Our Board

President: Professor the Baroness Finlay

Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is President of ASH Wales Cymru. Ilora Finlay is a Professor of Palliative Medicine working with the Marie Curie Cancer Care since 1987. She was Vice Dean in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University between August 2000 and October 2005 and has recently taken up the position of President at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Since her elevation to a Peerage in 2001, she has been actively involved in debates on health issues, particularly relating to Health and Tobacco. She is a Member of the Select Committees on Science and Technology, and recently on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. She is President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, MS Cymru and Patron of Shalom Hospice, Wales. She has also published and lectured widely on palliative care, and created the renowned postgraduate distance learning courses in palliative care at Cardiff University.

Chair: John Griffiths

John has been active in tobacco control for nearly 30 years, leading the development and implementation of health promotion programmes across Wales and Europe. He has worked for the Welsh Heart Programme (Heartbeat Wales), Health Promotion Wales and the Welsh Government. He created the workplace health accreditation scheme ‘Health at Work: the Corporate Standards’ as well as, more recently, the Small Business Health Award. He was also involved in the development of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion and is a technical advisor to the European Enterprise for Health Network.

Treasurer: Michael Grant

Mike Grant initially worked as a teacher after university but then trained as an accountant with KPMG in the early 1980s. He subsequently worked in a number of finance roles for KPMG, the London Borough of Lambeth, the Welsh Office, the Royal College of Music and Drama and the University of Wales College of Medicine, the latter two as Director of Finance. He currently works for Cardiff University in one of its Administrative Directorates where he heads up the University's NHS Liaison Unit as well as being line manager for the Joint Internal Audit Unit and for some research facilities.

Trustees

Lynette Pothecary

Lynette Pothecary works as a Health Promotion Officer and Smoking Cessation Advisor within the Environmental Health Department of the City and County Council of Swansea. She has worked extensively in smoking cessation, particularly with young people, and has been instrumental in setting up many projects working with young people in the Swansea area. Lynette also works with the Stop Smoking Wales Service as a Smoking Cessation Counsellor.

Helen Poole

Helen Poole (BA Hons PGDip) is a hospital-based Smoking Cessation Counsellor working at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where she advises inpatients on their smoking and supports their care on discharge.

Delyth Lloyd

Before taking up her post as Policy and Advocacy Manager, Wales for the British Heart Foundation in January 2006, Delyth worked directly and indirectly in the political arena in Wales for many years, starting her career as constituency assistant and press officer to Dafydd Wigley MP before he became an Assembly Member in 1999.

Since devolution in Wales, and up to 2006, Delyth worked as a freelance public relations consultant working on client accounts including Celtic Offshore Wind Ltd, Arriva plc, Boots the Chemist, Asthma UK, Pfizer Ltd., and Cancer Research UK (Wales).

Dr Iolo Doull

Dr Iolo Doull is a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital for Wales in Cardiff and is the Officer for Wales for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Iolo is a fluent Welsh speaker who trained at Southampton University and Great Ormond Street in London, where he became a paediatric specialist.

He has an active research programme into respiratory diseases in children, and was until recently secretary of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society. He is an external advisor to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), and was Chairman of the Respiratory Working Group of the Welsh Government’s Children and Young Peoples Specialist services project (CYPSS). Iolo is also chair of the Paediatric National Specialty Advisory Group which reports to the Welsh Government.

Gemma Bowen

Gemma Bowen is a part-time ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service. She is also an accredited mediator and consultant solicitor working in the dispute resolution sector. Gemma previously worked as the head of investigations at Consumer Focus based in Cardiff. She provided legal support to Consumer Focus and helped consumers secure refunds from the energy company, npower, in the region of £70 million. Prior to joining Consumer Focus, Gemma spent over 16 years in private practice working in the legal business sector. She has a broad range of experience in dispute avoidance and resolution matters.

Helen Richards

Helen Richards (BSc MCIH) is the Partnership Manager, Wales for The Discretionary Assistance Fund – supporting & developing a robust partner network. Prior to this, Helen worked for The Prince’s Trust Cymru managing volunteer development & employee engagement. Helen is a housing professional and has also worked substantially in the housing sector specialising in community development, tenant involvement and fundraising. Helen volunteers as a trainer & community mediator, predominately supporting small BME charities to strengthen their governance systems. Helen cares for her disabled husband, has two Hungarian Vizsla dogs. Helen & her husband campaign for better disabled access in the countryside.

Andrea Dickens

Andrea is currently Deputy Director of Smokefree South West, a regional organisation established in 2009 to work across health and other agencies. She has been involved in the field since 2000 when she joined the All Wales Smoking Cessation Service (later Stop Smoking Wales) at its inception.

Andrea’s previous career has involved working in the private sector, in roles such as pharmacy management and sales. As well as a Masters Degree in Public Health she also has a Masters Degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Qualified as a Counsellor, she has worked in the voluntary sector with a charity supporting those affected by cancer.

Delyth Wyn Jones

Delyth Jones is a Principal Public Health Officer for Public Health Wales based in the North Wales Local Public Health Team. She has worked in tobacco control for nearly 25 years; during this time she has led on the implementation of a range of national and local partnership programmes and service developments. Her current responsibilities include local implementation of the national Tobacco Control plan and she leads on smoking prevention and smoking cessation in pregnancy. Delyth is a fluent welsh speaker.