Board of Trustees

As a registered charity , we are governed by a Board of trustees that is responsible for our strategic direction. Our trustees are made up of professionals from all walks of life; each of them has a passion and commitment for improving services for vulnerable young people.

Meet the Trustees:

Owen Burt - Chair
Owen Burt

Before joining Caer Las I worked as Company Manager of Cyrenians Employment & Training Ltd (2012-2014) a subsidiary of the charity, Cyrenians Cymru and was Director of Operations at Cyrenians Cymru in 2014. CET worked with some of the most socially excluded and disadvantaged people in the Swansea Bay area helping over 1400 to gain accredited qualifications and 1500 into employment. Prior to this I worked for Shelter Cymru for over 25 years (1986-2011), latterly as Deputy Director, and briefly for Hafan Cymru in a business development role (2011).

I have been a trustee of SYSHP since 1997. I am also a member of the Big Lottery Fund People & Places Committee, was previously a member of the BLF Wales Community Voice Committee and a long-standing Board member of TPAS Cymru, the Tenant Participation and Advisory Service.

Originally from Loughborough, I studied at Aberystwyth University (BA Geography and Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and I also have an Open University MBA. I now live in Llansadwrn, Carmarthenshire.

Mark Sheridan

I have thirty years’ experience of working within the UK housing association sector at a senior level. This includes twenty years as part of the Directors team of Gwalia Housing Group, working as the Director of Community Care and then the Chief Executive of Cymdeithas Tai Trothwy.  Work for Community Housing Cymru as the Supported Housing Advisor followed, and then eight years at Taff Housing Association as the Director of Support Services. I have further held positions on WFHA council, CHC board and the boards of Shelter Cymru, Shelter U.K., SHNAS, Cymorth and Cyrenians Cymru and was a member of the Welsh Government’s Supporting People Advisory Board. On issues as diverse as the development of Housing Association Leasing Schemes, the introduction of S.P. and work on Universal credit, I have worked with members of all four UK housing federations to develop policy with the Westminster Government.

Tom Breed

I am a qualified chartered accountant and Financial Director at Capital Law. Previously I was Financial Planning & Treasury Manager for Clarion Events Limited. Prior to that, I worked at a metal trading company in the City of London. I qualified as a chartered accountant with Bright Grahame Murray and have a BA from the University of Birmingham.


Further Trustee details to follow…