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 compliment 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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Subsequent to a first degree in Civil Engineering and then a Masters degree in Leisure Management, John Lord has spent over 30 years in senior management positions in the UK and overseas. John has held numerous directorships in a variety of high-turnover venue, sport, leisure and tourism related companies. A former international sportsman, he was a founder director and Chief Executive of the Ice Hockey Superleague as well as being a founder of sports franchises in Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle. He was a Board Director of Cardiff Marketing Limited.

For 10 years John ran his own successful consultancy practice advising on the development of stadia and arenas across the UK, as well as advising on the operation of Stoke Mandeville Sports Complex. Over the years he has been involved in a range of charitable organisations, events and initiatives.

More latterly John has developed and delivered the highly successful “Events Management” undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dilys Williams – Chair of Service Delivery Scrutiny Committee

Dilys Williams

Dilys was a dedicated Trustee with Perthyn for over 8 years. Sadly, on 5th December 2018 she passed away following a difficult battle with cancer.

Dilys was a caring, friendly, approachable person with a lively sense of humour and had the ability to remain calm whatever was going on around her. In carrying out her Trustee duties she did so with high levels of commitment and energy.

She was Deputy Chair and chaired the Service Delivery Scrutiny Committee. Here she showed her compassion and interest in the people we support and she loved hearing about the progress people made and the things they got up to in their lives.

Whenever she visited people supported by Perthyn, she would be straight in there; getting alongside people, talking to them and was always interested in their stories.

Dilys was an open and sincere person who contributed hugely to what Perthyn does and it leaves a huge gap on our Board.
She will be missed by so many and for so many reasons, but we are thankful for her time with us and all that she did to help and support Perthyn and what we do.


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.


Angela Gascoigne


An experienced executive and non-executive director, management consultant and interim manager focussing on leadership, innovation, collaboration and high performance in challenging environments Angela is also currently Chair of Llamau, a trustee of Wales Probation Trust and works with Clean Slate Ltd, a social enterprise which is seeking to level the playing field for people who are long term unemployed.


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 two 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 2 Gilbern cars, 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 Director.

Fay is currently an independent 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 have spent the last ten years as the Deputy Director at HMP & YOI Parc in Bridgend.

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.