Simon Carnell - Chairperson
“I have worked in Special Educational Needs settings for the past 15 years teaching children from 3-19 with Severe and Profound learning difficulties. For the past 3 years I have had the pleasure of being Head of Centre at Pembroke Additional Learning Centre and with a very supportive team we have implemented new systems that we feel meet the current changes in the Special Educational Needs Sector. Our program is designed to prepare students so that they are can join society in a meaningful way as adults and are able to access life to the best of their abilities. My vision of the future for the young people we support has been heavily influenced by Dilys Price and the Touch Trust program; I feel it is a huge privilege to be a Trustee and Chairman of this wonderful charity”
Janet Lewis - Vice Chair
My name is Jan Lewis. I have been married to my husband Peter for over 31 years. We have 4 children, 1 girl 29, recently married and 3 boys 27, 24, 19. We live on a farm just outside Llanharan about 12 miles from Cardiff, where we farm cows, sheep and a few pigs.We have one dog, Charlie, a St Bernard and one cat, Darcy. For the last 13 years I have worked as a Learning Support Assistant at Craig y Parc school, Pentyrch which is a Scope school. Although English by birth I do support Wales in the rugby.
Lesley is an HR practitioner with a career spanning over 20 years, and covering a full range of roles - both on an employed basis as HR Administrator through to Group HR Director of a UK plc, and through her own HR consultancy which she established in 2002.
In addition to the usual strategic and operational HR offer, Lesley also has extensive experience of specialist activity including mergers and acquisitions, and works with clients across a range of industries including local government, manufacturing, charities, professional services, leisure, transport, telecommunications and a variety of SMEs.
In a move from mainstream HR, as a result of her involvement with the South East Wales branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she has recently taken on the role of Head of Wales with responsibility for developing and implementing a new CIPD Wales Region.
Laurence Sydney Cohen FCA
I am a Director of Gordon Down Accountants and Auditors with offices in Cardiff and Swansea. I was born and grew up in Liverpool just off Penny Lane of Beatles fame. I worked at Liverpool Football Club in 1965/1966 during the Shankly era and in 1977 I moved to Cardiff with my family. I have been involved in the Youth Work sector all my life. I am the Co-author of a self-help book “Are You a Physical Wreck or a Mental Washout? – or Both!” Available for a modest sum on Amazon or Amazon Kindle!! Laurence brings financial and accountancy skills to the Board.
I am an applied researcher committed to developing new and creative interventions to address many of the complex challenges facing society today. Currently I work for Bangor University School of Social Sciences, and am based in South Wales at the Heath. I am the lead researcher evaluating the impact of the new deemed consent act in organ donation from the families perspective. I have long term experience designing and developing methods to engage with a wide range of stakeholders including, special need teachers, artists, carers, community workers and development officers working at a local and government level. I previously ran an inclusive art and design research centre and through this developed new ways to evaluate the research process working with vulnerable groups and in sensitive environments. My ranges of skills are complimentary to all of Touch Trusts objectives and mission statement.
Nina started her career in the publishing industry, working in press and communications in London. Her experiences volunteering with children and young people led to her joining leading youth charity, The Prince's Trust where she spent eight years in national operations, initially managing community development programmes and finally developing and launching an enterprise programme, supporting young people to launch their own businesses. Relocating home to Wales in 2012, she established and led a new Outreach and Outcomes team for The Prince's Trust Cymru and was responsible for launching the charity's youth participation scheme.
She lives in Cardiff and enjoys running, singing in a community choir and pottery. Now a Social Researcher for Welsh Government and retraining as an Art Psychotherapist she hopes to bring together her professional experience with a personal love of the arts to set up her own practice in future. She is delighted to have the opportunity to support Touch Trust's unique and important work.
Steve is a solicitor and partner at Darwin Gray, a commercial law firm based in Cardiff. He lives in the Vale of Glamorgan and has two teenage children. Steve’s wife is a nurse who works with children with mental and physical disabilities. It is through his wife’s work and involvement with the Touch Trust that he first became interested in becoming a member of the Board. Steve brings legal and commercial expertise to the work of the Board.