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I worked in local government for forty two and a half years, and latterly in Social Services in Gwent County Council and Caerphilly CBC. My role in the last few years was as a Contracts Manager for domiciliary care and residential and nursing care. I was much involved in liaising with Providers and working to deal with performance issues. I also managed a team for most of the last 25 years of my paid service.
I got involved with Carers Trust South East Wales and its predecessors because I felt that they had a particular part to play in caring for people who care for others. I enjoy meeting carers and their families and ascertaining how they find our services. I also have a long background in the public sector with committee and governance work.
I enjoy travelling and reading about travel, particularly railway journeys. My wife and I enjoy cruising and longer haul holidays, which have taken us to Europe, Canada and more recently, New Zealand.
My favourite food can vary - Italian, Indian or whatever - but I enjoy any food!
Registered Care Manager
I have over 27 years’ experience working in health and social care settings, across private, local authority and the third sector. This includes 19 years with Carers Trust as a carer support worker, care coordinator, and for the past 11 years registered care manager.
I have had caring possibilities for the last 10 years and appreciate how difficult a caring role can be whilst in employment.
Meatballs, pasta with my daughter’s signature homemade tomato sauce with a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.
Carers Wellbeing Manager
I have 16 years’ experience of person-centred 1-2-1 and group work. Working on a needs led basis to provide appropriate, outcome based support, in partnership with various services for those experiencing a mental health problem and their carers.
I have fourteen years’ experience managing staff and projects within the field of mental health. I'm experienced in leading a team of staff to provide work, training, support and guidance to individuals recovering from a serious mental illness and their carers.
I've worked for Carers Trust South East Wales for five years.
I enjoy spending time with my family, going on adventures, dancing like no one is watching and generally being a bit silly!
My favourite food is whatever my husband cooks for me! I don’t do cooking.
Corporate Services Manager
I was born and brought up in Cardiff, where I still live. I originally trained as a hairdresser upon leaving school however after having my second child I retrained for a number of years, gaining a HNC in Computer Studies. The new qualifications enabled me to secure my first office role in March 2000. I have 20 years’ experience in an office environment which also includes managerial responsibility.
I am passionate about helping others and enjoy my role at Carers Trust South East Wales. Working together to improve the life of carers in Wales and seeing first-hand how our work and intervention help people is very rewarding.
I like to challenge myself and look for new experiences. Over the past few years I've been involved with walking challenges, skiing, running and climbing mountains. All just for fun! When I am not doing something new and crazy I enjoy spending time with my family.
Cake, cake and more cake!
Senior Marketing and Communications Manager
I joined Carers Trust South East Wales in 2018 having spent the previous decade working in housing. I’ve worked in communications for 15 years and really enjoy working across the marketing mix in a lively, creative environment. I manage the marketing and communications for Carers Trust South East Wales and oversee everything from press relations and brand management to digital communications and design.
I’m a keen photographer and lucky to be able to put this to use in my work. I enjoy being outside - camping, cycling, football and walking the dog.
Tricky one as it changes all the time. I love a good curry, love Japanese food, pizza, tapas.
Director of Services
I have worked for Carers Trust South East Wales for 11 years. I oversee services that provide direct support or influences change for carers of all ages.
Before I joined Carers Trust South East Wales I worked for four years as Care Support Worker in a care home, supporting adults with profound learning difficulties and before that I worked as an outdoor activities instructor.
I feel we are an organisation that refuses to stand still and accept the status quo, we always challenge the norm and live our values. CTSEW always puts carers at the heart of all of our services.
Planning and going on holiday - I’ll go pretty much anywhere, but my preferences are somewhere very hot, or very snowy so I can ski. I enjoy going out with my friends and family and love going to amazing restaurants for excellent food.
Shellfish and anything spicy!
I spent twenty two years in the armed forces, comprising fifteen years in the RAF as a ground electrician working on a variety of equipment like aircraft ground generating sets, vehicle electrics, blood hound missiles, air sea rescue launches and aircraft batteries. I spent seven years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers working on vehicles and generators.
In my civilian life I worked on Commodore 64 computers, then ran own business building and repairing computers. I’ve worked as a county councillor for Monmouth for 18 years.
I enjoy walking my dog, not as far as I used to as old age is slowing me down, helping to raise pheasants.
Chief Operations Officer
I am the reasonably New Head of Finance and IT. I have worked in Finance, since finishing College back in 1992, primarily in NHS, Housing and Charitable organisations. I dabbled for a couple of years in the Mechanical and Engineering field before moving to Carers Trust South East Wales at the start of 2019.
I have a number of interests outside of work including playing squash and badminton (in the Gwent league) I am also the Group Scout Leader for 1st Panteg Scout Group with around 120 children. On Saturday mornings, you can sometimes find me volunteering with Pontypool Park Friends either weeding, collection rubbish, clearing footpaths or wading in the river to retrieve shopping trolleys!
Food is my most favourite subject! I am usually planning my next meal when eating the current one. At this moment in time I would say my favourite food would be a nice medium rare steak with triple cooked chips and followed with a large portion of apple crumble.
