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The following individuals have been appointed Members of Glas Cymru Holdings Cyfyngedig. In addition the ten directors of the Company are also Members of Glas Cymru Holdings Cyfyngedig.
Mohamed is the Divisional Head of IT at Yolk Recruitment, a 'Wales Fast Growth 50' company and co-founder of Haya Fitness, Wales largest ladies only gym. Mo is a committed family man with two young children who combines this with being a highly active member of the local community and dedicates much of his spare time to a number of voluntary roles including: mentoring youths from the local BME communities; Director of Projects for the Muslim Council of Wales; Governor at both Cardiff & Vale College & Allensbank Primary School, and Wales Board Trustee for 'Remembering Srebrenica'.
Dr Norma Barry is a former Welsh Government Senior Civil Servant who now runs her own company, InsideOut: Organisational Solutions. The company provides consultancy support services to a wide range of private, public and voluntary organisations. Norma is also Chair of Tai Calon Housing Association and is a Panel Member for the Care Standards Council for Wales. In addition, she serves on the Food Standards Agency’s Welsh Advisory Committee and is a member of the Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Industry Board.
Alex is a freelance consultant, researcher, and policy adviser specialising in co-operatives, charities and social enterprises. He is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development (IED) and works to their Code of Practice. Alex is Chair of Cardiff YMCA Housing Association, Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales, and Development Co-operative Ltd. He is also a Board Member of Co-operatives UK, a founder Member of the consultancy.coop, a Fellow of the IWA, and a Member of the Bevan Foundation.
Brian is a Chartered Engineer, volunteer mentor and Director and Trustee of Prime Cymru. He worked in electricity companies for over 25 years from apprentice to senior management positions in operations, marketing, sales, strategic development and general management. He then moved to the technology sector with Alacatel Telecom and other companies. He has chaired and worked with a variety of Boards in high growth and recessionary markets. In 2004 he formed Bluefish Communications Ltd with two other founders and over 7 years grew revenues to over £10m. The business operated globally and was sold to Vodafone in December 2011.
Mr Board is a former IT Project Director in the regulated telecoms sector, with significant experience of the application of new technologies (IT and network systems) to deliver an essential mass market public service. He served on the BT Wales board from 2010-15 and was Chair of RSA Wales Cymru from 2011-14. He is also a keen sailor.
Kate took up her appointment as the Chief Executive of HIW in January 2013. Previously Kate was the Welsh Government’s Chief Statistician and Head of Knowledge and Analytical Services. She spent a significant part of her early career working for the Audit Commission/District Audit Wales, conducting reviews of local government and health services throughout Wales and the West of England. Kate was also responsible for setting up the Local Government Data Unit in 2001.
Maria is an associate solicitor at Capital Law and specialises in commercial work. Maria assists clients with their contracts and legal relationships and helps manage their legal risks. As a qualified trainer she provides training on directors’ duties, compliance matters and risk management.
Robert Davies is a Senior Director of Kip McGrath Education Centres. He has taught across a number of primary schools in South Wales and held a series of senior management positions. He was responsible for running the DCWW Cog Moors Education Centre whilst on secondment from September 2010 to August 2011. Rob has been a Local Councillor, served on a number of governing bodies and is a Trustee and Director of a number of local community and voluntary groups.
Tom is a member of the UK Disclosure and Barring Service Board and Deputy Chair of the charity ‘Victim Support’ across England and Wales. A former Director of Education with Wales’ largest education authority and Director of the Princes’ Trust Cymru, he was also a UK Board Member of the Lottery New Opportunities Fund and was IPCC Commissioner in Wales between 2003 and 2013.
Mary is a practising dental practitioner with an involvement in providing independent advice on clinical dentistry. Formerly, she worked as the Clinical Dental Services Manager of the Hywel Dda University Health Board until 2014; as a Dental Postgraduate Tutor for the Welsh Deanery (2002-2014) and was a Council member of the UK General Dental Council (2004-2013).
Mr Evans is a chartered management accountant with 18 years experience in public and private sector roles. He is currently the EMEA Finance Director and Company Secretary of Mitel Networks Limited, an international provider of enterprise unified communications solutions based in Monmouthshire.
Rhys is one of the founding Directors of ‘Ateb’, a specialist consultancy which provides support and advice to public and private organisations on welsh language matters including compliance and communications. With a background in strategic planning, regulatory compliance, economic and community development, he was previously Head of Corporate Services and Company Secretary at one of the largest housing associations in Wales. He has held roles with responsibility for governance, legal services, internal audit, risk, health and safety, and quality management systems. Rhys is also a Board Member for Gwynedd community enterprise, Antur Waunfawr.
