Charlotte Moretto

OPAAL Chair

Charlotte is a Barrister specialising in the field of personal injury law. She is also a Director of Chaptercare Limited, which operates a residential care home in East Yorkshire. In the voluntary sector, Charlotte has five years’ experience as a governor in two different schools.

Charlotte has now been involved within the care sector for seven years, as a result of which she has knowledge of working within a statutory framework and some of the issues facing older people. As an employer, Charlotte also has practical experience of employment issues.

Charlotte has four children and lives in Cambridgeshire. She is a new trustee to OPAAL and is very much looking forward to contributing to the mission of the organisation.

Carol Gibbons

Carol currently works at Macmillan Cancer Support. In her time at Macmillan she has held a variety of posts, focusing on patient and carer engagement and involvement, peer support and self-management, and in these roles she has managed people, projects and budgets.

Carol is a registered and qualified social worker with experience in generic social work, child protection both in office hours and as part of out of hours team and as an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act.

She has worked as an Inspection and Registration Officer inspecting and registering residential care in an outer London borough and acted as a lay assessor for the Quality Outcomes Framework in primary care.

Carol is currently an accredited assessor for Investing in Volunteers.

From the late 1980s to the mid-1990s she managed a range of community based social care, befriending, welfare rights and practical support services provided by a mixed team of paid staff and volunteers for people living with HIV/AIDS in London.

Before joining Macmillan, Carol was the Director of a charity which contract managed community care services for older and physically disabled adults and people with mental health problems and learning disabilities in an inner London borough.

Dave Bradshaw

Dave has been Project Co-ordinator with Sandwell Advocacy (based in the West Midlands) since 2002. He also has a keen interest in the promotion and development of informal Citizen Advocacy and is on the board of the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes.

Dave has many years’ experience of delivering frontline community based advocacy projects and is passionate about meaningfully involving volunteers in its delivery.

Eileen Rudden

Eileen continues to work as an advocate for older people living with dementia and has been with Age UK for the last 18 years. During this time she has also been a volunteer with Citizens Advice.

Previously her career was in Special Educational Needs working as a senior teacher in a large London Comprehensive.

Currently Eileen is involved in facilitating and initiating projects to encourage creative activities for older people in hospital discharge wards and care homes.

Kay Keane

Kay has been employed in the NHS for all her career, working at a national level for many years she is now Practice Business Manager at Alvanley Family Practice in Woodley, Stockport.

As a practice they are particularly interested in social prescribing and have gained national recognition for the work that they have done, lead by Kay, in this area. Kay received an honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of the Arts earlier this year (FRSA) in recognition of her work to bring about social change. As much of her work is to bring about changes to support patients as they are receiving care closer to home Kay feels it important to ensure that good advocacy services are available to everyone, particularly older people.

Outside of work Kay is an avid allotmenteer and traveller in her camper van.