Hafan Cymru

Hafan Cymru

Preventing Abuse, Promoting Independence

Board of Management

John Morgan

John is a recently retired Chief Executive in the NHS sector and was formerly a Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist who has proven leadership and strategic planning skills. He is also an experienced executive coach.

Judith Lewis

Treasurer: Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Judith has recently retired from her post as Business Manager at St Michael’s College in Llandaff (where she was responsible for the day to day management of the college including the conference centre) after a long and varied financial career. Judith is a former Board member and Treasurer of Hafan Cymru (from 1994-1996) and has also served on United Welsh Housing Association’s Board along with Chair of the Audit Committee so has considerable knowledge of RSL workings.

Sarah Wydall

Board Member. Sarah is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University and for the last eight years her research has primarily focussed on domestic abuse. Sarah has extensive experience of designing and managing research projects/ interventions that focus on producing more effective ways of working with people experiencing gendered harms. Prior to this role, Sarah worked in public health, developing and delivering community – based projects with young parents

Jennie Ashford

Board Member: Jennie Ashford is a consultant and trainer specialising in Community Safety, Partnership Working, Administration and Management in the public and voluntary sectors. Previously she has worked within Children’s Services, Youth Offending Service and Community Safety Partnership. She lives in mid Wales with her husband and their three daughters and spends a lot of her spare time putting her skills to good use in the Church in Wales as well as being a governor of two local schools. She is an ex hostel and council house tenant.

Rachel Hughes

Board Member: Rachel is currently on maternity leave from her post of Research Manager at Sport Wales. She has 18 years of experience as a researcher in both academia and the public sector exploring social and economic issues relating to Wales. She also has 9 years of experience working within a leadership role. Rachel has a doctorate from Bristol University and expertise in applying research findings to a public policy environment.

Steve Morgan

Board Member: Steve is a Fellow of the CIPD, is CPD qualified and has a Masters in Law with over 30 years of experience of HR management within the NHS. He has a particular interest and expertise in employee relations matters, organisational change and employment law.

Steve Ray

Board Member: LLB Post Grad Diploma in Social Administration/Applied Social Studies, Cert of Qualification in Social Work. Steve is a retired Assistant Chief Probation Officer in North Wales, a position which he held for 23 years until his retirement in January 2011. Steve has an extensive history in the housing field complemented by a range of other related lead responsibilities associated with service user needs including substance misuse, young people and employment. He also has extensive experience in the establishment of new businesses/projects and is currently a director of five fledgling social enterprises in North Wales where he is involved in the associated welfare to work agenda.

Sian McKenna

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, ACCA Member and OCR Level 5 NVQ in Leadership and Management. Finance/Work Based Learning Director at TSW Training Group. Extensive experience of providing financial advice to the Board of Directors, Managers and staff to achieve group objectives and targets.

Richard Batt

Richard Batt

Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Post Graduate Diploma in Housing and BSc Hons in Combined Science. Richard will shortly be starting a new role at Shelter Cymru. Over 22 years’ experience of providing leadership, management and strategic direction covering a full range of housing provision, housing related services and care within both the Welsh Housing sector and Local Authority sector in England.


Bill Walden-Jones

Bill has worked in the charity sector throughout his career including roles in the Citizens Advice Bureau, NACRO, and for 11 years until 2014 as Chief Executive of Welsh mental health charity Hafal where he still works part-time as a senior consultant. Bill is also a Trustee of Bipolar UK. In 2015 Bill was awarded an M.B.E. for services to mental health service users and carers.

Richard Williams

Richard Williams

Richard has been the Wales director of Hearing Loss Cymru (the UK’s largest deafness and hearing loss charity) since 2008 after some 20 years of working in the media industry in Wales when he was editor of various newspapers. Since joining Action on Hearing Loss Cymru he has worked with the team to campaign, raise awareness and develop services. The charity has expanded its health and social care services, strengthened its team of volunteers and widened its service base to support deaf people into employment and provide digital inclusion support for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Richard is the national third sector representative on the Powys Regional Partnership Board, a board member of Wales Council for Voluntary Action and is an active member of Age Alliance Wales. Richard is a Welsh speaker.

Jill-Hailey Harries

Jill Hailey Harries