Ty Hafan

our board

The board has responsibility for Tŷ Hafan's overall strategy and future direction.

The board is headed by chairman, Martin Davies, and includes trustees, Sue Carter, Dr Keith Holgate, Dr Huw Jenkins, Dr Helen Matthews, Mick McGuire, James Pepper, Elizabeth Thomas and Sian Thomas. Supporting the board are executive directors, Maria Timon Samra, chief executive, Deborah Ho, director of care, Jason Foster, director of finance, Phae Jones, director of income generation, John Mladenovic, Director of Marketing & Communications, and Lottery and Zoe Tippins, Director of People Services. Together they have a wide range of strategic experience in health care, governance, commercial activity, financial management and fundraising. 

From time to time committees are also supported by co-opted members, who bring external perspective and expertise, giving added assurance to the board through their scrutiny and insight.  This role also provides an opportunity for development as trustees.

We have recently appointed two trustee designates who bring a wealth of experience and skills to the board.  Details will be announced later in the year.

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martin davies

 

martin davies

Martin has spent over twenty years working with major retailers and financial services companies advising on branch development planning, positioning and developing retail marketing initiatives.

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keith holgate

 

keith holgate

Keith was born and brought up in Cardiff. He went to Whitchurch Grammar School and trained as a doctor at the Welsh National School of Medicine, qualifying in 1976. He worked as a General Practitioner in Barry for over 36 years until he retired in 2016. 

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dr huw jenkins

 

huw jenkins

Huw joined Tŷ Hafan as a trustee in 2018 after retiring from the NHS. He was a consultant in child health for 30 years based in Cardiff and has a wealth of experience in the clinical aspects of healthcare for children and young people.

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Sue Carter

 

sue carter

Sue is a freelance digital, technology and communications consultant, with clients across not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. She is an experienced leader, with a blend of expertise across digital product and technology, mobile tech, media, journalism, marketing, sales and strategy.

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james pepper

 

james pepper

James is the chief executive officer of Vista, a leading technology services business company headquartered in Wales that works with leading retail, hospitality and pharmacy organisations. James started his career in customer services with the Ford Motor Company, prior to moving to Vista, where he has held a number of senior management and leadership roles in operations and technical sales.

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sian thomas

 

sian thomas

Sian is a Nurse Consultant in Community Child Health at Health Board at Aneurin Bevan University Hospital. She has been nursing for over thirty years and has worked in acute and community nursing roles in Cardiff, Gwent as well as Great Ormond Street, London.

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elizabeth thomas

 

elizabeth thomas

Liz is a senior manager in KPMG's Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Consulting practice specialising in the delivery of grant services and internal audit. Based in Cardiff, Liz is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy having started her career in local government in Wales.

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helen matthews

 

helen matthews

Born and raised in Wales, Helen qualified as a doctor in Cardiff before specialising as a psychiatrist in London. From 1998 until her retirement in 2019, Helen was a consultant psychiatrist at Hywel Dda University Health Board. Helen’s exemplary professional leadership culminated in her being elected as vice president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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Michael McGuire

 

michael mcguire

Mick joined the Tŷ Hafan board in 2021 having retired from Welsh Government where he was Director for Economic Growth and Development. Prior to this, he worked for 30 years in Financial Services where he held a number of roles for Principality Building Society at General Manager and Director level. He was Chief Executive of Peter Alan Estate Agents and Principality Property Services.

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executive directors

maria timon samra

 

maria timon samra

Maria, who took over as Interim CEO of Tŷ Hafan in May 2020, was appointed CEO of Tŷ Hafan on a permanent basis in March 2021. Maria brings a wealth of local and international experience and expertise to the charity as we battle the ongoing impact of the coronavirus and the inevitable disruption it has caused to many fundraising sources.

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Deborah Ho

 

deborah ho

Debbie joined Tŷ Hafan as director of care in March 2020 and brings a range of leadership experience, including hospice care, to the executive team. As director of care, Debbie is responsible for the development of services for children and families as well as leading our skilled multi-professional care team.

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Phae Jones

 

phae jones

Following degree studies in south Wales, Phae worked in the hospitality sector in London for five years, returning to Wales and joining the third sector in 2005. Since then, Phae has held several national and regional senior leadership roles within fundraising, predominantly within the health sector.

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Jason Foster

 

jason foster

Jason joined Tŷ Hafan in June 2017 and leads the finance and support services function for the charity. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in senior finance positions across a variety of sectors including food, marketing, and manufacturing.

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John Mladenovic

 

john mladenovic

John joined Tŷ Hafan in 2013. Initially assuming responsibility for the Crackerjackpot lottery, he has undertaken a range of roles across the charity and was appointed as Director of Marketing & Communications, and Lottery in June 2021.

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Zoe Tippins

 

zoe tippins

Zoe joined the HR team at Tŷ Hafan in 2015. Having led the multi-disciplined people services team and worked closely with our board for several years, Zoe was formally appointed to our Executive team as Director of People Services in October 2021.

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