Our board

Cwmpas has been in business since the early 1980s. Our sustainability has been the result of strong governance and a reputation for delivery.

Our board

Our Board is made up of twelve people – most of whom have been elected from our active community of members. It also includes a small number of people who have been co-opted because of their specialist skills and expertise. The Board has one committee – the Risk and Audit Committee – which has five members.

Meet our board members

Jeff is an accountant by profession, who after a long career in local government, the European Commission and the private sector, became a Special Advisor to Welsh Government ministers for nearly twelve years, nine of them with Finance Ministers. He stepped down in May 2016. He has been a long time member of Cwmpas’s Board and Executive Committee. He has held the position of Treasurer for a number of years.

John is a qualified chartered accountant and has been a director of Williams Ross Limited in Cardiff for 16 years. He has had a professional involvement in providing assurance services, advice, support and training in the not for profit sector covering charities, credit unions and other voluntary organisations for a number of years.

His voluntary activities have included:

Being a management board member of Cwmpas for over 14 years.
Being a board member of Cynon Taf Housing Group since September 2018.
Having been a board member of three different housing associations for a combined total of over twenty five years up to 2018.

Angharad's background is in policy, digital and community development work, and she is motivated by work that makes life better for people living in Wales. She currently works for Nesta at Y Lab, managing Innovate to Save, a programme that supports public services to tackle some of Wales' biggest challenges.

Other past experiences include;

Delivering the IWA’s influential ‘Let’s talk Cancer’ project which crowdsourced recommendations to improve cancer care in Wales,
Specialist digital inclusion outreach for Communities 2.0 focused around creativity and storytelling
Community development work for Sustainable Wales helping to grow resilient communities, and
Public affairs and policy monitoring work

Life beyond the office is as busy and interesting as her day jobs; she was a founding member of Trade School Cardiff which supported people to ‘barter’ items for knowledge and skills, and she's a Director of Awr Cymru, which promotes the use of Welsh online. Her spare time is mostly spent in the garden and looking after her rescue corgis.

Originally from Cefneithin in Carmarthenshire, Richard began his career in television and theatre before a local government career in leisure, arts, culture and tourism spanning 16 years. Richard took up the role of Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust in October 2015 and has steered the organisation since its inception into a new period of growth and development. He oversees the strategic management of the Awen and its trading subsidiary Awen Trading Ltd. with around 190 staff across 18 different sites.

Richard is a Member of the Institute of Directors and is a full member of the Bridgend Public Service Board. A fluent Welsh speaker, Richard is married with two children and is a season ticket holder and staunch follower of the Scarlets.

David Jenkins was one of the founder members of Cwmpas. He has been an active member of the Management Board since its first meeting in 1982 and he has served as Cwmpas’s Chair since the early 1990s.

Having served for 21 years as General Secretary of the Wales TUC, David retired from the position in April 2004 at the age of 55. Since then David has held a number of public appointments within NHS Wales and was Chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board between 2009 and 2017.

David lives in Monmouthshire, he is married with three grown up children and was awarded the OBE in 2004 for his contribution to improving industrial relations in Wales.

Nigel works for the Welsh Government, after previously heading up the Wales Social Partners Unit for 18 years.  Nigel has worked in both the public and private sectors and has extensive experience of the consumer co-operative sector, having served on the member representative bodies of both CRS and subsequently the Co-operative Group in Wales.  Nigel also served as a national director of the Co-operative Group for two years.

Nigel has experience of supporting worker co-operatives from his time as treasurer of the Cardiff and Vale Co-operative Development Association and has served on the Board of Cwmpas for approximately eight years.

Nisreen Mansour is a Policy Officer at the Wales TUC, contributing to the organisation’s policy work on the economy and Fair Work agenda. Before joining the Wales TUC, she worked for the Bevan Foundation, an independent think tank based in Merthyr Tydfil, and for a South Wales MP.

Ben is an Associate Director at Arup, based in Cardiff with 17 years' experience of working with public and private sector organisations on transport advisory and infrastructure projects. He leads the Arup Consulting business in Wales and is currently working with clients across Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Ben is an equality, diversity and inclusion champion and is passionate about unlocking the potential of individuals regardless of their background. Through his working career he has developed experience of start-ups/mobilisation, profit and loss account management, diversity, change management, team leadership, strategic leadership and business development.

A global professional services company, Arup has over 400 staff based in Wales and a history of almost 50 years in Cardiff. As an employee-owned company Arup takes pride in their community involvement and connection to the societies they serve.

Outside of work Ben has volunteered as a Wales Deaf Rugby Union committee member, helping to raise funds to provide development opportunities for young children and adults alike. As a father of two young boys, he is also involved in coaching football and rugby. He enjoys keeping fit by attending the gym, running and, despite the ravages of time, occasionally putting the boots back on for a game of rugby.

Amanda directed, produced and executive produced a wide range of factual programmes for broadcasters across the world before forming her own company in 2012.

Her programme 'Finding Mum and Dad' (for Channel 4) was nominated for Grierson and Broadcast awards in 2015.

Amanda was appointed Director of Content at S4C in October 2016.

Allison Soroko is the Head of Engagement and Ownership and Company Secretary at Merthyr Valleys Homes, a stock transfer housing association that owns and manages over 4,200 properties in the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil.

Allison successfully managed the development and implementation of an innovative governance structure that allows both tenants and employees to become members of the organisation, and this has resulted in Merthyr Valleys Homes becoming Wales’ first tenant and employee owned mutual.

Allison specialises in Governance in the housing sector, and as an advocate of good governance, she has contributed to the development of a set of Model Rules for Wales and the Code of Governance for housing associations in Wales. Allison is a huge supporter of tenant engagement and employee involvement, along with effective communications.

As an experienced senior finance professional, Gareth has worked in the housing, care, and support sector for nearly 20 years.

As the Executive Director of Finance & Resources for Newport City Homes (NCH), Gareth has provided the strategic direction and quality assurance for an integrated portfolio delivering support to front line services, championing innovative continuous improvement that drives better cost and quality management. Gareth collaborates with the Board to develop the financial, HR, risk management, assurance, value for money and governance frameworks of NCH. Gareth is currently leading a strategic change programme which has been designed to influence a cultural framework for NCH and define how and where they work to enable them to put their customers and colleagues at the centre of everything that they do. This extends to developing and implementing two of the association’s strategic commitments: i) equality, diversity, and inclusion; and ii) environmental sustainability.

A fluent Welsh speaker originally from west Wales, Gareth now lives in south Monmouthshire with his wife and two daughters.

Kit's early career included leadership roles at 118 118 and RBS before joining Vale of Glamorgan Council as their call centre manager. Kit moved to Newport City Council, where he transformed their customer service and channel strategies.  Following Newport, Kit moved into the outsourcing world, working with Liberata and more recently Agilisys on the customer services contract at North Somerset Council.  Prior to joining Welsh Water, Kit held the position of Partnership Director with Agilisys and was responsible for Digital, Change Customer Service, IT, HR, Payroll, Facilities, Procurement and Revenue & Benefits for the South West. At Welsh Water he is responsible for all Change, Continuous Improvement and Digital services across the organisation.

Outside work, Kit's key passion is sport. He coaches his son’s football team, plays cricket for Creigau Cricket Club and enjoys running.