Meet the Board

Our board is responsible for assisting the Chief Executive and senior management team with the strategic direction of Chwarae Teg and ensuring compliance in line with legislative and funding requirements. Our board members bring diverse national and international experience to the charity as we move forward with ambitious plans to make Wales a world leader in gender equality. The Board is supported in discharging its statutory duties by two sub-committees, a Finance and Risk Committee and a People and Organisational Development Committee.

Alison Thorne
Founder, atconnect

Alison Thorne

Founder, atconnect

Alison Thorne is a Non Executive Director, Trustee and Committee member with a corporate career in retail. She held board roles at Mothercare, George at Asda and Otto UK with leadership roles at Kingfisher and Storehouse. She has previously served as trustee at Tropical Forest Trust (sustainable forest management) and the MBA Committee (London College of Fashion). She is the Founder of atconnect - a business and people development company and the Wales Lead for Women on Boards, Alison is a board member for Sport Wales.

Alison became a board member in March 2016 and is also a member of our Finance and Risk Committee

Christopher Warner
Deputy Director - Constitution and Justice, Welsh Government

Christopher Warner

Deputy Director - Constitution and Justice, Welsh Government

After graduating with an English degree from St John’s College, Oxford Christopher worked as a project manager responsible for marketing, producing and distributing a range of print and web resources for schools on behalf of public, private and third sector clients. Christopher then joined the Welsh Government on the Civil Service Fast Stream and spent eight years working mainly on economic policy and regeneration and also as Senior Private Secretary to the Deputy First Minister. After five years at the National Assembly for Wales Commission as Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service, Christopher returned to the Welsh Government as Deputy Director – Constitution and Justice.

Christopher has two young daughters for whom he is determined to help build a fairer Wales where they can achieve and prosper. Christopher became a board member in March 2016.

Anita Shaw
Director, STEMpowered Learning

Anita Shaw

Director, STEMpowered Learning

Dr Anita Shaw has over 23 years’ experience of supporting teachers in interactive science teaching, starting at the Science Museum in London, and more recently at Techniquest in Cardiff where she was responsible for the centre’s education strategy.

Anita is passionate about engaging young people, particularly girls, in STEM. She sits on the Welsh Government’s Women in STEM board and has previously been a member of the task and finish group, its Science Working Group and its Strategic Stakeholder Group for the new curriculum in Wales. She runs the Welsh Valleys Engineering Project for the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a volunteer for Barefoot Computing.

Alison became a board member March 2016 and is also a member of our Finance and Risk Committee.

Jo Hicks
Director of Academi Wales

Jo Hicks

Director of Academi Wales

Jo has over 20 years of experience in leadership and organisational development across both the public and private sectors. Jo is an experienced strategic leader, practitioner and facilitator, holding a range of post graduate qualifications and professional memberships, having trained at Harvard on the areas of leadership and management development. She is a member of the UK Government Taskforce on Public Service Leadership.

As part of her all Wales role, Jo leads a team to develop new and innovative programmes and opportunities that build leadership and organisational development

capacity and capability across Welsh public services.

Jo became a board member in June 2018 and is also a member of our People and Organisational Development Committee.

Nicola Olsen
Group Financial Controller, Greencoat Ltd

Nicola Olsen

Group Financial Controller, Greencoat Ltd

Nicola Olsen is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA from Oxford Brooke’s. She has 20 years experience in a variety of industries and sectors from large multinationals to smaller not for profits. Nicola has previously held management roles in several companies, most recently as Group Financial Controller for a multinational animal supplements company. Nicolas key skills lie in coaching and developing staff and managing change.

Nicola became a Co-Optee board member in June 2018.

Rachael Cunningham
Finance Director, DVLA

Rachael Cunningham

Finance Director, DVLA

Rachael is an ICAEW chartered accountant. She trained at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in London and has a BSc Hons degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, London. Rachael joined DVLA in 2003 and became Finance Director in December 2013. She is responsible for providing financial leadership at a strategic and operational level, ensuring sound and appropriate governance and risk management controls are in place across the agency.

DVLA is Rachael’s first role in the public sector. Prior to that she held several senior finance positions in the private sector, in a wide-ranging variety of sectors including manufacturing and interior design.

Rachel became a board member in March 2016 and is the Chair of our Finance and Risk Committee.

Robert Lamb
Director, Expectation State

Robert Lamb

Director, Expectation State

Expectation State works to increase the quantity and quality of private sector investment in conflict-affected countries. Robert held senior leadership roles at a leading private investment firm. He has significant expertise in investment decision making and the negotiation of commercial arrangements, having been personally responsible for the acquisition and management of more than $8 billion of investment capital in the UK, Middle East, and Africa, and having served as a voting member on a number of investment committees.

Robert is also a Trustee of Ty Hafan, the Welsh paediatric palliative care charity and is a native Welsh speaker.

Robert became a Co-Optee board member in June 2018.

Sharon Williams
Managing Director, Pia

Sharon Williams

Managing Director, Pia

Having worked to implement the Welsh Language Policy of a local authority, Sharon joined Pia in 1999. Pia is a specialist print company, transcribing print into accessible formats, such as braille, large print and audio. Sharon became MD in 2005, and has been instrumental in a number of business developments, including Investor in People status. She has successfully negotiated a period of intense change, which has resulted in a major improvement in Pia's capabilities and prospects.

Sharon is an enthusiastic advocate of Chwarae Teg’s work. Pia achieved Exemplar Employer Status through Agile Nation, and has once again achieved this in Agile Nation2.

Initially appointed as a Co-optee member, Sharon joined the board fully in June 2018. She is also a member of our Finance and Risk Committee and People and Organisational Development Committee.

Shikala Mansfield
Senior Workforce Business Partner, NHS Wales

Shikala Mansfield

Senior Workforce Business Partner, NHS Wales

Shikala has a background of working in both the Public and Private Sector including FTSE 100 blue-chip organisations. Shikala's expertise includes strategic planning, management of re-engineering business process through major organisational restructuring, workforce planning and development, continuous improvement and project management.

She is a Board Member for Cardiff City Football Foundation Club and the Vice Chair of School Governors in Cardiff.

Shikala has wide range of interest from organising large scale events to raise funds for charities, mentoring and coaching to speaking at events.

Shikala became a board member in June 2018 and is also a member of our People and Organisational Development Committee.

Wyn Prichard
Director of Construction Skills and Business Strategy, NPTC Group of Colleges

Wyn Prichard

Director of Construction Skills and Business Strategy, NPTC Group of Colleges

As a director NPTC Group of Colleges Wyns’ role is to look at partnerships with bodies in the UK and beyond, to deliver the skills needed for the sector. During his time at the Group, a number of Alliances have been agreed, and are meeting the emerging needs of the construction industry.

Wyn was Wales Director at CITB Wales for over 14 years, overseeing their performance and strategy in partnership with industry and representative bodies. As well as being involved in a number of Wales Government Committees, Wyn has worked with Wales Government and Training/Enterprise Councils.

Wyn is currently Chair of the Wales Renewable Energy Skills Forum and the Wales Sustainability Supply Chain School and is Wales’ Ambassador of Construction Youth Trust.

Wyn became a board member in November 2011.

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