Abbey Middle School Bedford

Our Directors

Carers in Bedfordshire is managed by a Board of Directors/Trustees. The Board consists of adult carers, a young adult carer, former carers and retired professionals all of whom are volunteers. They come from many diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of skills, knowledge, understanding and experience.

Anne Grant


Anne became the Chair of our Board in early 2011. Anne was a research biochemist in a past life but after marrying and having a family went into teaching. Her husband had a severely disabling stroke in 1992 leaving him a quadriplegic without speech and since then she has been involved in all aspects of being a carer. Anne has been a Trustee of Carers in Bedfordshire since 2004 and she ran our telephone befriending service once a week for several years phoning carers to see if there were any problems we could help with. Anne also helps run a pudding club for carers in her village and edits her local village magazine.

Gill Barton

Director / Trustee

Gill has been a carer for her husband Ray for 20 years as he suffers from Progressive MS. In the past she has worked in various roles within the departments of wages and accounts. While her children were young Gill worked in the playgroup environment as a parent helper, a group leader and finally become Chair of the Bedford Pre-school Playgroup Association. The role of a carer has always been in her life.

Winifred Douglas

Win spent her working life as a state registered nurse and was running Oasis residential home for the elderly until she retired. She now helps care for her daughter who suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006. Win has much experience in carers issues and has volunteered to join our Board of Directors.

Jim Rose

Before Jim retired he worked in many fields but latterly as a Project Contracts Officer for British Gas. Jim became the main carer for his wife in 2005 after her stroke. Joyce sadly passed away in November 2009 since which time Jim has helped us at cafes and support groups alike.

Michael Frampton

Michael is now retired but was until 2006 a consultant ENT surgeon at Bedford Hospital and until 2012 part time consultant at L&D hospital. Before moving to Bedford in 1989, he had served for 16 years in the Royal Navy, retiring in the rank of Surgeon Commander, during which time he was medical officer in the submarine service before training to be an ENT surgeon. He has experience of personnel management and of handling large budgets both from his time in the RN and as Clinical Director at Bedford Hospital. Michael is now also a member of the War Pensions Tribunal.

Graham Mills

Graham became a director and trustee of Carers in Bedfordshire in November 2014. He had recently retired from a major UK-based company where he was a strategy director. He brings broad industry experience to the board, after contributing to several major innovations in digital media and communications. He continues to play a leading role in DVB, the industry group for worldwide digital TV standards, where he chairs one of DVB’s working groups. He is a qualified ‘Observer’ with the Institute of Advanced Motorists, coaching new members to pass their advanced driving test. Graham lives in north Bedfordshire and he has an honours degree in engineering from Cambridge, an MBA from Cranfield and is a Chartered Engineer (MIET).

Barry Wootton


Barry retired in 2006 in Bedford following an international finance management career with a major chemical company. During this time his family maintained a Bedofrd home base for over 30 years. Since his retirement he has retained his interest in financial affairs via a non Executive Directorhsip with a UK government agency and a small number of prop bono financial roles. Barry initially served as a Director of Carers in Bedfordshire until September 2012 and has rejoined the board from November 2014.

Steve Peacey

Steve started his career at Mark Rutherford School as a Geography teacher. After two years he moved to Kettering as Head of Geography and then to Luton. He spent 23 years in Luton and in that time became Deputy Headteacher. In September 2001 he moved to Abbey Middle School in Bedford as Headteacher and took the school out of special measures. He then returned to Mark Rutherford and Acting Headteacher and then became Headteacher in 2007. Steve has always enjoyed playing sports, in particular rugby, football and badminton as well as squash, tennis, skiing, snowboarding and walking.

Emma Wilkinson

Emma is a mother of two teenage children and works as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire. She manages research projects and develops and designs new research bids for funding (from the Department of Health's National Institute for Health Research or from the charity sector). She writes research papers about her findingd which get published in various health related journals. She has worked previously as a researcher and manager in the NHS Bedfordshire and also a researcher and consultant for the Tavistock Institute in London. Emma has personal experience of caring for her brother who has learning difficulties.

Interesting facts:

Abbey Middle School is a middle school in Cauldwell area of Bedford, Bedfordshire. The school caters for children aged 9-13, in National Curriculum Years 5-8, corresponding to the later parts of Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6) and the earlier parts of Key Stage 3 (Years...

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