Our trustees

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

Our trustees

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 served on the Board of Trustees since 2006, becoming Vice Chair in 2007 and then Chair in 2012. Simon also chairs the Communications and Fundraising Sub Committee.

Away from Carers, Simon has run a very busy music teaching practice for some twenty years. He worked with the BBC as part of their ‘piano season’, a celebration of the piano and its music on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four, which culminated in a live Piano Gala for Children in Need.


Di Billingham (Vice Chair)

Di worked for 12 years in local government leisure management before moving to the NHS in 2004 to work in public health. Since working in public health she has held a broad portfolio of responsibilities including developing the health and wellbeing partnership; working with the voluntary and community sector and promoting volunteering; and commissioning carers support services jointly with the local authority. She currently works for Gloucestershire County Council as a Public Health Commissioning Manager.

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 7 years.

Dr Martin FrWeb-MFeeman

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 and Dursley as GP in 1979 where worked until retirement from the practice in 2012.

Since retirement in 2012, Martin was appointed as Non-Executive Director of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and joined the Board of Carers Gloucestershire in 2013.


Web-DHDavid Hilton

David is a former teacher and teacher trainer as well as working in high-tech industries concerned with authentication of digital images. He now volunteers in Winchcombe Secondary School assisting children with learning difficulties and has been a member of the Carers Gloucestershire Board since 2008.



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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.

Daphne Sanderson

Daphne worked for over fifty years as a Chartered Designer in the field of Art and Design (education and practice) in the UK and USA. Daphne has been a carer for well over thirty years and during that time served for many years as a Carer Representative in the hope she could put her experience to constructive work for a better deal for Carers. Since 2012, Daphne has been a UK Carer Ambassador for the South West region


Web-JWJean White

Jean has cared for her husband Reg for the last twenty or so years since he lost his eyesight. Jean is a member of the Salvation Army, actively involved in the Gloucester Corps and acted on the Board of Carers Gloucestershire since 2002.


Dr Christabel Makanjuola – BIO to follow

Heather Beer – BIO to follow

Web-TPTim Poole (Chief Executive and Company Secretary)







Role of a Trustee

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

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