Our Board

Shakira Joyner – Chair of Trustees

Shakira is the owner and Managing Director of a HR Consultancy- HCHR Ltd based in South Wales but with clients UK wide.

She joined HCHR in 2007 having just completed her law degree. With no practical office experience and unsure of where her career was heading, she started as an office administrator and it wasn’t long before she was hooked by the HR bug and the human connection that working in HR brings. She successfully made the cross over into HR after completing her Master’s in Human Resources and Business Management in 2009,  was made Partner in 2012 and became Managing Director in 2016.  In the same year she won the South West Wales Business Awards in the Professional Woman of the Year category.

Her continuous professional development has led her to qualify as a mediator, exploring the complexities of relationships and conflict resolution.

Shakira was born in Saudi Arabia and loves travelling.  She lives with her partner and their Shih Tzu Mr Monty.

Damian Williams – Treasurer

Damian is a Chartered Certified Accountant with 15 years’ experience in the finance sector specialising in Audit & Assurance, Governance & Risk Management. Damian is Group Financial Controller for the U.K. division of an automotive aftermarket PLC.

Damian is also a Non-Executive Director with a Welsh Housing Group as part of his growing portfolio of voluntary governance roles.

Damian has a keen passion for the outdoors and regularly spends his free time with his fiancé, dog and 2 year old son camping, on country walks and visits to the beach.

He joined the Board of trustees in 2018.

Gwilym Roberts – Trustee

Gwilym is a counsellor and freelance consultant.  Formerly the National Director for Relate Cymru, a charity passionate about supporting stronger relationships, minimising the negative impact of separation and tackling domestic abuse. He believes that the strength of our relationships are fundamental to a thriving society.

Raised in Anglesey, he left Wales for University in England and enjoyed 20 years in the statutory and voluntary sectors before returning to Wales where he lives on a smallholding with his partner, a cat and lots of trees.  Gwilym enjoys working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people doing counselling, youth work, training, campaigning and empowering communities to take actions to help themselves.

He has been a trustee of Calan since 2016 and very much appreciates the valuable work we do to prevent and reduce the negative consequences of domestic abuse and to hold perpetrators to account.

Jen Lawton – Trustee

Jen has over 20 years experience within procurement, supply chain and project management roles on a national and international level and is qualified to both MCIPS status and Prince II practitioner status.  Throughout her career Jen has worked in the Public, Private and Voluntary sectors with a specific focus on supporting some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our society with a remit on tackling social exclusion.  In addition to this, Jen brings with her knowledge of change management, project management, strong strategic vision and business acumen.

Jen is a lover of animals and provides sanctuary for dogs who are looking for a home through the Many Tears fostering and home check scheme.

Maria Thomas – Trustee

Maria is the Regional Partnership Co-ordinator for Gwent VAWDASV, a position she started in January 2020. Previously the Director of Partnerships for the charity Shaw Trust, Maria has over 20 years experience of partnership working, business development and service model design for programmes that improve the life chances of everyone, with a specific focus on social justice. 

Maria was the Chair of Trustees at Welsh Womens Aid from 2011-2016 and has been a trustee of Calan DVS since December 2017. Maria is also a Trustee of Yateley Industries for the Disabled, based in Reading  and the Vice Chair of the Governing Body of Bedwas High School.

Maria loves watching her teenage son play rugby and football most weekends and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Maria is dedicated to VAWDASV prevention and early intervention and is continuously inspired by the work undertaken by Calan DVS staff.

Donna Watson – Trustee

Donna has been a Secondary School teacher for 20 years, specializing in Modern Languages and Humanities. She has an MA SEN (SpLD) and is the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator at a Secondary School in South Wales.

Donna is passionate about pupil wellbeing – both emotional and physical – and works with the school’s most vulnerable families including service users. She also sits on the Local Educational Authority’s Statutory Panel and co-ordinates transition and interventions for ALN pupils.  In her role she has undertaken various courses to support her Continued Professional Development including Mental Health First Aid, Attachment and Emotion Coaching.

Donna was born and raised in Aberystwyth; a fluent Welsh speaker, she is a single parent to two energetic boys and two equally energetic Staffy pups.  In her spare time, Donna enjoys ‘Treat Nights’ with her boys; she also coaches football for a local team, for which she is also the Safeguarding Officer.

Donna is a relatively new member of the Board of Trustees; she is hoping to combine her roles as teacher and Trustee to support and develop more comprehensive and appropriate Healthy Relationships sessions for school pupils of all ages.