Staff & Board Members
Louise White (Chair)
Louise has 20 years HR experience, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law. She currently works as the Head of HR at DVLA, leading on all people issues for over 6,000 employees. She believes that people are the most valuable asset in any organisation and is committed to creating a positive working environment. Louise has a particular interest in championing women’s issues in the workplace.
Louise lives locally, in Port Talbot, with her husband and the last one of her 3 grown up children who is still at home. In her spare time, she likes walks along the beach with the dog rain or shine, watching live music and dining out.
Karen Tipple (Vice Chair)
Karen has worked within the supported housing sector for 7 years and is currently a Service Manager within the Thrive team at United Welsh with responsibility for partnership working and delivering health and wellbeing contracts. Prior to this Karen has managed Supporting People services including homeless hostels and floating support services. Karen originally trained as a Probation Officer after graduating from University and worked as a Probation Officer for 8 years before moving into housing. Karen has a keen interest in ensuring that services are delivered based on what matters to the person using that service and has recently completed the Vanguard Method for Person Centred Services programme.
Karen lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, growing her own vegetables and long walks along the beach.
Carly has worked in the voluntary sector for almost ten years, firstly at New Sandfields Aberavon as a Project Development Officer for over 5 years and secondly, working at Chwarae Teg as a Senior Project Officer. She previously worked as a Social Economy Officer for Bridgend County Borough Council, managing a £2.2m European grant scheme to support the development of social enterprises. Now Carly is employed as Project Manager for a Community Shared Project at Wales Cooperative.
Carly has a wide range of experience in the voluntary sector around business development, fundraising, project development and management. Carly has lived in Port Talbot all her life, she has two children; Ava 6 and Finley 10. Carly is currently undertaking an ILM 5 course for leadership and management for Directors through the LEAD programme, delivered by Swansea University.
Carly is the longest standing Board member, with over 10 years service.
Her interests involve keeping fit, spending time with family and going to the cinema.
Harry has extensive experience of working within middle and senior management roles within the housing, support and homelessness sectors. He was previously part of the Senior Management Team within The Wallich, taking responsibility for the leadership of all aspects of the organisation’s operations across South West Wales.
Harry is currently employed at Pobl Group as Assistant Director – East Wales, with responsibility for leading on homelessness services in Gwent, Bond Scheme services and Cre8 social enterprise and Education, Training and Employment services throughout Wales.
Harry believes a healthy approach to life contributes towards balance, stability and well-being, and regularly mediates, practices yoga and runs long distances as a hobby; occasionally competitively in Ultramarathons.
Nia is currently Community Liaison Manager UK at Tata Steel in Europe. Based in Port Talbot, she has over 10 years experience in communications, undertaking numerous role within Tata Steel including; Internal Communications Business Partner and External Communications Community Relations Executive.
Nia has been instrumental in helping to shape ‘Thrive Women’s Aid’ to be recognised as a leading provider of domestic abuse services.
Nia was previously a Drug and Alcohol Misuse Counsellor and is a trained Probation Officer.
Nia is also a Welsh language speaker and writer.
Gail is a qualified and registered social worker with almost 17 years’ experience in child and family social work in the South Wales area and the south of England. She have experience of undertaking child protection investigations as well initial and core assessments alongside working with children in the looked after system and work within the courts. Gail has experience of completing fostering assessments, auditing files and has spent the last seven years working as an Independent Reviewing Officer and Child Protection Case Conference Chairperson.
Gail has a huge passion for training and have undertaken a great deal of training related to social work, child protection, counselling and education. She is also qualified to masters level and hold additional professional qualifications in Teaching and Counselling.
Gail currently chair the Parents and Friends association at her son’s school, where she is also a parent governor.
Guy Smith (Treasurer)
Guy is currently employed as Community Asset Transfer Officer for Bridgend County Borough Council, responsible for overseeing the Council’s policy of encouraging property asset transfers to the third sector in support of its Asset Management Plan and Disposals Strategy.
Guy is Chartered Secretary and PRINCE2 Practitioner with extensive leadership and management experience of strategic planning, financial management, auditing, governance and compliance, project and change management, systems development and implementation, and the preparation and introduction of processes, policies and procedures in both the public and voluntary sectors.
Guy has extensive experience of public services duties across a number of charities, schools and colleges as Board Member, Trustee, and Governor.
Louise is currently employed at the Wales Audit Office (WAO) as Manager of the Performance Development & Guidance Team, supporting auditor colleagues with audit guidance, learning and development, and ensuring compliance with internal quality framework for audit work.
Louise is an elected employee Board member of Wales Audit Office (WAO) and is a member of the HR and Remuneration Committee.
Louise has significant experience, at a senior level, of auditing public sector bodies, analysing and interpreting complex data, making judgements and forming reasoned conclusions based on robust evidence.
Since 1993 Louise has been a Magistrate and in 1999 she became a Chairman in the Adult Court and Family Court in Swansea.
During 2017/18 Louise was the High Sherriff of West Glamorgan.
Louise is also currently the Chairman of the Neath Port Talbot Child Contact Centre.
Louise is a keen golfer and in 2010 was Appointed Director of the Board of Ryder Cup in Wales. She also enjoys keeping fit, reading, music, theatre and cooking.
Stevey-Liegh graduated from Law School having obtained a law degree and post graduate diploma in legal practice.
Straight from law school Stevey-Liegh went to work for David Prosser & Company Solicitors where she commenced her training contract. During her training she practised in civil litigation, wills, probate and personal injury but spent the majority of her time in the family department where she qualified as a solicitor.
Stevey-Liegh now practices exclusively in the area of family law. Her practice areas include Public Law proceedings including domestic violence, injunctive relief and child protection issues together with placement applications and adoption cases.
Stevey-Liegh is currently a Solicitor & Assistant Childcare Lawyer at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
Stevey-Liegh is a member of Resolution which is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family issues. Stevey-Liegh is also a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children.