Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Members of Glas

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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.

Mohammed Alamgir

Mohammed Alamgir Cardiff

Mohammed Alamgir is the co-founding owner and Managing Director of Rhino IT, a national IT Recruitment Consultancy and part of the Rhino Group Holdings, a powerhouse in the recruitment industry. He is devoted to improving work opportunities for the Welsh BAME community and has set up several grassroot initiatives including Gray Rhino’s, aimed at getting more BAME females into tech jobs, iLEAD which trains BAME youngsters from the ages of 14 – 18 years old in leadership and management skills and a tech mentoring programme for high school kids. He is a Governor at Cardiff & Vale College and Director of Equalities for Plaid Cymru.

Shazia Awan-Scully Cardiff

Welsh born Shazia is a passionate campaigner, feminist, and former Parliamentary candidate. Having gained a Masters degree in International Relations from Cardiff University, she went on to forge a successful career in public relations and brand development after working at a high level advising on campaign strategy for a range of international brands. Shazia has worked with a number of third sector organisations, including the Trussell Trust - where she was a volunteer at a food bank – and Religions for Peace. She is a prominent equality activist, an ambassador for the national children’s charity Show Racism The Red Card; and is appointed to the Welsh Government Framework Group for women in business. Shazia has previously written for the New Statesman, The Independent and The Huffington Post. She sits on the editorial board of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, Wales’s leading think tank. She previously worked as a BBC presenter, hosting the Big Debate Live on BBC Asian Network, a three-hour Shazia is currently Head of Group PR for Creditsafe - the global business intelligence experts.

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Alex Bird Cardiff

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 founder Member of the consultancy.coop, a Fellow of the IWA, and a Member of the Bevan Foundation.

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Brian Birtles Brecon

Brian is a Chartered Engineer, volunteer mentor, Deputy Chairman and Trustee of Prime Cymru, a charity founded by the Prince of Wales to help the over 50’s in Wales return to economic activity. 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, Cambridge Network Ltd 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.

David Brotherton Cardiff

David is a director and founder of Celyn Consulting Limited which advises utility companies on asset and knowledge management matters. Before that he was employed by Dwr Cymru for over 30 years, mainly on regulation and asset information aspects. He has now largely retired and is pursuing other interests including wildlife and environmental topics.

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Dr Kate Chamberlain Merthyr Tydfil

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.

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Maria Coggins Cardiff

Maria is a Partner at Capital Law specialising in commercial law and data protection. Maria assists clients with their contracts and legal relationships and helps manage their legal risks. She is a qualified trainer and provider training on directors’ duties, data protection, anti-money laundering, compliance and risk management.

Sarah Cosgrove Penarth

Sarah has worked in the public relations and communications sector for 25 years. She began her career at Bristol Water plc as a public relations officer and has maintained a close interest in the water industry and utility sector event since. In more recent years, Sarah was the Assistant Director of Corporate Communications for South Wales Police for nearly a decade and is currently the Head of Communications at the University of South Wales. She was also the Editor and Head of Communications at A Rocha International, a conservation and environmental NGO for nearly six years.

Member of Glas Simon Coton

Simon Coton Fishguard

Simon is an IT architect and small business owner. He has lived in Wales since 2001 and has recently relocated to north Pembrokeshire to establish a new home and tourism business. He takes a keen interest in the local community, sustainability projects and contributing to a healthy living environment. A former Welsh Water employee, Simon was latterly a senior member of the Business Information Services team. He has led various IT change programmes and has experience of IT procurement, contract management, team development and project delivery. From 2008 to 2013 he was a volunteer member of the Chief Executive’s Scrutiny Committee at Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

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Robert Davies Rhondda Cynon Taff

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.

Greg Dean Merthyr Tydfil

Greg is a senior leader with over 20 years of experience in the defence industry. He has led a successful career in the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, working in programme acquisition and delivery contracts, such as battlefield communication systems and Armoured Fighting Vehicles for the British Army. Greg completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours Degree in Technology and Business Studies from the University of Glamorgan. Based in South Wales, he is married with two children, is a keen follower of rugby and enjoys visiting sites of historical interest with his family.