Bridgend Carers Wellbeing Manager
My role as Carers Wellbeing Manager involves overseeing the delivery of a local authority commissioned service for carers. I love my job because I see the real impact of these support services every day, and I am passionate about working with carers to develop the services they want. Previous to working for CTSEW, I managed a number of community regeneration, education and employability projects in both the public and private sectors, as well as the third sector.
When I’m not playing the role of taxi driver to my teenage daughter, I enjoy running (slowly!) and volunteer at a local community project that works with disadvantaged girls aged between 11 and 16. I’m also a book worm - my prized possession being my collection of rare Dickens classics.
I’m going to have to go with the good old British classics… because everyone loves pie, mash and gravy, right?
Head of Respite and Short Breaks
I worked for 20 years in the horse racing & breeding industry in the UK, Ireland, Kentucky and Italy, with famous horses including Cape Cross (Champion racehorse & sire of two Epsom Derby winners).
I started an award winning nursery-equipment business from home in 2006 and then re-trained as a care & support worker in 2013. In 2016 I graduated from University of South Wales with a 1:1 BSc (Hons) degree in Health and Social Care Management with a focus on relationship-based social care. I am also a registered manager with Social Care Wales.
I love horses, dogs, cats & guinea pigs amongst other animals (not spiders) and I enjoy riding my horse on the mountains at weekends. My children & I also enjoy beach holidays in West Wales whenever possible.
My favourite food is chocolate of any kind!
Carer Friendly Wales Manager
I joined Carers Trust South East Wales in October 2018 as a Carers Engagement Officer, after working in a variety of roles in the third sector, supporting a wide range of people from older people in Cardiff to young offenders in London. Now in the role of Carer Friendly Wales Manager, my work is focused on making information and support available to carers in all kinds of settings across Wales. It’s a big task and it’s one that I am very passionate about. One of the most common things I’ve heard from carers throughout my career is ‘I wish I’d know this sooner.’ My role, ultimately, is to help carers get the information they need at the earliest possible opportunity.
I love working for the Carers Trust South East Wales: a strong team, with strong values and we really do put carers at the heart of everything we do.
I spend the majority of my time outside of work eating and drinking with friends and family. Luckily for my waist line I also love to run and get some fresh air in my lungs on a regular basis. Apart from running, you could say I’m ‘indoorsy.’ My absolute favourite hobby is planning and going on holidays. I’m not the backpacking type though! It’s definitely holidaying, not travelling.
Possibly the hardest question of all time: I just love food. Here's my three course death row menu:
Starter – Coco Pops with cold semi skimmed milk
Main – Chicken fajitas with all the trimmings and extra guacamole
Dessert – Chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream
Young Carers Manager
I have worked for Carers Trust South East Wales for the past 11 years, working with young carers. My role has changed over the 11 years. I initially worked directly with young carers, supporting them with their education, helping them to take regular breaks from caring and acting as an advocate as and when required. Over the last three years I've supported the delivery and development of the Young Carers in Schools Programme, working across two regions. The aim is to work in partnership with education settings for them to better, ‘understand, inform, identify, support and listen’ to young carers. In 2018 I was successful in applying for the role of Young Carers Manager, I am passionate about the work we deliver for all carers, I love what I do and the job is different every day.
I have a six year old who keeps life entertaining, he loves music as much as I do, so we spend a lot of time singing and dance like no one is watching. I love a box set and a good film cwtched up on the sofa. Catching up with friends over a drink and some food is a winner too.
I am not a massive foodie, I eat to survive. However I love a lamb dinner with loads of vegetables, gravy and lashings of mint sauce, my all time favourite.
Carers Hub Manager
I oversee the services provided via our Carers Hub model in Gwent. Prior to this role I have worked for organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council and the Probation Office. For the past 12 years my specialism has been within Advocacy and mental health supporting people have their voices heard, to uphold their rights and secure their entitlements.
Away from work I’m pretty boring! I love spending time with my family. I have a six year old daughter and an 11 year old son, so they keep me pretty busy. We love nothing more than to settle down for a movie night and eat way too much popcorn and sweets. We also love animals and so with two dogs, two fish, a guinea pig and a Royal Python to care for, spare time isn't really on the agenda!
My favourite food, well that’s a tricky one as I love all food. If I had to pick one thing, I think it would have to be a home cooked roast beef with all the trimmings and of course the obligatory pudding (or two).
Head of People and Organisational Development
I have over 15 years’ experience of working in a variety of human resources roles across a wide range of organisations in the public, private and third sector. I genuinely believe people make the difference to any organisation and that leaders with excellent values and people skills are more likely to retain and motivate excellent employees. I joined Carers Trust South East Wales as Head of People and Organisational Development in 2019 and I'm very excited by some of the projects we have planned that will further enhance our culture and increase our focus on succession planning, employee engagement, recognition and reward.
I love spending time with family and friends, country walks with my dog and making and creating. I enjoy a project and really enjoy creative activities such as upcycling furniture, sewing and arts and crafts.
Cheesecake with a biscuit base.