Meet the Team

A team of committed, enthusiastic and passionate individuals from a wide range of disciplines from career coaching and training to event management and marketing, from HR consultants to policy and research experts who work together as ‘one Chwarae Teg’ to build a fairer Wales where women achieve and prosper.

Alexia Mei
Engagement Admin Partner

Alexia Mei

Engagement Admin Partner

Alexia co-ordinates networking events, liaises with venues and seeks opportunities to spread the word about our Agile Nation2 project. She forward plans for the Engagement Team, allocates enquiries/applications and runs reporting on CRM to help the team identify better ways of engaging. She produces tables and graphs for inclusion in SMT and WEFO reporting. Alexia has built a network of contacts and enjoys the challenge of finding new mentors for the Womens’ Programme. Alexia is also a member of the Tech Forum and Employee Forum and likes working for an organisation that makes a difference.

Alice Eades
Marketing Partner – Events

Alice Eades

Marketing Partner – Events

Alice manages many of the events at Chwarae Teg, from logistics and planning to visualisation and design. Alice works closely with all teams across the organisation and favourite projects include the celebratory Womenspire Awards and Agile Nation 2 Graduations.

Alice previously worked as part of a Marketing team for an architects, coordinating bids in Cardiff, Abu Dhabi and Dubai for schools and hospitals.

Alison Dacey
FairPlay Employer Partner

Alison Dacey

FairPlay Employer Partner

Alison is a CIPD qualified HR Specialist with a pragmatic, pro-active down-to-earth approach, a can-do philosophy and considerable experience of working successfully with a variety of businesses, and personalities to achieve challenging goals.

An excellent communicator with extensive knowledge of employment law and equality and diversity, who, as an Employer Partner with the FairPlay Employer Benchmark Service, is not afraid to challenge constructively and creatively to help shape and develop an organisation to embrace best practice.

Andrea Garrett
Learning Development Partner

Andrea Garrett

Learning Development Partner

I worked for 25 years in the Banking and Finance Industry, progressing to Team Leader, First Line Manager, Head of Department and Project Manager. I gained a Post Graduate Degree in Business whilst working in this industry.

I worked for Chwarae Teg on Agile Nation until 2014, and returned to work in the ILM team for Agile Nation2 in 2017. I recently took on the LDP role, delivering our accredited ILM training and non-accredited learning modules.

Angharad Brown
Learning Development Partner

Angharad Brown

Learning Development Partner

Leaving school with only a few qualifications and returning to education later in life, I have been a passionate champion of all learning and self-development opportunities for women and my career, most recently as an occupational psychologist, has had one common theme, people development.

My role here is to support our learners through face to face, e-learning, self-development and 1-2-1- tutorial sessions and to ensure everyone enjoys the learning part of their journey and feels part of our Chwarae Teg family. I love to walk alongside women on their individual journey whether it’s to gain qualifications, experience personal growth, start a business or take their first step towards their dream career.

Belen Ortiz
Coordinating Partner - Chwarae Teg

Belen Ortiz

Coordinating Partner - Chwarae Teg

Belen joined Chwarae Teg in 2015 and is the first point of contact for our Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team. Belen runs a tight ship, dealing with correspondence, managing diaries and organising staff days and all team building activities.

Bethan Airey
Communications Partner

Bethan Airey

Communications Partner

Bethan spent almost 20 years working in private and public sector communications roles in the North East of England. She then relocated back to North Wales, having grown up in the area, and was delighted to join the Chwarae Teg team in 2019.

Her experience spans public relations, marketing and event management, particularly with councils at a local and regional level. Bethan is a fluent Welsh speaker and enjoys shaping and delivering Chwarae Teg messages and information in both English and Welsh.

Beth Baldwin
Learning Development Partner

Beth Baldwin

Learning Development Partner

I love working with and empowering women to take ownership of their careers. For over 15 years I have worked across all sectors in Sales and Training roles, and have supported, trained and developed hundreds of women. I am passionate about equality, inspiring the next generation and opportunities for all. My mission is and always has been to support women to find their purpose and be fulfilled in the choices they make. I’m told I’m an inclusive and engaging trainer who brings learning to life and challenges thinking and perspective. I have a Pride of Britain award for charity fundraising and a dedication to making my life count by encouraging our participants to do the same.

