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.

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.

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.

Owain Jones – Trustee

Owain has worked for over 20 years in the field of mental health. He is a registered mental health nurse with a special interest in person centred and values-based care. He is course leader for the Health & Social Care Management BSc at the University of South Wales. He has developed innovate mental health training packages that have been delivered to a variety of institutions supporting staff well-being and resilience in addition to being a Mental Health First Aid trainer.

He has held board positions with the Royal College of Nursing Wales.

Owain is a keen mountain runner and lives with his family and pets on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons.

Sian Jones – Trustee

Sian has over 20 years’ experience as a trustee in schools and charities. In her professional career Sian is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and has worked extensively in the public, private and voluntary sectors both in construction and in heritage conservation of the natural and built environments. She remains active in the property sector and continues to use her property and professional expertise.

Sian’s interest is in ensuring that Boards of Trustees work as well as they can to deliver for the people they help and is very committed to supporting Calan to make it the best organisation it can be. Sian has supported domestic violence Charities in a range of ways for seven years.

Sian has been a Governor for a number of schools and colleges and has taken the lead in Additional Learning Needs, Capital Projects and Governance.

Sian has an interest in painting and drawing, gardening, cooking, singing and loves walking on the beach with her very opinionated border collie Mali.