Sir Paul Williams, OBE
Prior for Wales (Chair)
Sir Paul completed a successful and distinguished career as an NHS Manager spanning 45 years, serving as a Chief Executive of three NHS Trusts, chair and member of numerous National Committees and culminating as CEO NHS Wales and Director- General for Health and Social Services, Welsh Government and is a Past President, Institute of Health Care Management. He has been a member of independent health and social care think tank the Bevan Commission since 2013.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000 for services to the NHS in Wales, was High Sheriff for the County of South Glamorgan in 2007/08, appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant in 2010 and knighted in the 2011 Birthday Honours.
Sir Paul was appointed Chancellor of St John Ambulance Cymru in 2011 and Prior for Wales in 2017 (re-appointed for a second triennium in 2020).
Chancellor (Vice Chair)
A public sector employee for 42 years, the last almost decade as Chief Executive of a Welsh Unitary Authority, Gareth is a qualified solicitor, currently not practicing, and a Chartered Manager. He has been volunteering in one guise or another for almost 50 years, joining St John in 2003 and, Prior to becoming a St John Ambulance Cymru trustee in 2017, was Chair of the St John Councils of Bridgend and then Mid Glamorgan. As a trustee Gareth became responsible for overseeing legal and property matters and in 2018 was appointed Chancellor of the Priory for Wales. His role as Chancellor requires him to deputise for the Prior when applicable and line manage the Chief Executive Officer.
Richard J Paskell
Richard is a serving police officer and has been a trustee of St John Ambulance Cymru since 2017. He has a passion for volunteering and it has played a key part in his life, dedicating over twenty-six years to volunteering at numerous agencies and charitable organisations, notably a decade with both the Scout Association and Mountain Rescue England and Wales. In 2019 he successfully applied for the newly created role of Chief Volunteer for St John Ambulance Cymru. He is currently in the process of collaborating on a modernisation strategy; consisting of a restructure, rank and uniform review. During his time as a trustee Richard has championed the voice of the volunteers, working alongside them on the frontline, building trust, and enhancing communication between the Board and the membership.
Treasurer and Chair, Financial Resource Committee
Derek was born and bred in Cardiff, achieved an honours degree in Maths at Bristol University and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC), becoming a partner in the restructuring and insolvency team in 1988. He retired from the partnership in 2013 and remains as a consultant with the firm, dealing solely with the Lehman insolvency. He is a non-executive director at Principality Building Society, as well as Chair of the Audit Committee, and a trustee of Artes Mundi and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. A trustee of St John Ambulance Cymru since 2014 Derek brings audit, restructuring and other financial skills to the St John Ambulance Cymru Board, alongside governance and risk management experience.
Reverend Desmond Kitto, MBE
Chair, People Committee
Des has spent 60 years as a member of St John, becoming a trustee in 2017. He has spent his professional career in both private and public sectors, e.g. University College, Cardiff, then as a Technical Representative, progressing to the position of UK Sales and Marketing Manager in a laboratory supplies company. He joined Mid Glamorgan Health Authority as Commercial Manager and was seconded to Merthyr Tydfil Local Health Board/Local Authority as Lead Public and Patient Involvement Manager. Des is currently Chief Officer at the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales, heading the Senior Management Team. He was a founding trustee of Wales Air Ambulance in 1999. He is an ordained minister and has been a Justice of the Peace for 25 years.
Chair, Clinical Advisory Panel
Caryn has over 30 years' experience in health care and social care across the NHS, local government, World Health Organisation, the EU and within the private sector. In her current role as a consultant in public health in the NHS in Wales and England, with a specialism in communicable diseases/ health protection, she has been playing a key part in the COVID-19 pandemic response in Wales and England. She has been involved with St John for over 40 years, starting as a member of St John Ambulance in England in childhood. She has been a trustee of St John Ambulance Cymru since 2017 and chairs the Clinical Advisory Panel.
