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Trustees

Trustees Chart

Board of Trustees (Current members):

Carly McCreesh – Chair

Lesley Blower – Vice Chair

Wendy Parker – Treasurer

Nia Singleton

Jane Houston

Karen Tipple

Louise White

 

 

Board of Trustees Pen Profiles:

 

Carly McCreesh, Chair

Carly has worked in the voluntary sector for almost ten years, firstly at New Sandfields Aberavon as a Project Development Officer for over 5 years and secondly, working at Chwarae Teg as a Senior Project Officer. She currently works as a Social Economy Officer for Bridgend County Borough Council, managing a £2.2m European grant scheme to support the development of social enterprises. Carly has a wide range of experience in the voluntary sector around business development, fundraising, project development and management. Carly has lived in Port Talbot all her life, she has two children; Ava 6 and Finley 10. Carly is currently undertaking an ILM 5 course for leadership and management for Directors through the LEAD programme, delivered by Swansea University.

Her interests involve keeping fit, spending time with family and going to the cinema.

 

Lesley Blower (Vice Chair)

Lesley has been a board member since 2010 and works on the Neath Campus of NPTC Group. As Senior Officer, Diversity is one of several roles she has had at the college since graduating as a mature student in 1995, from Swansea University. In addition to staff training, policy writing and community engagement, she enjoys organising a range of diversity events with students. Lesley is also involved in ‘Reaching Wider’ – a programme which works with groups and communities which are underrepresented in further and higher education.

Outside of work she enjoys reading, travel and singing in a community choir.

 

Wendy Parker, Treasurer

Wendy has over 25 years’ experience of working in finance and administration across a number of sectors including local authority, hospitality and SME’s; she is currently Finance & Business Manager for a national rehire specialist based locally with a turnover of approximately £7m.

Having spent 10 years in internal audit Wendy is particularly adept at introducing systems and procedures to improve efficiency and internal control within a business.  In her spare time Wendy lends support to a few small business startups on a consultancy basis.

A qualified Accounting Technician (AAT) with a HND in Business Administration, she has recently completed an ILM level 5 in Leadership & Management through the Lead Wales programme.

Originally from Port Talbot, Wendy now lives in Neath with her teenage daughter.  She enjoys reading, baking and has an interest in ancient history.

 

Jane Houston

Jane is an Oxford graduate with a professional background in human rights education and a particular interest in women’s rights.  As an experienced teacher, Jane has developed human rights education programmes in the UK and internationally, working with Amnesty International and the International Centre for Human Rights Education.  Jane has published a number of educational resources and articles and worked extensively with teachers and young people to prevent homophobic bullying and develop young people’s understanding of rights and relationships.

Jane lives near Swansea with her young family and currently manages educational programmes for the voluntary sector in Wales.

 

Karen Tipple

Karen has worked within the supported housing sector for 7 years and is currently a Service Manager within the Thrive team at United Welsh with responsibility for partnership working and delivering health and wellbeing contracts. Prior to this Karen has managed Supporting People services including homeless hostels and floating support services. Karen originally trained as a Probation Officer after graduating from University and worked as a Probation Officer for 8 years before moving into housing. Karen has a keen interest in ensuring that services are delivered based on what matters to the person using that service and has recently completed the Vanguard Method for Person Centred Services programme.

Karen lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, growing her own vegetables and long walks along the beach.

 

Louise White

Louise has 20 years HR experience, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law.  She currently works as the Head of HR at DVLA, leading on all people issues for over 6,000 employees.  She believes that people are the most valuable asset in any organisation and is committed to creating a positive working environment. Louise has a particular interest in championing women’s issues in the workplace.

Louise lives locally, in Port Talbot, with her husband and the last one of her 3 grown up children who is still at home.  In her spare time, she likes walks along the beach with the dog rain or shine, watching live music and dining out.

 

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