Hayley Dunne Cardiff

Hayley has enjoyed a career in the voluntary sector over the last 25 years, and she is currently the Strategic Lead for Delivery at Chwarae Teg, the leading Equality & Diversity charity in Wales. She is experienced in European Funding and has extensive knowledge of the business benefits of Equality & Diversity, and Modern Working Practices. As an experienced leader and manager, Hayley is committed to people development and motivation and has an inherently collaborative approach to teamwork. Hayley developed Chwarae Teg’s way of working, Achieve, which is an output and results based way of working, and led the change programme within the organisation to embed the new way of working and required culture change associated with it. Hayley is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken at many events (both in the UK and Europe) and in the media on Gender Equality & Diversity, Modern Working Practices, Culture Change and Leadership & Management.

Llio Elgar Cardiff

Llio is currently undertaking a masters’ degree at Cardiff University to study linguistic planning, a subject she is passionate about. She was previously responsible for Welsh Language Strategy, Welsh Language Standards and Strategic Equality Plan compliance at Newport City Council. She has chaired and been key to the success of various partnerships in the fields of hate crime, Welsh language education, organisational development and employment. Llio has a degree in Philosophy and Politics and a Masters in Public Administration. She is a local authority governor at Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd in Newport, has two small children and enjoys climbing and running.

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Rhys Evans Gwynedd

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.

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Helen Francis Mid Glamorgan

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.

Member of Glas Beryl Gibson

Beryl Gibson Brecon

Beryl has spent her working life as a consultant within the creative industries, especially the textile and fashion sectors, after graduating from The Royal College of Art, London. Her portfolio of clients ranges from top-end international multinationals to the niche concerns which while not being household names are the bedrock for a successful British economy. This is reflected in her membership of the U.K.F.T., the government-backed leading fashion and textile association. Her work covers not just women’s and men’s fabric collections but also areas such as upholstery, colour and trend forecasting, with a clear understanding of innovative commercial product development. She maintains a studio in London to facilitate her international business having more recently established a base in her home town Brecon.

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John Graystone Llantwit Major

John is an education consultant. He was chief executive of ColegauCymru representing further education (FE) colleges in Wales for 13 years and 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 member of its resources, remuneration and search committees.

He also chairs Addysg Oedolion Cymru/Adult Learning Wales, a further education institution, and is chair of Agored Cymru, the Welsh awarding body. John serves on the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and chairs its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee; is a Board member of the National Academy for Educational Leadership; and is a member of the Independent Wales Pay Review Body which is advising the Minister for Education on the pay of school teachers and leaders. John has served on numerous national education and skills committees and working groups in Wales and the UK, published widely on post-16 education policy and has carried out a number of recent consultancy contracts on governance.

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Akmal Hanuk Cardiff

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.
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.

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Janet Haworth Conwy

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.

Lisa Howells Carmarthenshire

Lisa qualified as a dental surgeon in 1977. After a short spell in general dental practice she moved to the Community Dental Service, working in both England and Wales until 2008. Her main interests were caring for people with special clinical needs, particularly those with head injury, at end of life and who were housebound. In 1987 she gained a Master’s Degree in Community Dental Health from Birmingham University. Lisa was an Independent Member of Swansea Local Health Board and worked for the Welsh Government’s Clinical Governance Support and Development Unit supporting clinical teams to improve quality and safety. Lisa has been the Deputy Chief Dental Officer at Welsh Government since June 2012. Her main role is development and delivery of the quality and safety agenda including working closely with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), the 1000 Lives Service Improvement team and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.

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Martin Hughes Harlech

Martin Hughes is a Harlech Community Councillor, Treasurer of Quakers in Wales and a member of the Snowdonia National Park Standards Committee. He has had a career as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in public sector and charity finance and management, including being finance director of Coleg Harlech WEA 2000-08. Following a career break as a family carer he graduated with an MBA in Environmental Management with distinction in 2015 and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Former member of the Chartered Management’s Institute’s Cymru/Wales Board.

Member of Glas Hywel Eifion Jones

Hywel Eifion Jones Anglesey

Eifion is an associate of Chartered Institute of Bankers following 34 years in senior positions with Barclays Bank and previously County Councillor and Policy Authority Member in North Wales. Now a magistrate on North West Wales bench, member of Gwynedd Pension Board and Residential Property Tribunal of Wales. Eifion has held numerous local community and charitable positions in Anglesey. Board member of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.

