Lindsay Cordery-Bruce lrg

Lindsay is the CEO of The Wallich,  winner of the Third Sector Category at the Leading Wales Awards 2015 and Runner Up for the Governance Category at the 2016 Third Sector Awards.  She started her career as a volunteer and believes that one day volunteering will save the world.  Following a number of years working for the National Probation Service, she came to specialize in addiction, recovery and substance misuse.  As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist she has enjoyed a 16 year career in the substance misuse field, supporting people to achieve their recovery goals, providing advice to commissioning teams and Welsh Government, influencing policy makers and developing the evidence base.  Lindsay has also worked at a strategic level for a Community Safety Partnership in England, managing a portfolio which included substance misuse, housing, domestic abuse, community policing and counter terrorism.

Previously Lindsay was the CEO at NewLink Wales after relocating from the North East of England. During this time she  led a number of change initiatives resulting in sustainability for the organization and National recognition. She altered the focus of the Charity from substance misuse to a wider wellbeing approach.  As a co-author of the Recovery Framework for Wales, she fully appreciates the importance of policy and legislative drivers in achieving meaningful and sustainable change, such as the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.   Her particular skill is innovation and she describes herself as a big ideas person.

Lindsay has published academically on the subject of culturally appropriate practice and the challenges of embracing diversity within the substance misuse sector.  She is currently studying for her Professional Doctorate and is an honorary research fellow at Cardiff University. Most of all she is a relentless problem solver, skilled strategist and a lover of life!

When Lindsay is not championing people with wellbeing issues she enjoys weight lifting and once lifted the equivalent weight of a double decker bus during a 10 day challenge.  She also enjoys spending time with her 4 dogs, 6 chickens and 60,000 bees.