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Cllr Sean Morgan, Chair Gwent PSB
Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council

Cllr. Morgan lives in his hometown of Nelson where he serves as local ward member.

Cllr. Morgan was educated at the Cardinal Newman School in Rhydfelin and attended College at Ystrad Mynach, he has also attained a number of work based, professional qualifications. He is married to Joy, his wife of 29 years and has two grown up children.

His career has many strands but has been mainly focused on renovating commercial properties and bringing them back into beneficial commercial use, many of these small businesses continue to flourish and his interest in economy, infrastructure and sustainability stems from this work.

Starting his political career in 2012, when he was elected as a local ward member for Nelson, Cllr. Morgan has served as the Chair of the Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee and in 2017 became a member of the Cabinet and the Deputy Leader of Council.

An active member within his local community, Cllr. Morgan is a member of the Nelson Community Council and is also the Chair of the Nelson Community Centre Management Committee. Cllr. Morgan has close working links with the local police, allotments associations, local schools and local sporting clubs. Cllr Morgan is regularly to be seen in the village and also keeps people informed via Facebook with his regular “NELSON UPDATES”.

He is a keen cyclist and runner and enjoys family camping holidays in Europe and taking part in outdoor sporting activities.

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Pam Kelly
Chief Constable - Gwent Police

Chief Constable Pam Kelly joined Gwent Police in 2017 as the Deputy Chief Constable from neighbouring Dyfed-Powys Police.

Much of her 25 years of service has been within the Criminal Investigation Department, dealing with covert policing, public protection and professional standards.

Pam started her career in policing serving as a volunteer in the Special Constabulary before becoming a Regular Officer in Dyfed-Powys Police in 1994.

Pam has a strong operational background, having performed the role of Senior Investigating Officer for approximately 10 years, predominately investigating murder, manslaughter, rape and serious organised crime cases across Wales and beyond.

Pam is passionate about safeguarding vulnerable people and during the 1990’s, Pam was seconded to HMIC where she was tasked with inspecting forces in England & Wales on their child protection procedures following the tragic death of Victoria Climbe. Pam’s role in HMIC played a key role in the improvement of standards of child protection across the UK.

Pam was also the first policing author for the All Wales Child Protection procedures and also played a key role in implementing the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements in terms of managing sex and dangerous offenders across the UK.

In 2011, Pam played a key role as a Senior Identification Manager in aiding in the recovery of deceased British citizens following the Japanese tsunami, as well as plane crashes in Afghanistan and Tripoli. Pam is also trained as a Firearms Commander, Public Order Commander and Hostage Negotiator.

Throughout her career Pam has worked as a Superintendent in a Neighbourhood Commander role and a Chief Superintendent in a Territorial Policing Commander role across the four counties of Dyfed Powys, before becoming the Assistant Chief Constable in Dyfed Powys for just over two years.

Pam was appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Gwent Police in July 2017 and since July 1st 2019, she has been carrying out the role of Temporary Chief Constable.

Pam is educated to Post-Graduate level, achieving a BA honour in humanities (Religious Studies /History/English) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education – she achieved qualified secondary school teacher status. She is also a Fellow of the University of Trinity St David, Carmarthen for her services to the communities.

National Policing Portfolios of Pam include: Cyber Crime lead for Wales.

Pam hails from the Cefn Cribwr and Cornelli area in the county of Bridgend.

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Christina Harrhy
Chief Executive - Caerphilly County Borough Council

Christina joined the Corporate Management Team in Caerphilly County Borough Council in 2015 as Corporate Director for Communities, after more than 25 years’ experience in local government, before taking up the position of Interim Chief Executive in January 2018.

Christina grew up in Caerphilly and was educated in Lewis Girls, Ystrad Mynach, before going on to study to become a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation

She began her early career with Mid Glamorgan County Council as Technician followed by a Highway Inspector. Following local government reorganisation, she joined Caerphilly Council in the role of Assistant Engineer. She later joined Torfaen County Council and remained there for 14 years where she held various management positions and progressed into the role of Director.

In 2010, Christina decided to broaden her horizons and embark upon studying for another degree, this time a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Cardiff University before travelling to America to study Leadership, at the prestigious Havard University in Boston.