Bob Hicks
Business Partner

Bob Hicks

Business Partner

Bob is an experienced and qualified HR professional with experience at a strategic and operational level, with ‘blue chip’ organisations in UK and USA. He has a proven track record in aligning HR policies, practices and processes to enable organisations in all three sectors to achieve their objectives, and also has first hand experience of part-owning and running a training business. Bob has worked with over 100 SMEs and CEOs operating with a range of different working cultures in Wales, through funded programmes and as an IIP Practitioner. Bob enjoys making a positive difference to organisations, and as a Business Partner he has plenty of opportunities to assist women to improve their career prospects and to improve the talent pool for employers at the same time.

Bryony Wiffen
Learning Development Partner

Bryony Wiffen

Learning Development Partner

Before joining Chwarae Teg I worked my way through a variety of roles and, for the last twelve years, working on developing paid and unpaid teams to deliver social action projects. After a slow start in my career due to a lack of direction and confidence, I gained qualifications around full-time work and raising a family. I have been fortunate enough to have had a few key people who, at just the right time, helped me believe in myself and recognise my potential. With a lot of determination, support and hard work I now find myself determined and able to pay it forward.

Cara Saunders
Career Development Partner

Cara Saunders

Career Development Partner

I have worked in career-focussed roles, managing Welsh Government funded programmes such as Jobs Growth Wales. I am also an ex member of the armed forces and am extremely passionate about fairness and equality. My role at Chwarae Teg involves meeting with women at the beginning (Getting to Know you Meeting) and at the end of the programme (Review Meeting). During these meetings, I really do Get to know the women and get a thorough understanding of what they would like to get out of the programme. I support each person to achieve their individual career goals by identifying areas for improvement and creating an action plan.

Caroline Mathias
Client Partner

Caroline Mathias

Client Partner

Caroline is an HR professional with a broad working knowledge of all aspects of business management, CIPD qualified in HR consultancy as well as executive coaching. Her experience in supporting businesses in HR administration & systems, employment law compliance, employment policies & procedures, disciplinary & grievance, recruitment & selection, job scoping, reward & retention, downsizing & redundancy, career development, training analysis & planning and board profiling helps her write bespoke Diversity strategies, following measurement of current business culture and then formulate an action plan to address shortfalls, implement change and best practice procedure.

Carolyn Isles
Learning Development Partner

Carolyn Isles

Learning Development Partner

I was employed by Action for Children disability services for the best part of the last 20 years. My role there was varied, but over the past 5 years I was Lead Practitioner, taking on a training and development role.

I was drawn to apply for a post at Chwarae Teg because, having looked at the website, I loved the values of the organisation and felt it was something I would be very proud to be part of. I am now part of the team delivering the Career Development programme enjoying a new challenge and the opportunity to support amazing women from a wide range of backgrounds

Ceri Cooper
Engagement Partner

Ceri Cooper

Engagement Partner

As part of the Engagement team Ceri is approachable, passionate and keen to make a difference. An award winning sales professional with 20+ years’ experience Ceri thrives on empowering the women that she connects with Chwarae Teg’s Career Development Programme. Utilising her communication and relationship building skills to connect people and businesses where she sees an opportunity to make something good really great. Ceri’s desire to support and empower people extends to her role as a volunteer surf mentor with the Wave Project, a surf therapy charity that supports young people dealing with adversity. Ceri thrives on helping people to realise their worth and the sheer joy the young people of the Wave Project experience learning to surf and connecting with people in a way they never have before.

Cerys Furlong
Chief Executive

Cerys Furlong

Chief Executive

Cerys joined Chwarae Teg in 2017, having spent 15 years working in the education and skills sector. As Chief Executive Cerys sets the strategic direction for Chwarae Teg and stretches our ambitions as we strive to make Wales a world leader in gender equality. Cerys’ role is about building strategic partnerships with other organisations and businesses to achieve our ambitions and empowering colleagues to fulfil their roles as effectively as possible, hopefully leading by example, demonstrating what we can achieve by working together.

Cheryl Royall
Career Development Partner

Cheryl Royall

Career Development Partner

I have over 15 years’ experience managing and leading teams in the service sector, advertising, and corporate communications.

As CPD on the women’s programme, I have the pleasure in meeting many wonderful women in Wales for their initial and final meetings. I also support them during their time with us completing the Programme.

I see, first-hand, how the programme helps women to improve their skills and confidence, which allows them to develop and move their careers forward. I have the best job satisfaction I have ever had, knowing that what I do plays a small part in making a difference to our participants.

Chris Yanez
Business Programme Lead

Chris Yanez

Business Programme Lead

An experienced HR professional always seeking to make a difference by aligning HR to the business. Confident, skilled and CIPD qualified in all aspects of HR with proven specific abilities in equality & diversity, people management, engagement, talent management, organisational development, coaching and facilitation. I consider myself a self-motivated and enthusiastic person that welcomes change and innovation. As the Business Programme Lead I am privileged to manage likeminded people who enable our clients to create workplace cultures that better support the recruitment, retention & progression of women working in Wales.

