This is the forum for partners within Carers Matter Norfolk to come together and:

  • Review how the partnership works;
  • Take major strategic decisions about the service;
  • Review in outline service performance;
  • Approve or decline proposals from the Performance and Development Group.

It is equally split in membership between the senior partners leads and officers and five carer representatives; one for local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group area.

The Partnership Steering Group meets every 6-8 weeks and is chaired by Alan Hopley with Sharon Brooks as Vice-Chair.

Membership Officers

  • Alan Hopley, Chief Executive, Voluntary Norfolk
  • Sharon Brooks, Chief Officer, Carers Voice Norfolk & Waveney
  • Simon Brown, Chief Executive, FamilyCarersNet
  • Christine Futter, Chief Operating Officer, Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support
  • Maria Plumb, Service Manager, Carers Matter Norfolk

Carer Representatives

  • Joy Salter (East Norfolk)
  • Lesley Bonshor (North Norfolk)
  • Jay Page (Norwich)
  • Malcolm Court (South Norfolk)
  • Tracey Sismy (West Norfolk)


  • Costessey Centre, 1 Longwater Lane, Costessey, Norwich, NR8 5AH – All meetings are from 10.30am – 1:30pm


  • TBC

For further information or details, please contact Maria Plumb, Service Manager: 01603 614474 / or Sharon Brooks, Chief Officer, Carers Voice: 07506 768405 /