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David McCullagh photo 2015David McCullagh

David has been involved with Carers Trust Thames, previously Crossroads, since 1995, when he started supporting the Buckingham and Winslow charity. He is currently Chair of the Board with responsibility for working with the Chief Executive and the Board to achieve our strategic objectives.

David is Chair of his Parish Council and sits on the Board of the Kingston Community Shop, of which Carers Trust Thames is a beneficiary. David is very hands on in this role and works tirelessly to support the staff and volunteers of the shop.

After a degree in agriculture David spent his working life as an agronomist, helping farmers in all aspects of their crop production.

Stephen Sharples 2015Stephen Sharples
Vice-Chair and Secretary

Stephen and his family have been linked with Carers Trust Thames for over 30 years.  Hillingdon Crossroads helped care for his disabled son in the early 1980s and his late wife, Francette, was on the committee that set up South Bucks Crossroads in 1986, continuing as a trustee until the merger with Aylesbury and Wycombe Crossroads in 2007. Carers Trust Thames provided care for Francette in 2016 so Stephen has recent experience as a carer and as a beneficiary of the charity’s services.

Stephen has been a trustee for many years, firstly with South Bucks Crossroads and through many mergers and changes.  Stephen is Company Secretary and Vice-Chair of Trustees, as well as sitting on the Finance and Governance Sub-Committee.

Stephen’s professional career was with National Air Traffic Services and the Civil Aviation Authority, as an engineer and then as the Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental Adviser. In 2003 Stephen became an assessor for the Health and Social Care NVQs/Diplomas, which he continues to do for Carers Trust Thames pro bono. 

Hassan copyHassan Mehmood

Hassan joined Carers Trust Thames as its Treasurer in November 2015. He has volunteered for various charities including Young Enterprise, the Big Issue Foundation and the Earthwatch Institute. As a carer himself, he is passionate about providing relief for carers and making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Hassan has a banking and taxation background, built after working for HSBC and currently for HMRC. Hassan has recently passed his ACCA exams and has now become an ACCA affiliate. As part of his Treasurer role he chairs the Finance and Governance Sub-Committee.

Ijaz Iqbal 2015Ijaz Iqbal

Ijaz joined Carers Trust Thames in January 2015 as a Trustee after being a mentor to one of the charity’s Area Managers for three years previously. Ijaz serves on the HR Strategy Sub-Committee of the organization to assist with strategic staffing matters and has recently joined the Finance and Governance Sub-Committee.

Ijaz is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants after qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1973. He worked in the oil industry and retired after 35 years as a Director of Treasury, Tax and Planning for an American oil company. Since April 2013, Ijaz has volunteered with Citizens Advice as an adviser and helps vulnerable people with their debt, benefit and housing problems.


Stephen Otter photoStephen Otter

Stephen has been a Trustee for many years, starting with Hillingdon Crossroads and moving to Carers Trust Thames when the charities merged. He currently chairs the HR Strategy Sub-Committee. His family was the recipient of care and support from Hillingdon Crossroads, and he has always felt a keen need to support other carers.

Stephen’s career includes 30 years management experience in the aviation industry, in a variety of operational and strategic senior roles. He was worked on mergers and acquisitions, TUPE, policy development, employee relations, communications and all aspects of employment law. More recently Stephen developed expertise in change, project management and planning for London Underground, and now works as an HR Consultant.

Stephen is Chair of Healthwach Hillingdon. He has previously worked as an adviser for Citizens Advice and been a panel chair for Investors in People.


Pauline Irons

Pauline became a Trustee for Crossroads Hillingdon in 2005 and served as Chair for 5 years, and then joined the Board of Carers Trust Thames after the charities merged. Pauline has also received support from the charity in the past, after her family member received care.

Pauline spent 25 years working in FTSE 100 companies at a senior level, and also worked with Brunel University on their MBA programme and as a business consultant for 12 years.


Michael Burleigh

Michael moved to Buckinghamshire in 2014 and sought an opportunity to volunteer with a local charity whilst working full time.  The work that Carers Trust Thames does in helping support unpaid carers and their cared for within the local community was of particular interest and led to him joining as a Trustee in July 2017.

Michael is a Human Resources professional primarily working in the energy industry and a Chartered Member of the C.I.P.D.  He is also a member of the HR Strategy Sub-Committee.


Tony Bull

After 20 years working for a major computer manufacturer, including roles as Marketing Manager for Europe and Director of East and SE Europe Region, Tony successfully led a Marketing and Sales Management Consultancy for many years, mainly supporting IT and professional services companies. Latterly he worked as an Interim Manager focused on Business Planning and Business Development in the NHS and Education sectors. Now retired, he is a Trustee of High Wycombe Citizens Advice as well as Carers Trust Thames.

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