Val Hewison was the CEO of Carers Leeds, the vital support service for Carers throughout Leeds.

Working at a strategic and at a local level, Val led Carers Leeds for over 15 years. Her determination and hard work transformed the support available to carers by working together with other services in Leeds to develop a single Point of Access service.

The positive impact that had for the 72,000 unpaid carers focused Val’s determination to ensure every carer is recognised and supported to continue caring if they wish. This passion for supporting carers was developed through Val’s personal experiences as a carer and her extensive qualifications in social care and management.

In recognition of her dedication, in working with and supporting unpaid carers across Leeds, Val Hewison was presented with the prestigious Leeds Award by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan in 2021. Val has recently retired from her role as CEO of Carers Leeds, where she led the organisation to national and international acclaim as a beacon of best leadership and support to unpaid carers.

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