Clare Harries
QPI Partner

Clare Harries

QPI Partner

Clare spent 14 years as an Auditor with the NHS and 2 years as a Practice Manager in a GP surgery, before changing career to become a Family Support Worker for a Children’s Cancer Charity, supporting families and making the Children’s dreams a reality. Clare joined Chwarae Teg nine years ago as an Administrator on the Agile Nation 1 Programme. She was successfully appointed to her current role in the QPI Team, responsible for the effective monitoring, evaluation and continuous improvement of the Agile Nation 2 Programme.

Dave Swarts
Governance & CRM Lead

Dave Swarts

Governance & CRM Lead

David Joined Chwarae Teg in 2016 following 24 years working for The Insolvency Service. A Prince 2 qualified Project Manager David was initially engaged to finalise the bespoke development of the AN2 customer journey in the MS Dynamics 365 software package and rolling this out to project based staff. Following the successful delivery of this project David has continued to oversee the development of the D365 system in line with changes to the AN2 delivery model and supported Chwarae Teg with other projects, Governance issues and performance reporting.

Diane Howard
Engagement Partner

Diane Howard

Engagement Partner

Diane is part of the engagement team covering north wales, and is responsible for creating awareness and participation of both Agile Nation 2 programmes - the career development programme for women, and the bespoke business programme. With over 25 years’ experience in sales and training Diane has developed great presentation and communication skills which mean Chwarae Teg’s message gets across loud and clear. She is passionate about gender equality and helping to empower women to be the best possible version of themselves. Remember “when sleeping women wake, mountains move!”

Dinah Griffiths
Learning Development Partner

Dinah Griffiths

Learning Development Partner

With over twenty years’ experience in education and training, I love to bring fresh new ideas to the training and development of our learners. As a LDP, I deliver end-to-end accredited learning (ILM level 2) and development interventions ensuring a successful learning experience for all my programme participants whilst achieving project outcomes; addressing the gender pay and skills gap in Wales. This involves providing competent and effective coaching through 1:1 and group sessions, adapting my coaching style to be able to facilitate workshops, learning events, forums and meetings; enabling individuals to meet their learning goals.

Eleanor Leyshon
Engagement Partner

Eleanor Leyshon

Engagement Partner

Responsible for raising awareness and driving engagement across the Bridgend and Torfaen areas; Ellie enjoys spreading the word about the benefits of the Agile Nation 2 programmes and, ultimately, the sense of achievement gained we help a woman to reach her full career potential, or initiate positive business outcomes. Ellie has a proven track record in sales and client account management, across various industries including sport and art sponsorship and fundraising, working both with global brands and local organisations.

Elizabeth East
ILM and Training Partner

Elizabeth East

ILM and Training Partner

As an ILM & Training Partner I work with the rest of the business to support our internal and external Learning & Development function, supporting the AN2 project to deliver exceptional assessment and training to ensure our learners receive an enjoyable experience and achieve their accredited ILM qualification.

Being part of the AN2 project has enabled me to work with fantastic women who have built their confidence, successfully gained a qualification, developed skills and realised their full potential. I am honoured to continue to help women in Wales achieve, prosper and progress.

With up-to-date industry knowledge, an engaging style and my caring demeanour, I make all sessions fun and practical and most importantly, relatable to your workplace. I am a Human Resources CIPD accredited professional, passionate about supporting individuals to develop and progress their careers. My main areas of interest and expertise are leadership, HR, people management and recruiting for talent.

Emma Richards
Women's Programme Lead

Emma Richards

Women's Programme Lead

Emma leads the delivery of our Agile Nation2 Career Development Programme for Women across Wales and is responsible for leading the development, operational delivery and continuous improvement of all activities within the programme.

Since joining Chwarae Teg in 2005, Emma has worked on a variety of initiatives to support women in employment, enterprise and education. Emma has managing the design and development of project services, including Chwarae Teg’s ILM approved centre, consultancy work for employers and Chwarae Teg’s first Business Programme. Emma also designed and managed Agile Nation’s education strand, including the delivery of the Fair Foundations Programme which worked with schools to create gender aware learning environments and tackle gender stereotyping in early years education.

Emma is a Board member for Careers Wales and a member of the Wales Apprenticeship Advisory Board.

