Meet our Board of Trustees

The Carers Centre is both a Charity and a limited Company and is goverened by Volunteer Trustees. These Trustees are our Board members and they volunteer their their time to oversee the strategic development and management of the organisation. Most of our Trustees have been, or are, Carers themselves and have indepth knowledge and experience of caring issues.

Jane Dearden MBE DL


Jane is a former Carer and has a wealth of experience in Carer Support Services and campaigning. Jane led the campaign to establish the Carers Centre and remains its founding Chair. She has also been involved with Crossroads Care North West since the early nineties. In 2010 Jane was awarded and MBE for services to the community of St Helens she is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside.

Alma Sisson

Trustee & Company Secretary

Alma together with Jane Dearden was one of the original Carers who established St Helens Carers Centre.  She has a particular interest in Carers caring for someone with a Mental Health condition.

Canon Geoff Almond

Trustee & Treasurer

Geoff is a former primary school headteacher and is a full time carer for his wife Jean.
He has been involved nationally in campaigning for carers and was formerly Vice Chair of Carers UK until he retired as a trustee.
He was Mayor of St.Helens from 2012/13 and nominated the St.Helens Young Carers Centre as his Mayoral Charity of the Year.
Geoff is currently Chair of Mill Street Medical Centre PPG..

Sheila Whalley MBE


Sheila was awarded an MBE in 1997 for her services to St Helens after working tirelessly to help improve the lives of local homeless people. She is a full time Carer for her daughter and has served as a local magistrate.

Theresa Butler


Theresa had a long career in local government and a particular interest in welfare benefits. She is currently Chair of Governors at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Diane Charnock


Diane was an NHS Trust Chair on Merseyside, chairing both Community and Acute Trusts and she spent 3 years as a main Board member of the Legal Aid Board whilst also serving as a Justice of the Peace. Diane has also had a successful career in executive recruitment.


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