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Speaker Biography

Carole Cochrane

Chief Executive, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Carole Cochrane has enjoyed a lengthy, exciting and successful career within the voluntary sector, initially with Volunteer Bureaux and for the past 16 years working at a senior level supporting carers.
Carole first became involved with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers as a centre manager, establishing North Tyneside Carers Centre. In 1998 Carole moved back to London to work on establishing Carers Centres in South East England. She developed training programmes to support the Network and delivered a Lottery Funded Network Consultancy Scheme. She also represented The Trust as a working group member on the Carers Strategy.
Carole maintains a passion for Community Development and for Pioneering new ways of working. In her role as Assistant Director Operations in the North, Carole combined Fundraising and Operations with her operational responsibilities covering Northern England, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Wales. She was responsible for developing and delivering the highly valued Breaks for Carers, held annually at Pontin’s, Blackpool.
Carole was appointed as Acting Chief Executive to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in January 2008 and became the permanent Chief Executive later that year.