Our Trustees serve voluntarily and pro bono; they have particular responsibility for strategy, quality, compliance, governance and oversight of management. They make sure we comply with legislation and all relevant regulations, and are responsible for safeguarding our assets. Finally, they are our advocates and ambassadors.

  • Stuart Evans – Chair
  • Ann Braithwaite
  • Alison Griffiths – Honorary Treasurer
  • David Hipple
  • Matthew Lester
  • Mike Passfield
  • Ben Walsh
  • Wayne Weedon
  • Christina Wells

The Trustees comprise the Board of Directors of West Anglia Crossroads Caring for Carers (Company No. 4379948, Registered Charity No. 1091522), trading as Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk.

Individual biographies


Stuart Evans – Chair

Stuart is a Cambridge-based entrepreneur and became our Chair of Trustees in September 2017. He was previously Chair of Trustees at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which operates and raises funds for the adult hospice in Cambridgeshire. Over a the past decade, he has helped build a terrific management team and accomplished a strategic transformation in a complex and changing environment. In 2015, the Hospice won a significant grant from the NHS for service delivery; in late 2016, it opened a new charitably-funded £12m hospice.

Stuart was previously a Board Member at the East of England Development Agency, which supported Economic Development in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and elsewhere. He has been CEO at several start-ups in Cambridge & London, and now has a portfolio of charitable and commercial activities.

Stuart was educated at Cambridge University and Harvard Business School, and spent his early career at IBM & McKinsey. He and his wife Brenda adopted three children as babies, and have deep experience of caring for family members.

“What carers do has never been more important for those they care for, and for the burden they remove from our hard-pressed health and social services.  Inexorable demographic trends mean this will continue. Yet being a carer can be challenging and stressful. So it’s a privilege to chair a charity which supports these wonderful people”

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Ann Braithwaite

Ann has been a Trustee since 2010. Ann has a background in education in both teaching and management at secondary and higher levels. She is currently a school governor in Wisbech.  Living in Fenland, she is keen to promote the care needs of the area. Ann’s skills include Professional Management in education and she is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Ann was a carer for both her father, who was physically disabled for many years, and for her mother, who had dementia for about 8 years.  Both of these experiences brought her into frequent contact with Social Services and the Health Service.  These learning situations have given her a deep compassion for Carers.

I have always been actively involved in the community and wanted to contribute my experience to supporting staff of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk.  I try to ensure that all those who need access to support and services have information about Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk.”


Alison Griffiths – Honorary Treasurer

Alison brings vast financial and professional expertise spanning 30 years to the board, which she joined in 2016. Alison, a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Taxation, was a Director of Taxation in International FTSE 100 groups Inchcape plc and EMAP plc, working on worldwide tax affairs and Board governance. She is also a Trustee of Pinpoint and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

I have so far enjoyed using my financial and project management background to help Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and look forward to providing further support in this area in the future.


David Hipple

David brings considerable financial and general management skills to the charity having spent over 35 years as a Chartered Accountant, Finance Director for a number of large and medium sized groups in both the public and private sector specialising in utilities and infrastructure. These include Anglian Water, Guernsey Electricity, the Department for Transport and EEDA. He brings strong financial and strategic skills to the board.

“I became a Trustee as I wanted to help Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk respond to the challenges that the increasing demands for care create. This is a major issue for the UK in the 21st century.”


Matthew Lester

Matthew joined the board of Trustees in 2016. Matthew is currently a Director of Sunday Times and ESTA Gold Award winning Maxine Lester Residential Lettings and Property Management. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as Operations Director for the Papworth Trust where he was responsible for service delivery by 200 staff across the Eastern region. Previously, Matthew was Managing Director of a national facilities services contractor to the health and education sector for 12 years.

I became a Trustee as it is important to me to do what I can to help Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk continue to provide their great support to those who need it.”


Mike Passfield RN QN MSJ MSc

Mike brings a decade of management experience to the role of Trustee. His career in public service began in 2002, graduating as a Clinician and joining the National Health Service. Delivering clinical services across Community Health & Social Care, General Practice, Prison Health and Sexual Health Services, now leading a regional workforce of circa 350 people. He has also led the commissioning of community-based health services and he was awarded the honour of ‘Queens Nurse’ in 2013 in recognition for his commitment to community leadership, education and improving standards of care.

Mike is enthusiastic when it comes to supporting the community, with over 20 years of membership with the St. John Ambulance spanning Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. Mike is currently the Executive Member for Finance for Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils.

Alongside other family members, Mike was a young carer, who cared for his father following an industrial workplace accident. This resulted in his father experiencing neurological damage and requiring full care and support for many years.

“I became a Trustee of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk to share my professional and personal skills, knowledge and experience to positively contribute to a cause I’m passionate and care about.”


Ben Walsh

Ben joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. He has a wealth of experience in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) working with charities that help families overcome the barriers to accessing appropriate support. A practising mediator, Ben was part of a working group convened by the Department for Education to develop quality standards for SEND mediation. He now sits on the review panel overseeing this initiative. Ben has a keen interest in co-production and has published research on young people’s participation in decision-making. Ben interviews candidates for the DfID international Citizen Service programme and is a lay member of the higher education inspection team for a major professional regulator. Ben has personal experience of caring. He graduated with a First Class degree from the University of Cambridge.

My work in the charity sector has focussed on ensuring families have the information to empower them to make key decisions about their lives. It has made me particularly conscious of the need to make sure that a charity’s activities are shaped by the people who use its services and what matters to them. Hearing about the experience of the people who use the services of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, many themes echo my own professional and voluntary experience. I believe that Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk offers a genuine lifeline to those who need it most.”


Wayne Weedon

Wayne joined the Board of Trustees for Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk in 2014. Wayne was a carer for his terminally ill father and currently cares for his mother. Wayne is a Chartered Management Accountant ACMA/CGMA and recently completed an MBA (Financial Management) in his bid to remain up to date in the fast moving external environment, having completed his BA (Hons) Sustainable Performance Management a number of years ago.

He has held Senior Finance positions across the Charity, Higher Education, International development and central government sectors in the UK, and his latest work is consulting as a Business Partner with the Cabinet Office.

He has previously held another Trustee position with the Re-Use centre in Bedford and is currently a Trustee/Governor with Crosshall Infant Academy in St Neots ,Cambridgeshire.

I became a Trustee with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk to input to the care sector and contribute to the development and sustainability of this vital support in our everyday lives.”


Christina Wells

Christina has over 25 years’ experience at senior level across the public sector and has a wide range specialist experience particularly within the NHS, but also in the civil service and local government across the East of England. She has held leadership roles on behalf of these organisations for improving services for children, older people, mental health and prison health across the East, but particularly in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk. Christina has special interests in promoting the health and wellbeing of carers, developing carer friendly communities, safeguarding and children’s and young peoples services. She is also an active volunteer with the NSPCC schools service.

I have huge respect for the wonderful carers in our community and feel passionate about using my skills and expertise to support a charity which focuses on them.”


The Board has established two committees to oversee critical elements of our operations:

  • The Finance & Audit (F&A) Committee which is chaired by Alison Griffiths; its other members are Stuart Evans and David Hipple. It is supported by our Director of Finance and Resources. View the Terms of Reference.
  • The Quality Service & Delivery (QS&D) Committee which is chaired by Christina Wells; its other members are Matthew Lester, Ben Walsh, Mike Passfield and David Hipple. It is supported by our Director of Operations. View the Terms of Reference.

The Terms of Reference of these committees are initially approved by the full Board and are subsequently kept under regular review. Their meetings are reported back to the full Board, and our CEO Miriam Martin routinely attends meetings of both committees.

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