Emma Tamplin
Collaboration Partner

Emma Tamplin

Collaboration Partner

As Collaboration Partner, Emma works closely with businesses across Wales to ensure women prosper across all sectors and levels in the economy via our Hive network, promoting the benefits of modern working practices and our Not Just For Boys campaign, delivering non-traditional career fairs for women and girls, showcasing the progressive and rewarding careers within STEM industries.

Emma is passionate about improving the visibility and representation of women in our economy and society and leads on the Purple Plaques project set up to celebrate the achievements of remarkable women and cement their legacy in the Welsh history books. She also manages our Step to Non Exec programme designed to encourage more young women to take their first step into public life and our LeadHership programme, providing role shadowing opportunities for women across the Public and Private sector.

Eve Jones
Training and Events Partner

Eve Jones

Training and Events Partner

I’ve worked in various industries from jewellery design to hospitality. Since joining Chwarae Teg just over 4 years ago, I’ve been lucky enough to move around and experience different parts of the organisation, from ICT to HR, and now as training and events partner for the Women’s Programme Team. I am responsible for researching and risk assessing venues in keeping with our ethos, for the delivery of our ILM Accredited Learning and Non Accredited Learning Modules. I also assist the ILM Team with preparation of training resources. A few ad hoc projects pop up now and then, just to keep it interesting.

Gemma Hughes
People & Recruitment Partner

Gemma Hughes

People & Recruitment Partner

Gemma joined Chwarae Teg after graduating with a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of South Wales in July 2015. As People & Recruitment Partner, Gemma co-ordinates and manages the recruitment cycle for all roles, ensuring that Chwarae Teg attracts the best talent to the organisation and that candidates receive the best possible recruitment experience. Gemma works closely with managers across Chwarae Teg’s four offices, to support them to carry out people management tasks and manage their staff effectively.

Gemma Littlejohns
Senior Business Partner

Gemma Littlejohns

Senior Business Partner

Gemma is an experienced HR specialist and has partnered with over 60 businesses across South Wales, to implement improved working practices. Gemma is excellent at spotting opportunities for collaboration and has been known to bring businesses together for mutual benefit. Experienced and qualified in strategic leadership, HR and training, Gemma oversees the delivery of the consultancy element of the Business Programme.

Gill Owens
Business Partner

Gill Owens

Business Partner

Gill Owens is an experienced senior manager with over 30 years management experience with the Public, Private and 3rd Sectors including the BBC, Manpower UK, the Probation Service and more recently as CEO of Welsh Women’s Aid. She has expertise in people management; change and project management; business development; HR; training and equality and diversity.

Gill joined Chwarae Teg 3 years ago as a Business Partner, using her extensive people management and HR experience to support Agile Nation2’s SME clients. She is passionate about staff having a voice within their organisation and is a founder member of Chwarae Teg’s Employee forum.

Hade Turkmen
Research Partner

Hade Turkmen

Research Partner

After attaining the award of PhD from Cardiff University School of Geography and Planning in 2015, Hade joined Chwarae Teg as a research partner. Hade both delivers and manages research into gender equality and diversity, enhancing women’s participation in Welsh economy and public life with a policy focus. She also explores new opportunities for research into the key issues facing women in Wales today. Hade has managed and carried out a number of research projects including Perception of Modern Working Practices in Welsh Business Environment, Men’s Perception of Gender Equality, Decent Work for Women and Bright: Young Women’s Career Aspirations. Currently, she is working on Barriers to BAME Women in (Self)Employment in Wales research project.

Hayley Dunne
Strategic Lead – Delivery

Hayley Dunne

Strategic Lead – Delivery

Hayley oversees the successful execution of projects and contracts that Chwarae Teg deliver by leading and supporting staff managing those activities and ensuring they are robust with modern management processes in place. Hayley is also responsible, along with the Senior Management Team, for exploring opportunities for new projects that are aimed at changing individual and organisational behaviours that help us achieve our vision and mission.

Hayley is experienced in European Funding, and wrote the business plans for the Agile Nation projects which she now leads. The current Project was a finalist for the Regio Stars Awards 2017.

Hayley Hughes
Finance Partner

Hayley Hughes

Finance Partner

Hayley joined Chwarae Teg in June 2016 with experience from the IT and tourism industry. Already holding a professional diploma in Accounting (AAT) and a degree in Business Information Technology, she is currently studying to become a Chartered Certified Accountant through ACCA.

Hayley oversees the operational transactions and claim process for all Agile Nation 2 expenditure and income, aiding with quarterly audits. She is also responsible for supporting the business through preparation of management accounts and payroll whilst assisting with budgets and re-profiling.

Hayley is also an active member of the wellbeing committee.

