Meet the Trustees

Alison Marshall : Trustees

Alison Marshall


Alison joined the Board of Trustees in April 2014.  She was previously a teacher and manager in a Further Education College, with responsibility for learning support and health and social care training.

Caroline Timmins : Trustee

Caroline Timmins


Caroline is a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience in Public and Private Sector.  She has worked within the United Nations, Home Office and at Transport for London. She trained in the Music Industry and has enjoyed many years as a choral society member.  Caroline recently moved to West Sussex and is married with two small boys and a British Bulldog. 

Louise Myles : Chair of Trustees

Louise Myles

Chair of Trustees

After an early career in advertising and marketing, Louise ran a management consultancy and was a director of a publishing house. She now uses her experience in business to help young people prepare for the world of work and to fundraise for the Watoto Trust and St Catherine’s Building Fund. Having had two short periods of caring for terminally ill relatives,  she now better appreciates how demanding the role of being a full time, long term carer must be and just how much of a lifeline the services of Crossroads Care are to the many carers in the region.

Simon Cole : Trustee

Simon Cole


Simon was appointed as a Trustee in January 2016.  He has a background of scientific research working initially for Rentokil and subsequently with the Wellcome Foundation in South America.  He then moved into health and safety working for Crawley Borough Council.  His interest in care comes from family care commitments.  He has seen at first hand the need for support and respite for all those who care full time.  He would like to thank John Robinson and Helen Frazer for introducing him to Crossroads Care South Central

Hannah Robins : Trustee

Hannah Robins


Hannah worked on HMRC Online Services Programme (IR before merger with Customs & Excise) as a Finance and Investment Manager from 2004- 2007. She was responsible for assuring effective financial management and investment of funds of a £2bn budget over several years which was allocated for the development for online services for HMRC. She was on the SMT for the programme & managed a small team.  She took early retirement from this post as part of the general reduction in management staff following the merger of IR and HMCE.

At the IR Special Compliance Office she acted as the Deputy Director Corporate Support. She was responsible for Investigating change requirements and implementing a new Corporate Support Business Stream as part of a major reorganisation of SCO work and people from 2003- 2004.


On secondment from IR to the charity Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, Hannah worked on the following areas in 2002 -2003.

  • Project managing Disability Review.
  • Worked with IR to implement Student recommendations.
  • Introducing financial and risk management processes. 
  • Learning to see IR from low income customers’ perspective

Hannah joined Mid Downs Crossroads as a trustee the year after she retired.  She was interested in becoming a trustee, she believed the cause served was particularly worthwhile and was interested in the fact that the scheme was in negotiation to merge with 2 other schemes in West Sussex.  She enjoyed taking part in facilitating the merger, and in particular using her experience in risk management to help the organisation to tackle the barriers that could prevent the merger being effective, and had no hesitation in moving across to the new larger scheme and supporting its growth year on year. She wanted to apply her skills and knowledge to help the charity evolve and grow so as to meet the needs of carers,  'without whose praiseworthy shouldering of responsibilities for their loved ones this country would struggle!' Hannah's own quote.

Qualifications that are helpful to the organiastion include an MBA which she took in 2000 and a professional accounting qualification from 1985.  She is particularly happy to apply her knowledge and experience of strategic management, change management and risk management. Hannah brings an understanding of the national picture, having spent a short time on the board of the national Crossroads Association before its merger with Princess Royal Trust for Carers to become Carers Trust, of which Crossroads Care South Central is now a Network Partner.  For the following year she was also part of the national Partnership Forum.  As a trustee of CCSC, before taking on the chair, she has taken a lead on matters involving strategic planning.  She has also had the benefit of some training on trusteeship matters which has been helpful.  Hannah has lived in West Sussex since 1980. In earlier parts of her  financial management career she worked for Brighton Borough Council and Adur District Council, which remains helpful in understanding how local government works.

David Parker : Trustee

David Parker


David Parker joined the organisation very early on when there was no Crossroads Care scheme in West Sussex.  He saw a need for such a scheme as he was caring for his wife at the time.  He accepted an invitation to attend a meeting to see if a branch could be formed in Worthing.  At the end of that meeting, a small committee was formed to take this venture forward.  He then joined the committee as a volunteer.

Being a  former Carer and Joint Consultative Representative for Worthing and the fact that David is disabled himself gives strength to his understanding of what carers and the cared for need to play a part in the community.

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