Meet the Team
Board of Trustees
I joined Swindon Carers Centre as a trustee in 2016 and became Chair of Trustees shortly after. I live in Swindon with my two young daughters Bella and Evie, and partner Paul.
In my day-to-day work I am an Occupational Psychologist with a specialism in recruitment, development and selection. In previous roles, I’ve worked as a Teacher in an independent school for children who experience Educational and Behavioural Difficulties. In this role I had the opportunity to work with children and young people, many of whom presented caring challenges to their parents and others who were carers themselves of family members. I am passionate about supporting carers in the challenging role that they do and supporting the work of Swindon Carers Centre in engaging with carers of all ages to expand the reach of those we support locally and make a meaningful difference to their caring role.
As a trustee, I provide my advice and assistance as needed, particularly towards managing risk and GDPR. I have over the years supported other voluntary organisations and charities. In addition, my past experience at various organisations allows me to utilise those skills to advise and support. I work with Swindon Carers Centre as I have previously been a carer and understand the challenges of a carer. I also wanted to support a local charity that could utilise my skills and experience. Values that drive me are honesty, integrity and doing the right thing in the right way. I enjoy reading, watching documentaries and mentoring young people with their challenges in life.
Chris has been volunteering with Swindon Carers Centre since 2016 and joined the Board in 2017, with a specialism in IT and systems. He’s mostly retired now, although still consulting in London regularly. Chris is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and an Independent Director of the Brunel SEN MAT.
I’ve lived in Swindon since 1988 when I moved here to join Allied Dunbar that later became Zurich Financial Services and while working there, I qualified as a certified accountant. I worked in the Finance and Corporate Pensions teams for a number of years but am now retired so I wanted to volunteer my skills to help others. Joining Swindon Carers Centre as a Trustee and taking on the Treasurer role seemed like a brilliant opportunity to be involved in a charity that is doing great work in an area that I feel is very important. When I’m not involved in Swindon Carers Centre, I enjoy painting, crafts, reading and gardening.
I am delighted to be able to support Swindon Carers as a trustee having lived in Swindon for nearly all my life and following retirement from TE Connectivity after a long and rewarding career spanning over 47 years. I have worked in many roles covering product development, operations and project management along with having the honour of being the Swindon site community ambassador for the company. The latter role enabled me to understand how companies can support and partner with local charities in support of the local community and also enabled me to build strong partnerships with several charities including Swindon Carers. I hope to bring much of that knowledge to help SCC to continue doing the great work they are doing with supporting carers of all ages across Swindon and the surrounding areas. Away from charitable work I like to cycle and walk a lot whilst being an ardent Swindon football supporter.
Susanna has worked for Swindon Carers Centre since 2009, overseeing Communications and PR and working with the trustee board before becoming CEO in 2016. Before joining SCC, she worked for a large commercial radio group as a News Editor and presenter and managed the training and development needs of more than 100 journalists across the country. She has extensive governance experience and is currently a trustee of a community radio station in Bath.