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:
Before joining Caer Las Owen 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 he 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).
Owen has been a trustee of SYSHP since 1997. He is 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, Owen studied at Aberystwyth University (BA Geography and Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and has an Open University MBA.
Mark has 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. Mark has 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, he has worked with members of all four UK housing federations to develop policy with the Westminster Government.
Adrian had an academic career for 30 years and was Professor of Microbiology and Dean of Cardiff School of Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University until 2017. He has considerable experience of strategic planning, business management, governance and performance management. Adrian is passionate about improving public health and health inequality and recognizes the critical role played by the third sector in placing housing at the heart of public health.
Angela Gascoigne has led SHAL, a small community housing association in the South West, since 2014, having been a senior leader in a number of housing associations and local authorities across England and Wales for over 20 years. She recently stepped down as Chair of Llamau and now serves on their advisory board. She is also a long standing board member of Perthyn, a charity working with people with learning disabilities across England and Wales and with Victim Support Cymru. She is a mentor, a member of the NHF Small Housing Association National Group, the Homelessness Group and the Rural Housing Alliance. She is the Chair of Sedgemoor Get Set Advisory Group building inter-agency collaboration in preventative services for children, families and young people with a particular focus on collaboration to respond effectively to child poverty. As a graduate of the inaugural NHF Influencing Academy, Angela has committed to doing all she can to make sure that the small army of housing associations with less than 1000 homes increasingly realises practical ways to show the impact that their passion, resources, creativity and commitment is having to change lives, build new homes and support resilient communities across England.
Pete is a Lecturer in Housing at Cardiff University and has been a board member at Llamau since 2009. Pete has a particular research interest in the housing experiences and pathways of vulnerable people. Pete has particularly focused his research on youth housing and homelessness, a field in which he has sought to understand the experiences of young people from their perspectives. Most recently Peter led on the review of homelessness legislation in Wales.
Sheila has over 20 years’ experience in education as a Primary School teacher, School Senior Manager and for the local authority advisory service. She was Regional Director (Wales) for the Basic Skills Agency and was responsible for supporting the development of a wide range of innovative projects, including the development of Llamau’s Learning 4 Life project. Sheila has taken early retirement, but remains passionate about every individual’s entitlement to have the literacy and numeracy skills necessary to function in society and fulfil their potential.
Tom Breed is a qualified chartered accountant and is Financial Director at Capital Law. Previously he was Financial Planning & Treasury Manager for Clarion Events Limited. Prior to that, he worked at a metal trading company in the City of London. Tom qualified as a chartered accountant with Bright Grahame Murray and has a BA from the University of Birmingham.
Wendy is an Associate at Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies where the Atkins core business is helping clients to plan, design and enable major capital programmes. Wendy’s 30 years’ experience has seen her undertaking a range of work from community consultation workshops with tenants for Registered Social Landlords to delivering strategic land allocations for volume house builders. Wendy is also currently a front of house volunteer at the Architecture Centre in Bristol.