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 the Board of Trustees

John Lord – Chair of Finance Scrutiny Committee

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John Lord joined Perthyn’s Board of Trustees in 2010, was appointed Deputy Chair in 2012, and became Chair in 2014. He has served on the Service Delivery Scrutiny Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Finance Scrutiny Committee (which he also chairs).

In his working career, which primarily related to the development and operation of stadia and large indoor arenas (including the Wembley Stadium Complex; Manchester, Newcastle, Oberhausen and Cardiff Arenas) as well as hotels, ice rinks, conference centres and exhibition halls, John has held numerous private sector directorships. More locally he was a Board Director of World Trade Centre (Wales) Limited and was co-opted onto the original Board of Cardiff Marketing Limited.

He ran his own consultancy firm for ten years whilst also developing and delivering the highly successful “Events Management” undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at UWIC (now Cardiff Metropolitan University).

John has lived in Wales since 1988 and is a Trustee of the City Hospice in Cardiff and also of Care and Repair Cymru – the co-ordinating organisation for thirteen Care and Repair Agencies operating across Wales.



David Lloyd – Chair of Quality and Risk Management Scrutiny Committee

David Lloyd

I studied Science at College but decided to pursue a career in Management and subsequently operated for a period of 30 years at Main Board level in three National Retail Department Store groups with special responsibility in Purchasing, Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

More recently I joined the Cardiff School of Management at UWIC where I am responsible for the Work Based Learning work-placement programme which assists students in developing their competencies and employability skills. I have also provided a considerable amount of mentoring and consultancy support through the Welsh Assembly Governments business support programmes for the SME sector in SE Wales. I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply and am currently completing a Masters in Education.



John Wood – Chair of Remuneration Committee

John Wood

I joined Perthyn in 2008 as a Trustee and have spent more than forty years in the highly competitive world of global manufacturing and marketing. During this period I have held several senior management positions and have extensive experience of human resource management and the ethos of continuous improvement to maximise service delivery to a very demanding world wide customer base.

An engineer by training, I have seen many and varied changes in technology, law and accepted practices. To remain successful in a business environment, I have found that it is essential to embrace cost effective management in all areas and I have been successful in achieving this over the years.


Andrew Thomas – Chair of Human Resources Scrutiny 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

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.