Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC) is a registered charity (no.1071850) and also company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (no. 3485330).

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

Under the Memorandum & Articles of Association of Worcestershire Association of Carers the Board must include least two Carers or former Carers.

Board Vacancies

At this exciting time for Worcestershire Association of Carers, we are looking for new Trustees to join our Board of Trustees to help us grow and develop to support even more carers.

We are particularly interested in speaking to people with experience of IT/digital, marketing and communication, retail and volunteers.

If you’d like an informal chat about these roles please contact Carole Cumino, WAC Chief Executive at [email protected] or call on 01905 751340

Current Board of Trustees:

Diana Fulbrook OBE (Chair)

I am a retired Chief Executive of a Probation Trust, so I have years of experience in managing an organisation and of working in a caring profession. I had caring responsibilities as a child and am well aware of the stress and pressures this can create within a family, so WAC provides an essential means of support for carers. Since retirement I have chaired both an Adult and Children’s Safeguarding Board and am Chair of a special residential school for the blind and visually impaired. I was appointed Chair of the WAC Board after several years of being a board member.

David Mann (Vice Chair)

After a 43-year career in technical management in the food industry, mostly at director level, I retired in 2016 and became a trustee in 2017.  While I have limited experience of relatives and friends who have been long term carers, I add value to WAC through my business skills in coaching, people and team development, policy development, quality systems and continuous improvement. I have chaired the General Purposes Sub-Committee since February 2018 and been Vice-Chair since September 2019. 

Colin Archer (Company Secretary)

I retired in 2001 after 25 years in senior management roles in the Probation Service here in Worcestershire. I have relatives and close friends who are and have been long term carers, and have experience as a carer myself. Since becoming a trustee, and more recently Chair of WAC for five years, I have gained more knowledge and seen the profile of carers increase. I will continue to use this experience to benefit Worcestershire Association of Carers.

Paul Madden

I am a Chartered Internal Auditor and Accountant with over 20 years’ experience working for large corporates. The specialism that I offer in my role as a WAC trustee is my knowledge of governance and a proven ability to Identify and understand the key risks, processes and mitigating controls across an organisation particularly financial.

I live and work in Worcestershire, I joined the board of trustees in 2016.

Judith Adams

In March 2018 I retired as a lay Governing Board member for Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group. Prior to that I had spent 25 years working in the statutory and voluntary sector with family carers and the people they care for. I have worked with and alongside Worcestershire Association of Carers for many years and have personal experience of being a full time family carer myself.

I am keen to ensure that the huge impact the Association has on the lives of carers continues, and that services and strategic and policy decisions of statutory and voluntary sectors reflects the huge contribution family carers make. I am still involved with several organisations in a voluntary capacity, including Healthwatch Worcestershire, Worcestershire Involvement Network and several Patient Advisory Groups.

As a result of my continued regular contacts with patients, families and carers I maintain a keen interest in helping carers and families to have information, support and advice which can help them in their caring roles.

Helen Whatmore

I am currently a full time carer for my mum. She has reduced mobility through arthritis and has early stages of vascular dementia. I used to be a fundraising manager for several charities in the health sector and international development. Becoming a trustee for WAC enables be to combine both of these. I hope to bring the carers voice to the board and give strategic input on fundraising. I volunteer as a training coordinator and am passionate about the brilliant training we offer.

Mary Horner

I am a Registered Nurse, with a longstanding career of over 40 years dedicated towards the care and support of people across both Health and social care environments at a Clinical, Managerial and Board level.  Most of my career has involved working with people and their families, carers or loved ones and supporting them through the complex environment of health and well-being. In addition to my clinical experience I bring to WAC my knowledge in clinical risk management, governance, Health and Safety and quality assurance. I am passionate about enabling people to be able to support their own decisions through accessible information and guidance, something WAC has within its fundamental principles.  In addition, I have my own personal understanding and experience of how challenging the role of a carer can be and feel it is important that the voice of carers are seen and heard. 

Jeff Ball (Treasurer)

I retired in June 2018 after a lengthy career in the financial services sector where, latterly, I managed a team in the Treasury division at the West Bromwich Building Society.

I believe this offers a variety of relevant skills as a trustee while, on a personal level, I have the experience of caring for my mother who, since the death of my father, has suffered significantly reduced mobility and is now in residential care. I’d never really considered myself a carer until my involvement with WAC, which is why I want us to become more widely known as an organisation that actively supports and represents carers.

Given my finance background, I am keen to see WAC make the best use of available funding while continuing to reach out to carers right across the county. Likewise, my knowledge of risk management and governance control can help ensure any financial risks to the charity are effectively mitigated.

Geoff Taylor

I retired from business two years ago, having created and run my own company which supplies Packing Systems and materials to the Industrial sector. Predominantly to the Steel Industry. I have no direct experience of Caring, but feel that the knowledge gained in all aspects of running a business for thirty seven years from Sales to Company Management through to employees welfare will benefit and help Worcestershire Association of Carers in their support of the caring community. 

I’m an enthusiastic golfer and resident in Pershore.

What is the 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:

  • WAC 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.
  • WAC pursues its charitable objectives as defined in the governing document.
  • WAC applies its resources exclusively in the furtherance of its objectives as stated in the governing document.
  • Effective and efficient management of the organisation through the Chief Executive and nominated Trustees.
  • The financial stability of WAC 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.
  • They attend trustee 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.
  • They at all times, safeguard the good name and values of WAC.
  • They appoint and support the Chief Executive and assist the Chairperson in the monitoring of his or her performance. Vacancies occur on the WAC 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.