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:
Brynley Davies (MBE) Chairman
Bryn Davies was the Principal of Ystrad Mynach College and is Chairman of Venture Wales. He has worked as a civil servant, teacher in a school and lecturer in colleges. Bryn Davies was the Managing Director of a sizeable commercial training company, set up an Enterprise Agency and has been the Chairman of two different Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sussex and Somerset. He is Chairman of the City and Guilds Wales Advisory Committee for Wales, the Welsh Director on the Board of the UfI Charitable Trust. He is the chairman of Groundwork Wales.
Born and brought up in Germany, Eva lived in Spain before moving to Wales in 1999. Following a period as freelance translator in Cologne and completion of an Open University degree in Social Sciences and Economics, Eva took up local government roles in economic development and education before joining strategic management consultancy CM International in 2001.
Specialising in economic development and regional innovation and R&D, Eva delivered several European cooperation projects. More recently Eva has developed a specialism in social innovation and sustainable development regularly delivering strategic assignments for the Welsh Government, third sector infrastructure organisations and social enterprises in Wales.
Since May 2016 Eva works as an independent consultant focusing in particular on public service innovation, the third sector environment in Wales and sustainable innovation.
Eva is currently in the final stages of an MSc in sustainable management with the German distance learning university. Two final pieces of work focus on Green Infrastructure and – linked to the Wuppertal Institut’s innolab project – on the involvement of users in sustainability innovation projects.
Eva is also Director of Cycle Training Wales, a Cardiff-based social enterprise.
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.
Geoff Hunt has been a Director of Groundwork Wales for over 10 years-including a period as its chairman. Born near Portsmouth, he has lived in South Wales for most of his life and currently lives in Porthcawl. His day job is as a Director of Ove Arup, the global consulting engineering group, where he is the Commercial Director for Arup’s building design projects in the UK and various other locations.
He graduated from Swansea University and his career has been in Civil and Structural Engineering; working in construction and consultancy companies , and working on projects throughout the UK, South Africa and Middle East. He describes himself as a ‘disused engineer’ as although an engineering designer by background, he now focusses on commercial matters, with extensive experience in procurement, contracts, negotiations, commercial training, coaching and mentoring and other business issues. When necessary, Geoff leads business reorganisation and deal with the wide range of finance, commercial, HR and business development issues that emerge from this.
Outside of work, Geoff is a choral singer, occasionally being found onstage when he performs in musicals. He lives with his wife, Jane, and has two children – a daughter who is an optometrist in Cheltenham Spa and a son who is studying medicine at Cardiff University.
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 Internal Audit team at DAS UK.
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
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.