About Us

Our Trustee Board has responsibility for the governance and strategic direction of Kaleidoscope – ensuring that we uphold our ethos and purpose and delivers our objectives. Our board meets a minimum of 4 times per year.

Dr. Danny Antebi

(Board Chair)

Danny was a psychiatrist for 30 years ending his career in mental health as Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities in Gwent. He has significant experience in transforming services with a strong emphasis on working in partnership with those who use those services. After leaving his role in mental health he was instrumental in setting up Aneurin Bevan Continuous Improvement, a centre for improvement and innovation in health. His particular interest was leadership in health as a vehicle for supporting change and set up several programmes for clinical and non-clinical staff.

He is currently an associate at Practice Solutions, a company supporting organisational development and encouraging the use of digital technologies.

Danny also chairs Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd, a charity providing a space for creative activities in  Penarth Pier Pavilion.

Chris Freegard OBE

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 as to 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 became Chair in 2011. Because of the benefits that our services bring to vulnerable people and communities, Kaleidoscope is an important commitment for Chris which brings 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.

Julian Knight

Vice chair

Prior to his retirement, Julian was Chief Superintendent at Gwent Police and Head of Neighbourhood and Partnerships 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.

As well as a recently joining the Board of Trustees of the Kaleidoscope, 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.

Stephen Davison

B.Sc.(Hons), B.A.(Hons), M.Sc., M.B.A., C.Env., F.I.W.M., C.M.C.I.E.H.

“Stephen has been a Board Member of Kaleidoscope for four years joining after a managerial career in local government which saw many challenges including responsibilities 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 who have a first class record in improving lives is a source of great pride for him, and he looks forward to helping Kaleidoscope meet the challenges of the future.”

Jeremy Ross

Kaleidoscope Director

“I became involved with Kaleidoscope through its Housing Association in Kingston. My professional career has been in mental health, as a practitioner, service developer and, latterly as Chief Executive of Wandsworth Mind.

In the later part of my career, I was a senior lecturer in social work. It was in this role that I became involved in Kaleidoscope Housing Association.

I have always been committed to the development of services in the community, challenging the widespread prejudice against those with mental health issues. Kaleidoscope is a committed advocate for this approach.”

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 Annie 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, and delivers 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.

Frances Rutter

ARCH Chair/Kaleidoscope Director

I have a longstanding interest in how society manages people who do not conform to societal norms or live in a way that many of us do not understand. I am a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and this is reflected in my beliefs and values. Before retiring, I worked for the Probation Service, for over 20 years, latterly as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer for the then Dyfed Powys Probation Service. I also have experience of working within the voluntary sector with families with young children, travellers and homeless families and the Health Service.

Since retiring, I have learnt to weave and have two looms which I use to make things for my family and friends. I enjoy walking, volunteer at HMP Cardiff as a Quaker Chaplain and am a member of a Quaker Sub-Group on Crime, Community and Justice. The Crime, Community and Justice Sub-group aims to inform Quakers about the criminal justice system and to influence policy and practice.

I am pleased and feel privileged to be able to contribute, in a small way, to Kaleidoscope. An organisation which has values I share and who I believe tries makes a positive contribution to supporting people, who much of society do not understand, and often live on the edge.

Catherine Pepinster

(Editor of the Tablet)

Catherine is a well-known contributor to Radio 4s ‘Thought for the Day’ and has had a distinguished career in journalism including her work with the Independent, before becoming the Editor of 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 forthcoming ‘The Keys and The Kingdom: The British and the Papacy’ due out later this year. Catherine has had a long link with Kaleidoscope, where she was a volunteer in our hostel some years ago.

Kevin Ward

(Journalist )

Kevin had an award-winning 32-year career as a journalist, and was the Editor of two daily regional newspapers – the Worcester News and the South Wales Argus.

A father of three sons, Kevin has lived in Newport for almost 30 years. He has played an active role in the city during that time, both during 23 years at the Argus and in a number of external roles.

Kevin runs a media, communications and management consultancy company – Kevin Ward Media Ltd – which launched in early 2017.

He is the Manager of the Newport Now Business Improvement District, a Director/Trustee of Newport Live, an advisor to the Chartist Commisson, and a Newport County AFC season ticket holder and community shareholder.

Kevin Ward Media’s clients include Monmouthshire Business Awards, the City of Newport Business Club, the Labour Party, Newport County AFC and Brand Lab.

He has been interested in the work of the Kaleidoscope Project since first reporting on its move to Newport in 2002.