Ken is a chartered public finance accountant with extensive experience of financial and corporate governance as well as leading change management programmes. He retired in early 2016 after a 38 year career in local government. Ken continues to be involved with a few local charities/organisations as well being a member of his Institute's Council.
Helen did her undergraduate studies in Nottingham University and her master’s degree in Birmingham in applied radiation physics. After completing a PGCE, Helen taught at Llanfyllin High School for three years. In 2003, she returned to her roots in the South Wales Valleys where she taught physics for nine years at Treorchy Comprehensive before becoming Assistant Head Teacher. She joined the WJEC in 2011 as subject officer for physics and electronics and has a wealth of experience as an examiner for WJEC GCSE and A Level Physics. Shortly after, Helen was appointed as the domain leader for maths and science.
Nia is an experienced Solicitor in private practice who specialises in consumer matters, conveyancing and wills, but who has past experience of immigration and asylum and advocacy in the court system. Between 2009 and 2011 Nia served as a member of the Consumer Council for Water Wales Committee and she is a member of her local playing fields committee. She is a fluent Welsh speaker.
John is an education consultant. He was chief executive of Colegau Cymru representing further education (FE) colleges in Wales for 13 years and was interim director of NIACE Cymru, the voice of adult learning in Wales. John has served on the boards of a number of education and arts charities and is currently a governor of Bridgend College and a director of The College Merthyr Tydfil and a member of the audit committee of the University of South Wales. He also chairs Addysg Oedolion Cymru/Adult Leraning Wales, formerly WEA YMCA CC Cymru, and is executive chair of Agored, the Welsh awarding body. He sits on the Beacon Awards steering committee which oversees wards for high performing FE colleges in the UK. John has served on numerous national education and skills committees and working groups in Wales and the UK.
Debbie was formerly Group Director of Finance for Coastal Housing and is now their Chief Executive. Debbie is Chair of the housing umbrella body Community Housing Cymru, and is also involved with the third sector, as Treasurer of Gofal, a leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity. She is also a member of Swansea University's Council.
Mr Griffiths is a chartered accountant and the Commercial Director of Fifth Dimension Systems, one of the largest software and service providers to the SME business sector, and a business he co-founded in 1997. He is also a trustee of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
Akmal lives in Cardiff, holding Board and Senior Management positions on local, national and international corporate bodies and organisations. Currently serving as an Independent member of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, he is the Founder and CEO of IBFC- UK (Islamic Banking and Finance Centre), and Assadaqaat Community Finance. An Associate Lecturer and trainer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, his research and work have been in maintaining and safeguarding governance and ethical standards in the public and corporate sector organisations. He is a Guest Lecturer and Keynote Speaker on Islamic Finance, Standards & Ethics in Public Life, and Corporate Governance at leading academic institutions, national and international seminars, conferences and conventions.
Janet’s background in education and training culminated in an adult training role in industry and the voluntary sectors. She has seven years’ experience as a Town and County Councillor in North Wales. She served for a year in the Welsh Assembly Government as the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications.
Martin Hughes is a former Finance Director of Coleg Harlech WEA and has had a career as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in public sector and charity finance and management. After a career break as a family carer he now undertakes business energy tariff reviews. He recently graduated with an MBA in Environmental Management with distinction and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. He is a Treasurer of Quakers in Wales, a Member of the Federation of Small Businesses’ Internal Audit Committee and was a member of the Chartered Management’s Institute’s Cymru/Wales Board.
Dyfed Jones started his career as an apprentice plumber in Anglesey. His career has taken him from being a qualified engineer into a management role, initially within social housing. More recently he has been working in a compliance role at a National level with Kier Group.
Nina is a scientist who was a former senior environmental manager at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, with over 25 years’ experience in the water and sewerage industry. Although environmental regulation was her main role at Dŵr Cymru, she also has experience with environmental litigation, potable water and customer service issues. Nina now provides business support for a small marine company and is also a project manager for UK Water Industry Research.
Mrs Keir has taught science for 13 years in Hereford and Shropshire. Before becoming a teacher she trained as a public health engineer and worked in the water industry in East Anglia.
Mr Kidwai is co-founder and Chief Executive of the Ethnic Business Support Programme which provides start up and business support services. He is an active member of the ethnic community, and was awarded the OBE in 2006 for services to Diversity and to Business in Wales. He is a Trustee of the South Wales Islamic Educational Trust and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales and a member of the CBI Wales Council.
Since 2000, Norman has been an independent environmental consultant specialising mainly on issues relating to the water industry and entomology. A former Chief Scientist at Welsh Water, he was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to the water industry and to environmental protection. Nominated by Dwr Cymru, Norman serves as a Trustee of the Elan Valley Trust and he was also 2014/15 President of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
Ivor is an independent consultant specialising in business transformation and shared services within the public sector. Prior to this he held a number of senior managerial roles in the civil service and local government. He is a chartered environmental health practitioner, chartered manager and fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health.
