Isobel was employed within the NHS for over 40 years in the roles of Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor. Prior to retiring in 2017, she held the role of Directorate Nurse for Children's services which encompassed leading nursing across all of the children's health services within Hywel Dda Local Health Board, spanning hospital and community care for all ages.During her professional career, she has also worked voluntarily within the Community Practitioner for Health Visiting association as a local representative and represented her profession at local, strategic and national levels, and within her personal life has volunteered as a parent governor for Greenhill school, Tenby between 1997 to 2004.Isobel is widowed with three children and two grandchildren.
Anne BrownVice Chair
A Public Relations and Communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience, for the last six years Anne has been part of the fundraising team at Saint Francis Hospice in Romford, Essex, one of the UK’s largest adult hospices. She is currently responsible for more than £2 million annual income, focussing on major gifts and legacies. A native of Pembroke Dock, Anne visits family in Pembrokeshire regularly and has been a Trustee of Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity for a year.
Andrea began her career with Alliance & Leicester, progressing from teller to mortgage advisor whilst also gaining professional CMAP qualifications. After 26 years, she joined John Francis Estate Agent as their Mortgage Consultant and covered their 6 Pembrokeshire Offices before retiring in 2015. Tragically, in 1983 Andrea’s son died of a cot death at the age of 10 weeks. Her husband, herself and young daughter were left bereft. The family was supported by their extended family and close network of friends who came together during this terrible time.At that time in Pembrokeshire, the service to support children who had been bereaved was not available for her daughter. Andrea is passionate about ensuring that the support is in place for other families who experience the death of a child. Andrea was born in Pembrokeshire and is married with two grown up children.
Caroline Oakley MBETrustee
Caroline had a successful career in the NHS spanning 37 years. She was Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety for Hywel Dda University Health Board before retiring in July 2016. Prior to this, she was Director of Nursing at Hywel Dda NHS Trust and Acting CEO of Pembrokeshire and Derwen NHS Trust. Caroline received an MBE in July 2017 for services to the nursing profession and NHS in Wales.Caroline is the Chair of Pembrokeshire College Corporation Board having been a Governor since 2016 and is also the Link Governor for Safeguarding.Caroline grew up in Pembrokeshire, attending Greenhill School in Tenby. She is married with two grown up married sons.
Nina joined the Trustee Board as she and her family are past Sandy Bear service users following the tragic loss of her husband and father of their two sons. Nina has been a longstanding campaigner for Sandy Bear, gaining 4,000 signatures in a petition when the service was decommissioned due to lack of funding. She was determined along with the other trustees, that children and families have access to the same level of support that she and her sons experienced during the most challenging of times. Through her role at Sandy Bear, Nina shares her experience of being a mum with children who have been bereaved.
Janine has worked for Hywel Dda Local Heath Board for the past 17 years, enjoying a successful career and now in post as a Community Nursery Nurse. She supports the Health Visiting Teams across Pembrokeshire. As part of her current role, Janine supports children and their families with any issues that they may have – particularly around developmental issues, emotional health and wellbeing, behaviour and parenting. She also has lots of experience of working with children with additional learning needs.During her time as a nursery nurse, Janine worked with lots of bereaved children, young people and families. She has been an active member and volunteer with Sandy Bear since 2006. When she was an infant, Janine lost her mother. She strongly believes that others can benefit from her life experience of losing a parent at a very young age and wants to share this experience with those in need.In her spare time, Janine is an active member of the local Amateur Dramatics Society and enjoys baking, walking and travelling with her husband.
John is a 68-year-old retired nurse and is married with grown up children. John’s career has included Adult and Mental Health Nursing as a senior practitioner, general manager and nurse consultant (which included managing CAMHS services).John has for many years run a training and consultancy company working with government departments, private sector and not-for-profit organisations. Programmes include Trauma Exposure, Resilience and Wellbeing, Mental Health Awareness, Supervision and Human Rights.
Sam is married with two small children and is a specialised 1:1 Learning Support Assistant to a visually impaired child. She is also a qualified Braillist. Sam’s passion for Sandy Bear began with volunteering 6 years ago, when she was studying counselling (Level 3) at Pembrokeshire College. Sam has volunteered in children and teenage bereavement support sessions with Sandy Bear. Sam has also worked with Karen in support of 2 Wish Upon A Star. Sam was so immensely proud of the support that Sandy Bear deliver to children, young people and families that she ‘didn’t think twice’ about becoming a trustee.