Trustees

Dolen Cymru - Wales Lesotho Link is the name of the Registered Charity (1143448) and the  Company Limited by Guarantee (07578753). The Trustees of the charity are Directors of the Company

 

 

Dolen Trustees 

Paul Myres

Chair

Paul is a retired GP who worked for thirty years in a practice near Wrexham.  His youngest son , Andy attended Penley School which has a link with St Saviours in Leribe, North Lesotho.  Andy had a great time and Paul met teachers and students from  Leribe when they visited Wales.When Paul became Chair of the Royal College of GPs in Wales in 2012 he visited Lesotho with Carl Clowes and met the director of the Family Medicine Training Programme,  later establishing a link between RCGPWales, Dolen Cymru and the Fam Med Programme. He has been part of six visiting health professional teams supporting training in mental health and palliative care. He has also been involved in the training Dolen Cymru has provided to other health care professionals in Lesotho and visited schools in Thaba Tseka, Leribe and Maseru.He was chair of the Dolen Health Group until 2019 and has been chair of the Trustee Board since November 2018.   He is also treasurer for the Wales and Africa Health Links Network and on the Board of Hub Cymru Africa.

He and his wife enjoy walking and are slowly completing a circuit of Wales. Paul raised money for Dolen Cymru for the first 100 miles along the north Wales coast and more recently by abseiling by (and in!) the 630 ft waterfall at Semonkong.

 

Maria Moore

Treasurer

Maria is a registered nurse who has been involved with Dolen Cymru since first visiting Lesotho in 2003 where she spent 3 months in Qacha's Nek. She has a background in public health with a particular interest in international health, infectious diseases and the strengthening of health care systems.
Maria has previously been the secretary of the health group and is currently coming to the end of a 7 year stint as a board member.
 

 

Aaron Pritchard

Aaron first visited Lesotho in 2015 as part of a Partnership between the University Health Board in North Wales and Quthing district in Lesotho and was later volunteer co-ordinator of a THET funded health system strengthening programme with Quthing district.

Aaron remains strongly involved with health development work in Lesotho and became a Trustee of Dolen Cymru Wales-Lesotho partnership in 2018.

He has completed the MSc programme in Global Health through Manchester University and holds an honorary lectureship at Bangor University, contributing to aspects of the MSc programme in Public Health and Health Promotion.

 

 

Florence Ngobeni-Allen

Simangele Florence Allen moved to the UK from South Africa four years ago with her British husband and two sons. She has over 20 years experience in  community development. This includes her work as an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Florence has been involved in changing health policies, public relations and building partnerships with other stakeholders including world leaders and influenced the design and implementation of HIV programs globally. Shealso mobilised and advocated for global funding access of HIV/AIDS services and access for funding for global HIV programs.

She specialises in mental health and is a qualified counsellor and passionate about working with marginalised groups to help them access psychotherapeutic services and support.

 

Janet Ivimey-Cook

Janet's background is in law and she moved back to Cardiff 20 years ago, ending up only a few miles from where her Dad was brought up in Dinas Powys.   She hasbeen a lawyer in private practice and latterly worked as  Principle Legal Adviser to Barry Magistrates Court before moving into national Judicial Training in 2010.She still lives in Cardiff (luckily for me just beside Roath Park) with her Dad and her small but very demanding dog.

Janet fell in love with Lesotho when she travelled there in her 20s. She met some wonderful people trekking there and is looking forward to being able to visit again at some point in the future when the situation allows.

Janet hopes to be able to bring my legal and training experience to the organisation.  Much of what she does now is to prepare national training materials on such diverse aspect of law and procedure as the Bangalore principles and Domestic Abuse.  

 

 

Gareth Morgans

Gareth was appointed Carmarthenshire Local Authority’s Director of Education and Children's Services, in November 2017.

Gareth began his career as a teacher in Dyfed in 1987 after graduating from Trinity College, Carmarthen. After two years teaching at Borth near Aberystwyth he was appointed Deputy Headteacher of Ysgol Ffynnonbedr in Lampeter. He was Headteacher for 18 years at two primary schools in Carmarthenshire- Coedmor and Nantgaredig. In 2003 he won the title of Primary Headteacher of the Year in the Welsh Teaching Awards.

He worked for Carmarthenshire Education Authority as Head of Service from 2009 to 2016 and appointed Chief Education Officer in 2013 with responsibility for standards, learner outcomes, school effectiveness, inclusion, governance, performance management and the Welsh language. He has worked as an Estyn registered inspector in the primary sector and as a local authority peer inspector.  

Gareth has been involved with Dolen Cymru Lesotho, working primarily on Education projects, for over twenty years. He is a past Chair of the Board.

 

 

 

Dylan Gallanders

Dylan works as the North Wales Support and Engagement Executive for the Community Transport Association, a UK wide charity. His role is to help support small charities and community groups to reduce social isolation and loneliness through accessible and inclusive transport. He is also a member of the National Lottery Community Fund’s People and Places Committee, which distributes grants of up to £500,000 to organisations across Wales to help them make a difference within their communities.

He developed a passion for Lesotho having travelled there as part of a link between his former secondary school and a school in Leribe. In the lead up to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he also acted as the Team Liaison Officer for the Lesotho Commonwealth Team for the duration of their training camp at Glyndwr University. He is a graduate from the University of Bath and has previously worked for Wrexham County Borough Council as the coordinator of a scheme supporting young people to become more physically active.

 

 

Vicki Norrish

Victoria is an experienced primary school teacher working in a large multi-cultural school in Cardiff with a passion for global development, citizenship and children’s rights education. She studied at Bath Spa University before gaining a Master’s in Education from Cardiff University.

She first joined Dolen Cymru in 2018 as a volunteer teacher in the six month Lesotho Teacher Placement Programme(LTPP). During this time, she worked with teachers, trainee teachers and children in the mountain town of Thaba Tseka, collaborating and sharing teaching practice while also sharing the journey with her school back in Wales.

Since her return, she has been a member of the Education Committee for Dolen Cymru. Her work and links with Lesotho have continued, thorough school linking and shared activities between Wales and Lesotho (such as the annual World Water Day International Olympiad). She became a Board Member and Trustee for Dolen Cymru in early 2020.

 

Lehlaka Mohapi

Qualifications: BED +BED Honours Degrees University of The Free State Republic of South Africa.(2007-2012)
Dolen Cymru Primary Education Leadership Programme Wales UK (2015) funded by Commonwealth Fellowship Scholarship.
Work Experience: A teacher from 1996-2006, Senior teacher 2011-2012,Assistant Specialist Teacher 2012-2013, Head Teacher 2014-2019, District Education Inspector 2019 to date.

Additional Experience: Student Assistant and
Tutor University of the Free State 2008-2010.
Appointed as Trustee Dolen Cymru Board of Directors 2019.

 

 

Shaun Croeser

Shaun has spent his career in financial services, working for several firms and regulators during that time. A highlight of his career has been the work at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), where alongside the National Treasury, he worked with several co-operative financial institutions to improve their effectiveness and assist in their development into community Co-operative banks. He was also the SARB representative at African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Association (ACCOSCA) and World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) events.

Having grown up in rural South Africa, Shaun is acutely aware of the importance of education in lifting individuals and families out of poverty.

Currently employed at Admiral, Shaun recently completed his MBA and has nearly completed his corporate treasury qualification through the Association of Corporate Treasurers

 

 
     

 

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