Following the award of her Masters Degree, building on this exceptional knowledge and experience, Christina has built and led high performing teams and developed an award winning, innovative, value based Leadership in Public Services Masters degree programme. In recognition of the success of the programme, coupled with her overall contribution to public services leadership, Christina was awarded the Leading in Wales, Leader of the Future Award in 2011.

Christina lives in Monmouthshire with her husband and daughter and in her spare time enjoys travelling and cycling.

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Cllr Stephen Thomas
Leader, Blaenau Gwent County Council

Steve was first elected to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council in 1999 as a Tredegar Central and West Ward member. In 2004 he became an Executive member for housing and has since held a number of executive positions, including Leisure, Environment and Governance.

He first became the leader of Blaenau Gwent from December 2015 to May 2017. More recently, he was the leader of the opposition and Scrutiny Chair for Social services.

During the ‘austerity’ years, Steve was recognised as the political driving force behind Blaenau Gwent’s successful change transformation strategy, resulting from governance and education failures in 2011/12.

Before being elected to the Council, Steve worked in the steel industry and later in graphic design. He lives in Tredegar with his wife and daughter. His interests include theatre, sports and photography; he is also an avid reader.

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Damien McCann
Interim Chief Executive, Blaenau Gwent County Council

Damien is the Interim Chief Executive in Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council. He joined the Council in January 2008 and has spent the last 6 years as Corporate Director of Social Services. He previously worked for Bridgend County Borough Council for 16 years where he held senior management roles in Social Services and Housing.

His role as Interim Chief Executive involves partnership working across SE Wales including Gwent Public Service Board, the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and the SRS (Shared Resource Service) in Gwent. Damien has chaired a number of Gwent wide Boards including the South East Wales Children’s Safeguarding Board and the Gwent Carers Board for the Regional Partnership Board.

Damien has also worked in a Senior Management Role within a third sector organisation providing support for people with learning disabilities and autism in the Cardiff, Vale and Bridgend areas.

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Councillor Anthony Hunt
Leader, Torfaen County Council

Anthony was first elected as a Councillor in 2012, serving the Panteg ward.
Anthony graduated from Cardiff University with a law degree and spent time working in America before returning to Wales.

As the son of a nurse and a police officer, Anthony cites his passion for front line public services, and a wish to safeguard those services, as his reason for getting into politics.

Before being elected to the Council, Anthony gained a wealth of experience at all levels of Government, spending time working in Torfaen, in Parliament, in Whitehall and in the National Assembly for Wales.

He worked with the former Torfaen Member of Parliament Paul Murphy, as a Researcher and then Special Advisor during Paul's time as Welsh Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary, gaining an understanding of devolution and the relationship between the different levels of Government. He also worked closely with Paul in the constituency, taking up issues on behalf of constituents and gaining an understanding of the local representational role of elected politicians.

On the Council, Anthony served as Executive Member for Resources before being elected as Deputy Leader in 2015 and Leader in December 2016.
On a regional and national basis, Anthony Chairs the Cardiff Capital Region Joint Cabinet, sits on the LGA City Regions Board and is the Welsh Local Government Association Spokesperson for Resources.

Outside of politics, Anthony is a competitive cyclist with Pontypool Road Cycling Club and volunteers as a junior football coach with Griffithstown AFC. A keen fan of music (especially Bruce Springsteen) and the arts, he has also volunteered at events from Glastonbury Festival to the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.

Anthony is a school governor at Griffithstown Primary School and lives in Griffithstown with his wife and two children.

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Stephen Vickers
Chief Executive, Torfaen County Council

Stephen became the CEO at Torfaen Council in July 2021.

Prior to that Stephen was Director for Adults and Communities and Director for Adult Social Services at Herefordshire Council and previously held senior roles in social care and safeguarding at Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.

Stephen was a late entrant into social care and local government having trained as an engineer. At the start of his career Stephen worked in a number of different roles and industries including managing several hospitality businesses, plus stints in retail and the consultancy sectors. Stephen also travelled extensively and lived overseas for a number of years.

Stephen said: ‘I was drawn in to local government for very personal reasons due to the care of a close family member which was unfortunately so inadequate that it compelled me to embark on a new career in social care. I went back to university aged 29 to study and gain my degree in social work. Specialising in mental health, mental capacity and safeguarding as a social worker, I quickly moved into management roles and became the Director of Adults and Communities in Herefordshire before joining Torfaen Council.

