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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.
Head of Operations
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.
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!
Growth and Business Development Manager
Born in Worcestershire, grew up in Cornwall and now live in Cardiff. I’ve been with Carers Trust South East Wales since October 2018 as Growth and Business Development Manager. My role is focused on securing funding to develop the services we offer to carers – both existing and new. I have previously worked for organisations that support people with learning difficulties, substance misuse issues and homelessness, and feel this experience helps me to understand the varying needs of carers.
Supporting carers and people with care needs is something that appealed to me. Many unpaid carers receive little in the way of support, but Carers Trust South East Wales are always looking at innovative ways to support carers.
Carers Trust South East Wales is a charity that matches my own personal values. Working for an organisation that is innovative and forward thinking and that operates in an open and honest way is important to me.
Away from work I like to stick a backpack on and explore the world as much as I can. I am lucky enough to have been to 44 countries (and counting). When I am not doing that I spend most my time playing football for a team in Cardiff or dreaming of my next trip away.
It changes daily depending on the last meal I ate! Right now I would say Indian food. Or Mexican. Or Thai. Maybe Italian.
Chief Executive Officer
I’ve been with Carers Trust South East Wales since July 2015, having previously worked in mental health, housing and local government. I have seen many changes during the four years I’ve been here and I’m very proud of the organisation we have become. I firmly believe I have the best people working alongside me that really make a difference to unpaid carers every day.
I truly believe that Carers Trust South East Wales is unique. As a charity, we focus on people and not conditions. We see every carer as an individual and we don't put people into boxes.
Having been a young carer myself I am passionate about carers having the right information and support. If we can help carers have a life alongside their caring role, then we have succeeded.
I am a keen runner and I am involved in the running of my local running club. I also volunteer regularly at my local parkrun. I am also a trustee of a number of charities, both locally and nationally, and I try to give my time to things that matter to me.
I am also a massive foodie, and love to cook (and eat!) all sorts of food. I hate recipes, and love to experiment to see what I can make. I’ll be on MasterChef one day!
This is a hard one, but I have to say pizza. Not just any pizza, it has to be totally handmade from scratch and cooked in my wood fired pizza oven. Nothing else will do!
Marketing and Communications Officer
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 fast paced, 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. Just as happy with some nice bread and butter too.
Community Projects Manager
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.
I was born and brought up in Cardiff and attended Lady Margaret High School. After graduating from Bristol University I taught English and Religious Studies in schools in Bristol and south Wales. My final position prior to retirement was at Abersychan School where, in addition to my teaching timetable, I was also a year head and the Examinations Officer. I was also president of the Gwent Branch of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. For this I was trained in employment law and resolving disputes.
Since retiring I have volunteered for a number of organisations including Social Services, the Community Health Council and various women’s and local history groups. I am an active member of the Labour Party.
I have no interest in food whatsoever. My husband does the shopping and cooking so I eat what I’m given.