Board of Trustees
LATCH is fortunate to have a dedicated board of Trustees who bring to the table a range of invaluable skills and expertise and who all share a common passion about ensuring the long term sustainability of LATCH.
The board meets four times a year and oversees the running of the charity and ensures that LATCH is run in accordance with the Charity Commission’s regulations.
Meet the Trustees
- Judge Philip Price QC (President)
- Mr Ian Rogers (Chairman)
- Mr Paul Wilkins
- Mrs Sian Howell
- Emma Hingston
- Mr Lyn Howell
- Mr Philip Reardon Smith
- Mr John Milner
- Sarah Lloyd
- Mr James Rudolf
- Emma Wilkins (Treasurer)
Judge Philip Price QC (President)
“I have a very personal reason for being involved with LATCH as in 1988 our son Matthew was diagnosed with Leukaemia and was successfully treated at Llandough Hospital where LATCH was originally based”
– Judge Philip Price QC
Philip became a trustee in 1996 and took over the position of Chair in 2006. Now retired, Philip led a prominent career in law as a barrister and Queen’s Counsel practising in Cardiff and London and served 15 years as a Circuit Judge specialising in civil and family work. Married to the Reverend Canon Mari Price, Philip is also heavily involved in the governance of the Church in Wales where he is Chancellor of the Diocese of Monmouth and Trustee of the Church’s Trust Fund. Philip is also a President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales. Philip and Mari have three children and four grandchildren.
Mr Ian Rogers (Chairman)
“I am pleased to be able to put my wealth of experience and expertise in the NHS and charity sector to good use in helping such a great charity.”
– Mr Ian Rogers
Ian became the Treasurer of LATCH in 2004. A graduate of London University and a Chartered Accountant, Ian has worked in NHS Finance for over 30 years. He began his career in the Middlesex Hospital in Central London, held many posts in Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, retiring from his position of an Assistant Director of Finance in the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust in 2005. Ian was involved with the preparation of the financial business case for the planning and building of the George Thomas Hospice in Cardiff. He lives in Newport with his wife Janet and has three grown up sons.
Mr Paul Wilkins
“I want to do what I can to support something that I feel has grown from such small beginnings, yet does such superlative work with our children and families”
– Mr Paul Wilkins
Paul started working with LATCH in 1984 when he was a bank manager at Lloyds Bank. The Chair of the Ystrad Mynach LATCH branch approached him to be treasurer of the local branch and within two months he became treasurer of the charity as a whole! His wife Christine was working as a sister in Llandough Hospital when the charity was originally set up, so Paul was already aware of the aims and objectives of the charity.
Although now no longer Treasurer, Paul remains a Trustee and continues to play, along with Christine, an active role in LATCH whilst enjoying their retirement.
Mrs Sian Howell
“LATCH provided our family with much appreciated support during our daughter Bethan’s treatment and after her death. We are particularly proud that Bethan’s photograph was used as the face of LATCH for many years.”
– Mrs Sian Howell
Sian’s involvement with LATCH began in 1987 when her two-year old daughter Bethan was diagnosed with leukaemia and underwent treatment in Llandough Hospital until her death in 1989. Sian subsequently formed the Barry branch of LATCH which has now been raising money under her chairmanship for over 25 years. She has been a trustee since 2005. Sian is a retired Headteacher of a primary school in Barry and has also worked as a schools’ inspector. Sian is an ex international swimmer and was a member and coach at Barry Swimming Club for many years. She has recently become a member of Barry Soroptimists.
“I have worked with the Paediatric Oncology Team, the children and their parents for many years and have had the privilege of seeing firsthand the difference that LATCH makes to families. I hope that my experience and clinical perspective will complement the Board in continuing to support the important work of this tremendous charity”
– Emma Hingston
Emma Hingston is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the Cardiff Dental Hospital and has been a Trustee since 2013. Over the years Emma has developed a close working relationship with the Paediatric Oncology Department at the Children’s Hospital for Wales, providing specialist dental care to many of our patients on treatment. Her research interests include the prevention and management of the oral side effects of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), and research in this area formed the basis of her Master of Philosophy degree, which she completed in 2011.
