Our Trustees are selected for their wealth of skills and commitment to sustainable development - supporting us to run as a business and a charity.
Our current trustees are:
Jeff Greenidge -Chairman
Jeff is a highly experienced senior leader, with a reputation for independent, strategic and lateral thinking. He initially taught French, Latin and PE at Oakdale School in Gwent; was Head of department in Llanrumney High school in Cardiff, then worked in Government on the design and implementation of the National Curriculum. He trained Post Graduate teachers at University College Swansea and was a consultant to Cardiff Local Education Authority on curriculum development. Then followed 17 years at learndirect where he was first Director in Wales, then Northern Ireland and ultimately responsible for the delivery of the £100m adult skills contract to Ofsted Grade 2 ( Grade 1 for leadership).
Since leaving learndirect in 2015 Jeff has supported CEOs, senior managers , and organisations on their development and planning for growth. The approach is one of supporting the individual and organisation to make impact through clear expectations, accountabilities and goals; whilst maintaining a positive team culture. In 2017 one such organisation, ACH in Bristol, won the Lloyds Bank UK Business Award for Social Impact
Jeff brings over 25 years of personal learning and senior level strategic leadership in large complex organisations within the public, commercial and not for profit sectors in UK and wider Europe and uses this experience to improve individual and organisational performance.
Jeff says: “I have always been competitive but now enjoy mountain biking and hiking in the Brecon Beacons and Cumbria. I first started sports coaching when I stopped playing competitive sport. I soon realised that coaching skills techniques also required supporting players to understand and overcome the barriers to their performance. I use this approach in business coaching to effect change and to help people do so quickly, effectively and sustainably. This approach moves people quickly to insight and helps them stay focused on their breakthrough thinking, after each coaching session so that real sustainable change can happen”
Brynley Davies (MBE)
Bryn Davies was Principal of Ystrad Mynach College until he retired recently . He has had a checkered history , as a civil servant working on postal robbery avoidance when he left school followed by spells in Further Education . These spells were broken setting up and managing a training charity in south-east England for four years helping 2000 adults and young people find jobs , chairing a Chamber of Commerce with 2000 members in Brighton and chairing a company which sets up and manages Business Parks for new and/or growing businesses .
In his spare time he sails a small dinghy and is a Trustee for two charities in addition to Groundwork Wales , the University for Industry Charitable Trust and Groundwork UK . He is also a Council Member of City & Guilds . Whilst working in Further Education he wrote and produced four musicals .
Helen has worked in policy and public affairs for nearly 20 years in Wales, having worked for the Federation of Small Businesses, Grayling Wales, Energy Saving Trust and Chartered Institute of Housing. Currently Business Development Director, Wales for Remploy, Helen is responsible for setting the strategy and direction for the business in Wales, whilst working with partners, stakeholders and governments to develop support for disabled and disadvantaged people to get into work. Helen has been a non-Executive Director of Groundwork Wales since 2008.
Bivin Mathew ACA
Having graduated from the University of Warwick, Bivin joined KPMG in Cardiff where he trained and qualified as a chartered accountant. Following this, he moved to Gocompare.com where he was involved in setting up the Internal Audit function. Bivin currently heads the UK Internal Audit team at Opel Vauxhall Finance.
In his spare time, Bivin watches and plays football, korfball and tennis. He also loves his food and has a food blog where you can find his tummy related musings: www.tummysaysyum.wordpress.com
Cllr Dereck Harvard
Derek has been a local authority councillor for Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen ward since xxx
He chairs Caerphilly’s Education for Life Scrutiny Committee and is appointed to the Corporate Health and Safety Committee, and is member of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and Monmouthshire Farm Schools Endowment Trust.
Derek is a trustee of Groundwork Wales and Chair of our Health and Safety Committee.
Natalie Rees BA, MSc, MIEnvSc
Natalie has 15 years’ experience working on climate change and sustainable development and currently works on the delivery of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act at Natural Resources Wales. Natalie has previously worked for WRAP Cymru, Cynnal Cymru, NPT Council and the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
In her spare time Natalie enjoys cycling and walking and is a strong supporter of active travel. Natalie also enjoys cooking and exploring the countryside with her husband and three children.
We are currently seeking new talent for our board of trustees - please get in touch for an application pack or contact our Chief Executive, Katy Stevenson, for further information.