A Business Development and Marketing expert with over 25 years senior management experience, Steve has operated in a variety of sectors including Education, Tourism, Banking and Financial Services, Training and Development, Business Analysis and Competitor Intelligence, and Internet Security. He was a Senior Manager with Lloyds Banking Group, a Business Development Consultant to Visit Wales, the Development Director at Christ College Brecon, and most recently worked for Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd. In August 2016, Steve joined Business Wales as a Relationship Manager, assisting businesses across Mid & West Wales.
Wyn Mitchell is a recently-retired Chartered Town Planner, previously Planning Services Manager with Newport City Council. Former appointments include Planning Advisor to the WLGA, Senior Vice-Chair of RTPI Cymru, Member of UK Government's Inland Waterways Advisory Council, and Member of British Waterways Wales Advisory Board. Current appointments include Vice-President of Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust, Board Member and Trustee of the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust and a Newport Harbour Commissioner.
Kevin Morgan is the Professor of Governance and Development in the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University and has written many papers on innovation and regeneration in regional development, devolution, sustainable food chains, and self-managed communities.
Paul Motte has been Bursar and Clerk to Governors at UWC Atlantic College, an international sixth form college in the Vale of Glamorgan, since 2008. The governance model of Glas Cymru first attracted him to membership, and he is interested in developing the role of members to the benefit of the Board and staff of Dwr Cymru.
Jamie is Chief Advisor at Transport for London - the not-for-profit transport authority for London. One of the world's largest transport operator's, he is responsible for its relationships with other international bodies, Government departments, ministers and Parliamentarians. Born in Wrexham, but raised in Ruthin, he also chairs the Prime Minister’s Challenge Group (Transport), which brings together the country’s transport operators to meet the UK Government’s commitment to create a dementia friendly society.
A Chartered Banker and Chartered Manager, Mr Osborne-Taylor is an independent management consultant specialising in transformation and service improvement, currently working with the public sector in England. He is a Board Member of Clwyd Alyn Housing Association and formerly a former Holyhead Town Councillor, former Deputy Chair of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Board in Wales, and a former Deputy Chair of the CMI's Women in Management National Advisory Committee.
Eurgain advises the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales on policy issues including climate change. Before this she ran the Climate Change Commission for Wales. Eurgain has fifteen years of experience working in the field of sustainable development and climate change within the public sector in Wales – during this time she has been responsible for developing policies and implementing a range of successful initiatives within local government and also with the Welsh Government. Eurgain has a M.Sc. in Environmental Biology and a PhD in Marine Microbiology from the University of Wales Swansea, and has worked in the field of environmental marine research in various marine laboratories in the UK.
A retired chartered civil engineer with over 40 years’ experience of the water industry, mostly working for Dwr Cymru, Welsh Water. He held various senior civil engineering posts during his career and has a significant breadth of knowledge on water engineering and Dwr Cymru, Welsh Water. Keith was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year's Honours list, for services to several Herefordshire community groups and in particular, over 25 years voluntary work for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Mal is a chartered Civil Engineer. He has spent more than thirty years working in the water industry holding senior operational management roles in both potable and waste water. Immediately prior to semi-retirement in 2011 he spent 4 years as Head of Capital Programme at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.
With a background in training, data management and high performance computing, Laura Redfern spent her early career working within the oil and gas industry and later the Welsh HE sector as a consultant developing industrial/academic collaborations. Having spent the past two years developing a number of new business ventures working with partners in the UK, Spain and the US, she has recently joined ClusterVision as the UK Senior Account Manager.
Mr Rees, a qualified accountant, is a serving magistrate and a retired Customer Services Director who worked in the water industry in Wales for over 25 years. Since retiring he has served as a lay Member of Energywatch Wales (2001-2008) and also as a Member of the Consumer Council for Water - Wales (2005 - 2011), where in both appointments he took a particular interest in the issues facing vulnerable and disadvantaged customers.
Dominic Reeve is Professor of Coastal Engineering in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. He has worked in both consultancy and academia. In industry he worked on long sea outfall schemes, shoreline management plans and coastal flood defence works; in academia his research interests have focused on the application of mathematical modelling to address practical hydraulic engineering problems including storm erosion of beaches, wave overtopping of sea defences and dam spillway performance. He continues to advise Government Departments and Agencies, Local Authorities and independent consulting firms on coastal issues. He is the author of three textbooks and has served on the Councils of the Royal Meteorological Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Gaynor Lives in Wrexham and is the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice and Company Secretary. Gaynor is a debt specialist and has close links with staff at Dŵr Cymru in her role of managing debt arrears of clients.
