My name is Tony Woods and I am the Chair of Kingston Carers' Network. I started my career as a research scientist and lecturer at St. Georges University London but for the last 20 years I have been working full time in the charitable sector - most of that time as a Senior Manager at the Wellcome Trust. I have also been Chief Executive of Genesis Research Trust (2013-2016) - a charity based at Imperial College London that specialises in the health of women and babies, and have worked for the MS Society and Guy's and St. Thomas Charity. I currently lead a Creative Health project for Wellcome and King's College London.
I was attracted to the role as Chair of KCN because it is a charity that achieves extraordinary things on a limited budget and has huge potential to make even more impact in an area of great need and declining funding from health and social care budgets. The staff are truly dedicated to the cause and the board fully engaged with steering the charity in the right direction. I also live in Kingston so volunteering locally is very important to me. When I am not working I spend most of my time with my wife and 2 teenage sons - standing on rugby and football touchlines or walking/running in Richmond Park. My other passion is football (Blackburn Rovers).