Helen Antoniazzi
Strategic Lead Policy & communications

Helen Antoniazzi

Strategic Lead Policy & communications

Helen joined Chwarae Teg in 2017. An experienced and strategic communicator, she leads Chwarae Teg’s marketing and communications, policy and research, business development and transnational teams. Prior to joining Chwarae Teg, she worked in Welsh politics as Head of News and Research for Plaid Cymru, and Chief of Staff for Leanne Wood AM. Over the course of her career, Helen has built good cross party links, and robust relationships with the media and stakeholders.

Helen Dudgeon
Marketing Lead

Helen Dudgeon

Marketing Lead

Helen leads Chwarae Teg’s multi-disciplined marketing team. She is passionate about positive social change and has over 15 years’ experience in marketing, communications and project management. Her skills include copywriting, brand strategy, market research, data analysis and campaign planning. Prior to joining Chwarae Teg in 2016, Helen spent 11 years in Australia where she worked for a leading cancer charity delivering a portfolio of high profile national campaigns.

Helen Prosser
Administrative Partner

Helen Prosser

Administrative Partner

I previously worked in the Financial Industry but found returning to work after having children challenging, and joined Chwarae Teg as a PA. I work in the Treforest office with the Women’s Programme team, assisting and supporting the delivery of the Career Development Programme. I’ve seen the amazing work that Chwarae Teg does and the results that women achieve from doing the programme and progressing in their chosen career path. Knowing the work we do has a positive impact on women’s lives, and the overall economy of Wales is amazing.

Helena Cannon
Career Development Partner

Helena Cannon

Career Development Partner

I have always been in Careers, with 15 years working at Cardiff Met as a Careers Consultant, supporting students and graduates, and as a Careers Adviser to adults for Careers Wales.

As a CDP I meet our new participants at their ‘Getting to Know You’, their first experience with us. We explore career goals and put together a tailor made programme to suit individual needs and start them on their Chwarae Teg journey. At the end of the programme we have a ‘Review’ meeting, where we explore how they have evolved throughout the programme and set future goals going forward.

Janet Halliwell
Career Development Partner

Janet Halliwell

Career Development Partner

I have over 20 years’ experience in training and people management, with qualifications in Coaching, NLP Practice, Change Management and an array of training and learning subjects. Prior to Chwarae Teg, I set up a number of small businesses, which has given me a whole new area of experience to draw on.

As the North Wales CDP I conduct our Getting To Know You meeting, which is when we spend time finding discussing their role at work, and which elements of work they feel most and least confident with, and focusing on their career goals for the near future. I love this part of my job, and have met many amazing women from a variety of backgrounds.

Jen Elsworth
ICT and Facilities Partner

Jen Elsworth

ICT and Facilities Partner

Jen joined Chwarae Teg in 2016 as an experienced ICT professional with a well demonstrated history of working in both private sector business, and non-profit organisations. Passionate about customer and end user experience, creative and solutions focused, managing multiple projects to ensure the smooth operational running and robust IT environment and facilities for Chwarae Teg. Jen is well respected by her colleagues and is instrumental to the operations at Chwarae Teg. Passionate about any effort to achieve social justice and equality, with a special interest in helping women prosper in traditionally male-dominated professional sectors.

Jennie Forey
Marketing Partner

Jennie Forey

Marketing Partner

Jennie is a commercially astute and creative marketing professional, and an accredited PRINCE2 Practitioner, which underpins her experience of managing many marketing projects. Jennie joined Chwarae Teg’s marketing team in 2016. She has managed AN2 campaigns, the Chwarae Teg website relaunch and is responsible for Chwarae Teg’s stakeholder communications.

Joanne Fitzpatrick
Client Partner

Joanne Fitzpatrick

Client Partner

Jo is a CIPD qualified HR professional, with HR Management and Consultancy experience. Jo retains a values-based, person-centred approach to HR, having supported numerous organizational and culture change programs. Jo has a passion for driving projects forward by shaping and streamlining processes, motivating the workforce, creating avenues for employee voice and recognition and ensuring inclusion and equity is at the forefront of all decision-making. As a Client Partner, within the Business Programme, Jo capitalizes on these qualities when forming robust relationships with clients and in influencing decision-makers to assess their own practices, to develop and to implement their own positive results-based changes.

Julia Matthews
Learning Development Partner

Julia Matthews

Learning Development Partner

My background and experience has been predominantly in the education sector, having previously worked as a curriculum manager and lecturer within a further education college where I managed and delivered a diverse range of courses for adult learners.

As a Learning Development Partner at Chwarae Teg, I deliver the ILM accredited programme and additional learning modules throughout North Wales.