‘Growing up as part of a family on a large council estate in one of the most deprived areas of Leicester, I know only too well how hard it can be to break away from ‘the norm’ and aspire and believe in something better. I really believe that anyone can reach their potential with determination, a goal and the right support, and we all deserve the opportunity. I’m looking forward to making Torfaen a place where children are inspired to achieve, where people can gain new skills to improve or change their lives for the better and to build new relationships with communities.

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Cllr Mary Ann Brocklesby
Leader, Monmouthshire County Council

Mary Ann is Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, elected in May 2022. She is a Welsh Local Government Association spokesperson on Climate Change and Social Justice and is Vice Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region Cabinet, where she holds the brief for Innovation and Research. Mary Ann was elected councillor for Llanelly, a rural ward in Monmouthshire in 2022.

Mary Ann is an expert in international development, gender and human rights. She has previously worked with the United Nations and International Aid agencies, the World Bank and Governments across Asia and Africa to strengthen the voices of marginalised people.

In Wales, she is Chair of the Women’s Equality Network Wales, a director of the Egni Coop responsible for £4m of Solar investment locally and a former chair of Awel Aman Tawe, Wales’s largest community energy group raising £7m to establish the first community wind farm in Wales.

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Paul Matthews
Chief Executive, Monmouthshire County Council

Paul Matthews has been a public servant for most of their working life. Paul started out as a Governor at CWMBRAN HIGH SCHOOL, where they were responsible for finance, HR, technology, and forward planning. Paul then moved on to Cardiff University, where they served as a Non Executive Director. After that, they became the Chairman of the Monmouthshire Public Service Board. In their current role as Chief Executive of Monmouthshire County Council, Paul is responsible for the regeneration, community safety, and democratic services of the county.

Paul Matthews has a degree in accountancy from the University of South Wales and is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. Paul also has a diploma in executive leadership from Harvard Kennedy School and a diploma in executive leadership from Georgetown University.

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Steve Morgan
Head of Operations South East Wales - Natural Resources Wales

Steve leads the SE Wales (Gwent local authorities area) operational teams at NRW which have a broad remit including conservation, biodiversity, land and water management, flood risk, forestry, industry regulation, monitoring and fisheries. He has a particular interest in ensuring that our environment is protected so that it can be enjoyed by all and help to improve the wellbeing of the people in Wales.

He has a degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology from Bangor University and is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Environmentalist. He has over 30 years’ experience working in the public environmental sector (including National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency Wales) and also worked for a short time at the Marine Conservation Society.

Steve has a love of the outdoors and when he isn’t playing squash at his local club he will likely be found walking the mountains of Wales with his camera and tripod in hand.

Natural Resources Wales' purpose is to pursue sustainable management of natural resources in all of its work. This means looking after air, land, water, wildlife, plants and soil to improve Wales' well-being, and provide a better future for everyone.

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Ann Lloyd CBE
Chair, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Ann Lloyd has spent the majority of her career as a CEO of large health service organisations. Her career culminated in her appointment as Director General – Health and Social Care – Welsh Government and NHS Wales CEO, a post she occupied for 8 years.

Responsible for a budget of £5.8 billion and the oversight of all Welsh health and social care policies and health services, Ann developed the 10 year strategy for Wales, the health care standards and associated Inspectorate, and designed and led the restructuring of NHS Wales organisations in 2002/3 and 2008/9. She was the Accounting Officer responsible to the UK and Welsh Governments and Parliaments for all issues affecting the governance and financial management of the Welsh organisations.

She occupied the position of Health and Social Care Appointments Commissioner for London for 2 years, overseeing the competence of NHS Boards and their non-executives. She advised and supported the Chair and the CEO of NHS London on the governance and leadership criteria required for the reorganisation of the London NHS bodies.

Ann has been operating as an independent advisor and coach since 2012, specialising in Board effectiveness and governance reviews, skills audits and Board Development and special investigations.

