Emily Holzhausen OBE

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

Emily leads on Carers UK policy and media work and was responsible for Carers UK’s Advice and Information services for 15 years. She has worked on numerous pieces of legislation, securing carers’ rights as well as protecting them and has undertaken over 40 pieces of research with carers, leading to change. Having led the campaign to win essential rights for carers at the point of hospital discharge, she is currently leading Carer’s UK’s campaign around the Carer’s Leave Bill. She’s a member of the International Alliance of Carer Organisations Committee, on the Eurocarers Board and a Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance. She has been part of the COVID-19 response in the UK, including co-chairing the Carers Advisory Group for the Government’s Adult Social Care COVID-19 Taskforce and worked on vaccine roll-out for carers.  Emily has been at Carers UK since 1996 and was awarded an OBE by the HM The Queen in 2015 for services to carers.