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Helen Walker 2Helen Walker
Chief Executive

Helen brings a wealth of leadership experience in civil society organisations and strong experience of fundraising and strategic and business planning. Before joining the national volunteering charity, TimeBank, as Chief Executive in 2008, Helen was Director of Fundraising at the military charity SSAFA. 

Laura DoughtyLaura Doughty
Director of Fundraising and Communications

Laura joined Carers UK in November 2018. In her role, she leads on income generation, brand, communications, marketing and digital strategy. Laura brings over 13 years’ experience in UK charities, and she also bring 18 years’ business experience of commercial sales in major international media companies.

Simon HSimon Hodgson
Director of Carers Scotland and Carers Northern Ireland

Simon works closely with the Scottish Government and a wide range of partner organisations to raise awareness of the importance of providing support to carers. He is committed to supporting carers to speak for themselves and to turning positive strategies and legislation into something that makes a real difference to carers' lives.

Emily HEmily Holzhausen OBE
Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Emily leads on our policy, parliamentary, research and media work. Within her team is also Carers Week, one of the UK's biggest awareness weeks involving thousands of local events.


Marie Magimay
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Marie leads on our finance, HR, IT and governance work as well as overseeing the facilities function. She works closely with the Chief Executive and other members of the senior management team to develop and manage strategic, business and budget planning for the organisation. Marie has built up a wide breadth of experience from working in national and international charities and the social enterprise sector. She is experienced in helping drive businesses to achieve their aims. She is also Carers UK Company Secretary.

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Director of Wales

Claire joined in July 2017. She campaigns within the Welsh Government and with other public, private and third sector partners in Wales, to increase recognition of the 370,000 carers saving the Welsh economy £8 billion a year and the support carers need to continue to making such a vital contribution.

Claire joined us from Age Cymru where she was a Director for over 5 years, managing national services for older people. She has worked in Wales and England in community development, business start up and economic development.

Madeleine SAlison Rogers
Director of Carer Support

Alison joined Carers UK in November 2020. She has run several charities including the British Liver Trust, the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and Hospitality Action. Currently also a NED (Strategy & Finance) in her local CCG, she has a strong interest in health and has worked with the DHSC, NHS and several Royal Colleges, helping to develop both a National Liver Strategy and an independent Alcohol Strategy for the UK. She has experience of helpline and volunteer development and branch structures across sectors including health, education, social housing, youth development and benevolent funds; strategy, finance, fundraising, public affairs and public awareness.  

Madeleine SMadeleine Starr MBE
Director of Business Development & Innovation

Madeleine leads on business development and innovation, with responsibility for training and consultancy, technology and the Employers for Carers membership forum. She ensures that our income-generating activities meet our charitable objectives, helping to improve carers lives while ensuring that the organisation is sustainable in the future. 

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