Carers UK has appointed Helen Walker as its new chief executive.
Walker, who will begin her role on 3 December, will be joining from national volunteering charity TimeBank where she has spent ten years as chief executive. Before joining TimeBank she was director of fundraising at the military charity SSAFA.
She said: ‘I’ve long admired the work of the charity and all it has achieved, leading the carers movement, to strengthen the recognition and support of unpaid carers through its work. Most of us will care at some point in our lives and I look forward to leading the organisation at this crucial time when there are key opportunities to support carers in many ways, in places that they work, live, and connect.’
Walker replaces Heléna Herklots, who stepped down after nearly seven years at Carers UK to become the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
Professor David Grayson, Carers UK chairman, added: ‘With our ageing population and the on-going pressures on public finances, carers need a strong voice and support from Carers UK now more than ever.
‘With Helen’s solid track record and skills we will deliver the remaining two years of our current business plan and establish a strong new long term strategy to build a society that respects, values and supports carers.’