PAM SHORT - Director
Our Director Pam joined Dewis in October 2016.
Pam has worked with young people throughout her career in the public, private and third sector in FE College, Training, the Secure Estate, Independent Registered Schools and bespoke education services. Pam has a Masters Level Diploma in Social Inclusion Management and is an experienced Senior Leader and Manager.
Prior to joining Dewis, Pam was Head of a national charity providing education for young people at risk and is committed to a partnership approach to support young people to achieve substainable change.
Outside of work, Pam loves baking and treats the team to an occasional cake! Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends, walks along the beach, going to the theatre - anything musical or dramatic, a good book or old film, cooking and anything craft related.
JUDITH MILLER - Business Manager
Judith is the Business Manager at Dewis and has worked for the organisation since 1997. Judith says that “Working for a registered charity providing diverse services to young people is very rewarding – the focus is on people not profits.”
Outside of her role within the organisation, Judith enjoys baking the odd cake (roulade in particular), walking her adopted (previously homeless) dog, listening to a varied selection of music from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones and hopelessly trying to play the guitar.
“If I won the lottery I would buy a farm on a mountain and look after some rare breed pigs – joyo!”
AMANDA OLIVER - Operations Manager
Amanda joined Dewis in September 2013 as the Operations Manager. As Operations Manager, Amanda oversees the work of the Inclusion Team within Dewis, who provide support, advice and guidance to the young people accommodated by Dewis.
Amanda has worked in the housing sector since 2001, working in various housing management and policy roles for the City and County of Swansea and TPAS Cymru. Amanda enjoys her role in Dewis because no two days are the same when working with young people – dealing with challenges and celebrating successes.
In the Summer of 2015 Amanda completed a PhD in Gender & the Governance of Housing Associations in Wales gaining the right to be known Dr. Oliver in the process. Amanda’s other interests include searching for ghosts and ghostly activities in South Wales through a local paranormal group. If Amanda won the lottery her ambition would be to travel the world in comfort and style.
ANGELA KNOX - Housing Officer
Angela has worked for Dewis since December 2002 and says that she works with young people because she is either stupid or mad! Seriously, Angela is motivated by seeing young people turn their lives around and achieving success in their lives.
Outside of work, Angela’s interests are running and she is also trying to learn the guitar without much success. If Angela won the lottery she would love to travel the world and not come back (unless to visit Dewis and our young people)!
BELINDA COLEMAN - Inclusion Officer
Belinda has been an Inclusion Officer with Dewis since October 2015.
Prior to joining the organisation Belinda worked with children, young people and families in a variety of roles and thoroughly enjoys the challenges and rewards of supporting young people with complex needs.
Outside of work Belinda enjoys spending time with family and socialising with friends and has a keen interest in holistic therapies for good health and well-being.
BRONWEN WARD - Business Administrator
Bronwen has worked with Dewis since March 2009 and is now the Business Administrator for the organisation. Bronwen does not work directly with young people but, as she covers the reception area at our offices on Station Road, she will be the first (hopefully friendly) face that will greet you as you walk through the door.
Outside of Dewis, Bronwen is involved in organising 8 ball pool competitions, in particular the Welsh Festival of Pool held in Trecco Bay every November. Although Bronwen will say that she cannot hold a cue herself, her son plays the game professionally and is a former World Champion so we think she stands to be challenged on that point!
EMMA LACEY - Inclusion Officer
Emma joined Dewis as an Inclusion Offcer in September 2016.
Emma enjoys the challenges of working with young people and has worked in this field for a number of years.Emma is passionate about community involvement and accessing opportunities for young people across the local area.
Outside of work Emma enjoys horse riding and spends many weekends on the beaches of Gower.
JESSICA MCMURCHIE - Inclusion Officer
Jess has been an Inclusion Officer with Dewis since September 2015. Jess has previously worked with Young People and enjoys the challenge and rewards of supporting young people to move forward in their lives.
Jess has degree in English Literature and thoroughly enjoys reading just about anything!
Jess also enjoys walking and watching sport.
JOYCE THOMAS - Housing Solutions Co-ordinator
Joyce joined Dewis as the Housing Solutions Co-ordinator in April 2015.
Joyce has enjoyed developing the Bond Scheme within the organisation and supporting young people to access private rented accommodation.
Outside of work Joyce enjoys going to the theatre with her grand-daughter, walking her dog and relaxing with family.
JUSTINE TUNNEY - Inclusion Officer
Justine has worked for Dewis since Sept 2015 but has always worked with young vulnerable people in one way or another. Justine loves the challenge of supporting young people through the journey of life and watching them grow into independent young adults.
Justine enjoys mountain walking, spending time outdoors and keeping fit. Justine has an obsession for VW Camper vans and has plans to travel the coast line of Wales one day, when she can afford one.
KELLY FIGONI - Inclusion Officer
Kelly has worked as an Inclusion Officer for Dewis since October 2008. Kelly chose to work with young people, as she likes a challenge and finds it very rewarding to see the changes she is able to make to their lives by working with them to achieve their goals.
Outside of work Kelly’s interest are her family, travelling and cooking and if she won the Lottery she would travel the world (and of course donate a little to charity).
MARK SHORT - Maintenance
Mark has worked for Dewis since March 2015.
Mark trained as a mechanic and worked for a variety of employers including an engineering company before setting up his own small business in Home Improvements and Gardening. Mark has had a link with Dewis for a number of years working as a contractor prior to joining the team.
Mark enjoys the variety of work that his role brings and prides himself in doing a good job across the various Dewis properties. Whether painting, repairing or maintaining, he always has music playing in the background.
Outside work Mark loves the great outdoors and all it has to offer from wildlife to gardening.
MATT DAVIES - Support Worker
Matt has worked in Social Care for 10 years on and off and has degrees in Psychology and Mental Health Nursing.
Matt joined Dewis in April 2017 and enjoys the challenges of working with our client group.
Outside of work Matt enjoys spending time with his family and apparently makes the finest cauliflower cheese this side of the Rio Grande.
He can also juggle!!
RHOSLYN CLARKE - Cleaner
Rhos has worked for Dewis for 13 years, starting in November 2004.
Rhos assists in the maintenance of our properties and offices by ensuring that they are kept clean and tidy.
Outside of work Rhos has 7 grandchildren whom she looks after on a regular basis - although not all at once!
When she does have spare time, Rhos and her husband like to take a spin to Burton, Pembroke Dock to enjoy the views overlooking the estuary.
Other than that Rhos' dream would be to own a small holding - bring on the Lottery win!
RICHARD SIMPSON - Inclusion Officer
Richard joined Dewis as an Inclusion Officer in September 2016.
Richard is a Professional Youth Worker and specialises in Health and Wellbeing, Issue Based Practice and the design and delivery of bespoke learning provision for non-traditional learners that are either young people, or adults working with young people.
With a passion for social inclusion and justice, Richard spends a lot of his free time volunteering for local causes that address these issues.
Richard is an animal lover and has three dogs that he spoils and enjoys taking them on long walks.
As a ‘petrol head’ Rich spends as much time as he can grab alone, tinkering with old cars at his garage.