Who are we

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GISDA is a people led organisation which values its staff, trustees and stakeholders. We believe that people are the best asset of any organisation.

Our staff and trustees are passionate about supporting the young people we work with and aim to change their lives for the better.
We know that we have succeeded when we see the young people that we have supported being able to live independent and fulfilled lives.
All of our staff receive regular training for the requirements of their job and therefore fully understand the needs of our service users and stakeholders.
Our Board of Trustees meet regularly to govern our organisation. All of the Board members are committed to our aims and objectives and are selected for the skills and experience that they can bring to benefit our organisation and make a difference.
The daily management of our organisation is the responsibility of our Management Team which is led by the Chief Executive.

Chair - Tudor Owen
Tudor is the Chair of Gwynedd Council. He is also a member of Caernarfon Town Council where he has been the Mayor on two occasions. He has served both Councils for over 20 years and is the Vice- Chair with Noddfa, Chair with Tŷ Pobl Peblig and is on several committees including the Fire Service. Before retirement he was self-employed in his own local building business and has been married for over 40 years. Tudor has two sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter. His interests are socialising and playing golf although these days he is too busy to play! He also enjoys gardening. Tudor joined GISDA’s Board as Gwynedd Council’s representative and had an interest in GISDA’s services due to his connections with the housing and care committees. He was also aware of GISDA’s good work with young people.

Vice Chair – John Hughes Jones
John has been involved with GISDA for almost 20 years and is the former chairman of the Management Board.
After working with the Education Welfare Service for almost 30 years before accepting a secondment from his day job to develop the Team around the Child in Gwynedd Project. He is now responsible for a project that focuses on the needs of young people at risk of becoming "NEET".
John is married with four children of different ages and therefore has some understanding about the challenges facing young people today.

Treasurer of the Board – Dewi Jones
Dewi joined the board in 2012 and was elected as the treasurer because of his experience and knowledge of this area. He worked as a senior accountant for Natural Wealth of Wales and has a great interest of music. He plays the horn in an orchestra and a band and also plays the accordion for ‘dawnsio gwerin’. Dewi is married and has three sons, originally from Llanelli, but now lives in Llangefni.

Reverend Ron Williams
Ron is a Southwalian who has lived in the North since 1979 when he became minister at Salem, Welsh Congregational Chapel, Caernarfon and from the year 2000 a minister at the Congregational Tabernacl Chapel, Porthaethwy. Ron was one of the founder members of GISDA in 1985 and the only member of the original group still left on the Board. Concern for homelessness among young people in Caernarfon and the area was the reason for forming GISDA . Ron is married to Rhian and they have three children and six grandchildren!.
He continues to support GISDA because of his concern and care for young people in the area. Over the years GISDA has helped, advised, nurtured and given new experiences to many young people – because of this Ron gives his time to support and contribute in any way that he can to help our young people.

Alan Parry BA(Hons), MSc, FInstSMM.
Alan joined the Board of GISDA in 2010. A former pupil of Ysgol Syr Huw Owen in Caernarfon, he is currently the Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing of Bangor University
He is also a Director of Arwain Ltd, a company specialising in performance and organisational development, and a member of the Advisory Board of VMA Group, an international executive recruitment and professional development company specialising in corporate communications, PR and investor relations with offices in London, Hong Kong, Brussels, Amsterdam, Sydney, Birmingham and Manchester.
A fluent Welsh speaker, he has over 20 years of experience in the field of Communications and Marketing in a range of organisations and is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management. He graduated from Bangor University (BA) and Glamorgan University (MSc).
Alan follows Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool football clubs, and is looking forward to seeing Wales win the next World Cup.

Meinir Hughes
Originally from Aberystwyth, Meinir now lives in Llanrug and has been a Social Worker at Derwen - Integrated Team for Disabled Children for nearly 8 years. Before becoming a Social Worker she was a support worker for the same service while completing her Social Work course in Bangor University. Meinir likes to go travelling as she has a big interest in languages and enjoys visiting different places to experience different cultures. She has family members that live in Ceredigion and Cardiff and she enjoys going down to visit them. She has been a member of the ‘Cyntaf ir Felin’ Choir for many years now and enjoys the experience.

Meinir is a relatively new member of the board and she is pleased to have the opportunity as it is a completely new experience.

