Jim Bird Waddington

Position : Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: June 2010

Qualifications :

  • Level 7 Executive Diploma in management [Institute of Leadership and Management]

  • Strategic Leadership Course (LSB) at Cardiff University Business School,

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Solution Focused Practice [Brief]

  • Certificate in Fund raising management [Institute of Fundraising]

  • BA [hons] Art and Drama [Roehampton University]

Experience: Jim has held three senior positions in a 25 year career in supported housing charities in Wales, most recently as CEO of Caer Las for 7 years. Prior to this, Jim was the Head of Service Development and Communications for The Wallich, a post he held for nine years, and where he was a member of the Senior Management Team.

Prior to that, Jim worked for Shortlife Housing Association in Cardiff, where he was the Head of Finance. He worked there for nine years. Shortlife later become Foundation Housing, and joined the Hendre Group.

 
 

Suzanne Morris

Position: HR Director

Appointed:

Qualifications:

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD)

  • Strategic Leadership Course (LSB) at Cardiff University Business School,

  • Level 7 Executive Diploma in management [Institute of Leadership and Management]

Experience: Suzanne has over 25 years’ experience of working in senior HR management roles in housing and homelessness organisations in Wales.  Prior to commencing work in the sector, Suzanne's early career was in the Civil Service followed by a move to the Middle East to take up the role of Employee Relations Analyst at a large hospital in Riyadh.  Suzanne returned to Swansea and worked for the local authority before moving to London to work at the Royal Brompton National Heart & Lung Hospital.  Suzanne's areas of expertise include policy writing and managing complex employee relations issues. She has a special interest in employee learning and development.

 

Ioan Davies

Position: Finance Director

Appointed: June 2015

Qualifications:

  • Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA)

  • BA First Class Honours degree in Pure Mathematics and French (Cardiff University)

Experience: Experience: Ioan was appointed Finance Director of Caer Las in June 2015, and has responsibility for the overall finance function, as well as Information Technology, organisational growth and the group’s trading subsidiary. Prior to taking up the position with Caer Las, Ioan was Financial Controller of a medium-sized manufacturing company based in Port Talbot for 5 years, specialising in Lean Systems, Financial Controls and the development of an internal audit function. Before his move into industry, Ioan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Watts Gregory LLP in 2009, specialising in Audit, Accounts preparation and Business Advice. Ioan’s first language is Welsh and he is also a fluent French speaker.

 
 

Mathew Morgan

Position: Director of Operations

Appointed: February 2018

Qualifications:

  • BA Second Class Honours Degree in Marketing, Retail & Logistics (Huddersfield University)

  • Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership (Chartered Management Institute)

Experience: Mathew’s core belief is that we should always put our clients first - ensuring they have choice, voice and control in how services are developed, designed and delivered.   Mathew has worked in the sector for over 10 years, mostly in Cardiff and Bristol, before moving to Swansea.  Notable high points included project managing the roll out of Cardiff’s Gateway Pathway and setting up Housing First Cardiff, creating opportunities for entrenched rough sleepers who faced multiple disadvantages and exclusions to break the cycle of homelessness.

Mathew’s high points in Bristol included managing a 93-bed hostel and introducing Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) and peer mentoring initiatives that resulted in a 50% reduction in evictions and abandonments with 75% people continuing their recovery journey from homelessness.  In terms of trauma informed approach this included adopting an elastic tolerance to housing management and reflective practice for staff.

As Caer Las’ PIE journey progresses, we hope our clients will experience improved services and sustainable positive outcomes and our staff continue to get the tools, resources and support they need to achieve success.

Mathew oversees Caer Las’ entire operations, is the Safeguarding Lead for the organisation and Responsible Individual for CIW registered services.