Reg Cawthorne, Chairman
I joined The Trust as a volunteer in 1996 and was the Manager of The Trust, in a voluntary capacity, from 2002 to 2012. I have been a Trustee since 1998 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees since 2004.
Prior to my retirement I was the Chief Legal Assistant and subsequently Assistant Director of Education with Powys County Council. Following my retirement from Powys County Council, I was Deputy Clerk (Chief Executive) to the Dyfed Powys Police Authority, an Estyn Schools Inspector and an Assessor with Health Inspectorate Wales.
Dr Sim Ovis, Medical Director
I am a retired Medical Practitioner. I have been a Member of Bracken Trust since 1996 and a Trustee/Director since 2004.
I undertook nurse training at Gobowen Hospital, Oswestry and Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton and worked in A+E before coming to Radnor where I was part of the team to set up Pre nursing and social care at Radnor College of FE.
The last 10 years of my working life were spent at Llandrindod Hospital.
Dr Stephanie Warrick
I moved to Llandrindod Wells 38 years ago with my family. I worked as a GP in Llandrindod for 20 years and retired 7 years ago.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1971 and came to work in Llandrindod Wells in 1988. Later that year I was invited to become a school governor at the school my daughters attended, a position I still hold although my daughters have long since left school.
I retired in 2008 and five years later I was diagnosed with cancer. After surgery in Cheltenham I am very pleased to say that I am now clear, and I continue to be a member of one of the support groups run by the Trust.
I joined the trustees during 2019 after working for Powys County Council for 38 years. I have experienced the impacts of cancer directly as both my parents and my twin brother died from cancer. I also saw the benefits that a hospice can provide during my brother’s illness.
As a qualified accountant I now spend my time between supporting a number of charities and acting as a learning coach to students studying to become chartered accountants.
Barry Hicks MBE
I joined the Bracken Trust as a volunteer and one of the founder members of the Bracken Trust singers in 2013.
For all of my working life I was involved in Police and Security, both nationally and internationally and served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years and retired as a Wing Commander having been awarded the MBE in 1986.
Since my retirement I have been involved in various local Charities and other organisations including serving on Committees. I became a Trustee in 2018.
Sue Parsons OBE
I have been a Trustee since 2013 and am a member of the Social and Fundraising Committee and on the rota for meeting and greeting patients when they arrive at the Trust for treatments. I was a Headteacher in Powys for eighteen years and later worked for Estyn as a School Inspector. Following my retirement from the world of education, I was appointed by the Welsh Government as an Independent Lay Chairperson to chair disputes regarding Continuing Health Care payments across Wales and carried out this role for eight years.
I lost both my parents to cancer while I was in my thirties when very little support was available and feel passionately that the Bracken Trust carries out a much-needed role in the community in supporting those affected by cancer, together with their families.