Herefordshire Carers Support Trustees

Dr Sheila Marsh Apr 16Sheila Marsh
Chair of Trustees
Sheila works as an independent consultant with public bodies like the NHS and community/voluntary organisations, helping people cope with changing situations and work out better approaches to what they do and make sure people who use services like the NHS or social services can genuinely participate in deciding what happens. She has run her own business doing this for 29 years. Sheila's work gives her skills in helping people get involved in new things and in boosting their confidence to use their voice to change what happens. She has the business skills to understand finances and running an organisation as well as being speedy & thorough at getting things done - rather than bureaucratic!
Sheila has lived in Staunton on Wye for 5 years and so is fairly new to the county. She has been a Board member of Healthwatch Herefordshire since 2013 which has helped her get a good grasp of the local health and care system. She has had experience of the unpaid caring role in several situations and is currently especially interested in mental health issues and dementia. She relaxes by walking her dog, gardening and reading, and contributes to her local community as chair of the village hall committee and local film group.
Valerie Jan14Valerie Fitch
Valerie is an accountant by profession but a Carer by necessity, looking after her son who is on the Autistic spectrum. Having moved to Herefordshire in 2009 she has fully immersed herself in the local community. She is the Chair of the Autism Partnership Board, is the Vice-Chair of the Herefordshire Local Independent Advisory Group to the police force, and is involved in various other community related projects. Her main respites from her caring role are gardening, walking and reading.
Bernard Disley
Company Secretary, Lead for Quality and Performance Management & member of the Policy Sub Group
Bernard worked for 25 years managing IT services in a global company and subsequently, 11 years as an independent practitioner in IT processes management. After retiring to Herefordshire he spent 3 years coordinating a rural Community Access Point, helping local people understand and become confident in using computers and the World Wide Web. He also helped to develop a Parish Plan for the local community and was a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for his village. He became a Trustee at the beginning of 2008, bringing his experience in strategic and operational planning, quality management, policy and practices and financial oversight to the Board. He recently moved to Malvern. He is currently HCS Company Secretary and Lead for Quality and Performance Management & a member of the Policy Sub Group.
John Hayward
Trustee Lead for Carers Charter and Health & Safety
John took early retirement in 2007 to look after his wife. He has been registered with Herefordshire Carers Support since 2008 and regularly attends the Adult Forum’s and open meetings. He has lived in Herefordshire all of his life and is looking to bring both caring and managerial experience to Herefordshire Carers Support. His hobbies include golf and yoga.
Kevin Ilsley
Kevin Ilsley worked as a GP in Bromyard until he retired from full-time practice in April 2010. He continues to do some part-time medical work and is Medical Advisor to Herefordshire Primary Care Trust and remains active in post-graduate medical education. Kevin is married, with three grown up children and four grandchildren. His long-standing interest in the needs of carers was stimulated by his wife’s experience as a Health Visitor for Older People.
Richard BartholomewRichard Bartholomew
Trustee Lead for Legal Issues & member of the Policy Sub Group
I am a Registered Social Worker and have over several decades been involved in social work with a wide variety of people in different life situations. My first contact with the parents of children with disabilities impressed on me the dedication that parent carers typically exhibit and the exhaustion they have to go through to get the right diagnosis and treatment along with respite and other forms of support.
Later I worked with disabled adults and their carers and again was aware of the way in which both grouips of people often downplay the difficulties and frustrations of their daily lives.
When invited to become a trustee of HCS after 15 years as a manager and 12 years as a teacher of social work students, I was keen to accept this honour and do what little I may be able to do to support carers-young, parent or other-as best I may.

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