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Nina Jones Gwynedd

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.

Member of Glas Steven Jones

Dr Steven P Jones Pembrokeshire

Steven is Director of Community Services at Pembrokeshire County Council. Prior to joining Pembrokeshire in 2007 he was Director of Regeneration and Community Services at Preston City Council. Steven is involved in a range of public and third sector partnerships and has academic interests in public policy and performance improvement. In his leisure time Steven has a keen interest in music and sport.

Member of Glas Ian Krawycynski

Ian Krawyczynski Carmarthenshire

Ian has experience working within various roles of the emergency services over the last 10 years covering both operational and technical posts. His most recent role sees him oversee the development and running of the command and control systems in use within one of Wales’ 999 control rooms.

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Ivor Lyons-Pumfrey Hereford

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.

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Stephen Maggs Brecon

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 a business development role with Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd. In 2016, Steve joined Business Wales as a Relationship Manager, advising businesses across Mid & West Wales.

Nia Morgan Swansea

Nia is a Chartered Accountant and is the Director of Finance at the National Assembly for Wales (soon to be Senedd Cymru | Welsh Parliament). Nia also sits as a Trustee on the board of the National Assembly for Wales Members' Pension Scheme. She began her career as an auditor with Deloittes, in Cardiff and Bermuda. Nia then worked at Grŵp Gwalia, one of Wales’ largest Social Housing Landlords, as Assistant Director of Finance. Nia recently completed her MBA, focusing on senior female leadership and gender balance on boards.

Member of Glas Joseph Muehlbauer

Joseph Muehlbauer Pembrokeshire

Joe is the Technical Director at the Valero Pembroke Refinery. In this role he oversees capital projects, refinery reliability and process optimisation programs, and the quality assurance laboratory. Joe has worked in various engineering, operations management and corporate roles in the energy industry for 19 years. He has previously served as an ex-officio member of the Benicia Sustainability Commission and on the Advisory Board for the Solano Volunteer Centre. He and his family live in Saundersfoot where they enjoy the boundless outdoor recreation activities and travelling.

Jennifer Owen Adams Rhayader

Jennifer has worked as manager and leader in secondary, further and higher education, local authorities and the Third Sector across England and Wales for over 30 years. She graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Physical Education, Sports Science and Geography, has an MSc in Education Management and is a Fellow of the RSA.

In her spare time, Jennifer pursues her passion for the outdoors. She is the inaugural Chair of Impelo, a dance organisation based in mid Wales whose reach extends across Wales and the UK. More recently, she has been appointed to the Board of Cricket Wales as an Independent Director and to the England & Wales Cricket Board’s Participation and Growth committee.

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Eurgain Haf Powell Cardiff

Eurgain is a Change Maker at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and advises the Commissioner and public bodies on policy issues including climate change, decarbonisation, transport and procurement. Before joining the Commissioner's office 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.

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Malcolm Price Cardiff

Mal was 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.

Alan Proctor Cardiff

Alan has worked within the Water and Environment sector for more than 24 years. He is an experienced leader and deliverer in Engineering and Asset Management related services and in particular digital transformation change. As a contractor Alan has and continues to implement mandated public sector UK Government digital construction strategy requirements into the Environment Agency. Previously, Alan was an Associate Director at a engineering and environment consultancy – Hyder Consulting Plc (now Arcadis) and held several positions at professional services consultancy - RPS Plc and also Welsh Water. Alan is a keen supporter of national strategic developments in industry transformation and international recognition of the UK as leaders in this field. He supports this through national engagement through various forums as well as knowledge sharing with international Government delegations from across the world. Alan has a BSc (Hons) degree in Business and Information Systems.

Laura Redfern

Laura Redfern Llanfairfechan

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. Following some years undertaking private consultancy work both in the UK and overseas, she now works in the UK specialising in the high performance and technical computing markets.

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Wayne Rees Pontypridd

Wayne, a qualified accountant, is a former magistrate of the Mid Wales Bench 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.

