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Our board and executive team

Our board of trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of Tŷ Hafan.

Our trustees work for Tŷ Hafan voluntarily and are completely dedicated to helping us improve the lives of children with life-shortening conditions and their families in Wales.

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Our board members

The board is headed by chairman, Martin Davies, and includes trustees, Sue Carter, Mick McGuire, Dr Keith Holgate, John Hoskinson, Dr Huw Jenkins, Dr Helen Matthews, James Pepper, Elizabeth Thomas and Sian Thomas. Together with executive directors they have a wide range of strategic experience in health care, governance, commercial activity, financial management, income generation and people services.

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, and supports the board’s succession planning.

 

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Martin Davies

Chairman 

Martin has spent over 20 years working with major retailers and financial services companies, advising them on retail distribution planning and marketing strategy. He is also the chairman of Crackerjackpot Limited, which supports Tŷ Hafan and other good causes by running lottery services.
Dr Keith Holgate

Dr Keith Holgate

Trustee

Keith worked as a GP in Barry for over 36 years, until he retired in 2016. He was also a trainer for general practice, specialising in the field of respiratory medicine. Keith is the crowd doctor for Cardiff City Football Club, a role he’s done for several years.
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Dr Huw Jenkins

Trustee

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. Huw also served as the Welsh government’s first national director of clinical services for children and young people.

Sue Carter

Trustee

Sue is a freelance digital, technology and communications consultant, with clients across not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. She is also a trustee for Early Years Wales and the co-chair of the organising board for Byte Night in Wales, Action for Children’s annual sleep-out event.
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James Pepper

Trustee

James is the chief executive officer of Vista, a leading technology services business company headquartered in Wales. He has over 20 years experience in business critical technology support and has worked with many companies to help them to define and implement technology strategies.
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Sian Thomas

Trustee

Sian is the only nurse consultant for children in Wales and is based at Aneurin Bevan University Hospital Health Board. Her role involves enhancing patient care through service development, research, education and strategy. Sian has had a strong link with Tŷ Hafan throughout her career.
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Elizabeth Thomas

Trustee

Liz is a senior manager in KPMG's infrastructure, government and healthcare consulting practice, specialising in the delivery of grant services and internal audit. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and lives in Cardiff. 
Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

Trustee

Mick joined the Hafan board in 2021, following his retirement from the Welsh government, where he was the director for economic growth and development. Prior to this role, Mick worked for 30 years in financial services, holding a number of senior roles at the Principality Building Society. 
Dr Helen Matthews

Dr Helen Matthews

Trustee

From 1998 until her retirement in 2019, Helen was a consultant psychiatrist at Hywel Dda University Health Board. She is an expert in complex mental illness, autism and learning disabilities. Helen was vice-president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a senior lecturer at Swansea Medical School. 
John Hoskinson

John Hoskinson

Born in Liverpool John chose a career in the Army and commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1973. He went on to graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and retired as a Brigadier in 2005 as the Executive Director of Human Resources. “I was keen to continue to be engaged in the charity sector and was delighted to join Tŷ Hafan which, as a bereaved parent myself, was particularly pertinent.”

Our executive team

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Maria Timon Samra

Maria became Hafan’s chief executive in March 2021, after serving as our interim CEO from May 2020. She has a wealth of local, national and international business experience across a range of industries. Maria is also a former chair and trustee of Hafan and a long-time supporter of our work. 
Jason Foster

Jason Foster

Jason joined Hafan in June 2017 and leads our finance and support services function. He has over 25 years’ experience working in senior finance positions across a range of sectors. Jason is also a keen runner and has completed marathons and ultra-marathons to raise money for our charity. 
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John Mladenovic

Before joining us in 2013, John gained experience in digital and direct marketing across a diverse range of sectors. Initially, he was responsible for our Crackerjackpot lottery, but he’s also taken on other key roles across our charity. In June 2021, John was appointed to his current position. 
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Zoe Tippins

Zoe joined the HR team at Hafan in 2015 and was appointed to our executive team as director of people services in October 2021. She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIP) and has over 18 years’ of experience in HR management. 

Our reports and documents

Read or download key Tŷ Hafan documents, including our annual report and accounts and the latest report from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales about our clinical care and support services.

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