Chairman and Board of Trustees
Ian Robertson joined the Board of Trustees in 2007 as non-executive Chairman, having retired at the end of June 2007 from HBOS plc, where he had held the position of Managing Director of Corporate Banking since 1999. Ian is a graduate of Aberdeen and Strathclyde Universities and is a Fellow and former Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. He has been involved with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers for a number of years, principally in a fundraising capacity.
Andrew Cozens CBE is Vice Chair of the Trust. He has over 30 years' experience in social care in the public and voluntary sectors.
Andrew is currently Strategic Adviser, Children Adults and Health Services for the Improvement and Development Agency for local government. Prior to that he spent ten years as a director of social services in Gloucestershire and Leicester. He was President of the Association of Directors of Social Services in 2003/04 and is a qualified social worker.
Andrew's involvement in the carers movement began in 1987 when he was working in North Yorkshire. He was ADSS spokesperson on carers issues from 1997-2002 and, prior to becoming a Trustee for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 2005, he was a member of The Trust's Policy Development Committee.
Tim has been the Chief Executive of Carers Gloucestershire since 2003 and has overseen significant growth in the organisation and services provided for Carers across Gloucestershire. Working with partner agencies in the voluntary sector, the Local Authority and the Primary Care Trust, Tim has helped to secure increased and improved support and services for carers in the county. In January 2007 Tim was appointed to the Gloucestershire PCT Professional Executive Committee (PEC) helping to ensure that carers issues remain a high priority on the PCT agenda.
In January 2008 Tim was elected as Chairman of the UK Partnership Council of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, a body made up of Network Centre Managers and Trustees to advise and inform the Board on the strategic and operational direction of The Trust. He is also a Director of the Forest of Dean Crossroads Care scheme which provides much needed respite care to local people.
Tim has long had a strong interest in carers issues from seeing first hand the impact caring for his grandparents had on the lives of family members. Coming from Zurich Financial Services and Allied Dunbar, Tim has worked with the voluntary sector since 1993, supporting children and young people and as Chair of the Staff and Corporate Grants Committee.
Tim is married with two grown up daughters and likes playing tennis, reading and is a long suffering season ticket holder with Gloucester Rugby Club.
Andrew Robertson was appointed as the Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on 1st December 2007 for a four-year period. Andrew was formerly Vice-Chairman of the Board and has more than 15 years experience with the NHS. His earlier responsibilities have included Chairmanship of the former Greater Glasgow Community & Mental Health Services NHS Trust, Glasgow Royal Infirmary University Hospitals NHS Trust and Greater Glasgow Primary Care NHS Trust.
He is a former Solicitor, having been Senior Partner of Social Housing and Charity Law firm, T.C. Young, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
In 1990, he became the Founder Secretary of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and, since his retirement from legal practice in 2006, has been a Trustee.
In 2007 Andrew was appointed a Trustee of Scotcash, a socially inclusive financial institution which works closely with Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Housing Association. He has been a Trustee of Music in Hospitals since November 2006 and a Trustee of the Castle Toward Trust since 1st May, 2006. Andrew Robertson’s involvement with Erskine Hospital goes back to his appointment as Secretary in 1976. He has been a Vice-Chairman of the hospital since 1st May, 2006.
Outside his legal, health and charitable interests, Andrew has been a Director of the Scottish Building Society and was Chairman during the period 2003/06.
He lives in Glasgow with his wife Sheila, a former lecturer in Social Work at the University of Glasgow, and has two adult sons and one grandson.
Andrew and his wife looked after Sheila’s mother for the 9 years leading up to her death in 2001, having spent the previous 15 years in separate halves of a divided home. It was when her mother’s increasing dementia became an issue that the decision was made to find a new shared home. Mrs. Sturton was a source of much affection and inspiration for the wider family. It was a privilege to share a home with her. Sheila carried the vast bulk of the worry and care, with Andrew receiving inappropriate and unwarranted credit for what, at times, was a source of much concern and distress. The carer’s role is part of life’s tapestry which can be both rich and threadbare, often in quick succession.
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Ricky has been Manager of the Belfast Carers’ Centre since October 2000. Following university, he spent virtually all of his working life, within the field of care work. He has variously worked with children and adults with learning disabilities, multiple & complex disabilities, mental health difficulties as well as adults with literacy and numeracy difficulties. He has worked for both the voluntary and statutory sector – but primarily within the voluntary sector.
Prior to the job in the Belfast Carers’ Centre he was 6 years at Sense – The National Deafblind and Rubella Association, latterly as Community Services Manager. He has previously worked at Mencap and in a variety of residential and community settings.