Emyr Roberts Cardiff

Emyr is originally from Benllech, Anglesey, and attended Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch. He then went to Reading University and achieved his Doctorate at the Department of Geography, University College Wales, Aberystwyth. After an initial career with the National Farmers’ Union, Emyr joined the Welsh Office in 1991, and undertook a variety of roles including health, finance, culture and recreation, and economic development. Within the Welsh Government he was Chief Executive of the Wales European Funding Office, Director Social Justice and Regeneration, Director General Public Services and Local Government, and Director General Education and Skills. In 2012 Emyr was appointed Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales, and led the creation of the new environmental body for Wales which integrated the work of the previous legacy bodies. He retired at the end of 2017. Emyr is Chair of Council at Aberystwyth University, Chair of the Chairs of the Universities of Wales, a Trustee of the Alzheimer’s Society, and a Member of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body.

Member of Glas Ian Roffe

Ian Roffe Aberystwyth

Ian is an independent researcher and consultant with a professional background in technology and management. During his career he has worked as a researcher, naval officer, civil servant and as a senior university manager. He has publications in the fields of innovation, education & training and business management, with his educational development work recognised by national and international awards. Ian also has civic interests in the fields of justice, appeals, audit and performance management and has contributed to local and central government as well as government agencies. He is currently a member of Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel and a lay member of Ceredigion Council’s audit committee.

Anne-Marie Rogan Swansea

I have 25 years’ leadership & senior management experience, working in the third sector and statutory sector in Wales and am currently CEO of YMCA Swansea. I am driven by a strong social purpose to transform communities for the better and do ‘good business’ to deliver real social impact. I believe passionately in social justice, a people centred approach, the creation of a 'can do culture' and the marriage of entrepreneurship and social responsibility. I am a mother, wife and sister. I love running, the arts, good food and wine, watching a good game of rugby union and seeing people smile.

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Frank Rowberry Monmouthshire

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.

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Nick Rushbrooke Conwy

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 the Prince’s Trust on Merseyside, a Housing Association, a LIFT Company (Renova) and St. Helens Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside in 2006. He is a retired Justice of the Peace and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. His current interests include Rotary, volunteering for the National Trust at Bodnant Gardens and Dwr Anafon, a local charity.

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Ted Sangster Pembrokeshire

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, a member of British Waterways Advisory Group for Wales, of the HLF Committee for Wales and of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. He is currently chairman of NRPSI Ltd which is the registrar for public service interpreting in the UK; Vice Chairman of Saundersfoot Harbour Commissioners; trustee of Pembrokeshire Citizens Advice; serves on the Valuation Tribunal Wales and is a board member of the Haven Enterprise Zone.

Member of Glas Helen Scourfield

Helen Scourfield Pembrokeshire

Helen commenced her career with Llewelyn Davies Accountants, before moving on to work in a civilian post with Dyfed Powys Police. Following a career break, she commenced working as a Training Organiser in the Agricultural Industry in a self-employed capacity and formed her own company in 1989 delivering training to the Construction Industry. Over several years she delivered practical training on plant and machinery to candidates. Over time her interests developed into National Vocational Qualifications, and now back in Wales she concentrates on delivering these NVQs on Construction Related Categories. Helen also worked for several years as a Consultant delivering Internal Quality Management to Centres and Internal Verification of portfolios and supporting Assessors in the Workplace, ACOP Group in Llanelli, Alpha Training in Swansea, Host Training in London and most recently Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen. Helen is married with grown up children, and her main interests are walking, sewing and spending time with my family.

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Christopher Shellam Hereford

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.

Phil Slee Swansea

Phil is a retired Royal Air Force Engineering Officer, Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Following a brief placement with the Welsh Water Authority (predecessor of Welsh Water) after leaving school, Phil joined the RAF as an apprentice technician in 1982. Having retired as a Wing Commander in 2015, he is now a Senior Operations Manager with Amazon in Swansea. Phil has broad leadership and management experience having, for example, delivered global operational capabilities, led technical and change programmes, and consulted on the development of through-life management strategies for complex systems. He is currently completing his dissertation for an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Development.

Mike Steward Bridgend

Mike is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in delivering major infrastructure projects across the United Kingdom. He started work as a trainee technician with Pembrokeshire Water Unit in Haverfordwest and is now a Technical Director with one of the world’s leading professional services firms and he now specialises in the delivery of major highway projects. He is also a Lean Practitioner supporting continuous improvement and reducing waste on projects. Mike is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. He is a registered Supervising Civil Engineer supporting and mentoring trainees towards their professional qualifications. Mike is a member of the Transport for Wales Passenger Panel providing the passengers view of the daily commute on TfW services. He is also an Events Volunteer for the National Museum of Wales getting involved in a range of activities in support of the museums as well as interacting with the visitors.

