The Team

Ali Groves - Charity Manager

Ali Groves

Charity Manager

Ali is the Trust’s first Charity Manager and comes to the role with previous experience in arts management and professional training. She is a mum to three children, one of whom is autistic. She therefore understands first hand the issues facing any caring siblings and is delighted to be working for an organisation that seeks to support young carers.

David Keen

David Keen

Development Manager

David completed a short course at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, and then spent time in Australia and New Zealand. Returning to the UK, he ran his own business, installing machinery worldwide, before retiring in 2011. He has been a Development Manager for the Trust since 2014.

Eve Miller

Eve Miller

Development Manager

Also known as Dr Diana Evelyn Miller, Eve is an experienced clinician with a detailed knowledge of provision and regulation of healthcare related services and the professionals who work within them. She has worked in hospitals and educational establishments, and recently has been an adviser to Medicine Sans Frontiers, the General Medical Counsel and Westonbirt School.

Richard Garforth

Richard Garforth

Development Manager

Richard Garforth joined the Young Carers Development Trust as a mentor in the summer of 2014. He has been employed as a Chemistry teacher at Kingswood School in Bath for around forty years, with other responsibilities including Housemaster and Head of Careers Education & Guidance. His interests include fell-walking, cycling and photography, and he is a trustee of a charity that supports marginalised communities in southern India. Richard is married with three daughters.

Sonia Hutchison

Sonia Hutchison

Development Manager

Sonia was the first Development Manager engaged by the Trust. Working alongside the Charity Manager, she now coordinates, trains and directs the Trust’s Development Managers. She works with the Trustees to ensure that the Trust is able to improve the life chances of the Young Carers who are its beneficiaries. Sonia is the Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre and a Director of Strawberry Life.

Tony Pooley

Tony Pooley

Development Manager

Tony trained at Cambridge as an engineer, practiced as a transportation planning consultant, obtained an MSc and MBA at Cranfield, and then worked 28 years for Shell in a wide variety of jobs in UK, New Zealand, Dubai and ‘international’. During this time, he was also both a tutor on Leadership Trust courses for 7 years, helping young managers learn how to get the most from themselves and others, and a rowing coach for 20 years. Tony has been working with the Trust since 2014.

Charles Hignett

Charles Hignett

Chairman

Charles Hignett has spent much of his life working in and around the Bath area. He is a self employed businessman with a wide diversity of interests, and in addition has served as a Trustee for a number of local charities. Charles is particularly interested in the charitable provision of support structures to provide new opportunities for the disadvantaged young and old who have the will to become, or wish to remain, self-reliant.

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Jenny Bower

Trustee

Having started her business career in the Bath Careers Service for County of Avon,  Jenny Bower progressed to Marketing Manager at London Life Insurance and then on to forming one of Bath's largest and most respected property businesses and is currently Managing Director of Bath Estate Management.  Jenny is enjoying her role on the board of Trustees at YCDT, bringing many years of charity fund raising work experience with her and most importantly her own experience as a young carer.

Linda Packard

Linda Packard

Trustee

Linda is a solicitor ( non-practising), Sloan Fellow of The London Business School and business owner. She is involved in the local community as both a Wiltshire councillor and a Chippenham Town Councillor and is chair of the Chippenham Area Board. Linda has worked on a voluntary basis with both young carers and people with learning disabilities.

Tim Young

Tim Young

Trustee

Tim worked as a teacher between 1975 and 2007, in the UK, California and New Zealand; this included serving as housemaster at Eton College [1988-92] and as headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Guildford [1992-2007]. Since 2007, he has been Director of Education for the Rank Foundation.

Victoria Clare

Victoria Clare

Trustee

Victoria is currently CEO of Project Harar – a medical NGO providing services to children in Ethiopia. She has 20 years’ experience of working with disengaged or disadvantaged young people, mainly within the not for profit sector in the UK. In 2002 she established the Wiltshire Young Carers Service.

William Feeny

William Feeny

Trustee

William is a Senior Financial Professional with extensive international experience in line and corporate functions in major media Corporations. He has direct experience in media and intellectual property, legal services, mergers and acquisitions and in start up businesses.