Board of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Mr. Alan Pickup

Start date: 14/7/16

(Chair from 2017)

During my career I have worked in Printing, Shop & Bar fitting Manufacture and provision of NHS services through a not for profit social enterprise. I have held many senior positions covering production, finance, purchasing and general management, many at Board level. I retired in 2013 due to ill health. I have been a carer since 1973, together with my wife, for our son who has learning disabilities. I was the main carer for my father in law who had dementia and helped care for my parents and younger brother through terminal cancer, so have empathy for family carers. I have lived in Blackburn with Darwen all my life and have learned much about its socio-economic past through family history research, spanning nearly 300 years. I am particularly interested in Learning Disabilities and the Health of the Borough and attend many local focus groups.

Secretary and CEO

Mrs. Sam Morris

Start Date: 22/11/04

I started my career working with children and young people, I moved into the Third Sector to set up a new project working with young carers. I set up and grew the Carers Service and became CEO taking the service into Independency.

I have Post Graduate – Diploma in Management Studies

I lead by taking people with me and tapping into the skills and knowledge of the team around me.

I have secured over 2 million pounds in funding including two Big Lottery grants. I helped set up a Counselling Project at the Carers Service, providing counselling sessions for carers through student Counsellors from the surrounding Universities. I Co-ordinate this project.

I am a trained Mediator volunteering with Smile Mediation working with conflict and uncertainty.

I have a BA Hons in Counselling and Brief Therapies and I started my own business – SJM Counselling providing private counselling sessions for children, adults and couples. I joined forces with Triad Therapy in Nov 2020 providing counselling and therapy sessions.


Mr. Graham Brindley

Start date: 14/7/14

Enthusiastic and persuasive Independent Finance Professional with a strong analytical and financial background, combining sound commercial judgement, logic and innovation, as a driving force in business profitability and strategic direction. Particularly skilled in all aspects of acquisition and divestment, financial controls and reporting, procurement and business development initiatives.

Highly respected contributor to key decision–making processes, operating well within the executive team, yet challenging where further debate or clarity is beneficial. Focuses on delivery of the outcome within agreed process framework. A professional, friendly, inclusive and consultative style that both develops and sustains excellent internal and external relationships. I am now retired from mainstream activity but am still at a stage where I feel my previous experience and skills can have some value to an organisation. I want that organisation to be community based as the sense of fulfillment and enjoyment I got from my last role running a project for the Department of Health is something that resonates with me still.

Trustee (Former Chair till 2016)

Mrs. Nan Goodall

Start date: 2004 Trustee: 19/7/06

I am a retired administrator I have been a trustee from the beginning of the service I was at the first consultation meeting on the original steering group and was then appointed chair until 2016. As a long term carer for many years for my mum, then husband and now my son I feel it is vitally important that carers can access help with the many problems that beset them, be it financial, social or health wise during their caring roles

I set up the Ewoods 1st Community Organisation around 1992/1993. At the same time Ewood Park Football Stadium was being developed

I was also Ewood church facilities group founder and caretaker

I helped set up Blackburn with Darwen Photography Group, I am currently treasurer


Mr. James Hadleigh

Start Date: 10/7/12

I have worked in the sector now for 15 years, working predominantly at a regional level for various organisations and as a result I have a good knowledge of a wide range of charities and their operations across the North West.  Prior to my appointment as manager at Care Network, my background was in funding support for Third Sector organisations – my role as Director of Development at North West Network saw us support Third Sector organisations in the North West region to access over £80 million  in ESF and ERDF grants over the 2000 – 2006 programme to deliver projects.  In this role I also represented the regional Third Sector at European governance level, advocating on behalf of the sector with Government Office North West, the Skills Funding Agency (latterly LSC) and the North West Development Agency. 

I have previously been a trustee for a number of charities, including Jigsaw Partnerships (based in the Ribble Valley) and Coldwell Activity Centre in Nelson.  I also am actively involved (although not a trustee) in securing funding for Stable Trading Ltd, a Social Enterprise again based in the Ribble Valley.  As a result I have a thorough understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.

The above underlines, I believe, my commitment to the role of the Third Sector in providing a range of services for the public benefit.  Without the sector, and our collective ability to “fill the gaps” in provision, society would be in a much poorer state.


Mr. Marc Kirker

Start date: 25/1/21

I’ve worked in the insurance industry for nearly 26 years and have accumulated a wide and varied knowledge from claims to broking, including underwriting elements (creating and running own binding authorities), running teams of people and setting up my own insurance brokerage.

Coupled with my knowledge and extremely hardworking ethic, I have a deep knowledge of risk management and how this translates to resilience against loss and/or mitigating any potential claims.

Due to my previous background I have feel I bring strong business/commercial acumen along with marketing skills. I also have a wealth of business contacts that can be ‘tapped into’.

In addition to this I have a strong knowledge of the charitable sector given my previous experience.

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