Philippa is the Managing Director of Low and Behold, a green technology business that specialises in waste and resource management. A Chartered Waste Manager, she has considerable experience of working with the public and third sectors. She is currently a non-executive Director of the BPR Group, a London-based environmental services company.
Frank worked as an Officer of the GMB Trade Union and was involved for twenty years with the Partnership Agreement in Dwr Cymru, he retired 2 ½ years ago. He is also a Town Councillor for Caldicot Town Council.
A retired full time trade union official, Alwyn has been indirectly associated with Welsh Water since the early 1980's and he was one of the co-authors of the Partnership Agreement with the unions which is still in use today.
Nick is a chartered civil engineer and ex self-employed consultant who retired in 2001 as Business Director of United Utilities. He worked for over 30 years for United Utilities and its predecessors in a variety of commercial, operational, engineering, technical and management roles including at board level. Following retirement he was Chairman of a number of not–for-profit organisations, including a Housing Association and Chamber of Commerce. He is a retired Justice of the Peace and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
Ted was previously Chief Executive of Milford Haven Port Authority. Since retiring he has undertaken a number of roles including two terms as a public member of Network Rail and as a member of British Waterways Advisory Group for Wales. He is currently chairman of NRPSI Ltd which is the registrar for public service interpreting in the UK; a member of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority; Vice Chairman of Saundersfoot Harbour Commissioners; a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales and; a board member of the Haven Enterprise Zone.
Christopher’s background is in disability employment. For many years he successfully ran and developed sizeable businesses in the public sector that secured employment for people with disabilities. These included people with physical, or learning disabilities and well as those with enduring mental health conditions. Christopher has a lifelong disability and has a particular interest in diversity and equality matters.
A member of Conwy County Borough Council, Councillor Squire has extensive experience in public health as a former Chief Environmental Health Officer and north Wales president of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Until his retirement was Director of Public Protection with Conwy CBC and since becoming a County Councillor was Chairman of the Licensing Committee for a period of 7 years.
Guy is Chartered Accountant and Chartered Director with over 30 years experience in the financial services industry. He is currently a non executive director of Nottingham Building Society. Prior to this he held a number of roles at Principality Building Society including that of Group Finance Director from 2003 to 2012.
Karen qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1981 and has over 30 years’ experience in property and economic development, specialising in industrial and urban development and inward investment. She was the Regional Director (SE Wales) for the Welsh Development Agency and, subsequently, the Dept of the Economy, Welsh Government (1999-2008). She has served as a non-exec director of Merthyr Tydfil College and also on the Finance & Resources Committee of the University of South Wales. She is a member of the South East Wales Valuation Tribunal, hearing appeals for Non-Domestic Rating and for Council Tax. She was a Board Member of RICS Wales for over ten years and also a Director of Newport Unlimited - the urban regeneration company.
Ms Thomas is currently Head of Engagement at Cardiff University focusing on research and innovation, Lynnette has previous higher education experience in public health, communications and strategic planning. Her interests lie in public health improvement, social policy, equal opportunities and in European and environmental policy. She has worked in local government, the NHS, private and third sectors and represented Wales in Brussels. She spent five years as a Council Member with the Countryside Council for Wales.
Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas is the Chief Commercial Officer for Barclaycard Business Solutions. A former investment banker, Dr Thomas has experience of acquisition finance, loan capital markets as well as governance and regulatory control within the banking sector.
An investor relations and communications specialist, Mr Trefgarne previously advised Glas Cymru on communication with the bond market and associated matters. He attended university and has family links in Wales.
Ms Williams is a human resource management professional and a freelance consultant providing individual and organisation development services, and executive coaching, stakeholder engagement and business strategy services to the public private and voluntary sectors. She is a business member of Arts & Business Cymru and a Trustee (and former Chair) of Chwarae Teg, which promotes and develops the participation of women in the Welsh economy.
Ruth is taking a compassionate career break to manage her elderly parents' sudden health crises. Prior to this she advised the Landscape Institute and the historic Houses Association on Wales policy, was a member of the Ministerial Panel conducting a fundamental review of Wales' National Parks & Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a board member of the RICS-UK Research Trust, a member of Environment Wales' Grants adjudication Panel and helped deliver training across Wales on Water Management & Sustainable Drainage via Cardiff University's Built Environment Sustainability Training programme. Previously Ruth was Head of Policy & Communications for the National Trust Wales and has served on the boards of the Welsh Development Agency, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
Mrs Wilson is a member of the Gwynedd Community Health Council and a former Non-Executive Director of Wales Ambulance Services NHS Trust and Member of the Care Council for Wales. Prior to her retirement, she had a varied career in careers guidance, teaching and curriculum development. Author of three published novels with a fourth being published in 2017.
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