Board & Senior Staff


What are trustees ?

“Trustees are people who are entrusted to look after something for the benefit of others.”

In Perthyn the Trustees “govern” the Charity and through the CEO the paid staff “manage” the Charity.

Good Governance includes ensuring that we have clear aims and objectives and priorities, that leadership is demonstrated and appropriate safe guards for money and other assets are in place. To ensure we stay true to our values and beliefs at all times.

We are currently looking for three new Trustees to complement and strengthen our existing board, please click here for more details.

Chair of Board of Trustees

Andrew Thomas – Chair of Risk Management Committee

Andrew Thomas

During my 37+ years as a Radiographer within the NHS I worked across a wide range of clinical specialties at hospitals within the South Wales region, also for a 5 year period as a Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Radiography which now forms part of Cardiff University. I retired in 2012 from the post of Clinical Director for Radiology, Medical Physics and Bio-Engineering based in the University Hospital of Wales.

During my professional career I served on a number of Welsh National Boards and working parties, providing professional, technical and strategic support to the then Welsh Office and later to the Welsh Assembly and Government.

I held, for 10 years the position of Chairman of the Welsh Council for Radiographers and also served as a member on the UK Society and College of Radiographers Council both as a director and national council member. Since retirement I have continued to lecture and maintain my contacts with Radiography through professional meetings and as an external reader for professional policies and strategies.

I live in Cardiff with my wife and have two mature sons with four grandchildren. I am currently a member of Cor Y Gleision (110+ strong choir for the Cardiff Blues Regional Rugby). I am also a keen motor sport enthusiast and an owner/restorer of a Gilbern car, the only cars made solely in Wales.



Fay Blakeley – Chair of Service Delivery Committee

Fay Blakeley

An experienced marketing and brand consultant, Fay has consulted with a vast range of businesses from charities and arts organisations to SMEs and Blue Chip companies.

Following graduation from Kings College, London, Fay worked with leading London-based direct marketing agency Burnett Associates for 7 years before returning home to South Wales and joining Cardiff-based advertising agency, 6721, as Project Director. Award-winning design agency, Sweet Creative followed where Fay was co-owner and Managing Directorent brand consultant; a committee member of The Penarth Book Festival, and the owner of a small retail business.



Lisette Saunders

Lisette Saunders

After gaining my degree in Psychology and Law I joined Her Majesties Prison Service in London on their graduate scheme. I worked in several prisons and spent some time serving on Her Majesties Inspectorate of Prisons prior to moving to Wales. Having worked in several senior roles within the Welsh estate, I served over ten years as the Deputy Director at HMP & YOI Parc in Bridgend before moving on to take up the position of Director of Operational Assurance for G4S.

My role focuses on providing leadership within a challenging environment, delivering performance and providing continuous improvement. I am experienced with the provision of Social Care and Health thus ensuring that the needs are met of vulnerable individuals who are placed in our care. Other responsibilities include Learning and Skills provision, working with individuals with challenging behaviour and managing the operation of the prison.



Bernie Brown

I qualified as a Physiotherapist at the Royal London Hospital in 1976. Within a year of qualification I moved back to Cardiff. I worked clinically across a wide range of specialities before becoming particularly interested in Elderly Care Rehabilitation, working in both hospital and community settings. This included working with a Community based team supporting elderly patients with mental health issues.

From 2000, until I took early retirement in 2013, I managed Physiotherapy Community and Rehabilitation Services across Cardiff and the Vale. Developing comprehensive rehabilitation services, cannot be achieved by each speciality working in isolation. Success involves close working relationships and partnerships with other clinicial groups, colleagues in Social Services and with the Voluntary Sector to deliver the best person centred care available. Successful rehabilitation is underpinned by individual goal planning. Seamless services mean that vulnerable individuals, such as those supported by Perthyn, do not fall into gaps in service provision.

My role involved developing strategic plans for the Physiotherapy service in order to deliver on Welsh Government Priorities within existing resources and when available, to bid for additional monies. It also involved service monitoring and evaluation, workforce planning and staff recruitment, development and retention.

Working within existing resources was challenging but was achieved through the development of new roles, particularly for our unqualified workforce. These roles were underpinned with appropriate training and the development of a competency framework.



Claire Clark

Claire is an experienced accountant who has worked in the third sector for over fifteen years.

Claire currently works full time for Care & Repair Cymru, the national body for Care & Repair in Wales as the Financial Accountant providing strategic and financial management across the organisation.

After leaving school Claire studied Business & Finance at College whilst working full time as an Accounts Assistant for a local construction company.

In 2001 after a few years parental leave Claire returned to work and to her studies undertaking the AAT qualification for Accounting Technicians. This she completed in 2010 and became a Fellow Member in 2015.

In 2016, Claire qualified as a chartered accountant and became a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountant.

Since 2018 Claire has been an AAT Licenced Accountant running her own accountancy practice in her spare time. Providing a range of services to a sole traders, small limited companies and charities.

Claire has an interest in supported housing options for people with learning disabilities, as her youngest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 9. He is now 23 and is still living at home, however it is hoped that one day he will live independently in supported accommodation.



Colin Downham

Colin Downham

A Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager with over 40 years’ experience in the property and housing sector, both in Wales and England.

Colin has worked in senior roles in private practice, commercial property development, and latterly with a Welsh Housing Association with responsibility for Asset Management, Maintenance and Development.

Colin is now semi-retired working part time as a quantity surveyor in West Wales, and joined the board in July 2019.