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Wynford Ellis Owen

Wynford Ellis Owen
Specialist Addictions Consultant, Living Room Cardiff

After a 40 years career as a writer, actor and director working in theatre and television, Wynford returned to college in 2006 to study for a Fd.Sc. degree in Addictions Counselling.  In 2008, following a spell as an addictions counsellor at Rhoserchan treatment centre near Aberystwyth, he started work as Chief Executive Officer of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs.  A cornerstone of his three-year strategy was the establishment of Living Room Cardiff, a community-based Recovery Centre supporting people with addiction problems in Cardiff and surrounding areas.

He was awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship for 2010 and visited some of the new recovery community centres in the USA, which have achieved long-term recovery from severe alcohol and/or drug-related problems.

Having recently stood down as head and chief executive of Living Room Cardiff, Wynford is focused on rolling-out the Beat the Odds programme for excessive gamblers and their families throughout Wales, and setting up Living Room centres in other areas.

Currently, he is a Specialist Counselling Consultant to CAIS, Living Room Cardiff’s parent company, and is also responsible for delivering and overseeing Cynnal, the counselling service for clergy and ministers of religion and their families; and Enfys, the bespoke counselling service for qualified medical doctors. He’s also responsible for delivering retreats - of which there are three every year - and three modules on Addiction & Recovery Coaching, in conjunction with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Wynford is in recovery and his sobriety date is 22nd July, 1992.