Our Board of Trustees

Carers Support West Sussex is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is made up of elected professionals, carers or former carers who volunteer their time.

Their role is to:

  • set strategic direction and vision;
  • ensure that the organisation is meeting their objectives and performance targets;
  • put carers needs at the heart of the organisation.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Trustee please get in touch on 0300 028 8888 or email info@carerssupport.org.uk.

Your enquiry will be passed directly to our Chair or Chief Executive.


Meet Our Trustees



Lesley Marginson, elected 2007

Lesley has been involved with Carers Support since 2003 and on our Trustee Board for eight years. 

As a professionally qualified midwife she also has a post graduate diploma in management studies. Lesley’s career has been in the health and social care sector based mainly at Crawley Hospital where she held a number of positions, including General Manager for Women and Children’s Services. 

Lesley’s enthusiasm and energy for family and friends carers comes from her personal experience of caring for her parents and elderly friends/neighbours who live nearby.

She brings a wealth of experience to Carers Support and has served as a Trusteee on several charitable Boards including Age Concern and Crawley CVS.

Lesley was the Chair of the League of Friends at Crawley Hospital and was elected President in 2011.



Sue Knight, elected 2008

Sue has been on our Board for eight years and has caring responsibilities for her husband .  She has personal experience of caring for a loved one with a long term chronic disabling illness.

Sue went to Sussex University in her early 40's gaining a BA Hons in Urban Studies. After graduating she started a local charity for people with mental illnesses.  She also has knowledge and experience of  running a day care centre.

Sue was the Chief Executive for Crawley CVS.  She took early retirement and this gave her more time and energy to commit to Carers Support and to ensuring that carers voices are heard.



Paul Isaacs, elected 2012

Paul is the Managing Director of Otus Live-in Care,  which is an agency that provides bespoke 24/7 Live-in Care across the UK.

He has significant experience in the social care sector and previously held a senior role with the UK's largest care at home provider. Paul has an understanding of domiciliary care, live- in care, social services and the NHS. He has previously worked within the financial services sector and held senior leadership positions in retail banking. Paul sits on Otus Live-in Care Ltd Board as well as ours. 




Jane Green, elected December 2015

Disabled Sandwich Carer-Ehlers-Danlos coordinator for Sussex
Autism conference speaker, SCIE Board member for equality, diversity and human rights
Previously-Assistant Headteacher, Lead for Autism at Ambitious about Autism and AET DfE
Senior Educational lead for autism, National Autistic Society nationally and internationally
WSCC Advisory social communication teacher
MA Ed. (Leadership and Management)
Adv. Dip. Education (Child Development)
Expert reference group Autism Education Trust
PGCE Secondary
BSc. (HONS) Psych.


Sandra Burns, elected 2011

Sandra is a qualified Social Worker.  She has experience in the adult social care environment and has worked within the teaching and training profession for social care providers.  This has given her a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this area.

Sandra is a former carer and has been a trustee on a number of boards including mental health charities and the Abbeyfield Society in Mid Sussex. Sandra currently sits on the board for Verity Waterlow Trust as well as our own. 




Sally Booker FPFS, elected 2014
Sally works as an independent Financial Adviser specialising in helping people find and fund care.  She is a Director of a financial planning practice and a regional co-ordinator for the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA).

Sally's mother was a carer for her dad who had dementia  and she understands the difficulties and complex emotions that carers face.


Peter Phillips, elected 2015

Peter brings a wealth of industry and business experience to the Board. He is a Chartered Secretary and a member of the Institute of Directors and Institute of Management. He joined us following a long career in business having worked in the UK and Middle East and been responsible for the development, design and introduction of accounting and reporting systems.

He has managed his own business and holds other appointments as a charity Treasurer. Peter uses his vast commercial knowledge to help Carers Support to build a long term and secure financial future.



John Williamson, elected 2013

John has had a long interesting career in engineering disciplines for a number of multinationals in senior roles in project management and technical procurement. In early retirement he trained as a residential surveyor and work part time.

His interest in Carers Support is due having looked after his elderly mother and also having an adult son on the Asperger’s spectrum.



 Philip Lansberry TEP, elected 2008 

Phil has been a Trustee since 2008 with a particular special interest in older people and dementia and always keen to meet with and help Carers. He has been a lawyer since 1974 now a partner at Spofforths/Kreston Reeves advising on Wills and Trusts, Probate and Inheritance Tax, Powers of Attorney and other later life issues.

Over  many years he has specialised in helping families to protect the interests of their relatives. There are few if any situations Philip has not come across before. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. In a local voluntary capacity he is also a member of Age UK Horsham District and adviser to the Alzheimers’ Society and Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.



Yvette Elkana, co-opted June 2016

Yvette has been involved with Carers Support since 2012 when she first joined as a trustee director.

As a graduate in Computing and Statistics Yvette has worked in various technology design, consultancy, marketing, business development and practice director roles. Her experience in the digital technology marketplace has been through working in global  and national technology companies. She has applied this experience to running TV ad IPTV broadcast companies and a creative media design agency.

Having had board level roles with an international remit she brings a very international flavour to the board and is committed to supporting us in achieving our goals for diversity, digital transformation and developing a range of revenue streams. She is also an advocate of Social Enterprise having been Managing Director of a few.

Yvette was herself a carer for some years caring for her elderly mother. 



Neal Young, co-opted October 2016

Neal brings over 20 years board experience to Carers Support West Sussex and has introduced many highly successful culture change, leadership and employee engagement programmes and has won several major national awards. These include a National Training Award and, as Group HR Director with Gala Coral, a regular place in the Sunday Times list of ‘Top 20 Best Companies’.

Neal was a non-executive director of the Springboard UK charity for over 10 years, a provider of specialist careers and educational services for the disadvantaged withn the Hospitality sector. He recently was a volunteer carer for several years with the Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme in Brighton and therefore has first hand experience of the challenges facing carers today.

Neal has an MA in Strategic HR, holds an ICF/EMCC accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.