I have been with Anheddau since 1991, when I joined a team of three as Head of Resources. Being part of such a lively, diverse and successful Organisation continues to be satisfying, challenging and fun. I have personally benefitted from the learning and development and flexible working opportunities available.
Outside of Anheddau I am a voracious reader, motorcyclist, scuba diver and dachshund enthusiast (I have four!). I am also a vegetarian who enjoys eating out and exploring new and innovative cuisines.
I joined Anheddau in 1992 as a Learning Disability House Manager. All those years ago the service, which still runs very successfully today, had not been built. In those first few years it was very exciting being a part of the development of learning disability section and watching Anheddau grow into the Organisation it is today. I feel proud to be part of such a diverse and vibrant Organisation and I look forward to its continued development in the future as a leading provider of good quality support to all service users.
At home, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like to travel and see new places either in the UK or abroad.
I joined Anheddau in 1997 as a Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive. This role gave me an insight into the ‘mechanics’ of the Organisation. As the Organisation grew in size my role evolved. I became a member of the Senior Management Team in 2004 and took over responsibility for Health and Safety and Learning and Development alongside the HR and Admin. Team a few years later. My aim in managing this Team has been to further develop and put into practice Anheddau’s line that ‘staff are the key to quality service’.
Outside of work from an early age I have enjoyed skiing, walking and have always had a passion for collecting vintage advertising and paraphernalia. In my spare time I am involved with the North Wales Snowsports Club and am Treasurer of a Cylch Meithrin. My main focus however is on spending time with my family.
I have been working with Anheddau since 2003. This presents many challenges but is ultimately rewarding. There is never a dull moment! My involvement with HR and ICT ensures diversity in my working day. I strive to ensure that my involvement within Anheddau is of benefit to the the service users.
For fun I play in an indie rock band. At present as a drummer but do tinker with the guitar and vocals when the mood takes me! I enjoy motorcycling and am about to embark on restoring a 1960’s Peugeot scooter. My last passion is a taste for sporty Italian cars, especially when they are not broken!
I worked as a support worker for a number of years, starting in summer play schemes when I was 15, working with children with learning and physical disabilities. I subsequently worked as a support worker for Anheddau in 2001, whilst I was completing my teaching degree at Bangor University.
After working away for a few years, in 2005 I came back to live on Anglesey and started working as an In House Trainer for Anheddau, delivering core training to all staff, gaining qualifications in Manual Handling train the trainer, First Aid, Fire Safety, Food Hygiene, Break Away and De Escalation.
Since being in my current role I have gained my NEBOSH general certificate and NEBOSH in Fire Safety and a wide range of experiences that is unique to Health and Safety in the care sector.
In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my two young children. We have recently bought a caravan and are attempting to see a lot more of the UK on caravaning holidays during the next few years. I also enjoy arranging a variety of charity events with a close group of friends to raise money for Cancer Research UK and if I have any time left to myself I spend it on quiet beach walks with my Springer Spaniel.
I always knew that I wanted to work in Social Care . After gaining my degree in Manchester I began working for Stockport Council where I supported people with disabilities to find paid employment. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge, two years later I decided to re-locate back to North Wales. I then found a job with Wrexham Mental Health Services again supporting adults. A year later I moved to Bangor where I began working for Anheddau as a Wellbeing Co-ordinator, further training and experience enabled me to become the Registered Manager in 2009. I have enjoyed watching Anheddau grow as an organisation, as well as myself , staff and service users. I also enjoy working alongside people who also have a passion for making a positive difference to people’s lives.
At a very young age I made a conscious decision about my career. A vocation, to deliver a quality service to vulnerable adults.
On leaving college I worked at a residential hostel as a Care Assistant. Eventually, having gained practical experience , I worked as an Instructor , meeting the needs of individuals with Challenging Behaviour, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health problems at a Day Centre.
Following this I worked at the Leonard Cheshire Home in Norwich. On my return home to Pen Llyn , I worked with the Gwynedd Social Services Department in various similar roles.
Twenty two years ago which, feels like yesterday , I joined Anheddau. Being impressed with a workforce striving to, deliver a quality service, with the best interests of individuals at the heart and core of the Organisation.
