The Who Cares Campaign Working Policy Group

The Who Cares Campaign working policy group have been working together for the past 2 years to draft policies and recommendations that will support young carers in education, health and other local services. 

Their findings and recommendations will be published later this year and their drafted policies will be piloted in Greater Manchester in Autumn 2021. 

Find out more about the Who Cares Campaign and how to get involved at

Who's Who?


Emma is am a Community Care and Public Law solicitor and is currently Head of Health & Social Care Law at Central England Law Centre. Emma has represented clients in wide-ranging cases concerning challenges to cuts in services, securing appropriate support for disabled people and carers, and accessing help and support for vulnerable children and care leavers. Emma's current role includes providing Public Legal Education to help health and social care services users and their carers understand, pursue and enforce their legal rights.

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Karen is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and a Registered General Nurse whose career spans nearly 40 years in health care. Karen also has a Masters in Science, in Mental Health (with Merit ) achieved at Kings College, London. Karen also hold a certificate in Management.

Karen says: 'I like to think that I am creative, enthusiastic, and innovative leader with a proven track record of achievement in implementing change successfully. I am a strategic thinker with effective management leadership skills and an excellent communicator with the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships at all levels. I pride myself at being able to work creatively within a team, I am also self-motivated and action orientated. I have is experienced in working in a variety of clinical areas and an advocate for multidisciplinary, multi-agency approaches to patient care, service promotion, health promotion and workforce development.

By the way I love to sing, cook and dance ... sometimes all at the same time!'

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Karen Hutchinson


Lance is a nurse by background and has 15 years’ experience of social enterprise. In 2000, he was awarded an MBE for services to primary care nursing. Lance specialises in governance and is an advisor to the government on public sector mutuals and social enterprise. He has lead four successful care related businesses, including the first nurse-led primary care practice in Salford. His other previous posts include Chief Executive of Care Plus Group and Executive Lead for Older People at Locala. During 2017 he was an independent management consultant working mainly in housing and care of older people. Prior to joining Salford Primary Care Together, Lance was Clinical Director and Chair of Be Caring.

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Lance Gardner MBE


A native of Nashville, Tennessee, USA and a Vanderbilt University alumna, Feylyn is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex. She, along with University of Sussex Provost Professor Saul Becker are co-leading, in partnership with Carers Trust, the United Kingdom research activities of a nearly €4 million European Commission funded research project to investigate the mental health well-being of adolescent young carers in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Feylyn is also a nationally certified mental health counselor (USA) and a former young carer for her disabled mother. Her doctoral research at the University of Birmingham focused on the identity development of young adult caregivers living in the United Kingdom and United States; it is also the largest qualitative research project involving young adult carers undertaken in the United States and the only UK-USA comparative research project involving young carers. Her research with young carers has taken her around the world, presenting in places as diverse as Miami, Zurich, and Ljubljana, and in front of audiences as varied as schoolchildren in Nashville to academics and policy experts in Sydney, Australia. While continuing to build impact through research, she remains committed to raising the profile of young carers through blog writing, podcasts, and speaking engagements across the globe.

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Dr Feylin Lewis
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Zeena Rashid


Zeena has taught in a range of secondary schools and currently teaches Drama in a non-selective state school in South Yorkshire, and has held pastoral and leadership roles. Zeena loves teaching and learning and has worked in primary and post 16 settings too. Zeena is the Vice Chair of National Drama and Chair of the theatre company Lung. Zeena studied at Bretton Hall, Homerton and Central School, and has AST and Leadership certification. Zeena enjoys delivering workshops and writing, and highlights include BSME 2017, Expo in London, local networks and lockdown zooms.