Jackie Symmons Brecon

Dr Jackie Symmons is an experienced environmental ecologist and natural resource advisor based in Wales and more recently has been working in Civil Contingency and Resilience sector and as a University Lecturer. She is also an Independent Member of the Welsh Government Appeals Panel for Farmers and Foresters.

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Guy Thomas Shropshire

Guy is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Director with over 30 years experience in the Financial Services Industry. He is currently a non-executive Director of Sainsburys Bank and The Housing Finance Corporation. Prior to this he held a number of roles at Principality Building Society including that of Group Finance Director from 2003 to 2012.

Nia Thomas Cardiff

Nia is a PhD students at Cardiff University studying the population genetics of Eurasian otters in the UK. She completed a BSc in Ecology also at Cardiff University in 2011 and in between worked on a number of biological field projects and adventure education projects in the UK, USA, Latin America and Ireland. She was Co-Founder of beyondabook.org and is passionate about promoting conservation, education and adventure.

Rhian Thomas Cardiff

Rhian is a Business Consultant specialising in Commercial and Contract Management and is also a Lecturer in Strategy and Marketing at the Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Prior to starting her consultancy business, Rhian worked in the Aerospace and Marine industries. This included working for Rolls-Royce plc, specialising in bid management, negotiation, risk and contracting - managing relationships with multi-national entities such as Airbus. Rhian is also a member of the Audit Committee of the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

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Ruth Williams Swansea

Ruth is an elected member of the Royal Institution of South Wales and is a member of the Futures Group for Swansea Museum. She is a member of the executive committee of Swansea Environmental Forum.

Prior to this she was an elected member of the UK Council of the Co-operative Group (Food, Insurance, Funerals & Legal businesses), 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 executive director of Wales Environment Link. She has served on the boards of the Welsh Development Agency, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Member of Glas Agnes Xavier-Phillips

Agnes Xavier-Phillips Caerphilly

Agnes read law at Cardiff University and completed her law society finals at Guildford College of Law. After working in private practice, she moved in- house and has worked for Nat West Bank, Abbey National and lastly GE Capital through mergers and acquisitions. She was the General Counsel and Client Relationship Manager for GE Capital as well as the Hub Leader for GE Women's Network and represented the financial industry at the Access to Justice Working Party on the Woolf Reforms, Legal Committee of the Council of Mortgage Lenders and Founder Chairperson of the Finance and Leasing Litigation Forum. She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liverymen of the City Solicitors of London and the Welsh Livery Company. She is a Court Assistant and current Chair of the latter’s PR Committee and member of the Awards Committee. She assisted in the former Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf’s mayoral programme on Diversity and Social Mobility. She is a Council and Audit Committee Member of Cardiff University. She was appointed a Justice of the Peace in April 2018.

Wei Zhang Swansea

Dr Wei Zhang is a Senior Lecturer and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellow (funded by European Commission H2020 program) at College of Engineering at Swansea University since November 2017. His current research is focused on developing advanced biosensors for improving UK drinking water quality and security. His PhD project titled ‘New nanocomposite of porous materials and visible light sensitive catalysts for efficient wastewater purification’ was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project (No. LP0989240) between 2008 and 2011. During his PhD, he was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Chinese Government Award for Excellent Students Abroad (2009) and the International Humic Substance Society (IHSS) travel award (2010). From 2011 to 2013, he worked on the first application of capacitive deionization (CDI) technology for inland brackish water desalination in Australia, which was funded by the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination, Australia (NCEDA) with industry partners of Power and Water Corporation in Northern Territory and SA Water. The impact of this work on Australia socioeconomics was reported in the magazine article `CDI can supply remote places`, Desalination & Water Reuse, Vol. 22, Issue 2, 2012 and featured on its cover. This has also led to his Australian Water Association (AWA) Postgraduate Water Research Award in 2013 (only one per year in Australia). In 2014, he was awarded an Australian Endeavour.