New trustee brings corporate experience to the board table

By Anita Jaynes on January 5, 2017

Carer Support Wiltshire (CSW) has welcomed Ged Montgomery as a new trustee to their Board.

Ged currently leads the corporate fundraising team for Julia’s House and has been a key figure in raising funds to build the first ever children’s hospice in Wiltshire. With 30 years of experience working in a range of senior management and executive roles for Lloyds Banking Group in sales, marketing and operations Ged brings a wealth of business and fundraising experience to the Board.

Ged said: “I was surprised to learn of the fantastic work that CSW does for the many unpaid carers within Wiltshire, so when the opportunity arose to become a trustee on their Board I was delighted to take this on. I now hope to be able to pass on my many years of corporate experience for the benefit of this excellent charity.”

Carer Support Wiltshire is a local charity supporting unpaid carers in Wiltshire.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who cannot manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.

While many take on a caring role without question, they are often unprepared for the impact on their own life and health.  Caring for someone can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging and for many, isolating and lonely.

There are over 47,000 unpaid carers in Wiltshire looking after loved ones. Carer Support Wiltshire currently supports around 13,000.

CSW Chief Executive Catharine Hurford added: “With a Board that boasts a diverse range of experience and background, all underpinned by direct and indirect caring experience, we are now better placed than ever before to take advantage of the opportunities that are available while recognising the challenges facing health and social care and the voluntary and community sector in Wiltshire.

Catharine continued: “2017 will be a year when we move to exciting new ways of working, ensuring we reach out to more carers – the 3 in 5 of us who at some point in our lives will be a carers – in order to deliver our mission to ensure all unpaid carers are supported, their voices are heard and the fantastic contribution they make to our communities is properly valued.”

If you look after someone and would like support, help and advice contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118. To find out more visit their website www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk

Pictured above: New Carer Support Wiltshire trustee Ged Montgomery