Karen Neill
Learning Development Partner

Karen Neill

Learning Development Partner

I moved into the third sector over 10 years ago, having held various HR Manager roles. Providing access to professional level training, to people for whom this was a fresh experience, brought a great deal of personal satisfaction.

I have the privilege of working with many women – each from a broad range of backgrounds but all seeking personal development, be it skills or confidence building. I know how lucky I am, to travel with these women, whatever their journey might be, to witness them grow in confidence and skills, each tapping into talents they didn’t realise they had and to become the very best that they can be – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Katherine Evans
Coordinating Partner

Katherine Evans

Coordinating Partner

Katherine joined the team at Chwarae Teg with several years’ experience of working in the third sector in Wales. She is a skilled administrator with experience in governance, development and marketing.

It is Katherine’s responsibility to assist the Business Partners, Client Partners and Business Programme Lead in the delivery of Chwarae Teg’s Agile Nation2 programme for employers. This includes developing and implementing efficient processes; collating data for reporting, auditing and internal monitoring; and liaising with other teams on issues relating to systems and procedures.

Kathryn-Anne Chivers
QPI Partner

Kathryn-Anne Chivers

QPI Partner

Kath joined Chwarae Teg as a PA with an extensive background in administration having worked most of her career in the Accountancy Sector. She supported the Project Manager with the successful delivery, reporting, monitoring and continuous improvement of the Agile Nation 1 Programme. She was then successfully appointed to the QPI Team as a QPI Partner and is now responsible for the effective monitoring and evaluation of the Agile Nation 2 Programme.

Kath Foot
Learning Development Partner

Kath Foot

Learning Development Partner

I have been a careers-educator, trainer and coach for nearly 20 years. Working in Higher Education, small businesses and the third sector means that I am able to bring my life and work experience to Chwarae Teg.

Known for my sunny disposition, and ability to bring training to life (I have been told on more than one occasion that I make potentially boring subjects interesting and fun) I deliver Accredited ILM training, assess reflective reviews and deliver our non-accredited learning modules. I also spend time producing up-to-date and engaging content, ensuring that our learners get the very best learning experience. I love seeing the positive impact of our training on the women we support.

Laura Jones
Women’s Strand Admin Partner

Laura Jones

Women’s Strand Admin Partner

I previously worked as an occupational therapist and dementia advice worker, before changing career to work in third sector project administration. I joined Chwarae Teg in 2019 as an administrator for the Women’s Strand and I am based in the Llanelli office. My role is to support the delivery of the Career Development Programme, from processing application paperwork through to providing support at graduations events. I enjoy seeing and hearing about the impact the programme has had on the women who take part, and I am proud to be part of a team that is delivering such positive results for women across Wales.

Laura McKeown
Coordinating Partner

Laura McKeown

Coordinating Partner

Laura is one of two Coordinators for the Agile Nation2 Business Programme, and has worked for Chwarae Teg for nearly 9 years. Laura assists the Delivery Team and Lead with the smooth running of the Programme. She supports the journey of the client via our Client Management Systems and ensures that, as a team, we are compliant and able to continue providing a good service to the client and good value to WEFO and Welsh Government.

Laura Stutins
Career Development Partner

Laura Stutins

Career Development Partner

It is great to be supporting women throughout their Agile Nation 2 career journeys. From identifying ambitions and setting clear career goals at the initial ‘Get To Know You’ meetings, to witnessing the personal development and inspirational achievements of our participants at the final ‘Review’ sessions, the Career Development Partner role is exciting and varied. I have worked in career progression roles for a number of years and wholeheartedly believe that with the right support and a little determination, we can achieve great things!

Leanne Bibby
QPI Lead

Leanne Bibby

QPI Lead

Leanne is the Quality & Process Improvement Lead for Chwarae Teg and has been doing this role since August 2018 she has 13 years’ experience within internal audit, quality control and data analysis. Leanne joined Chwarae Teg in 2010 as an administrator on the Agile Nation 1 project. Before joining Chwarae Teg Leanne had worked in the private sector mainly in the manufacturing industry but always working within a quality and compliance role within these organisations.

Leila Usami
Equality Partner – FairPlay Employer Service

Leila Usami

Equality Partner – FairPlay Employer Service

Leila has been brought into Chwarae Teg to support the effective delivery and development of the expanding FairPlay Employer Service, harnessing her relationship management skills and experience in equity and diversity, developed through her personal background and previous experiences working across a variety of sectors.

Leila’s background is based across the third sector and education, through which she combined the two to embark on a successful experiential training consultancy focused on anti-discrimination, intercultural sensitivity and social change. She sits on the New Economy Organisers Intersectionality Working Group, looking at established and developing organisational practices and policies to ensure their broader application and benefit to all.

