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We are a registered charitable organisation, no 1155903 and governed by a constitution approved by the Charity Commission.

The policy direction of the charity together with scrutiny of its work is exercised by the Board of Trustees comprising of nine members. The board meets six times annually, together with an Annual General Meeting.

The accounts of the charity are audited externally on an annual basis. 

View our annual report- year ending 31 March 2020

The organisation is in membership of Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and Age Cymru.


Responsibility for the charity’s affairs is in the hands of a Board of Trustees which meets regularly and is served by two committees, finance and human resources.


Board of Trustees (November 2019)

Mr Michael Harbinson - Hon Life Vice President 
Mr Colin Adlam - Hon Life Vice President
Mr Joe Frost - Hon Life Vice President
Mrs Penny Stock - Hon Life Vice President
Mr Aidan Reynolds - Hon Life Vice President

Professor Carolyn Wallace, PhD, MSc, PGCE, BSc, FHEA, RGN - Chair

Professor Community Health & Care Services, University of South Wales/PRIME Centre Wales, Cardiff/Director Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR).

Carolyn is a nurse with over 20 years in the NHS as both practitioner and manager. She has worked in hospital and community settings, particularly in frailty and integrated care. She has been a trustee at Age Cymru Gwent for over 7 years. Since 2004 Carolyn has worked at the University of South Wales where she has developed health and Care management programmes and an expertise in applied mixed methods research. Her most recent studies range from leading the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) and its network in partnership with the WCVA, the Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and Tool (FRAIT) and Evaluation of the Wet Ageing Macular Degeneration (WAMD) pathfinder services in Wales.

PRIME Centre Wales is a virtual centre in partnership between the Universities of Cardiff, Bangor, Glynd┼Ár, Swansea and University of South Wales, funded by Health and Care Research Wales. It is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of primary and emergency care disciplines.  It was launched in 2015. http://www.primecentre.wales/

Mr John Grimes - Vice Chair

If I had to describe myself in (about) 3 words I would say: mathematician, bureaucrat, Bob Dylan-lover.

If you gave me a few more I would add: Statistician, (ex) Civil Servant, economic development and governance. I could go into more detail and say I specialised in health statistics at the start of my career, I ran a major industrial grant scheme for about ten years and, finally, was Head of Governance at the National Assembly for Wales.

I am now retired but active, and unpaid, as a trustee of two charities and a school governor. I am also a surveyor for the National Plant Monitoring Survey.

And if you asked about other interests I would probably say: photography, hill-walking, 5 grandchildren, wildflowers and Mozart.

Mr Philip Brabon - Treasurer

I took early retirement from Barclays Bank in 2001 after 34 years of service, leaving as a Corporate Relationship Manager based in Newport. I am a past President of Chepstow Agricultural Society, a Treasurer of Shirenewton Local History Society and an auditor for various local organisations. I have lived in Monmouthshire with my wife since 1987 and a Magistrate, now retired, sitting in South East Wales.

I enjoy most sports having played rugby for 20 years and more recently squash for the past 30 years but like the above, I have now retired. Instead I now watch rugby, football and most other sports from the comfort of an armchair.

I’m a keen weekly hill and mountain walker taking in the Beacons, Black Mountains and Cotswold areas

Mr Cliff Edwards

After completing my education I worked for 33 years in the pharmaceutical industry for a large American corporation, in various sales and marketing roles. I am an advisor for the Welsh Rugby Union and a member of Risca Male Voice Choir. I am an active member of St Johns' Church in Rogerstone, where I was treasurer for 15 years. I have been governor on the board of two local schools, and I was elected as a Community Councillor in 2013.

Betsi Knight

I retired as a Discharge Liaison Nurse from ABUHB in March 2015 where I had been working with Monmouthshire Social Services assessing patients’ health and social needs. Prior to this I was a District Nurse Team Leader. I have nursed abroad in Canada and Hong Kong working with older people and in Hong Kong also worked as a volunteer with illegal immigrants and taught English to resident Japanese families. For many years I was a volunteer with Gwent Talking Newspaper for the visually impaired and blind. I am an active member of our local rural Community Project Group, a keen historian and enjoy the arts.

Mrs Sheridan Methuen

I had a 19 year, fulfilling career with the NHS, working as an orthopaedic theatre nurse, training and education lead & visiting lecturer for South Bank University.

In 2006 I joined Biomet, a world leading, global, blue chip, medical devices company with offices and manufacturing in Bridgend as Services & Solutions Director. I was fortunate to lead a team of experts and work alongside multi-disciplinary groups in NHS and private hospitals across the UK. My role, objective & passion was to work as trusted partners in the delivery of optimum patient care across the breadth of the patient journey to ensure an outstanding experience for every patient, every time.

I now consult independendently with a variety of clients on project and change management strategies overseeing the design, implementation and development of streamined operational processes and procedures that effect sustainable change.

Mr Nick Haynes

I retired from Heddlu Gwent Police in 2012 after 30 years Police Service, spending much of my service working within a Community Safety role across Gwent and in particular in Newport. I worked with Victims of Crime and also managed various projects with Newport Community Safety Partnership to reduce crime across the City of Newport. This involved engaging with many community groups and organisations that work with and support older and vulnerable people.


I am currently an independent consultant for the Caravan and Motorhome Club advising on the requirements and development of small ‘low impact’ caravan sites across South Wales and South West England.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking with my two Cocker Spaniels, undertaking family history research and touring the UK and Europe in my caravan.