Our Board

President: Professor the Baroness Finlay

Ilora Finlay is a Professor of Palliative Medicine working with the Marie Curie Cancer Care since 1987. She was previously Vice Dean in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University and is currently President at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Since her elevation to a Peerage in 2001, Baroness Finlay has been actively involved in debates on health issues, particularly relating to Health and Tobacco. She is President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, MS Cymru and Patron of Shalom Hospice, Wales. She has also published and lectured widely on palliative care, and created the renowned postgraduate distance learning courses in palliative care at Cardiff University.

Chair: John Griffiths

John has been active in tobacco control for nearly 30 years, leading the development and implementation of health promotion programmes across Wales and Europe. He has worked for the Welsh Heart Programme (Heartbeat Wales), Health Promotion Wales and the Welsh Government. He created the workplace health accreditation scheme ‘Health at Work: the Corporate Standards’ as well as, more recently, the Small Business Health Award. He was also involved in the development of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion and is a technical advisor to the European Enterprise for Health Network.

Treasurer: Michael Grant

Mike Grant initially worked as a teacher after university but then trained as an accountant with KPMG in the early 1980s. He subsequently worked in a number of finance roles for KPMG, the London Borough of Lambeth, the Welsh Office, the Royal College of Music and Drama and the University of Wales College of Medicine, the latter two as Director of Finance. He currently works for Cardiff University in one of its Administrative Directorates where he heads up the University's NHS Liaison Unit as well as being line manager for the Joint Internal Audit Unit and for some research facilities.


Helen Poole

Helen Poole (BA Hons PGDip) is a hospital-based Smoking Cessation Counsellor working at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where she advises inpatients on their smoking and supports their care on discharge.

Dr Iolo Doull

Dr Iolo Doull is a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital for Wales in Cardiff and is the Officer for Wales for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Iolo is a fluent Welsh speaker who trained at Southampton University and Great Ormond Street in London, where he became a paediatric specialist.

He has an active research programme into respiratory diseases in children, and was until recently secretary of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society. He is an external advisor to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), and was Chairman of the Respiratory Working Group of the Welsh Government’s Children and Young Peoples Specialist services project (CYPSS). Iolo is also chair of the Paediatric National Specialty Advisory Group which reports to the Welsh Government.

Gemma Bowen

Gemma Bowen is a part-time ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service. She is also an accredited mediator and consultant solicitor working in the dispute resolution sector. Gemma previously worked as the head of investigations at Consumer Focus based in Cardiff. She provided legal support to Consumer Focus and helped consumers secure refunds from the energy company, npower, in the region of £70 million. Prior to joining Consumer Focus, Gemma spent over 16 years in private practice working in the legal business sector. She has a broad range of experience in dispute avoidance and resolution matters.

Andrea Dickens

Andrea has a background in public health as well as professional training and cognitive behavioural therapy.  She has extensive experience over sixteen years of tobacco control including illegal tobacco and stop smoking services and worked as Head of Policy and Development and Director for Public Health Action (formerly Smokefree South West) before leaving to work freelance. Andrea has a Masters in Public Health and also in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as a PRINCE 2 and Professional Trainers qualifications and experience.  She has worked with a wide range of organisations including those in primary care, Acute and Foundation trusts, local authorities, regulatory and enforcement agencies and the private sector. Her experience of developing and supporting effective partnership working across and within organisations has been key to the successful implementation of programmes and interventions. 

Andrea’s wide range of experience includes developing and implementing strategies and business plans, financial and business management, programme management, public sector procurement and tendering as well as developing and rolling out training programmes across a range of subject areas. 

Scott Sanders

Scott is the Company Director for two housing associations in Pobl Group and has over 20 years’ experience of working within the affordable housing sector leading on mergers, developing new Group businesses, transforming governance, delivering financially successful performance through affordable and private sector services. As an Executive Director he has supported the successful delivery of organisational development, treasury management, commercial activity, care and support services and I.T. infrastructure. 

Scott supported the merger of Newport Housing Trust with Seren Group to create Derwen Cymru, a specialist housing association for older people.

Scott is a National Council Member for Community Housing Cymru (CHC), Chair of the Directors Network for Wales, is a member of the combined Health and Housing Group under the joint Memorandum of Understanding with Public Health Wales and Community Housing Cymru, the Newport Integrated Partnership, Cardiff Metropolitan and Swansea Universities health and wellbeing initiatives. 

Simon Wilkinson

Simon is the WLGA Regulatory & Frontline Services Policy Officer and his policy remit covers Animal Health, Environmental Health, Licensing, Trading Standards, and also Emergency Planning, Registration Services, Coronial services, and Burials and Cemeteries. His role at the WLGA positions him uniquely as the primary public protection interface between local government, Welsh Government and Central Government.

Before joining the WLGA, he was a Trading Standards Officer for over 20 years. Prior to this, Simon was the Secretary and Training Officer to the Wales Heads of Trading Standards, and also an executive board member of the Directors of Public Protection in Wales; Since joining the WLGA he is now also Secretary to the DPPW group.