“It’s interesting to be able to understand the order and procedure of the service and to support a service that is critical for young people in Gwynedd”

Siân Gwenllian
Siân Gwenllian is Gwynedd Small Business Champion. She has been chosen as the Plaid Cymru candidate for the Arfon constituency for the Welsh Election 2016. She has held top positions in Gwynedd Council including Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Education, Lead Member for Children and Young People and Finance Portfolio Leader. Siân joined the Council, representing the Felinheli ward (where she was brought up) in 2008. She has been a community councillor and school governor for over 20 years and is actively involved in several local initiatives.
For 35 years she has followed a career in journalism. She started her career with the BBC in 1980 after completing a post-graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University. She has worked for the current affairs programme Y Byd ar Bedwar, Golwg, as a Press Officer and is now a self-employed journalist/Public Relations consultant.
She was the Deputy President for Aberystwyth Guild of Students during 1977-78 after graduating in Geography. She was a member of the National Union of Students (Wales) Executive Committee. Over the years Siân has campaigned for the Welsh language, women's rights, independence for Wales and fairness and social justice. She has raised 4 children on her own after her husband died of cancer 15 years ago.

Management Team
The Management Team is responsible for the day to day running of Gisda.

Siân Elen Tomos, Chief Executive
As a Chief Executive Siân leads and manages the company by ensuring quality of service for vulnerable young people in North Wales. Hand in hand with this she seeks to ensure continuity in different services by seeking grants and tendering for money. She also ensures that GISDA’s performance indicators always show a clear value for money.

Before joining the team at GISDA Siân worked as a Social Worker for the Children’s services at Gwynedd Council, she then went on to be a Team manager at the Gwynedd’s Service for Disabled Children. Siân has now been GISDA’s Chief Executive since October 2011 and we hope she stays with us for years to come.

She is originally from Deiniolen but now lives in Caernarfon, her interest include walking, being out in the open air, exploring community issues and politics.

Siân Said: “I gained all my Education from Cyngor Gwynedd’s education service and I feel very lucky that I am able to continue to work in Gwynedd and give something back so that others can develop the same opportunities that I had. I feel very lucky that I work and live in such a beautiful area.”

Wendi Jones, Head of Services
Wendi joined GISDA nine years ago and has been Head of Services for over two years. Wendi’s responsibilities include working with the relevant managers to maintain and develop GISDA’s services which are: Mediation, Anger Management, Alternative Education, Support and Accommodation, Personal Advisor and Social Enterprises. Wendi is also a counsellor accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and also manages the counselling service for young people and families that come to GISDA.

Before joining GISDA Wendi worked as a Training Officer for Gwynedd Council, Welsh Tutor and Counsellor.  Wendi lives in the Caernarfon area but is originally from Pen Llyn. Her interests include music, gardening and enjoying the nice weather; which is very rare in Wales!

Gethin Evans, Head of Development
Gethin joined GISDA in 2011 as an Agor Drysau’s Project Manager. In 2013 he became the project manager for GISDA’s new project Rhieni Ifanc Ni, before becoming Head of Development.

Gethin graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Drama and Physical Education, he went on to work as a community music tutor and a music industry mentor for 5 years. For three years he was a project work in Community Music Wales before receiving the opportunity to join GISDA. Born in Tremadog, now Gethin lives in the Caernarfon area. Music is one of Gethin’s big interests; he’s played in many bands over the years and ran a recording company. In his spare time Gethin also presents a radio programme on BBC Radio Cymru.

GISDA’s Managers

Siwan Lloyd Williams, Accommodation and Support Manager
Siwan joined GISDA in June 2015. Previously she worked for 8 years in Gorwel supporting high risk victims by working closely with the police and the criminal justice system.  Before working for Gorwel she worked with homeless young people for years.

As a Project Manager Siwan’s duty’s varies from day to day. Siwan is responsible for managing a team of 8 staff and running the Accommodation and Support project through Gwynedd. She’s supporting and leading staff and also ensuring that young people gets the best service in our hostels.

Born in Cardiff but now living in Caernarfon. She has 2 children. Siwan enjoys taking part in sports and spending time with friends and family.

Nia Griffith, Mentro Mlaen Project Manager
Nia came to work for GISDA in August 2014 as a Project Manager. She’s responsible for the Mentro Mlaen project that supports young people between 14 and 25 years old to increase their skills and experience, so that they can feel more confident for the workplace. They will gain confidence through activities, offer accreditations and work experiences. She’s responsible for 3 project worker and 1 Senior Therapeutic Worker.

Nia was born in Pen Llyn, and volunteering as a Director for Cwmni Adfywio Cymydmaen Cyf. She’s also a member of the ‘Cor Llefaru Genod Llyn’ and the local choir.

Alana Parry, Administration Manager
The most recent Manager started her post as Administration Manager in November 2014, but the oldest with respect to age! After leaving Caernarfonshire at 7 years old, has lived in a number of regions across Wales and England has come back to her roots and she’s not planning on moving again! A Law Degree from Liverpool University and then working as a Barrister for three years before having a change in career and working for many years in higher education as a manager and lecturer. The she worked as a trainer and a Development Manager in the private and third sector.

Two sons, daughter and a granddaughter. Interest – holidays, travel, eating and spending time with friends and family.


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