DR DANNY ANTEBI
Danny was a psychiatrist for 30 years and spent some years in medical management. He finished his career as Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities in Gwent before establishing ABCi, an improvement and innovation hub in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
Alongside his role as Chair of Kaleidoscope, he is an associate at Practice Solutions and currently leads on supporting the Wales Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum. The forum brings together people with lived experience of mental health issues to influence mental health policy and practice in Wales.
I believe strongly in a ‘whole life’ approach to harmful substance use, an approach that ensures that people have somewhere safe to live, some constructive activity, and community networks. It is clear that current drug policy is not delivering positive outcomes for those with lived experience, or indeed wider society. Kaleidoscope Project is at the forefront of campaigning for a review of current legislation.
Kaleidoscope Vice Chair
Prior to his retirement, Julian was Chief Superintendent at Gwent Police and Head of Neighbourhood and Partnerships. He was responsible for all territorial policing across the five unitary authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.
Appointed Police Commander of the Celtic Manor Resort during the NATO Summit in 2014 and involved in the policing of the European Summit in 2005 and the Ryder Cup in 2010.
Julian was the Chair of the Gwent Area Planning Board for Substance Misuse for 5 years and led the commissioning of the largest single service contract ever awarded in Wales in May 2015 for an integrated Adult Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Service.
For the last two years of service he was the strategic lead for Mental Health in Gwent Police highlighting the growing significance of this area both internally among staff and its impact on the delivery of policing services to the local community.
Alongside his work on Kaleidoscope’s Board of Trustees, Julian is Chair of Governors for Crindau Primary School and a Community Governor at Bassaleg Comprehensive School. He is also the Chair of the City of Newport Swimming and Waterpolo Club. In his limited spare time he walks the fairways of local golf clubs proving Mark Twain was wrong.
Chris has been involved with Kaleidoscope ever since we arrived in Wales. As Managing Director of Newport City Council and Chair of the Community Safety Partnership he was concerned by the range and quality of substance misuse services then available in the city. This led to the invitation to Kaleidoscope to work initially in Newport and provide some of the high quality services clients deserve.
Following retirement in 2009 Chris joined the Board and is an important commitment which affords him a great deal of personal satisfaction.
He is also Chair of Audit for a university, a Governor of an FE college, a former Chair of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Gwent.
Stephen joined Kaleidoscope’s board following a managerial career in local government where he was responsible for community safety and environmental health.
During his career he became involved with substance misuse and saw first-hand how addiction damages communities and individuals. The opportunity to put something back into an organisation, with a committed workforce and first class record in improving lives, is a source of great pride to him.
Kaleidoscope Director / Housing Association Representative
Jemery became involved with Kaleidoscope through our Housing Association in Kingston. His professional career saw him involved in mental health, as a practitioner, service developer and latterly, as Chief Executive of Wandsworth Mind.
In the later part of his career, he was a senior lecturer in social work. It was in this role that he became involved in Kaleidoscope’s Housing Association.
Following his retirement he worked in life skills teaching, counselling and at a special needs school
He is committed to the development of services in the community, and challenging the widespread prejudice against those with mental health issues. Kaleidoscope is a committed advocate for this approach.
Catherine is a well-known contributor to Radio 4s ‘Thought for the Day’ and has had a distinguished career in journalism for her work with the Independent and editorial role at the Tablet.
Catherine was the Catholic’s first female editor and stayed in that role until the end of 2016. Catherine is the author of ‘The Keys and The Kingdom: The British and the Papacy’. Catherine has had a long relationship with Kaleidoscope, where she was a volunteer in our hostel some years ago.
DR ANNIE PROCTER
Annie trained in Medicine and qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine before pursuing a career as a children’s doctor working in Cardiff and Bristol Children’s Hospitals. After 10 years working in various paediatric specialities, Annie changed course, gained a doctorate in the Genetics of Human Growth Hormone Deficiency, and since 2003, has been a Consultant in Medical Genetics for the All Wales Medical Genetics Service (now part of the Wales Genomics Partnership) where in addition to her general caseload, she has led the All Wales Prenatal Genetics and the Sickle and Thalassaemia services, delivering speciality clinics in endocrine and psychiatric genetics .
Annie continues to work extensively with Wales and English Public Health Services to monitor, manage and deliver antenatal screening services which has included the recent roll out of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) across Wales.
In addition to her clinical interests, Annie has taken up a variety of leadership roles in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board which have included Clinical Director of the All Wales Medical Genetics Service (2003-2013) and Director of the UHB Cancer Services (2010-2013) during which time Annie gained an MSc in Clinical Leadership from Warwick University. Annie has also served as a trustee of Tenovus Cancer Care (2015-2019).