I first started working for Anheddau as my first job after University back in 2004. I joined as a Finance Assistant responsible for the sales ledger processing and banking duties. From there I have now progressed to becoming the Finance Manager for Anheddau where by I am responsible for the entire finance function including our in house payroll team. I am now also a member of the Senior Manager team in the role of Assistant Chief Financial Officer.
My interests outside of work are to head for the mountains to find some exciting trails on my bike, keeping my car clean and currently putting my DIY skills to test on renovating my house.
BEd (Hons), Cert Mental Health, D32/33/V1/Unit 404 Award
The focus of my work with Anheddau has primarily been in the Training Department which I joined in 2003 as an NVQ Assessor whilst working as a support worker. Prior to this I enjoyed working in different workplaces within Anheddau and for other organisations in a variety of roles. This included teaching in mainstream and specialist schools before becoming a Registered Manager in a community setting. I have a particular interest in supporting people with mental health problems and autism.
Currently I manage the Learning & Development function which includes mandatory core training, client-specific training and Health & Social Care accredited qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework.
I have always enjoyed family-based activities, reading, travelling and keeping in touch with friends although since becoming a grandmother can now add baby sitting. I am a keen DIY enthusiast but now leave the real work to the experts.
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Following a career in the private sector where he developed an interest in Organization and Methods, he moved to local government as a Management Services Officer. An increasing focus on Management and Organizational Development led to work in Strategic HRM and Organizational Change. His main interests lie in the fields of strategic management, regional economic development and public administration. He has been involved in projects in Regional Economic Development and the use and application of EU Structural Funds and is currently researching factors creating competitive advantage at regional and sub-regional levels.
Following a short time as a social worker and then in retail, from 1978 Gwylan worked for many years as administration officer of the Welsh Folk Museum, Sain Ffagan, with particular responsibility for staffing, finance, maintenance and general management. Subsequently, she specialised in HR, setting up a new HR function for Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, covering recruitment, staff development, terms and conditions, payroll, company pension scheme and fund management. Brought up in Llansadwrn, she returned to Anglesey to live after retiring in 2010. She has subsequently renovated an old ‘Ty Capel’, she is a member of a small church choir and also recycles furniture to raise money for charity. She has been an Anheddau Trustee since March 2015.
Martin started in residential social work in Coventry in the 1970s, moved to Worcestershire as a trainee social worker and completed his professional training in Sheffield.
He moved to a smallholding on Anglesey in 1985 and worked as a principal officer in mental health and learning disability services with the old Gwynedd County Council.
He progressed to become a service manager for many years and ultimately assistant director in the Gwynedd Local Health Board and subsequently the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board responsible for designing, planning and commissioning services in these and related fields.
In between he also established the Gwynedd Supporting People team and managed the Community Safety Team (including responsibility for commissioning substance misuse services).
Following taking early retirement in 2012 Martin works as an occasional advisor and mentor and became a Director of Anheddau in 2014 (he was also involved in establishing the company).
His main interest is sheepdog trialling which currently also involves maintaining the North Wales Sheepdog Society’s website and social media.
John D. Williams BA hons (Psychology) C.Q.S.W
John , a native of Anglesey and a fluent Welsh speaker, graduated with a degree in Psychology from Liverpool University in 1970. John then worked as a social worker in Residential and Field social work in Liverpool between 1970 and 1979, gaining his CQSW in 1977. In 1979 John returned to Anglesey and between 1979 and 1983 worked as a trainer on the newly established Certificate in Social Services. In 1985 he established and then ran the North Wales Practice Centre, a multi agency training venture covering North Wales, and based at the University in Bangor. In 1991 John returned to the field and helped establish and run Gwynedd’s new Independent Inspection Unit. In 1996 John was appointed as Assistant Director for Adult Social Services in the newly established County of Conwy. John continued to work for Conwy until his retirement in 2008, at which time he was Director of Social Services for the County. John currently sits on the Employment Tribunal, and the Advisory Committee of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales. His main interest are rugby, singing, sailing and mountain walking.