Ruth Mannell – Trustee (Vicechair)
Ruth has previously been a Trafford carer for her elderly mother who had dementia. She has experience of voluntary caring work both in this country, Zambia and the Philippines. Until recently Ruth was the chair of the Trafford branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, although she is no longer the chair she is still a member of the MS branch committee and this has led to her working with various voluntary and health agencies; she is also a magistrate at the Trafford courthouse. Her professional life was in education and in the last 11 years of her working life she was Deputy Head and then Acting Head at a large independent school in Oldham. Ruth has been a trustee at the Carers Centre since 2007.
Martin Gill – Trustee
Martin retired in 2014 after a lifelong career in the food industry, mostly in Logistics management, and for the last five years of his working life was Head of Logistics Operations for UK and Ireland at HJ Heinz. As a Trustee Martin brings to the Board his management and strategic planning experience together with commercial and governance expertise.
Martin became a carer for his partner when she became ill, and cared for her up until her death in 2012. This gave him an appreciation of the challenges that carers face and the need for effective and compassionate support.
Martin has been active in the voluntary sector all his life and has previously volunteered with Victim Support, Barnardos’s, Lions clubs International, HOST UK , Action Tutoring and for ten years, used to run a cub scout pack. Taking early retirement has allowed Martin to pursue his interests in the charitable sector; he is currently also a volunteer with Refugee Action and a trustee of the charity HELP Dadaab.
Martin is a keen gym goer and runner, enjoys walking in the countryside and travelling.