Liz Wilson
Strategic Lead Finance and Operations

Liz Wilson

Strategic Lead Finance and Operations

Liz is a fellow the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Having over 25 years operating at Senior Manager level, with experience within the private sect for working with marketing, IT and publishing companies. Liz has worked within the charity sector for the last 13 years.

Liz’s key skills lie in making strategic and operational changes to work smarter not harder! She has the ability to cope with changing environments and priorities and more importantly working and developing a diverse team to achieve our objectives. Having the experience in operating at a strategic level, allows Liz to have the input into helping shape the future of the Chwarae Teg.

Maddy Cameron
Engagement Partner

Maddy Cameron

Engagement Partner

Maddy has experience within operational and divisional management roles across a variety of sectors nationally. Having worked closely with multiple stakeholders to achieve goals, Maddy is focused and target driven. Being an Engagement Partner for Chwarae Teg means that Maddy spends time out in the community, making contact with businesses and individuals to support and identify areas for change and career development. Maddy strongly believes that the first step towards any change is an open and honest conversation.

Mair Rowlands
Project Coordinator

Mair Rowlands

Project Coordinator

I joined Chwarae Teg with an extensive background in administration and finance, having worked in retail and for a local Supplies company. As project co-ordinator, I support the successful delivery, reporting, monitoring and continuous improvement of the Women’s Programme. I am proud to be supporting programme delivery through proactive administration and co-ordination of activities across the women’s programme team.

Maggie Edwards
Engagement Partner

Maggie Edwards

Engagement Partner

Maggie is part of Chwarae Teg’s Engagement Team, who are responsible for engaging with both women and businesses across Wales for the Agile Nation 2 programme. Maggie has a get it done attitude and is a real team player , while ensuring standards and quality is the key. Maggie is passionate about equality for all and making a difference to people’s lives.

Michaella Williams
Finance and Operations Admin

Michaella Williams

Finance and Operations Admin

Michaella joined Chwarae Teg with extensive experience in the retail sector, after working at management level in various companies for over 8 years. As Admin Partner for the Finance and Operations team, Michaella’s role is to support the operational running in the organisation which includes providing assistance across a range of departments including Finance, ICT and Facilities and QPI. Working to deadlines is key to her role and she is proud to be able to deliver and support the Finance and Operations team within Chwarae Teg.

Natalie Griffiths
ILM and Training Lead

Natalie Griffiths

ILM and Training Lead

I manage the ILM Approved Centre and the accredited learning development function for the AN2 Project. Leading the ILM & Training Partners and administrative team to support development and delivery of training to our learners, to ensure they receive a quality learning experience.

I have worked in the charity sector for almost 20 years and joined Chwarae Teg as part of the delivery team for Agile Nation in 2009. My main areas of interest and expertise are in leadership, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation, and developing training courses, which are relatable to the workplace.

Being part of the AN2 project enables me to work with a fantastic team who embody the ethos of continuous improvement to offer training and support to women to successfully gain a qualification, developing their skills and confidence along the way in order to realise their full potential.

Natasha Davies
Policy and Research Lead

Natasha Davies

Policy and Research Lead

Tash oversees the delivery of all of Chwarae Teg’s policy and research work including engagement with the Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales and UK Parliament, managing research projects and securing new opportunities to influence change.

Tash has a firm understanding of the policy landscape in Wales, particularly in relation to equality, poverty, education and skills and the economy. She is a critical asset of Chwarae Teg, leading the way by translating research into policy recommendations for both the UK and Welsh governments by way of consultations, briefing papers and representing Chwarae Teg at events and public sessions.

Paula Hodge
Project Officer - Policy & Research

Paula Hodge

Project Officer - Policy & Research

Paula joined Chwarae Teg in October 2018 after taking part in the Chwarae Teg Agile Nation 2 programme and being inspired to apply for the Project Officer post. Paula works solely on the second phase of the Gender Equality Review, liaising with stakeholders and women across Wales in order for us to build a Roadmap for Wales, where equality takes centre stage.

Penny Gregory
Senior Delivery Partner

Penny Gregory

Senior Delivery Partner

I joined Chaware Teg in 2016 following a 30 year career in Royal Mail. As a Senior Delivery Partner I lead and manage our learning development and career development partners.

I am responsible for ensuring materials are developed and regularly improved for use in delivery, and I monitor where we are against our plans and targets, ensuring our processes and systems can support us doing a great job. I measure our successes, forecast activity and plan how we are going to meet our targets; I believe that working collaboratively with other teams is important to ensure we deliver a great experience to our participants.