She has recently completed an independent review for the Welsh Health Minister into service planning engagement and consultation systems in Wales to recommend any changes that should be made and has led the targeted intervention review for Welsh Government into the North Wales Health Services and Board. She evaluates, assesses and coaches executives, chairs and non-executives in the public and not for profit sectors and is a qualified mentor and trained coach.

She was a senior associate with the Good Governance Institute between 2011 and 2018. Ann has also been a trustee of a number of charities, including the Shaw Trust and she was chair of Mind Cymru until 2017, when she was appointed as Chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

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Nicola Prygodzicz
Chief Executive - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Nicola started working in the NHS in 1991 as a finance management trainee. Since qualifying in 1995 as a Chartered Accountant with CIPFA she has held a number of senior finance roles across South Wales, including 16 years working for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

After joining Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in 2014, initially as an Assistant Finance Director, Nicola quickly progressed to be appointed to the role of Executive Director of Planning, Digital and IT in 2015 and more recently she took on the role of Deputy Chief Executive.

Nicola led the Clinical Futures Programme across the Health Board area and the opening of The Grange University Hospital in 2020. She is passionate about the continuous improvement of services and ensuring patients and the public are at the heart of our planning.

Nicola is also a strong advocate of personal development and training to ensure staff are well equipped and motivated to deliver the challenges of working for the NHS.

Nicola was appointed as Chief Executive of the Health Board in September 2022.

Proud to work and live in Wales, Nicola enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Councillor Jane Mudd
Leader, Newport City Council

Councillor Jane Mudd is the Leader of Newport City Council and portfolio holder for Strategic Finance and Economic Growth. At the regional level, CCR Cabinet portfolio holder for Data driven Economy and Skills, Jane is also a Vice Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region cabinet and the South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee. Jane is the Deputy Chair of the cross border Western Gateway economic partnership; of which Newport was a founding member and she is also a Vice Chair of the Key Cities Executive board. Jane previously chaired the G10 partnership prior to the establishment of the Gwent PSB and chairs the One Newport Partnership; the local delivery board for Newport.

Jane is also the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Welsh Local Government Association and is a WLGA Social Justice spokesperson. Jane has been a key contributor to the WLGA/LGA Civility in Public Life and Diversity in Democracy campaigns. She is also the WLGA co-chair of the Safer Communities Board for Wales and currently represents the Gwent local authorities on this partnership. Councillor Mudd is also the lead WLGA Spokesperson for Digital and Innovation, Chair of the WLGA Digital Leadership Board and is also a member of the Local Government Association Improvement Board.

Councillor for the Malpas ward since 2012, Jane is also a governor of both Malpas Court and Malpas Church in Wales primary schools. With over 20 years’ experience in higher education and research, Jane has a background in Housing and Regeneration. She was formerly the Head of the Department of Social Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and former Chair of CIH Cymru, Jane is also a former Board Chair of Newport City Homes and previously served as an Independent Member of the Regulatory Board for Wales. Jane is the chair of Malpas Institute Trust and is a member of the Malpas Community Centre management committee.

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Beverly Owen
Chief Executive, Newport City Council

A Housing and Regeneration graduate, Beverly has over 20 years’ senior experience of local government across a variety of chief officer roles. Having led the development and delivery of a number of major economic and social regeneration programmes in South East Wales, Beverly was appointed as Newport City Council’s Chief Executive in July 2020.

With a passion for economic growth underpinned by sustainability and resilient communities, Beverly continues to oversee the Regeneration portfolio at Newport. Beverly was previously a founding Director of the Cardiff Capital Region’s Compound Semi-Conductor Foundry Board and is currently the Council’s appointed Director on the Newport Norse Joint Venture Property Company.

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Professor Tracy Daszkiewicz
Executive Director of Public Health, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Tracy started as Executive Director for Public Health and Strategic Partnerships for the Health Board in April 2023.

Bringing more than 25 years’ experience working in health and social care across the NHS, Civil Service, Local Government and Voluntary Sector. Tracy has a track record in transformation, system change, and developing services to meet the needs of local people. Tracy was also the Director of Public Health for Wiltshire during the nerve agent poisonings in Salisbury, this deepened her interest in the role of public health in humanitarian recovery. This is the subject of her PhD research.

