

“Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Norfolk does tremendously important work in supporting family carers and those they care for. So I am looking forward to helping the Charity move to the next stage. My first priority will be to help recruit a new CEO to replace Helen Brown, who is retiring after 12 years. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to lead an organisation in health and social care that is really going places – they should check out”

Dr Helen Brown, CEO of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Norfolk said,

“We are thrilled to have Stuart on the Board and look forward to his Chairmanship. His work and legacy with Arthur Rank was incredible and I know he will be a huge asset to our organisation.

I would also like to thank Linda Collumbell, who will retire from the board and to say how much I and the rest of the staff will miss her. Linda has dedicated a lifetime to social care and carers in particular and in recognition of this, Linda was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Carers at the Pride in Our Carers 2017 and knows she is leaving us in good hands with Stuart‘s appointment.”

Linda and Stuart look forward to addressing the ‘Family Carers Day‘ event preceding Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough &Norfolk’s AGM on Thursday 21 September 2017 at The Corn Exchange in St Ives. It will also be Dr Brown’s last AGM.

The ‘Family Carers Day‘ event is free and includes refreshments, lunch, activities and workshops designed to improve wellbeing and to give unpaid family carers a bit of a well-deserved treat! Registration is at 10am. At 3pm, there will be a reception to say farewell to Linda, followed by the AGM at 4pm

If you are a carer and would like to know more about our Family Carers Day, please contact Annette Reader on 01480 499 090 or email [email protected]. Booking is essential as places are limited.