At Groundwork Wales, we deliver practical programmes and services that support the current and future well-being of our communities and people, and which work towards a more prosperous Wales.

We have been working in communities across Wales since 1990. Working with a wide network of partners, we have made a real difference to people’s lives and prospects through our diverse range of programmes and services.

Governance

Groundwork Wales is a charity governed by a board of trustees drawn from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. 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 Board of Trustees

Jeff Greenidge – Chairman:

Jeff Greenidge

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 learn direct 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.


Bivin Mathew ACA:

Bivin Mathew

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


Natalie Rees BA, MSc, MIEnvSc:

Natalie Rees

Natalie has over 17 years’ experience working on climate change and sustainable development and is employed as the Sustainable Development Manager at Transport for Wales.

Natalie is responsible for embedding the Well-being of Future Generations Act into Transport for Wales’ activities and is also responsible for wider sustainability project.

Natalie is married with 3 children in her spare time she enjoys cycling and walking and is a strong supporter of active travel. She also enjoys cooking and experimenting with veg from the families’ allotment.  


Phil Fiander:

Phil Fiander

Phil recently retired from his post at the Welsh Council for Voluntary Organisations, where he’d worked since 1998 and has a background in the Training field.

Phil is extremely experienced across sectors, equally comfortable with small voluntary organisations and Welsh Government Ministers, and has a strong record in innovation and development of new programmes of work.  Phil is very experienced in third sector Governance, Leadership and Management.

Phil lives in the South Wales Valleys, and is an allotment holder, also enjoying live music.


James Parkin:

James Parkin

James is a passionate advocate of the power of accessible green (and blue) spaces to transform lives and build happier, healthier and more resilient communities.

Originally from Sheffield, James moved to Wales in 1999 to lead work by Sport Wales – increasing lottery investment in grassroots sporting facilities across ex-coalfield communities in south Wales.

James went on to undertake a PG Diploma in Urban Regeneration at Cardiff University and to work in the Communities First team at Rhondda-Cynon-Taff CBC, later joining the former Groundwork Caerphilly as Environmental Regeneration Manager, delivering a range of successful initiatives including Green Dragon.

James then joined the Countryside Council for Wales in 2007 as their Health and Recreation Policy lead, overseeing a wide range of joint public health initiatives designed to address health inequalities across Wales, including establishing the UK Outdoor Health Forum and helping to co-create the National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales with Participation Cymru.

James is Director of Nature Recovery and Regenerative Tourism at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, is an Advisory Board Member at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and a Board Member at PLANED in Pembrokeshire.

James has very limited time for hobbies, having four daughters, but is a huge music fan and former drummer for various Cardiff bands but gave it all up for the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of a civil servant!


Cllr Shane Williams:

Cllr Shane Williams

Shane Williams is a councillor with Caerphilly County Borough Council, and is its nominated representative on the Board.

He studied for his degree in Birmingham, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Government, and went on to work in the House of Commons.

As a councillor he sits on both the Environment and Sustainability Scrutiny committee and the Housing and Regeneration Scrutiny committee.

In his spare time, Shane enjoys most sports, is a keen cyclist and regularly plays badminton.