About us

How is HAHAV governed?

HAHAV is a registered charity (Charity Commission No: 1160645) and a limited company (Companies House No: 09261439).

HAHAV is governed by a board of Directors and Trustees who are all unpaid volunteers. Together they are responsible for the strategic direction, regulation, financial probity and future development of the organization.

Our board of trustees

Dr Alan Axford

Alan graduated at University College Hospital London, followed by postgraduate experience in Birmingham and London. He returned to Wales to work at the Medical Research Council Pneumoconiosis Unit at Llandough Hospital, Penarth. In 1975, after 5 years research, he was appointed Consultant Physician in respiratory medicine at Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth where he established the Department of Medical Oncology, later becoming lead cancer clinician for the county. Prior to retirement, for 12 years he was Medical Director of BronglaisHospital and was awarded the OBE for services to medicine in Wales in 2006. 

Karen Axford

Karen has enjoyed a career in local government finance as a Senior Accountant and Chief Internal Auditor (London Borough of Bromley; Pontypridd Urban District Council; South Glamorgan County Council; Ceredigion District Council). From 1981- 2015 she established KRAXI, a retail business in Aberystwyth and online, specialising in antiques, quality gifts, homewares, jewellery and accessories. Since 2015, as a volunteer, Karen has established and managed HAHAV’s successful charity shop in Pier Street. 

Dr Heather Cox

Heather is a local GP partner in Church Surgery, having moved to Aberystwyth with her family in 2005. Prior to this she spent several years working in Nepal where she worked with leprosy affected patients and in a small General Practice Clinic for the poor. It was in Nepal that she undertook a short palliative care course, with the speciality only just starting to be recognised and implemented.  

All Ceredigion GPs are involved in the palliative care of their patients and over the last few years more support has been available from the local Palliative Care Team and HAHAV. Heather is committed to HAHAV and to helping in the charity’s development to further improve palliative care support in Ceredigion. 

Richard John

Born and brought up in Aberystwyth, Richard returned to the town in 1985, after studying law at Southampton University and then practicing as a solicitor in Kent. Richard specialised in court work, both civil and criminal, and was also a member of the Crown Prosecution panel. 

After turning to less contentious work for a time, Richard was appointed a part-time judge by the Lord Chief Justice in 2019 and in 2021, was authorised to hear family cases. Richard has served as a governor of several local schools, including as chair of Penglais governors and was also a member of the University’s Council for 6 years.

Gwerfyl Pierce Jones

Gwerfyl Pierce Jones was born in Holyhead, Anglesey, but has lived in Aberystwyth for most of her working life. A graduate of the University of North Wales, Bangor she began her career as a lecturer  at St David’s University College, Lampeter. She subsequently held a number of posts in arts administration and was director of the Books Council of Wales until her retirement in 2009. She served as Pro Chancellor of Aberystwyth University from 2012–19 and also as Deputy Chair of the University’s Council. She is also involved with a number of charities and trusts and chairs the James Pantyfedwen Foundation. 

Dr Donogh Mckeogh

Donogh grew up in Ireland and graduated from University College Dublin in 1993. He spent 10 years training and working at Oregon Health and Science University, USA where he was an Assistant Professor of Cardiology, before coming with his family to Aberystwyth in 2005. He was the first Cardiologist appointed to Bronglais Hospital where he works full time. He feels strongly that palliative care services should be offered to all patients with life-limiting disease, including cardiovascular disease such as congestive heart failure. 

Branwen Phillips 

Branwen’s professional career began in 1977 as the Bursar at Royal Hollaway, University of London. Subsequently she was employed as Senior Residence Manager at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with responsibility for students, staff and third-party accommodation. Following retirement in 2015, Branwen worked as a volunteer in both Bronglais Hospital and HAHAV’s shop, becoming shop representative (now Director) on HAHAV’s board. Branwen’s involvement with the charity was prompted by her observation of the lack of support and palliative care on offer whilst caring for her terminally ill mother. 

Peter Skitt

Peter joined the NHS in 1981 and has 40 years experience of varied clinical and non-clinical positions and senior management roles. Currently he is County Director and Commissioner for Ceredigion (Hywel Dda University Health Board) and Programme Director for the Mid Wales Joint Committee area. Peter’s career has involved managing Critical Care and Theatres, General Management in Surgery. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management with a passion for coaching and leadership, being a qualified executive coach. Peter believes strongly in community resilience and is an advocate of empowering local people and giving them a voice. 

Rhian Thomas

Rhian is a retired accountant having spent her career within Local Government in Ceredigion. Following retirement, Rhian volunteered at HAHAV’s retail shop, enthusiastically assisting with retail plus finance and admin tasks for over three years. She enjoys working with a HAHAV’s great team of volunteers and joined the board as a Director of Finance in 2021 at a time of exciting new developments. Rhian hopes her skills will help develop the charity’s vision to benefit service users in Ceredigion.

Mark Williams

Mark was Ceredigion’s Member of Parliament for 12 years until 2017 and continues to be actively involved in many community organisations across the county. Professionally a teacher, Mark is now a school Headteacher in Powys. He lives in Borth with his wife Helen and their children. Whilst in Parliament, Mark often highlighted the work of carers and the challenge of supporting them and their families, particularly those in scattered rural communities. Mark believes that HAHAV meets an important and growing need across Ceredigion, and responds uniquely to local clients and their carers.

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