Board of Trustees
The volunteer Board of Trustees govern the organisation and in working closely with the Chief Executive has responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring it is well run and managed, is financially sound and delivers services that meet the charity’s prime purpose and benefit the community in which it operates.
In order for Digartref to be an effective charity it is highly important that it is run and governed by a strong Board that has the right balance of skills and experience, acts at all times in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries, understands its responsibilities and has systems in place to exercise them properly.
Julia has retired from general practice having worked in Llangefni/Benllech area of Anglesey for 30 years and then joined Digartref as a Board Member. Julia has a in-depth medical knowledge, excellent communication skills, and experience of managing general practice team and dealing with the board cross section of our community, all of which assist the charity greatly in the work they carry out.
Barbara Ann Hughes
Barbara has been a trustee on the board of Digartref since 2013. She is a retired GP and as worked an Anglesey since 1970. As she was a partner in a practice in Llangefni, the areas of expertise she brings to the work of the charity include the health of women and children an drug addiction. For 7 years she was the medical manager of the GP out of hours service and assisted in its setting up. She lives locally with her husband and has 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Dafydd is a local accountant who brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the charity in the area of finance including, compliance with related legal requirements. His position on the board as Treasurer ensures support in setting budgets, monitoring spend and the production of finance/treasurer reports for presentation and explanation to the Board of Trustees as well as funding bodies.
Steve has worked in housing for over 30 years across the UK including Anglesey, Sheffield and in Scotland, after gaining a housing degree at Sheffield Hallam University, He is currently the Chief Executive of Tai Ceredigion, a community based LSVT housing association which he helped establish in 2009 to take over and improve the 2227 homes from Ceredigion County Council. He is a board member of the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru and Digartref. Steve is also Chairman of the Wales Rural Housing Strategic Group. Steve is a fluent Welsh speaker who is committed to providing services bilingually.
Mal has been a trustee board member since 2014 and was previously a registered psychiatric nurse and a registered social worker. Mal brings a wealth of experience to the Board having worked with vulnerable people for most of her professional career, including as a manager in residential care. She moved into support services including policy, quality assurance and staff development before taking up a support services management post in local government, as a senior manager for Hull City council. Since retirement, Mal has worked in the voluntary sector, social work education and work based learning for adult.
Keith Griffiths is a local Chartered Building Surveyor trading as an independent sole practitioner. His company is primarily concerned with the conservation of vernacular buildings and landscape. As a trustee he hopes that he can contribute by assisting with the maintenance of the property assets of Digartref. Homelessness is a blight on any culture, and he considers that a s a trustee of Digartref he is best placed to contribute to turning the tide of this problem on Anglesey.
Having qualified as a naval architect, Gwen started her career in boat building in Plymouth, building and refitting RNLI boats and other leisure craft but on moving to the North West, a change of career was required and construction seemed the best fit. Starting with high speed retail and then into contracting, delivering office parks and schools, Gwen undertook a variety of roles. In 200, Gwen joined Procure Plus Holdings Ltd, a not for profit regeneration company that creates an income from aggregating social housing construction works and spends it to support those distant from the labour market into work, initially linked to the construction works it facilitates but now across a variety of sectors. Driven by a passion to make business beneficial for all, the group has expanded and now includes an offsite construction house building company, aiming to utilise technology and different skills to deliver more cost effective homes as well as another charity, Women on the tools, to support more women into construction. As Managing Director, Gwen continues to look for new ways to innovate and create opportunities for people within the business to grow. The skills Gwen brings to Digartref are; construction, leadership, management. Gwen believes that everyone should have a safe and secure place to live and as such, we should all try to do something to eliminate homelessness for the future.
Cheryl Appleton- Owen