Our Trustees

Carers Gloucestershire is governed by a board of trustee directors, the Chair and Vice-Chair of which are elected and appointed annually from the serving directors. The board requires a minimum of eight and maximum of twelve directors.

Simon Probert - Chairman

Simon has worked with numerous charities over the last twenty years. He joined the Board of Trustees of Carers Gloucestershire in 2006, becoming Vice Chairman two years later and Chairman in 2012. He also chairs the charity’s Communications and Fundraising Sub-Committee.

Away from Carers Gloucestershire he runs a busy music teaching practice. A passionate supporter of the arts and education, he was elected a fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce earlier this year and is also an active Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.



Di Billingham - Vice Chair

Originally from Hertfordshire, Di moved to Gloucestershire in 1990 and has raised her family, a son and a daughter in Cheltenham. She worked for 12 years in local government leisure and management before moving to the NHS in 2004 to work in public health. She currently works for Gloucestershire County Council as a Lead Commissioner for Public Health.

Di has been involved with a wide variety of voluntary sector organisations including Sandford Parks Lido Trust (former Director), Active Gloucestershire (former Director) and her local scout group as Chair. She supported her mother as secondary carer for her father, who lived with Alzheimer’s for seven years. Di has served on the Board since 2012 and became Vice Chair in 2014.


David Newcombe - Treasurer

David was born in Cheltenham and most of his extended family still live in the area. However as a youngster, David moved around the country when his father was relocated as he progressed in his job, but returned to Gloucestershire some 40 years ago when he got married. David and his wife Irene have three children who are all grown up and now live away from home.

David is a Chartered Accountant and has enjoyed a long career, mostly in industry, working as the Finance Director of a number of medium sized companies. In 2012 he took semi-retirement but remains active in the commercial world as the Non-Executive Chairman of a number of private companies.


Heather Beer - Trustee

Heather has worked as a senior manager in the NHS for the past 15 years, most recently as Head of Patient Experience at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHSFT. After doing a degree in biological sciences, she completed a nursing qualification and subsequently worked in intensive care units and a regional Neurosciences Specialist Hospital, caring for acutely ill patients with brain and spinal injuries.

Her career includes spells in both charitable and private sectors. She has also completed a Master’s in Public Health and worked at a Research institution in New Zealand. Having had experience as a young carer whilst growing up, she is now married with two children and has lived in Gloucestershire for the last 20 years.


Martin Freeman - Trustee

Martin spent his childhood years in Gloucester before his family moved to Buckinghamshire. Martin then studied at Bristol University Medical School and following his graduation undertook numerous hospital jobs around the South West. He moved to Cam, Dursley as a GP in 1979 where he worked until retirement from the practice in 2012.

Martin retired from General Practice in 2012 but was then appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust until October 2016. He joined the Board of Carers Gloucestershire in 2013.


David Hilton - Trustee

David came to Gloucestershire fifty years ago and for the next seventeen years worked as a teacher in a Comprehensive school developing a particular interest in pastoral matters. He then spent a period in Gloucestershire College teacher training including participation in the multicultural links with Birmingham schools.

In the second half of his career he worked for a hi-tech start-up company writing mathematical algorithms to protect the security of images, primarily to reduce fraud in digitised U.S. cheque transactions and authenticate forensic data. David made many presentations of technical issues in an international marketplace and worked extensively on patent issues. Much of the time since retirement he has spent with his many grandchildren and is keenly interested in the provision of services for children. David has been a Trustee since 2008.


Rosemary Lynn - Trustee

Rosemary has worked in industry, the private and charitable sectors and also ran her own business for a number of years after the birth of her son. Having spent her childhood and young adult years moving round the country, she settled in Gloucestershire in 1985 where, among other things, she helped build an underground house in which she lived for seven years. 

Rosemary then worked for 16 years in local government where her responsibilities as a senior manager included health and wellbeing services, focussing particularly on supporting older people and those with dementia.  She cared for her husband with dementia for six years and now works part-time with the Care Quality Commission. 



Andrew Cotterill - Trustee

Andrew has lived in Gloucestershire for many years. He is a carer for his mum who has suffered from dementia for several years. His career was primarily at GCHQ, beginning as a physicist. He has had many roles including leading large R&D teams, working in programme management and has been a technical director. Externally he ran his own buy-to-let business.

In the past he has been a volunteer person-centred counsellor and more recently he was a trustee for the South-Cotswolds RSPCA. For Carers Gloucestershire he continues as a surgery link visitor. His many interests include long distance walking, running, 5-rhythms dance, archery, table tennis, bird watching, nature photography, travel and is a life member of the National Trust, English Heritage and the RSPB.


Dame Janet Trotter DBE CVO - Honorary President

Dame Janet Trotter was born and educated in Kent, moving to Cheltenham in 1986 to lead the College of St Paul and St Mary which, after merger, became the University of Gloucestershire.

She has served as a Senior Inspector of Theological Colleges and Courses and was also involved in the NHS in various non-executive capacities.

Dame Jane is President of Carers Gloucestershire, Age UK Gloucestershire and is a member of the Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral where she has a particular interest in Governance and outreach.

She was awarded an OBE (1991) and a DBE (2001) and a former Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.