Tracy is also Vice President of Faculty of Public Health. A Visiting Professor at the University of West of England in Public Health where she also holds an Honorary Doctorate for contributions to Public Health, she holds a second from the Open University. She is a Visiting lecturer with Exeter University in Health Protection. She sits on the Board of Trustees for a local Domestic Abuse Charity.
“My passion is for reducing vulnerability and tackling inequalities. With Gwent becoming Wales’s first Marmot Region I am delighted to join the Health Board to lead the Public Health Team.

“The impact of low income, job instability, poor housing and isolation has on our health is immeasurable. My ambition for Gwent is for healthier, safer places, access to excellent education, warm homes, prosperity, and community connectedness. These key building blocks to a healthy and fairer life are everything that the Building a Fairer Gwent work promotes.

“In short, I believe all children should have the best start in life through to adulthood where everyone has a job, a home and a friend. Through our work with both the Public Health Team and together with our partners across Gwent, I look forward to supporting the people of Gwent to live well and live longer.”

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Louise Bright
Executive Director of Engagement and Enterprise, University of South Wales

While previously seconded to the Welsh Government Louise undertook a study on how the Government might work with Welsh Universities to increase the levels of Research Council income. The outcomes of the study formed the basis for a Ministerial approved report with policy implications. During her secondment she was also responsible for drafting a proposal to establish a National Science Academy for Wales. This was approved and Louise went on to work with Welsh Government on a consultancy basis including projects on the delivery of the National Science Academy and Welsh Government’s Innovation Policy.

Louise was the Associate Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education with responsibility for Wales. This role built on her experience of developing research students and academics to become effective researchers.

Louise is a peer reviewer for the HR Excellence in Research Award and was a member of the Chief Science Advisor for Wales Task and Finish Group which informed a report on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine in Wales. Louise also leads the Wales Women in STEM Network and is a member of Welsh Government’s Equality in STEM Board.

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Jeff Cuthbert MCIPD
Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Jeff was born in Glasgow before moving to Cardiff with his parents where he was educated at Whitchurch County Secondary Modern School. He gained a Degree in Mining Engineering at University College, Cardiff.

Jeff began his career in the mining industry and later worked for the Welsh Joint Education Committee as Head of the Asset to the Industry Unit.

He was formerly on the Board of Governors for Trinity Fields School, the Court at Cardiff University and the Board of Managers for the College at Ystrad Mynach. Jeff is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Jeff was first elected to the Assembly in 2003.

Before his appointment as the Deputy Minister for Skills in May 2011, Jeff served as the Chair of the All Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for the Structural Funds. He founded and chaired the Cross-Party Built Environment Group, the Cross-Party Healthy Living Group, Cross-Party Diabetes Group and co-founded and co-chaired the Cross-Party Beer and the Pub Group. He was also a member of the Wales Branch Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Jeff chaired the Committee on Standards of Conduct and has been a member of the European and External Affairs Committee, the Enterprise and Learning Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

In May 2013 Jeff was appointed as Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. He held this post until September 2014 and during which time introduced the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Bill.

Jeff was elected to the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent in May 2016 for a four year term.

Jeff is a member of UNITE the Union and served as the co-ordinator of the UNITE group of Labour AMs before his appointment by the First Minister as the Deputy Minister for Skills.

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Sian Curley
Chief Executive, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Siân Curley has been Chief Executive since January 2016. Siân is responsible for the day to day management of the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and its staff. She provides leadership and effective, high quality guidance, advice and support to the Commissioner to ensure he meets his statutory duties, strategic objectives and the needs of the public. She also provides an essential link between the OPCC and Gwent Police including the Chief Constable, as well as partner organisations. As Chief Executive, Siân also holds the statutory roles of Head of Paid Service and Monitoring Officer.

Siân has an Master’s degree in Leadership in Public Service and a Bachelor’s degree in French, Spanish and Legal Studies.

Siân has previously worked for Gwent Police Authority, Newport City Council and the University of Wales College Newport (now part of the University of South Wales). Her background is in corporate governance, democratic services, complaints and conduct matters and change management.

Siân is currently a Vice Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Chief Executives, the professional body which represents Chief Executives of PCC’s offices in England and Wales.

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Anne Evans
Strategic Executive Officer, Torfaen Voluntary Alliance

Anne is the Strategic Executive Officer for the County Voluntary Council in Torfaen. Torfaen Voluntary Alliance (TVA).