Currently Annie combines her consultant post in the All Wales Genomics Service with her role as Clinical Board Director of Mental Health Services for Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board. Annie is a passionate advocate of ‘person centred’ service delivery and choice in care; she also firmly believes that well supported, properly trained, highly motivated staff are key to the continuous improvement that is required to deliver high quality, evidence based services.
Tony, by his own acknowledgement, has limited qualifications in terms of meeting criteria for many roles, but makes up for that with his rich life experience. Having spent 22 years in active drug addiction, Tony’s main asset is his ability to use that experience to assist others to break free from ‘dark places’ and become better people. Tony is motivated by people who have a desire for change and wish to make a difference in the community.
Previously Tony has developed and delivered a therapeutic programme in a 23 bed 12-step rehab and has a zest for social justice. He has been involved in the Health & Social Care sector for over 8 years and in that time has cultivated a culture of co-production in the North Wales area.
Benefits from his work include gaining insight into the gaps and deficits of the Wrexham Service Provision Structure/s. As part of this effort Tony wishes to create a more vibrant and abundant community which is solution based. He is an ambassador for change and has co-produced transformative work throughout Wales. Tony devised and delivered a Wales wide Mutual Aid roadshow which was commissioned by the Government and has a passion and undiluted enthusiasm for creating vibrant and abundant communities.
Tony believes that any person suffering from a Substance Use Disorder can transform their lives. No one is exempt from Recovery and Tony found out first hand that Addiction is the only prison in which the keys are located on the inside. Tony currently works in a 32 bed residential Rehab and feels blessed each day to give back in some way.
Tony stated that being accepted onto the Board at Kaleidoscope is one of the biggest honours of his life. Tony was also awarded the Police and Crime Commissioner’s ‘Personal Endeavour’ award for Recovery in North Wales – Tony was nominated for this award by the assistant chief constable for North Wales Police.
MR VIJAY SHANMUGANATHAN
Vijay Shanmuganathan is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon working both in the NHS and private sectors. He currently works in Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where among his many roles, he runs an Eye Casualty. He has worked in many hospitals all over the UK and also has had experience of working in university academia.
His longstanding interest in the work of Kaleidoscope comes from his father, who for many years served as the lead clinician at Kaleidoscope and helped set up the service in Wales.
Mark is a Company Director, MBA graduate and Chartered Marketer.
Mark is also a Business Mentor for Business Wales and The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He holds an MBA from the University of Glamorgan and a BSc(Hons) degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales.
He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership and has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing for over 25 years.
Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and also holds a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
Mark has worked in the field of harm reduction for 20 years including over 14 years working as a Door Supervisor in the South Wales night time economy. His experience of the ‘club-drug scene’ and bodybuilding scene informs his wealth of knowledge on related IPED and substance use trends.
Mark’s MBA dissertation was entitled ‘Do you want customer service with that?’ and critiqued delivery of customer service in needle syringe provision (NSP).
Mark is also a member of the National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) Planning Group and has special interests in Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs) and harm reduction within the homeless community.
Arfon lives in Wrexham but is originally from Harlech, and is a fluent Welsh speaker.
He served with North Wales Police for 30 years in various capacities, and retired as an Inspector in 2008.
In May 2008 he was elected as a Plaid Cymru Councillor for Gwersyllt West Ward on Wrexham CBC and took up the Children’s Social Care Cabinet Portfolio until 2012. Between 2012 and 2017 Arfon served as chair of the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee and North Wales Community Health Council. I was also a member of other Scrutiny Committees and the Audit and Licensing Committee.
In 2016 Arfon was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, during which time he introduced a number of innovations to safeguard vulnerable people and protect them from exploitation. Chief amongst them was a dedicated Intercept Unit to fight serious and organised crime, a Modern Slavery Unit and an Economic Crime Unit, as well as Checkpoint Cymru, a scheme to divert low level offenders from the criminal justice system.
Arfon’s main interests however are harm reduction and drug regulation and he has worked closely with Kaleidoscope and other providers to deliver services across Wales. His proudest achievement was to see North Wales Police roll out Naloxone training to their officers following a successful pilot which saved two lives.
Arfon said ‘‘As a trustee of Kaleidoscope I would like to see greater emphasis on harm reduction, especially crack pipes, Overdose Prevention Sites and Heroin Assisted Treatment, I’d also like to work more closely with Scottish Drug Charities with whom we seem to be on the same page.”