I am always amazed by the increase in confidence participant’s gain whilst on their career development journeys, and am proud of the outcomes they achieve with our support, such as gaining promotion or more responsibility at work or entering further learning.

Polly Winn
Policy and Communications Partner

Polly Winn

Policy and Communications Partner

Polly is the Policy and Communications Partner at Chwarae Teg, working within the Policy and Research Team. She works with the team to communicate complex policy ideas and leading research in order influence decision making.

Day to day, Polly works on briefing papers and consultation responses, represents Chwarae Teg in key networks, and coordinates policy and research events including our annual State of the Nation event and LeadHerShip National Assembly. Polly also supports wider comms work in the organisation and is passionate about conveying complex ideas in an accessible and informative way to wider audiences.

Before joining Chwarae Teg in 2018, Polly worked as support staff in the National Assembly for Wales and Parliament and holds a degree in History and Sociology from the University of Sheffield.

Rebecca Vaughan
Career Development Partner

Rebecca Vaughan

Career Development Partner

I love working in the women’s team, bringing the skills and knowledge from 30 years as a careers advisor and my experience as a team leader, to develop individuals and bring about equality of opportunity. As a CDP I meet participants at the start and end of their journey, listening to their hopes and concerns, helping them to clarify and articulate their goals for their working lives. I provide support as they progress, through the programme and sometime lead our career planning learning module. I love review meetings when I get to see their growth in confidence. It seems that my own career has led me to this point.

Rhian Jones
Engagement Partner

Rhian Jones

Engagement Partner

As one of Chwarae Teg’s Engagement partners, Rhian is responsible for engaging with both women and businesses across Wales for the Agile Nation2 programme. Rhian has experience in working on government funded programmes that support individuals with a variety of challenges, she has also spent time working abroad on various programmes; include teaching English to children in Ghana, Morocco, Bulgeria & Cambodia, leading on a Women Empowerment programme in the slums of New Delhi, distributing food in a food bank in New York, to supporting a mental health awareness programme in Sri Lanka. Rhian is driven by ensuring that individuals from all walks of life are treated the same globally. Rhian is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Rhian Walstow
Learning Development Partner

Rhian Walstow

Learning Development Partner

With over 25 years’ experience in education, I am a firm believer in the concept of life-long learning. Whether it’s a formal qualification or learning to develop confidence and self-awareness, it is something that I enjoy sharing to help people feel more empowered.

My main areas of interest and expertise are leadership, teamwork and psychology. With expertise in fitness and outdoor activities too, I believe that health and well-being is part of becoming more self-aware; and can help develop confidence that contributes in many ways.

AI thoroughly enjoy delivering our learning modules and it’s great meeting all the participants and learning about their work and experiences; and particularly, helping them to realise their potential.

Rhodri Packman
Business Partner

Rhodri Packman

Business Partner

Rhodri is an experienced business consultant driven to work with businesses to improve their bottom line through improvement in people performance. Rhodri is keen to ensure that the organisations he works with have a clear vision and a set of values that flow throughout the organisation. These values help cement a positive workplace culture and have a huge impact on all aspect of people policies and procedures and feed into all aspect of HR. As a business partner, Rhodri brings experience and enthusiasm to help make changes to workplace culture.

Rina Evans
Senior Delivery Partner

Rina Evans

Senior Delivery Partner

I lead a team of Learning Development Partners, Career Development Partners and Administrative Partners to deliver the Women’s Agile Nation2 Programme in West and North Wales.

I have been working in Learning and Development for 18 yrs. I started with developing Management and Team Training Programmes for telecom companies. I also worked on several major product launches including the first iPhones introduced to the UK. I have also with Swansea University on the LEAD Wales and ION leadership programmes.

I am an experienced coach, and enjoy developing new interactive workshops and learning interventions designed to challenge, inform and excite. Mostly I love meeting the women on our programmes and helping to inspire them to be the best versions of themselves and to achieve their goals.

Sarah-Jane Sutton
Marketing Partner – Digital & Design

Sarah-Jane Sutton

Marketing Partner – Digital & Design

Sarah-Jane manages the Digital and Design activities at Chwarae Teg, from running the company social media accounts and creating engaging content, updating the website with blogs and articles to leading on design tasks, including the company re-brand and continual creation of new collateral, to ensure that everything fits in with the ethos of the organisation.

Sarah-Jane previously worked as part of a Marketing Team at the Port of Milford Haven in her home county of Pembrokeshire, before moving back to Cardiff after finishing her degree in Graphic Communication.

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