John lives in Caldicot, having previously lived in Portskewett and Pwllmeyric after crossing the river from South Gloucestershire. John has been an active supporter of a number of charities, both before and since his retirement in 2013. These include the British Heart Foundation, St David’s Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Care. He is also a member of the Caldicot Musical Theatre Society. His entire career has been in the field of environmental health, one third in local government as an enforcement officer, one third in Central Africa training local Health Inspectors and later heading relief operations with the International Red Cross. The remainder of his career has been in private industry working for British Airways for eight years and his own consultancy for another seven.
John’s hobbies include boating, fishing, photography and travel and he was a keen scuba diver until recently. John is a Christian and lives life by those tenets.
Sandra is originally from Scotland. She retired at the end of last year and moved from Newport to Abergavenny. Sandra’s working life was spent in finance and for the last 10 years she was a legal cashier for a firm of solicitors.
She is married and has two sons and three grandchildren. Sandra says she was so impressed by MHA that she wanted to be part of it and was thrilled to be voted on to the Board.
Her hobbies include reading, swimming and she has just finished a course in QIGong, the ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.
Zena works in community development based in the Moorland and Broadmead Centre. I’ve worked with Newport City Council for 35 years and know that openness and transparency are critical to building trust with communities and residents. Openness in decision-making is an important part of enabling people to feel part of something significant and giving them a say in their futures. I am passionate about people and enjoy working in a community where I can give something back.
I have two children and five grandchildren who are my life. I enjoy spending time with them and taking them to the library, swimming and watching football.
I feel it’s important to listen to people’s views and those that drive the future and feel that MHA is not just an organisation but one that cares about people and believe there is a drive for change and to be listened to.