Governance Board of Trustees 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. Our current Board of Trustees is made up of: Mike Genge (Chair) I retired in 2014 after a career in Commercial activity in the oil and chemical sectors and bulk logistics. My first year as a Trustee for WAC has revealed the enormous task that carers take on, on a continuous basis, and how our organisation works to assist them in getting the most effective assistance and support. I hope to bring enthusiasm and effective communication and organisation skills to assist with the running of Worcestershire Association of Carers. Mike Mintram (Vice Chair) I am a director of Market Return Ltd which is focussed on providing business support, mentoring and coaching for small and medium enterprises. Prior to forming Market Return Ltd, I was the commercial and marketing director at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group responsible for consumer and SME business. Previous roles include running my own marketing consultancy and senior sales and marketing roles at Eagle Star, Zurich, RBS and American Express. I am also a non-executive director of Marketing Gloucester Ltd and chairman/trustee for Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. I have been a carer for both my parents and would like to help inform and empower other carers. I hope to continue my support for WAC with a strong interest in strategic direction, marketing and fund raising. John Hood (Treasurer) I am a retired Finance Director and qualified Chartered Accountant. I operated as Board Director in a number of large retailers and my financial and strategic skills enable me to carry out the role of Treasurer and to assist in the development of the association’s retail opportunities. 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. Nancy Croft I have been actively involved in carers’ issues since 1995. I chaired the Association in its first year, a role that I greatly enjoyed. I care for my adult son and daughter who have a rare metabolic disorder. I live in Redditch and am a volunteer for Saltways Leonard Cheshire Disability as a “one-to-one” Art Support person. When I retired I trained to be a Community Worker in my local church, a role that keeps me very active. Diana Fulbrook OBE 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. Currently I chair a Safeguarding Adults Board and, on behalf of WAC, I have been chairing the Carers Action Worcestershire (CAW) partnership Board. 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. Erica Norton OBE I am a retired Senior Police Officer and am currently a Member of HM Courts and Tribunal Service - Criminal Injuries Compensation. Over the years I have gained an understanding of the needs and problems of Carers, and hope to be able to continue to contribute to the good work of Worcestershire Association of Carers as a Trustee Sonia Spurr I have had experience of being a carer for my mother over a considerable period of time, taking responsibility for her physical and emotional welfare. I have in excess of 35 years’ experience of working within the NHS and have been fortunate during this time to work in both clinical and management roles. I have also worked as a service development manager in the voluntary sector. I welcome the opportunity to support an organisation of WAC’s calibre and am keen to use my experience, from a personal and professional perspective, to ensure that carers and their loved ones in Worcestershire receive the support and services they require, during what can be a very demanding time in their lives. 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.