Senior Management Team
Martin Blakebrough by profession is a Baptist Minister, who also has a Masters Degree in Community Care Management. He grew up as a Kaleidoscope Child, which included living in the Kingston Hostel. In 1993 he returned back to Kingston as the Minister of the John Bunyan Baptist Church, after being a Baptist Minister in Rossendale and a Community Worker in Canning Town. Whilst the Minister he also took on the role as the Deputy Director of Kaleidoscope. In 1998 Martin was appointed the Director, later to be renamed CEO of Kaleidoscope. Martin was instrumental in establishing Kaleidoscope in Wales and made his home in Monmouthshire. In his time at the Project he has been a Councillor in Kingston, being the Executive Member for Young People, he was the Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Monmouthshire and is currently a Community Councillor in his neighbourhood. He is a keen runner and in 2015 finished the Amsterdam Marathon.
Emma has been working as HR Manager with Kaleidoscope since 2011, following a career in HR across Financial Services, Construction, Telecomms and Not for Profit Organisations. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development having achieved her post graduate diploma following her Law Degree. More recently, Emma has achieved ILM Level 7 Leadership and Management.
Head Of Operations
Sian Chicken is a qualified Social Worker who has worked for Kaleidoscope since 2003. Since being employed by the organisation Sian has obtained an ILM level 7 in Executive Management and an ILM level 7 in Executive Coaching. Sian is the Head of Operations for the Gwent Drug and Alchol contract and is also the organisational safeguarding lead.
(Mid & West Wales)
James has worked for Kaleidoscope since 2005, previously working for substance misuse services in England when he entered the substance misuse sector in 2001. James completed a BSc (hons) in Addiction with Leeds University in 2008, and continues to have an active interest in addiction research and drugs policy. James has served as a board member with the Transform Drug Policy Foundation since 2009, which campaigns for heath-based drugs policy worldwide. James completed an ILM level 7 in strategic leadership in 2015.
In his spare time, James enjoys playing and teaching drums; and is an active member of the Welsh section of the British Humanist Association. James has four children and lives in Montgomery, Powys.
Head of Operations for Wales
Jim Henton began her career in substance use while on academic placement with the Clinical Psychologist at the Community Addiction Unit Cardiff. After graduating from Cardiff University BSC Applied Psychology she joined Drugaid to work within the criminal justice system alongside probation colleagues. Jim joined Kaleidoscope in 2009 managing the Monmouthshire and Torfaen alcohol service.
In 2015 she was part of the development and implementation team for GDAS (Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service) where she worked as the Community Services Manager in Caerphilly and Newport until 2017. Alongside achieving her ILM level 7 in executive management her special interests are in quality development within safeguarding and Tier 4 provision, needle exchange and overdose prevention. She is an advocate for service user involvement throughout service delivery and has supported the development of Caerphilly’s latest service user Recovery Hub The Connection in Blackwood.
Head Of Finance
David is a qualified accountant and worked in general practice for 19 years. He left to set up Fairfax Financial Management Ltd, a consultancy in the sport and not-for-profit sectors specializing in helping organisations grow and develop through strategic financial management. David has been working with Kaleidoscope since 2006.
Residential Services Lead
Rondine Molinaro has worked for Kaleidoscope since 2005 – after arriving in the UK from East Africa. Rondine has worked in community drug and alcohol projects since joining Kaleidoscope but since the start of 2017 has been providing executive, commercial and operational leadership for our new Birchwood Detox unit based in The Wirral. Rondine has always had a desire to work within a Tier 4 detox unit so the acquisition of Birchwood was something she felt particularly passionate about being involved with.
Her personal experience of addiction is the driver of her advocacy for service user rights and she is the organisational lead for service user involvement and co-production. She has an ILM level 5 in leadership and management, and is currently studying towards a diploma in fundraising.
DR Mohan de Silva
Mohan de Silva is a GP Principal who has a specialist Interest in Substance misuse and Learning disabilities. He is a son of a diplomat and grew up in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Having received his primary education in German he completed his high school and 6th form education in Sussex. He graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine and did his postgraduate GP training in West Wales. Having worked in the prison service as a prison medical officer he joined Kaleidoscope in 2005 and became Lead Clinician in 2007.
In addition to the clinical services in Wales he provides the medical cover for Birchwood Residential treatment centre that is a medically monitored and managed inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility
Mohan is an avid Radio control hobbyist who is constantly building and flying RC Aircraft. His current projects are aerial photography and video using UAV aircraft.