Professor Kevin Davies, MBE
Chair, Impact and Fundraising Committee
Kevin is a Professor of Nursing with an interest in disaster and pre-hospital care. He is Vice Chair of Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST) and Colonel Commandant, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC). He has extensive international experience including Japan, China, South Korea, former Honorary Fellow Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded the Royal Red Cross. Previously an Emergency Department Charge Nurse and nurse educator, Kevin has led international Masters’ programmes and supervises/examines at Masters and PhD level. Very focussed on enhancing opportunities for young people to access career opportunities in health care, he has links with the RCN on the evolving Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme on behalf of St John Ambulance Cymru and RHQ QARANC.
A longstanding civil servant, Andrew joined the St John Ambulance Cymru Board of trustees in 2017 and brings his experience of volunteering - having been a St John Ambulance Cymru member for 36 years – along with his Civil Service experience and standards. He is currently a VAT Manager, having fulfilled various roles within HMRC - the most rewarding of which for him was the 15 years spent in Learning and Development with responsibility for the introduction and delivery of Tax Credits. He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Andrew believes community, family and friends are the bedrock of our society.
Shereen Williams MBE
A St John Ambulance Cymru trustee since 2018, Shereen is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales (LDBCW). Prior to taking up the post with LDBCW in January 2019, she worked in local government for nearly a decade. As a local government officer, Shereen worked across East Gwent, managing teams responsible for the delivery of strategic Priorities including migration, preventing violent extremism, equalities and community cohesion. Shereen has been a community activist for 15 years and has an interest in race and diversity matters, cohesion, and inclusion. She currently sits as a magistrate in Gwent and is a Board member of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
Reverend David Morris
Originally from the Rhondda Valley, David has been an Anglican priest for ten years serving parishes in Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and, currently, the east of the Vale of Glamorgan. He is the Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Llandaff, with primary responsibility for the recruitment and training of new clergy, but also heads up the team responsible for the discernment of vocations to all licensed ministries within the church. David has been a chaplain within St John Ambulance Cymru for ten years and currently serves as Dean of the Welsh Priory. As Dean, he is responsible for nurturing and sustaining the Christian ethos of the organisation and providing pastoral care to all staff and volunteers through chaplaincy provision. David joined the Board in 2020.
Helen spent 15 years running the Museums and Heritage Service at Caerphilly County Borough Council where she was Principal Museums & Heritage Officer between 2007 and 2017. There, she was responsible for the successful management, development and delivery of the Museums & Heritage Service, its sites, staff and volunteers. With a passion for volunteering, Helen has given her time to support several charitable causes including the Cub Scouts and her local PTA. In her current role, Helen is responsible for leading on volunteering and participation for the National Trust in Wales and has brought her third sector expertise of volunteer-based charities to the St John Ambulance Cymru board since February 2021.
James joined the not-for-profit sector five years ago after over a decade with PwC, the world’s largest firm of professional advisors. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, James brings his experience of governance, risk management and stakeholder alignment to St John Ambulance Cymru where he has served as a trustee since February 2021. James is currently Assistant Director of Corporate Finance at Pobl Group, Wales’ largest housing association, where he oversees the strategic treasury approach for the loan and capital markets portfolio to fund the development of more homes for people in need. He is also a non-executive board member for other organisations supporting collaborative development of energy-efficient new homes and effective use of heritage assets.
As Head of Customer Success for UK multinational software corporation Blue Prism, Emily has worked with many major customers to help make the most of their digital workforce. Previously, Emily was the UK Head of Intelligent Automation at the global IT consulting firm CGI before joining Blue Prism in June 2018. An MSc graduate, Emily has more than 10 years’ experience across a variety of IT and operational roles. Emily’s first encounter with St John Ambulance Cymru was when she joined the charity as a Badger in Gwent in the 90s. Her involvement with the charity has now come full circle as she became a trustee in February 2021 and is board lead on digital and data development and compliance.
Nick, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, became a trustee at St John Ambulance Cymru in early 2021. With over 25 years corporate finance and banking experience behind him, Nick is now New Investments Fund Manager at Development Bank of Wales. Dealing with large corporate and SME businesses on a daily basis, Nick is no stranger to advising businesses on their funding requirements both domestically and internationally.