Meet our

Our Trustees volunteer a vast amount of time and bring their own unique professional and life experiences. Their primary focus is to ensure the charity is able to offer an excellent standard of care for children, young people and their families


Sabine Maguire
Dr. Sabine Maguire
(Founder, Safeguarding Lead & Operational Sub Group)

A former consultant paediatrician at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Sabine has been the visionary and driving force behind Sparkle

A former consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Gwent Hospital, and later Senior Lecturer in Cardiff University School of Medicine, Sabine has been the visionary and driving force behind Sparkle. She worked to provide the vision, concept and direction for joined up care and leisure to children with severe and complex disabilities, and enable them to engage in opportunities to build new skills and confidence and thus reach their full potential.

Sabine led the campaign to found and fund Serennu, and now continues to work on the development of our leisure provision, exploring innovative programs and partnerships to enhance the lives of our children and their families. She also oversees the research and evaluation program that Sparkle runs, ensuring that the innovative programs and services we offer are disseminated to professionals, policymakers and families across the UK and beyond.

Janet Kelly
Janet Kelly
(Chair & HR Sub Group)

Janet trained in Dublin as an occupational therapist in 1980 and spent her entire career working with children and young people with disabilities and developmental difficulties

After a short period working in Ireland following her graduation Janet came to Wales and spent the majority of her time working in Gwent, first as a practicing OT and then as head of the OT service until her retirement in July 2020.

As Chair of Trustees, Janet continues to be passionate about improving the services and facilities that are available for children, young people and their families living in the Gwent area.

Noel Williams
Noel Williams
(Treasurer & Finance Sub Group)

Noel has been involved in Welsh based children’s charities for over 25 years as both a Trustee and Treasurer

Noel is retired Chartered accountant who has worked in industry as Group finance director of a listed company and later on in practice as managing partner of regional firm of chartered accountants.

Although now retired from being a partner in the accountancy practice, Noel still works as an Expert witness from time to time, and enjoys playing golf and tennis. Noel also likes to fill his time gardening and walking in the countryside and exploring cities and countries.

Martin Gerrard
Martin Gerrard
(Secretary & Finance Sub Group)

Martin was born in Newport and studied Geography at the University of Southampton and subsequently qualified as an accountant

Now retired, Martin previously worked in senior finance roles in the NHS in Gwent throughout his career.

Martin has supported Sparkle as a Trustee and fundraiser from the start, from the lobbying and building stages of Serennu, and for some years thereafter, including him scaling the heights of Kilimanjaro in 2010. Martins other interests include sport, mainly football, rugby, cricket and speedway, local history, wildlife and collecting ‘anything and everything'.

Joan Sheppard
Joan Sheppard
(Community Representative)

Joan has been involved as a Sparkle Trustee from the beginning, and was part of the 1991 consultation that led to the report “The Need is Obvious” for a new integrated children’s centre

As a parent of a child with disabilities, Joan’s motivation to be involved and make a difference has always been to ensure that future children and families don’t have the same experience as she had.

Prior to having her children, Joan was a computer systems analyst at Rolls Royce and Alcan. She now works part-time at Rodney Parade as a match day steward / first aider.

She also actively continues to volunteer her time with Girlguiding, and Scouting.

Tracey Pead
Tracey Pead
(Operational Sub Group)

Tracey has recently helped the SE, SW and Mid Wales regions prepare for the implementation of the new Welsh Government ALN reforms

Tracey brings 44 years’ education experience in Wales and abroad having taught in primary, secondary, and special schools, lectured on local University courses, and held several senior management positions. The latter were within Gwent education services specialising in additional learning needs (ALN) and English as an additional language (EAL). Recently she helped a number of Wales regions get ready for new Welsh Government ALN reforms.

Additionally, she has worked extensively within health boards, social care and third sector organisations within South East, South West and Mid Wales to improve collaboration between health, social care and education. Tracey was delighted to become a Sparkle trustee, having previously worked closely with the charity and with some of the other trustees.

In her spare time Tracey loves tending to her garden, walking her large dogs, and supporting village and church life.

Martin Gerrard
Anthony Durston
(HR Sub Group)

Anthony is an experienced senior HR professional, currently Head of Employee Experience for a large corporate company

Anthony brings his extensive experience in HR strategy and management to help Sparkle shape its employment processes and employee experience. This benefits employees and, of course, the children and young people we support.

As Sparkle continues to grow, it is important we have appropriate systems and training that will serve us today and in the future. Anthony's expertise helps us to achieve our goals within this area.

Nicole Garnon
Nicole Garnon
(Marketing Sub Group)

Nicole is a former editor of the South Wales Argus and its weekly associated newspapers

Nicole Garnon is a former editor of the South Wales Argus, a post she held following a long career at the paper where she held many different positions including health reporter, news editor and deputy editor.

The mother of two left the Argus in 2020. After the Covid lockdown she opened a gallery and shop in Newport called Gallery 57 where she can now be found highlighting the work of many local artists, jewellers and potters.

Stacey Hawdon
Stacey Hawdon
(Marketing Sub Group)

Stacey brings 14 years of third sector experience, specialising in corporate partnerships and fundraising

Newport resident Stacey joined as a Trustee because she recognises Sparkle as an ambitious charity whose work is absolutely vital to children and young people with additional needs.

She focuses on income generation, working with and supporting the plans of the fundraising team. As Sparkle supports more children and young people across Gwent so does the need to raise even more funds to ensure there is access to the much needed resources and support.