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Trustees at The wallich


The role of trustees in charity governance cannot be underestimated. Our diverse board of experts help The Wallich remain solvent, compliant, safe and trusted.

The third sector is currently facing a number of challenges, with ever increasing demands and resources that don’t increase at the same rate.

As trustees, they are committed to ensuring that services are delivered to maximum public benefit whilst upholding the highest ethical standards.

At The Wallich, we hold our organisational values close to our hearts and they transfer directly into how we set the culture of the charity at board level. Ultimately, our role is to scrutinise but this must be balanced with our supportive role as critical friends.


The Wallich Board of Trustees - November meet


Oliver Townsend


Oliver currently works for Platfform, but prior to that worked at Cymorth Cymru, representing member organisations including The Wallich, Welsh Government and beyond.

With a professional background in marketing, policy and communications, and personal experiences of powerlessness in big NHS settings, he hopes to bring some of those skills and experiences to The Wallich.

Cinzia Porcedda

Vice Chair

Cinzia works as Senior Strategy Advisor at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body.

She sits on other boards and champions gender equality as Chair of the UKRI Women’s Chapter Staff Network.

She wants to contribute to The Wallich’s aims by bringing strategic thinking and governance skills to the table.

She is passionate about advocating for vulnerable people and equal opportunities and inclusion for all.


Ellie Hetenyi


Ellie is an external audit manager specialising in the financial review of charities, education and central government clients.

With a background in external audit, internal audit and risk assurance, Ellie now leads KPMG UK‘s charity audit team.

Ellie is a chartered accountant who has previously served as a trustee of an animal welfare charity, and now brings this expertise to the Wallich as Trustee and Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee.

Prof Simon Moore

Simon is a renowned and respected Professor at Cardiff University.

In addition to a vast academic portfolio of published work, Simon specialises in service evaluation and impact assessments to do with reducing alcohol-related harm.

Siobhan Williams

Siobhan is a solicitor at Darwin Gray.

She focuses on overall Governance at The Wallich and is Chair of the People and Talent Committee.

Siobhan Johnson

Siobhan is a Chartered member of the CIPD and experienced Senior Human Resources and Organisational Development professional with over 14 years experience in social housing.

Now working as a freelance consultant, she is also skilled in Coaching, Culture Change, Critical Thinking, Employee Wellbeing, Leadership and Management.

Siobhan is an advocate for equality and diversity and passionate about people realising their full potential.

Polly Thompson

Polly is IT Director at Valleys to Coast.

Prior to that, she spent 14 years supporting the use of technology and data to help individuals and to campaign for policy change.

Polly has an MBA from the Open University.

Mary-Ann McKibben

Mary-Ann is a Consultant in Public Health at Public Health Wales.

She is responsible for national programmes aimed at creating the conditions to support and improve mental and physical health and wellbeing in the workplace and embed preventive approaches across the NHS.

She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and has worked on a wide range of public health issues in previous roles, including substance misuse, mental health and wellbeing, and offender health.

She has been a Board member of both Alcohol Concern in the UK and a family social services provider in New Zealand.

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