Our Trustee Board has responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of Kaleidoscope – ensuring that we uphold our ethos and purpose and delivers our objectives. Our board meets a minimum of 4 times per year.
Chris has been involved with Kaleidoscope ever since we arrived in Wales. As Managing Director of Newport City Council and Chair of the Community Safety Partnership he was concerned as to the range and quality of substance misuse services then available in the city. This led to the invitation to Kaleidoscope to work initially in Newport and provide some of the high quality services clients deserve.
Following retirement in 2009 Chris joined the Board and became Chair in 2011. Because of the benefits that our services bring to vulnerable people and communities, Kaleidoscope is an important commitment for Chris which brings him a great deal of personal satisfaction.
He is also Chair of Audit for a university, a Governor of an FE college a former Chair of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Gwent.
Rev Ken Walker
Ken Walker is the minister of John Bunyan Baptist Church in Kingston upon Thames, the church where Kaleidoscope began through its visionary minister Rev Eric Blakebrough, well over 40 years ago.
From the North West of England, after reading Modern Languages and Theology at Cambridge Ken trained for ministry at the South Wales Baptist College in Cardiff, before going in 1979 to his first church in Swansea where his two sons were born. Since 1987 he has been a minister in the London area, going to Kingston in 2002.
Ken says “I have a strong belief that churches should relate to the wider life of the community, am committed to working ecumenically, and I serve on the Board as a link with the place of Kaleidoscope’s origins where its values were shaped. I’m delighted to be involved with an organisation that continues my links with Wales”. Leisure interests shared with his wife include singing in choirs and walking coastal paths.
Tim has been a Board member with Kaleidoscope for more than 20 years. As a chartered accountant, Tim’s areas of expertise include finance, governance, risk management and internal control. He was a partner with Ernst & Young for over 25 years and, since leaving EY in December 2009, he has worked with a wide range of social enterprises and charities on projects that have involved strategy development, fundraising, performance improvement and litigation support.
Tim has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University and worked with Adele Blakebrough to set up Social Business Trust where he was appointed to the Board in December 2010. Tim is also a Director of Transgenerational Change Limited, an innovative social enterprise working with families with multiple disadvantages and of Fortius Group, a collective of world leading orthopaedic clinicians.
Prior to his retirement, Julian was Chief Superintendent at Gwent Police and Head of Neighbourhood and Partnerships responsible for all territorial policing across the five unitary authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.
Appointed Police Commander of the Celtic Manor Resort during the NATO Summit in 2014 and involved in the policing of the European Summit in 2005 and the Ryder Cup in 2010.
Julian was the Chair of the Gwent Area Planning Board for Substance Misuse for 5 years and led the commissioning of the largest single service contract ever awarded in Wales in May 2015 for an integrated Adult Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Service. For the last two years of service he was the strategic lead for Mental Health in Gwent Police highlighting the growing significance of this area both internally among staff and its impact on the delivery of policing services to the local community.
As well as a recently joining the Board of Trustees of the Kaleidoscope, Julian is Chair of Governors for Crindau Primary School and a Community Governor at Bassaleg Comprehensive School. He is also the Chair of the City of Newport Swimming and Waterpolo Club. In his limited spare time he walks the fairways of local golf clubs proving Mark Twain was wrong.
Danny was instrumental in setting up Aneurin Bevan Continuous Improvement which is a health improvement centre offering leadership, support, training in improvement methodologies and project design and support. It’s collaboration with the Department of Mathematics at Cardiff University which can offer system modelling has won several awards.
Previously Danny was a psychiatrist for 30 years with about half that time in medical management and he worked on several large change projects in mental health. Danny says “I believe an understanding of the psychology of organisations and individuals and engaging what motivates health and social care professionals is hugely beneficial when trying to transform large complex organisations and systems.
B.Sc.(Hons), B.A.(Hons), M.Sc., M.B.A., C.Env., F.I.W.M., C.M.C.I.E.H.
“Stephen has been a Board Member of Kaleidoscope for four years joining after a managerial career in local government which saw many challenges including responsibilities for Community safety, and Environmental Health.
During his career he became involved with substance misuse and saw first-hand how addiction damages communities and individuals. The opportunity to put something back into an organisation with a committed workforce who have a first class record in improving lives is a source of great pride for him, and he looks forward to helping Kaleidoscope meet the challenges of the future.”
I have a longstanding interest in how society manages people who do not conform to societal norms or live in a way that many of us do not understand. I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and this is reflected in my beliefs and values. Before retiring, I worked for the Probation Service, for over 20 years, latterly as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer for the then Dyfed Powys Probation Service. I also have experience of working within the voluntary sector with families with young children, travellers and homeless families and the Health Service.
Since retiring, I have learnt to weave and have two looms which I use to make things for my family and friends. I enjoy walking, volunteer at HMP Cardiff as a Quaker Chaplain and am a member of a Quaker Sub-Group on Crime, Community and Justice. The Crime, Community and Justice Sub-group aims to inform Quakers about the criminal justice system and to influence policy and practice.
I am pleased and feel privileged to be able to contribute, in a small way, to Kaleidoscope. An organisation which has values I share and who I believe tries makes a positive contribution to supporting people, who much of society do not understand, and often live on the edge.
(Former Group Legal Advisor at Gamma Telecom)
(Former Director of Inclusion Drugs Service)
(Editor of the Tablet)
(Senior Lecturer – School of Social Work, Kingston University )
She has previously taught on sociology and addictive behaviour, and delivered training to professionals in drug use and parenting issues. She has undertaken research in child protection issues for drugs agency workers, on working with parents who use drugs, and on the practice placement experience of employment-based route students.