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 and Phae Jones, director of income generation. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.