Mr Lyn Howell
“Since the death of our daughter in 1989 we have as a family been pleased to continue to raise funds for LATCH with the help of a large number of loyal friends and colleagues who have supported us for many years. I was delighted to be invited to join the Executive Committee of LATCH in 2013, then a Trustee in May 2015. I look forward to contributing in some way to helping some very special children.”
– Mr Lyn Howell
Lyn recently retired as Assistant Headteacher at Barry Comprehensive where he worked for 38 extremely happy years and he is now a member of the governing body. He was Senior Coach at Barry Rugby Club for 9 years and has been involved with the Vale of Glamorgan Schools Under 15 rugby squad since its formation in 1976. He has also coached and managed the Wales u16 team and is currently Hon Sec of the Welsh Schools Intermediate Group and Chairman of the Welsh Schools Rugby Union Council. Lyn is also a keen recreational runner and completed the London Marathon in 2010, raising funds for LATCH. Every year Lyn organises for Year 7 pupils from Barry Comprehensive to buy, wrap and deliver Christmas gifts for the children on Sky ward.
Mr Philip Reardon Smith
“When our middle daughter Nel was diagnosed with leukaemia, our lives changed forever. LATCH supported us through her treatment and beyond on so many levels. Their professional expertise and personal empathy helped us regain some normality. I am honoured to be able to try and help other families.”
– Mr Philip Reardon Smith
Philip joined the 30th Anniversary fundraising committee in 2011 after asking to be involved and then joined the executive committee in 2013. Philip has been a Trustee since May 2015. He has run seven half marathons for LATCH and even (enjoyed) shaving his hair for charity. His daughter, Nel, was treated for Leukaemia at the Children’s Hospital in Cardiff from 2008 until 2010 and is now three years in remission. Philip currently works for the Welsh Government in Cardiff working to the Health Minister. He is a keen sportsman enjoying rugby, cricket, tennis, golf and skiing.
Other interests include music, especially Jazz and he is closely involved in the World famous Brecon International Festival of Jazz.
Mr John Milner
“Following our son’s death, my wife Annabel and I have actively worked to raise awareness of LATCH and fundraise in line with Ben’s wishes.”
– Mr John Milner
John’s involvement with LATCH began in 2008 when his six-year old son Ben was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma and underwent treatment at the Childrens Hospital, UHW, Cardiff until his death in 2010. John was invited to join the Executive Committee in 2013 to offer an insight as a parent who has recently been supported by LATCH and became a Trustee in May 2015. John works for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water as an IT Programme Manager.
“As someone who has a great deal of experience representing the Child Health Directorate at LATCH Board Meetings, I was humbled by the offer to join the LATCH Board and readily accepted the position.”
– Sarah Lloyd
Sarah worked for the Child Health Directorate as a Service Manager at the Children’s Hospital for Wales for over 4 years. During this time, she represented the Directorate at LATCH Board Meetings, working with Trustees to ensure LATCH funds were spent for the benefit of the children who receive care in the Children’s Hospital for Wales. She has moved into a new position as the Directorate Manager for Adult Mental Health Services for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Sarah became a Trustee in January 2016.
“I have seen firsthand how LATCH supports patients and their families when they need it the most. Cancer impacts the whole family and
the understanding, availability and care that LATCH provides makes a massive difference.”
– James Rudolf
James is married to Sarah and is the father of 4 boys. He has a keen interest in sporting and fundraising activities. He is the Chief Operating Officer at TrakCel, a Cardiff based high growth technology business, that enables cell & gene therapy developers to safely bring to market revolutionary personalised treatments. In addition to his role at TrakCel and his position on the board of trustees of LATCH, he is the treasurer of Lisvane Panthers football club and a member of the advisory board for Marie Curie in Wales.
James first became involved with LATCH when he ran 7 marathons in 6 days from London to Cardiff, raising £95,000, after LATCH had supported his son Oscar through his treatment for cancer. He became a Trustee in October 2015.
Emma Wilkins (Treasurer)
“I grew up with LATCH and have seen the charity go from strength to strength over the years. I was thrilled to be asked to take on the role of Treasurer, following in the footsteps of my father and fellow trustee Paul Wilkins.”
– Emma Wilkins
Emma is a chartered accountant and works as an Assistant Director at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Emma became a trustee and Treasurer in August 2015.
In addition to her role with LATCH, Emma is also a member of GoodGym, a charity that combines running with doing good deeds in the community. Emma’s other interests include football, Formula One and travel.