He is active in his local community – having occupied positions in a number of local committees including years as a community representative on the Castlereagh Peace and Reconciliation Body at the start of the peace process in NI. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of CO3.
He has been directly involved with a number of recent carer initiatives - as part of a DHSSPSNI PSI group, he assisted in the production of the Carers’ Strategy for Northern Ireland and he is currently sitting on a departmental board developing and promoting Direct Payments and the Single Assessment Tool.
Away from work he is married, has three children and takes solace in listening to the sort of music that has lead to a number of friends suggesting that he is firstly looked at and then; seen to.
Dr Edward Wojakovski holds degrees in Law, Accountancy, a Masters in Land Economics and PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Economics and Business Administration.
Throughout his career, Edward has been involved in real estate economy, mainly through the Tonstate Group which holds or manages his interest in all property sectors, with great emphasis on the leisure and hotels sector. Edward has also worked with local authorities and financial institutions.
Edward’s strength has always been his ability to create and secure fair and sound deals for both parties to the deal by managing a strict management control structure coupled with financial acumen.
From a very young age he has had first hand experience of the role of and need for carers within the family setting. He saw both his parents taking care of their parents to the extent of having one residing with them full time. He has also experienced the impact that good care can have by seeing and fully participating in the care and support of a close family member infected with polio during childhood who, through this, fully recovered.
Edward is a keen art collector and enjoys the world of opera, violin and piano music. He is also an advisor for various charitable organisations in the UK and abroad. He is happily married with 3 children.
Josephine worked within the Voluntary Sector until her retirement in 2008, initially supporting young people and then moving on to manage services in Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Homelessness and Carers.
She has been involved with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers for 12 years in her capacity as Senior Manager for Unity Enterprise who are the managing agents of the North and South Ayrshire Carers Centre’s. During this time Josephine was an active member of the Trustee Network within Scotland and previously served on the Scotland Policy and Development committee.
Since retiring she has become involved with her local PRTC Carers’ Centre in East Renfrewshire and currently chairs the Scottish Trustees Network meetings and also the newly formed Scotland Committee which includes Trust staff, Centre Managers and Trustees; in these capacities she has been active in supporting and strengthening the relationship between Scotland and the UK.
Josephine has a strong interest in carers issues having previously cared for her parents and more recently for a friend and as a panel member of the Scottish Children’s Hearing system for 19 years, she has a greater insight into the wider issues that face adult and young carers.
Ann Rushforth MBE is a qualified nurse and midwife who in 1987 started her own nursing and care business. She has been principal carer for her Mum, who has had a number of periods of illness over the last few years.
She has been involved with the Trust since 2006 firstly on the Campaign Board and West Dunbartonshire Carers before joining as a UK Trustee in 2007.
As well as receiving an MBE, she was recently inducted into the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.
Ann has been Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Scottish Businesswoman of the Year. Ann assists with the accelerator panel for the Princes Scotland Youth Business Trust, for their loan fund. Since 1989 Ann has been a guider for the Girl Guide Association.
Chairman and co-founder of O&H Group, a property company established in 1983 and active in both the commercial and residential sectors. O&H also has development, construction and fund management subsidiaries.
David read Chemical Engineering at Imperial College and after a 13 year period in industry, including ICI, BP and British Gas he decided to start his own company.
David is a Trustee of the Board of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
David’s pastimes include travelling, shooting and golfing.
Tania is a mathematics graduate and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualified accountant.
Tania's professional career began with British Airways where she started as a Finance graduate trainee and progressed into project accountant and financial management roles, finishing her five years there as Finance Manager for BA's ground operations in Heathrow's terminals 1 and 4.
On leaving BA, Tania joined Hasbro UK, the toys and games company, where she worked as a business analyst completing projects such as developing a model for evaluating the profitability of Hasbro's major customer contracts.
This was followed by a short spell at Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd, providing commercial finance support for their international division, as they tried to launch their well know UK brands internationally through export or franchise.
On leaving Britvic - Tania returned to aviation, joining Harrods Aviation and Air Harrods Ltd, the aviation subsidiary companies of Harrods Group, as their Finance Director, a role she held for six years. This was then followed by senior level experience as Group Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at First Choice Holidays PLC.
In late 2004, Tania's sister was disabled in a riding accident and she left First Choice to focus on supporting her family with her sister's care. Her next career move was strongly motivated by this experience and she joined Scope - a large, national disability charity where she spent over three years as Finance Director and Project Sponsor for a major change programme that addressed all aspects of Scope's financial infrastructure.
Tania has very recently left Scope, and taken up the role of Finance Director for Historic Royal Palaces.