Meet the Eiriol Trustees

Andrew Hardwick

(MA, MBA, PGCE) – Chair to the Board of Trustees

Andrew retired from Warwick Business School where he was a Senior Teaching Fellow, and specialised in designing and delivering leadership development programmes for local government, football managers and managers in service industries. His experience was gained in the hotel industry and mens fashion. Prior to this role he worked with young people with emotional and behavioral difficulties and set up up Caldecott College in Kent for teachers social workers and foster carers.

In addition to course design he co-produced a textbook on this work: “Loving, Hating and Survival – A Handbook for All who Work with Troubled Children and Young People”, published by Ashgate in 1999. He was a trustee of Eiriol for 2 years before taking on the role of Chair early in 2015.

Liz Evans

(MA, CQSWE) – Trustee

Liz was also a Senior Practitioner for Dyfed Social Services specialising in Child and Family care. Mental Health Welfare Officer, Guardian ad Litem, she also has experience in the criminal justice system as a Senior Practitioner for the Probation Service, supervising sexual offenders. Liz now devotes her time to voluntary sector organisations with special emphasis on creative initiatives in drama and writing with young people and the elderly.

Liz was a teacher in Wales, then in the outer London area. Moving into social work, Liz worked as an Approved Mental Health Welfare Officer for eleven years.

Having completed her training at the Tavistock Institute of Family Therapy and Human Relationships, Liz was a Family Therapist.

She then had the opportunity to then work as part of a community team for the Bethlehem Adolescent Unit at Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital in London. Liz was also a member of the International Adoption and Fostering Committee for Middlesex, with most cases heard at the Family Division, High Court, The Strand, London.

Liz has also worked on a major surgery and terminal illness unit, at the University Hospital of Cardiff on an overdose unit and as a counsellor at a termination clinic also in Cardiff.

Liz was also a Senior Practitioner for Dyfed Social Services specialising in Child and Family care. Mental Health Welfare Officer, Guardian ad Litem, she also has experience in the criminal justice system as a Senior Practitioner for the Probation Service, supervising sexual offenders. Liz now devotes her time to voluntary sector organisations with special emphasis on creative initiatives in drama and writing with young people and the elderly.

On the Eiriol Board Liz is the link trustee for the generic and carers’ programmes.

Caroline Evans

(BA (Hons), PGCFE, PGCert) – Trustee

Caroline’s management experience covers business, corporate and small, and the public sector as well as voluntary organisations. Caroline worked in the family business of a sailing equipment retail outlet and sailing school in Cornwall, alternated by winter season work at the British Standards Institute in London, various administration posts in London and Cornwall, sales rep for Falmouth Chandlers and founding her own company “Office Angels”, a temp agency as well as undertaking small business consultancy.

She was involved in hotel and pub management with St Austell Brewery and for two years was manager of a small guest house and pub/bistro.

After taking her first degree in Liverpool as a mature student, she worked for the corporate insurance broker the Willis Group in its Liverpool branch with her main clients being the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, its subsidiaries and several Housing Associations. She gained teaching qualifications and was subsequently appointed as Lecturer in Business and Enterprise at Coleg Sir Gar in Carmarthenshire where she worked for the next twenty years, acting as course leader, and subject lead in human resource management and marketing/pr, as well as working with Xenos Business Angels [Finance Wales] as a consultant. During that time she also served as a Community Councillor, political and community activist and fundraiser.

Caroline currently is a carer for her partner with long term medical conditions as well as continuing in community voluntary activities. She is a voluntary Director of the Carmarthenshire Tourism Association.

Caroline is proud to serve as a Trustee with Eiriol and is the link Trustee for HR and local marketing.

Paul Mason

(BSc (Hons)) – Trustee

Paul Mason has recently become a trustee of Eiriol. He completed a full career in the Army where he attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. During his time in the Army he was an Aircraft Engineer and was lucky to serve in the Far East and Germany

He also was qualified as an Expedition leader. On leaving the Army he bought a farm in West Wales and reared cattle. A change of direction in the early 90’s and he became a Financial Adviser for Lloyds Bank and spent the next twenty years in the financial world. After retiring he became a SSAFA (a military charity for old and young ex members of the armed forces) case worker, and a volunteer in the Carmarthen Food Bank.

He was also nominated to become a member of the Community Health Council for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg. Where he inspects hospital wards and GP surgeries, talking to patients and staff to make sure the public is getting the best treatment possible, and raising any queries they have to the Health Board.

The experience he gained in his careers stand him in good stead as a trustee and he will concentrate on supporting the 50+ programme and mental health for veterans in the Carmarthenshire area.

Stephen Thomas

B.Sc. (Econ) – Trustee

Steve has had a 35-year career in the retail sector. After general management experience running House of Fraser department stores he moved into central buying with Woolworths plc and then Storehouse plc in the 1980s and 1990s. As a company director Steve was subsequently involved in running a number of smaller, specialist retail companies based largely in London and the south east of England.

In 2010 Steve and his wife, who had been a primary school teacher for 25 years, returned to live in their native Wales, where Steve began working in the charity sector for the first time. After volunteer experience with Wales Air Ambulance in Swansea and the National Botanic Garden of Wales at Llanarthne, Steve took up the post of Dolaucothi Gold Mine Manager for the National Trust in Carmarthenshire where he spent several exciting years helping to develop the visitor attraction.

Born and raised in Cardiff, Steve is a graduate of Cardiff University with a degree in Political Science. With a commercial career that has taken him to many different parts of the world, sourcing new products and developing fresh concepts, his interest in meeting people and sharing ideas remains a motivating force. Steve joined the Eiriol board as a trustee in December 2015 with link trustee responsibilities for the new Eiriol newsletter and Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) liaison.