Adenydd is regsitered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Charity registration number 1182052. We have a Board of Trustees who oversee the running of the charity.
I have worked within education and training for the past 30 years. This has included working for a number of charities and campaigns; ACET (Aids, Care Education and Training), Welsh Council for Drugs and Alcohol and Time to Change Wales - an anti-stigma and discrimination campaign for those who have lived experience of mental ill health. These roles have seen me volunteer as a carer to those afflicted with HIV and AIDS as well as an educator, trainer and advocate within schools, youth and adult services as well as businesses across Wales.
I also spent over a decade as a secondary school teacher and saw first-hand the added challenges that many children faced within education, having suffered developmental trauma in their formative years.
A Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Catherine draws on over 20 years’ operational management experience, to support her charity work. She teaches leadership and marketing at a local university where her main areas of interest and research are in action learning, critical management, social enterprise and all things psychological. As an experienced coach, Catherine is particularly active in the area of leadership and team development, making innovative use of virtual reality technology and critical thinking to develop and enhance leadership competency in M level students. She is also a highly experienced psychometrician.
With personal experience of entrepreneurship, Catherine’s research interests include harnessing psychometrics, criticality and virtual reality for developing both leadership and employability in students, the role of psychological profiling in supporting and developing entrepreneurs, and improving diversity in the engineering education and workstream.
Catherine leads modules on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and supervises a number of PhD students.
I’m married to Adam and we have five adopted children and a granddaughter. I’m a qualified nurse and have previously worked as a learning support assistant for children with additional needs.
Over the last twenty years I have been on an incredible journey of learning how to parent our children who have developmental trauma and a variety of complex needs. As a family we have realised the importance of having the correct support and therapies available and for teachers and other professionals around us to have a full understanding of what is needed, too.
I’m passionate about helping to provide effective support and training to families and professionals to help change the lives of children and families who have suffered trauma.
My husband and family are the joy of my life and have taught me so much. I feel very privileged to be involved in Adenydd.
I am a Local Authority Social Worker currently working with foster children and children in residential care. I have been a Social Worker for 6 years and before this I worked in a Child Protection Team and spent some time assessing and supporting foster carers. Before this, I worked with families involved with social services trying to prevent family breakdowns. I also have 10 years experience in youth and community work, charity work and work with young adults at risk of being made homeless.
I am very interested in helping children try and recover from trauma and abuse and feel very lucky to be involved with Adenydd. I am married and we have two children. In my spare time I like playing football, DJ-ing, collecting old soul, disco and funk records, going to the beach and drinking lots of coffee.