Leadership team

The Leadership Team is responsible for the day to day management and running of the Trust. Its main purpose is to maintain an overview of the risks and opportunities facing the Trust, to plan, implement and deliver the strategy and business plan, and to ensure the delivery of projects in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Paul McKay

Paul McCay

Chief Executive

I joined The Wilf Ward Family Trust in March 2013 as Chief Executive with responsibility for providing strategic direction and…

I joined The Wilf Ward Family Trust in March 2013 as Chief Executive with responsibility for providing strategic direction and leadership across the organisation.

Prior to this I held senior management positions in a specialist housing association focusing on forensic mental health issues, a leading disability charity and in local authority housing departments. I am committed to personal learning and hold qualifications in social policy, social work and business administration. My personal interests are in leadership development at all levels, partnership working and the development of trust within organisations.

Cath Sell

Cath Sell

Director of Resources

Prior to joining the Trust in 1995 (I know!) I worked as a Chartered Accountant in Middlesbrough and then Whitby….

Prior to joining the Trust in 1995 (I know!) I worked as a Chartered Accountant in Middlesbrough and then Whitby. I made a career change and moved into the third sector to make a difference. I hope I have and continue to do so.

Back when I started, my job title was Trust Accountant; since then the role has developed and grown, and I’ve been known as Finance Manager, Director of Finance, Director of Finance & HR, and now the Director of Resources. If it is not operational, it’s me!

Not just me of course. I lead a very competent team of managers, each with their own teams, who like me, believe in the vision and values of this
organisation.

Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Director of Operations (East)

I first started working with adults with learning disabilities in 1977, working for North Yorkshire County Council at Burnside Hostel…

I first started working with adults with learning disabilities in 1977, working for North Yorkshire County Council at Burnside Hostel in Scarborough. I then moved to California for 12 years before returning home in 1992 and taking up a post with the Trust in 1993.

As one of three Directors, I have operational responsibility for Scarborough, Ryedale, East Riding. Boothferry and the Wolds areas. This is an extremely varied job and I get to meet some very interesting people as part of my role.

I enjoy my job and feel very fortunate to be a part of an organisation that strives to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Debbie von Malachowski

Director of Operations (West)

I came to work for the Trust in April 2008. For the past 30(!!!) years I have worked with children,…

I came to work for the Trust in April 2008. For the past 30(!!!) years I have worked with children, adults and older people in social work. I am one of three Directors within the Trust, and I cover and have responsibility for operations in the West of the Trust which covers the York, Leeds/Wakefield, Harrogate, Northallerton and Ripon areas.

Working for the Trust has been the best move of my career. I feel privileged that I have the opportunity of working with such commitment, caring and compassionate people, and honoured to serve the people we support.

Jane Cooper

Jayne Cooper

Assistant Operations Director (West)

I have worked for the Trust since 1991, starting out as a support worker progressing through different roles, across a…

I have worked for the Trust since 1991, starting out as a support worker progressing through different roles, across a number of geographical areas and in a variety of settings, including short breaks, residential, supported living and community support services. I have thoroughly enjoyed each different aspect.

During my time with the Trust I have been involved in lots of exciting changes and developments. The latest stage on my journey saw my Leadership Team role change to that of Head of Operations (West) covering York, Leeds, Wakefield, Harrogate, Ripon and Northallerton.

The Trust continues to be a progressive organisation, committed to making sure we do our very best for the people we support, and I am very proud to have been part of it for so many years!

Dave Beevers

Dave Beevers

Assistant Operations Director (East)

I joined The Wilf Ward Family Trust as a support worker in 1994 as a conscious decision to find a…

I joined The Wilf Ward Family Trust as a support worker in 1994 as a conscious decision to find a career in which I could make a positive contribution. I have previously worked in a broad range of jobs including manufacturing, and management positions in leisure and sales.

During my time with The Trust I have worked in a number of schemes, which I enjoyed and valued immensely, as well as in various management positions. There has been many exciting developments throughout my career, the most recent of which being my current post of Head of Operations (East), which includes overseeing four geographical locations: Scarborough, Ryedale, East Riding and Boothferry and Wolds.

I am very proud to work with some amazing people at all levels of the organisation who, like me, believe in the values of the Wilf Ward Family Trust, and that the most important thing is the quality of the service that our customers experience.

Claire Neill-Webb

Head of People and Culture

I joined The Wilf Ward Family Trust in 2013 as HR Advisor, and when the chance to apply for the…

I joined The Wilf Ward Family Trust in 2013 as HR Advisor, and when the chance to apply for the HR Manager came up I took it. Before joining the Trust I’d predominately worked in the rail and construction industries in various HR roles. I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD and graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Business Studies.

I oversee the HR and L&D functions within the Trust, who all provide active support to our teams in the management of their staff, as well as providing support during our recruitment processes. I think it is safe to say that no day is the same. I really enjoy the varied work I get involved in. I feel proud being able to contribute to the fantastic work that our teams do with our customers.

Philip Metcalfe

Financial Controller

I have worked for the Trust since September 2010, following 11 years in Financial Services. Prior to that, I worked…

I have worked for the Trust since September 2010, following 11 years in Financial Services. Prior to that, I worked for BUPA (in Finance, not brain surgery!) for a period of 3 years.

I graduated from the University of Hull with an Accountancy Degree and continued with my studies to become an ACCA qualified Accountant.

I oversee the Finance and Payroll teams at our registered office and look to support all areas of the business with all things money related (and beyond). An early achievement was to assist the Trust into changing its status into a Limited Company by Guarantee which took place 1 April 2011. Along with maintaining the financial records, my current remit includes raising the financial awareness of all levels of Trust Management.

Working for the Trust is most enjoyable and my role is varied, interesting and rewarding.