Aside from a short break for personal reasons Gail has been involved with Recovery Cymru since its inception. Gail has a long work history in the third sector and brings HR, operational and strategic experience to the Board. Gail Smith worked with the Huggard as a substance misuse development worker and has many years’ experience working with vulnerable adults from all walks of life. She now works for the Salvation Army. “I’m really excited to be on the RC Board of Trustees, RC’s work is so close to my heart and the community model is something I’m very passionate about”
Originally from Leicestershire Amanda-Jane has lived in Cardiff for 20 years. She works for supported housing in Neath/Port Talbot helping homeless young people to live independently. Having completed a PhD in Organisational Governance and Gender Equality issues, Amanda-Jane was keen to use her skills and expertise to support our community as a Trustee.
Jenny Harking is our Chair of Trustees. “I joined Recovery Cymru as a volunteer back in 2011 when we were based in the old centre on Llandaff Road. I had not been in recovery myself but my experiences of substance misuse had been seeing close friends change into someone I no longer recognised. With my work in DWP I wanted to understand what people could do to work their way out of where they were. My role as a trustee keeps me involved and I see it as our responsibility to keep RC going along the right track, to see it meets its regulations and financial requirements as well as looking after its staff, volunteers and members.
I joined as a trustee in October last year. I’m really interested in helping people be the best they can and that’s why during the day I work in Human Resources for a government agency. Outside of work, I cook (anything!) and enjoy music. I play a range of musical instruments all really badly. Perhaps I should be more interested in exercise (at least that’s what my husband tells me) financial requirements as well as looking after its staff, volunteers and members. Dominic is currently our Secretary for the Board.
I was interested in being a trustee because I am passionate about the work the third sector does and I am interested in the personal and career development that comes from being a trustee. I have a lot of personal family experience of the effects of substance misuse. I am interested in working with Recovery Cymru specifically because I am keen to support the charity and give something back.