Anne joined TVA 20 years ago, starting as a volunteer, and gained permanent employment progressing through the ranks to the current day, completing a degree in Leadership and Management along the way.

TVA is a partner in Third Sector Support Wales. A partnership of the 19 CVCs across Wales alongside Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

TVA works towards four main areas and provide reports to Welsh Government accordingly. these being: -

- Volunteering
- Good Governance
- Sustainable Funding
- Influencing and Engagement

Anne is a strong advocate for community and voluntary action and believes in innovation and partnership, working together, for the benefit of all communities, statutory partners, and other agencies.
TVA has a very skilled and competent staff team who provide support services for the Third Sector on a daily basis in line with our role.

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Diane Dunning
Deputy Director of Legal Services, Welsh Government

Scottish by nationality, Diane first came to Wales to attend Cardiff University to study Law. After qualification Diane worked in the City of London in private practice in the field of regulatory law, undertaking prosecutions in professional conduct matters primarily involving the medical profession and senior police officers.

Moving into the public sector, Diane returned to Wales to join what was at the time the legal department of the National Assembly for Wales. Diane has advised the Welsh Government for the last 20 years across the broad range of the Government’s responsibilities.

Diane holds a senior leadership position within the Welsh Government, with responsibility for leading legal services staff and for the delivery of a high quality service.

Outside of her legal role, Diane has been engaged for a number of years as a school governor with additional responsibility for safeguarding and additional learning needs.

Diane is also a committee member of Public Law Wales and has taught legal subjects to part time students at college in the evenings.

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Amanda Lewis
Head of Probation Delivery Unit Gwent, HM Prison & Probation Service

Amanda began her working life as a Control Room Operator in South Wales Police answering 999 calls. Whilst working shifts in this role, she undertook voluntary work with the Youth Offending Service, mentoring children who were at risk of entering into the Criminal Justice System as a means of diversion. This role ignited her passion for rehabilitation and risk management to make a positive difference in our Communities.

In 2002 Amanda applied to join the Probation Service as a Probation Service Officer and commenced her role in Pontypridd as a Victim Liaison Officer. After completing training she qualified as a Probation Officer in 2005. Whilst in this role Amanda has worked as a Probation Officer in Court and as an Offender manager both in the Community and in HMP Parc.

Amanda progressed through her career and spent a number of years as a Senior Probation Officer and then as a Deputy Head in a large Probation Delivery Unit covering Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil. Prior to commencing her current role she worked as the Deputy Head in Cardiff and the Vale. She has spent most of her Career working in South Wales and was delighted to be appointed as the Head of Gwent Probation Delivery Unit in August 2020. Amanda represents the National Probation Service on the 5 Public Service Boards, Gwent Safeguarding Board and Gwent Criminal Justice Board.

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Stephen Tiley
Chief Executive - Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO)

Stephen is the Chief Executive Officer for the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO). GAVO is the largest County Voluntary Council (CVC) in Wales.

In 2014 Stephen began working for Caerphilly County Borough Council. During his 17 years working for the Council, Stephen worked predominantly for Social Services Finance. After becoming a registered Accountant through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he joined GAVO as a Finance Manager.

In 2016, Stephen progressed from this Finance role to the post of Deputy Chief Executive Officer in which he helped embed the GAVO strategy and Third Sector voice, into the Public Service initiatives across the regions of Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly.

In April 2020 Stephen was appointed as the GAVO Chief Executive Officer and in doing so, has expanded on the previous responsibilities, to drive the Organisation and its strategy forward. As CEO of a CVC it is important, to ensure full integration of the Organisation, and the voice of the Third Sector into the Public Service landscape and structures across all GAVO regions within Gwent.

Stephen is passionate about Communities and the Third Sector, and ensures that the voice of the Sector is heard, with a specific key aim and desire to work in collaboration and with integration of all partners.

Being a strong advocate for personal training and self-development, since becoming a qualified Accountant, Stephen has moved onto becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management through achieving the Level 5 and Level 7 accreditation.

Stephen lives in the Caerphilly Borough with his wife and 2 children and in his spare time enjoys travelling, volunteering as a football coach, walking, sport and cycling.