Meet our board

Responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of ASH Wales.

Chair: Scott Sanders

Scott is Chief Executive of Linc-Cymru Housing Association.  He is formerly a Director of Pobl Group and has held a number of roles with responsibility for Asset Management, Development, Housing and Corporate Leadership.  He worked with Pobl Group for 13 years, leading Charter Housing and Derwen Cymru.

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.


Treasurer: Michael Grant

Mike is the former Director of Corporate Support at Cardiff University, where he headed up the University’s NHS Liaison Unit as well as being line manager for the Joint Internal Audit Unit and for some research facilities

He 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.


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.

Kate Thompson

Kate joined the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in 2017 as the Director for Wales. The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing its members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities.

Kate has over 25 years’ experience  working in local authorities in England and Wales occupying a number of positions with a focus on public protection. Before joining the CIEH Kate was the Head of Local Authority Support and Audit at the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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.