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.