The Amelia Trust Farm employs 14 staff on a mix of full and part time basis. 

Karen Turnbull

Karen joined the Farm as Director on 27 April 2015 after 20 years in the university sector in South Wales as a senior leader responsible for generating income, building links with external partners and supporting students to develop skills for the workplace.  With a degree in Accountancy and a Masters in Business Administration, she has extensive experience of financial management, strategic development and marketing.  In addition, she has worked for small companies in Cardiff, London and Sydney, Australia as a team leader focussed on delivering excellent customer service.

Karen has also served as Director for the Gwent Independent Film Trust and for Newport and Gwent Enterprise and was selected through the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Process to be a specialist advisor to the All Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for the European Structural Funds in Wales for the period 2007-2015.

When she married the Reverend Stewart Lisk in 1997 she decided to retain the use of her maiden name.  They have two daughters and live in Roath, Cardiff.  Karen has been actively involved in fundraising for the Church both in the parishes of Ely and in Roath and also leads the Sunday School team of volunteers.  To relax, Karen enjoys fitness classes at the gym and yoga studio, watching rugby and camping in the Great British countryside.

Malcolm Sanchez-Jones
Education/Site Manager

Mal has worked at the Farm since September 2002.  With degree level qualifications in Youth Work, Health & Social Care, Crisis Management, Leadership & Management, Training & Assessment and Quality Assurance he has been at the forefront of the creation, development and implementation of alternative education programmes and safeguarding systems. Before joining the Farm Mal was employed as a youth worker in the Barry community and also worked at a family centre, as part of a school behavioural team and at children’s services in the Vale of Glamorgan.  His work has been recognised through the achievement of two awards: Cardiff Council’s Outstanding Contribution to Improving the Outcomes for Young People Leaving Care and an Understanding Disability Award.

Mal has also been actively involved in fundraising for the Farm and has run numerous events including trekking the Great Wall of China and Cycling from Athens to Cardiff in order to create new facilities.

Mal is a father to two teenage girls and spends the majority of his free time running a martial arts centre and free Tai Chi sessions for the Community.

Education Team

Becky Alder

Occupational Therapist

Ruth Sloan

Occupational Therapist

Amy Jones

Tutor / Animal Lead

Charlotte Clark
Placement Support Tutor

Paul Holder

Social Enterprise Manager

Marketing, Fundraising & Administration Team

Becca Palmer

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Sam Thomas

Finance Administrator

Vicki McCoan 


Tom Davies

Animal Care Worker

Site Maintenance Team

Neil Hardy


Sarah Stringer


John Brobbey