Our trustees

Carers Gloucestershire is a registered charity (no.1110529) and also a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (no. 5475527).

The organisation is governed by a Board of Trustee Directors the Chair and Vice Chair of which are elected and appointed annually from the serving Directors. The Board will have a minimum of eight and maximum of twelve Directors.

To ensure that we are truly Carer led, under the Memorandum & Articles of Association of Carers Gloucestershire the Board shall be made up of at least four Carers or former Carers.

Our current Board of Directors is made up of:

Simon Probert (Chair)Simon Probert (Chair)

Simon has worked with numerous charities over the last twenty years. He joined the Board of Trustees of Carers Gloucestershire in 2006, becoming Vice Chairman two years later and Chairman in 2012. He also chairs the charity’s Communications and Fundraising Sub-Committee.

Away from Carers Gloucestershire he runs a busy music teaching practice. A passionate supporter of the arts and education, he was elected a fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce earlier this year and is also an active Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Di Billingham (Vice Chair)

Originally from Hertfordshire, Di moved to Gloucestershire in 1990 and has raised her family, a son and a daughter in Cheltenham. She worked for 12 years in local government leisure and management before moving to the NHS in 2004 to work in public health. She currently works for Gloucestershire County Council as a Lead Commissioner for Public Health.

Di has been involved with a wide variety of voluntary sector organisations including Sandford Parks Lido Trust (former Director), Active Gloucestershire (former Director) and her local scout group as Chair. She supported her mother as secondary carer for her father, who lived with Alzheimer’s for seven years. Di has served on the Board since 2012 and became Vice Chair in 2014.

Dr Martin Freeman

Martin spent his childhood years in Gloucester before his family moved to Buckinghamshire. Martin then studied at Bristol University Medical School and following his graduation undertook numerous hospital jobs around the South West.  He moved to Cam, Dursley as GP in 1979 where he worked until retirement from the practice in 2012.

Martin retired from General Practice in 2012 but was then appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the 2 Gether NHS Foundation Trust until October 2016. He joined the Board of Carers Gloucestershire in 2013.


David Hilton

David came to Gloucestershire fifty years ago and for the next seventeen years worked as a teacher in a Comprehensive school developing a particular interest in pastoral matters. He then spent a period in Gloucestershire College teacher training including participation in the multicultural links with Birmingham schools.

In the second half of his career he worked for a hi-tech start-up company writing mathematical algorithms to protect the security of images, primarily to reduce fraud in digitised U.S. cheque transactions and authenticate forensic data. David made many presentations of technical issues in an international marketplace and worked extensively on patent issues. Much of the time since retirement he has spent with his many grandchildren and is keenly interested in the provision of services for children. David has been a Trustee since 2008.

David Newcombe (Treasurer)

David was born in Cheltenham and most of his extended family including his parents, still live in the area. However as a youngster, David moved around the country when his father was relocated as he progressed in his job, but returned to Gloucestershire some 35 years ago when he got married. David and his wife Irene have three children who are all grown up and now live away from home.

David is a Chartered Accountant and has enjoyed a long career, mostly in industry, working as the Finance Director of a number of medium sized companies. In 2012 he took semi-retirement but remains active in the commercial world as the Non-Executive Chairman of a number of private companies.

Heather Beer

Heather has worked as a senior manager in the NHS for the past 15 years, most recently as Head of Patient Experience at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT. After doing a degree in biological sciences, she completed a nursing qualification and subsequently worked in intensive care units and a regional Neurosciences Specialist Hospital, caring for acutely ill patients with brain and spinal injuries.

Her career includes spells in both charitable and private sectors. She has also completed a Master’s in Public Health and worked at a Research institution in New Zealand. Having had experience as a young carer whilst growing up, she is now married with two children and has lived in Gloucestershire for the last 20 years.

Tim Poole (Chief Executive and Company Secretary)

The Charities Act 1993 defines charity trustees as “persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity”




Role of a trustee

The Statutory duties of a trustee are to:

  • Ensure that Carers Gloucestershire complies with the governing document (Memorandum and Articles of Association in the case of a company limited by guarantee), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure that Carers Gloucestershire pursues its charitable objectives as defined in the governing document.
  • Ensure that Carers Gloucestershire applies its resources exclusively in the furtherance of its objectives as stated in the governing document.
  • Attend trustees (management committee) meetings regularly and contribute actively to the board of trustees’ role giving clear strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and objectives, setting targets and evaluating performance against them.
  • At all times, safeguard the good name and values of Carers Gloucestershire.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient management of the organisation through the Chief Executive and nominated Trustees.
  • Ensure the financial stability of Carers Gloucestershire and the probity of all its financial dealings through the nominated Treasurer. Protecting and managing the property of the organisation and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  • Appoint and support the Chief Executive and assist the Chairperson in the monitoring of his or her performance.

Vacancies occur on the Carers Gloucestershire Board from time to time. If you think you would be interested in contributing to our work in this way, please contact the Chief Executive in the first instance.

Carers Trust

Carers Trust was formed by the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in April 2012 and works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member.

Carers Trust aims to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK and together with their Network Partners, such as Carers Gloucestershire, provides access to desperately-needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities.

Carers Gloucestershire achieved Carers Trust Centre of Excellence status in 2012.

The strategic aims of Carers Trust are to:

  • Raise the profile of carers and the caring role
  • Support the growth and development of solutions for carers
  • Influence society to improve carers’ lives
  • Work with local partners to develop a strong network
  • For more information visit www.carers.org