Trustee Board

Last Updated on 13 December 2020.

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Our Board of Trustees is responsible for our management and conduct as a charity.

Janet Dillaway –  Chair of Trustee Board

Janet is an independent social care and health consultant with over 35 years experience in the fields of adult and children’s social services. Qualified in social work, she holds a post graduate diploma in applied social studies, and is a Master of Business Administration of the University of Birmingham. Her management and leadership experience is drawn from a wide range of strategic and operational responsibilities, holding senior roles in local government for over 20 years.

She has worked extensively with the third sector, and believes passionately in people being supported to care in the way that they want to. As a carer herself, Janet understands how difficult, time consuming and draining it can be to get the care needed and for it to work well. Janet hopes to put her experience and skills to good use for Suffolk Family Carers and is delighted to chair  the board of such a well regarded and successful organisation.

Janet has lived in Suffolk for almost 20 years with her partner; has two adult children and is involved in her local community in a variety of ways. She’s trying to learn the mysteries of golf, as well as table tennis and enjoys her membership of various choirs.



Ann Hogarth

Anne began her career in private practice following onto various finance roles within the Insurance and commercial industries. She then transferred into the Public sector joining the NHS where she held a number of senior management finance roles within the Suffolk and Norfolk health systems.

In 2015 she took the opportunity to leave permanent employment to work as an Interim Senior Finance Professional. She took the decision to retire in 2017 and now undertakes voluntary work.

As well as being a Trustee of Suffolk Family Carers she is  also a Trustee of a local hospice where she carries out the role of chair of the Governance Committee

Carole Burnham

Carole is the Managing Director of MAD-HR Ltd (an HR Consultancy) and has over 25 years HR and leadership experience including 10 years’ as HR Director of Marshall Motor Holdings based in Cambridge. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and is also Member of the IOD.

Carole became a Trustee because she could easily see the immense value that Suffolk Family Carers brings to the carers and communities in which it serves however there is always more to be done to help those who don’t know of its existence.

Carole has lived in Suffolk since 2004 with her husband and their Labrador. However, her association with Suffolk began much earlier as she is a passionate Ipswich Town supporter.

Jane Farthing

Jane started caring at a young age for a family member.

As a teenager Jane worked for Sue Ryder, which led her onto a career in nursing. She later became a mid wife working for the NHS.

Jane has travelled, and worked at  maternity unit in the Middle East. From here she moved to the far East where she set up an independent mid wife practice.

On her return to the UK Jane worked for the NHS before becoming happily retired.

Jane Miller

Jane has spent a considerable proportion of her career working for the  NHS, as a manager of mental health services for adults, children, young people and families.

Jane was previously an elected governor of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. She has extensive experience of providing 1:1 and group therapeutic work to individuals with relationship difficulties, challenges with self esteem or confidence, as well as support specifically for parents.

Jane enjoys working as a trustee with other organisations offering support to families and is keen to promote recognition of the invaluable contribution made by carers of all ages across Suffolk

Jane’s family is a high priority,  being a daughter, sister, wife and mother. She  is currently a family carer.

James Tucker

James is a Chartered Accountant and partner of regional accountancy firm Scrutton Bland.

James is the Treasurer of Suffolk Family Carers and is devoted to ensuring the charity’s finances are managed in a way which secures its long term future at the same time as delivering the highest quality service to those who need it.

James is a school governor, treasurer of Ipswich Round Table and part of the management team of his local community owned pub.

Sam Carrington

Sam is a Young Trustee and works as a Project Officer at Suffolk County Council, in the Assets and Investment team. He previously supported projects with SEND providers. He graduated from the University of York in 2019, with a degree in French and German.

Sam was born in Ipswich and enjoys working for an organisation which serves the public. Being a Young Trustee allows him to do this further, helping to provide others the same support he and his family have received in the past.

Sam is a keen Ipswich Town supporter and enjoys exploring the Suffolk countryside on two wheels, taking part in cycling events around the county.

Sharron Goddard

Suffolk born and bred, Sharon enjoyed a varied career as a teacher and manager in further and higher education, giving her a wealth of experience to bring to her role supporting Suffolk Family Carers.

Sharon has personal experience of being a family carer and, as such, has  set up Caring4EldersUK working with companies to support employees with caring responsibilities.


Susan Brooks

Susan is an experienced senior marketing professional, having spent over 30 years working in London for a variety of FTSE 100 companies including, Centrica, The Automobile Association, ITV plc and latterly as a Marketing Director with RSA Insurance Group.

After leaving the corporate world she moved to Suffolk where she lives with her husband and her bouncy springer spaniel, Molly. She enjoys supporting her local village activities, playing tennis and walking in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

Susan has been a carer for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimers and wants to use her marketing knowledge to help support the work of Suffolk Family Carers.