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Cllr Philippa Marsden – Chair, Caerphilly Public Services Board
Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council

Growing up in Bettws in Newport, Cllr. Marsden was educated in Bettws Comprehensive followed by Crosskeys College before going on to further her studies in West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. Cllr. Marsden started her working career in Selfridges, London, as a Section leader, before moving on to the role of Retail Manager and Central Services Coordinator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, before taking up her most recent role as an Admin Officer for the International Baccalaureate.

An active member of the community, she serves as Trustee for Newport Harriers Athletics Club, the Vice Chair of the National and Regional Labour Party Liaison Committee for Unite Union and Vice Chair of the Community Partnership. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading and attending music festivals. She is married and has 3 children, two of which are currently studying in University.

Cllr. Marsden lives in Wattsville where she serves as local member for the Ynysddu ward. Cllr. Marsden was elected as a Local Councillor in 2016 and joined the Cabinet in 2017. Cllr. Philippa Marsden was elected as Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council in November 2019.


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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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Judith Paget
Chief Executive - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Judith has worked in the NHS since 1980. During the 1980s she undertook various operational roles in hospitals within the Gwent area, leaving Gwent in 1990 to take up a post with East Dyfed Health Authority.

She was subsequently appointed Director of Planning for Llanelli Dinefwr NHS Trust where she remained until 1996 when she joined lechyd Morgannwg Health Authority to establish the Locality Team in Bridgend.

In 2000, Judith returned to Gwent as the General Manager of Caerphilly Local Health Group and was subsequently appointed the Chief Executive of Caerphilly Local Health Board. In August 2007 she was seconded as Interim CEO of Powys Teaching Local Health Board where she remained until October 2009.

Judith joined Aneurin Bevan Health Board as Director of Planning and Operations in October 2009 and subsequently became Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CEO of the Health Board. Since June 2014, Judith was Interim CEO for the Health Board and was appointed Chief Executive in October 2014.

Judith was awarded a Companionship of the Institute of Health Service Managers in 2012. Judith also won the ‘Institute of Directors – Director in Public Service Award’ for Wales 2014.


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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, she 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.

She 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 has been a Senior Associate with the Good Governance Institute since 2011.

She is a member of the Bevan Commission.


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Huw Jakeway MSc FIFireE
Chief Fire Officer - South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Huw joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 1990 and has worked in every rank and department in the Service. Shortly after the fire and rescue service was devolved to Welsh Government Huw was seconded in 2005 to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor.

Huw was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2009 and his portfolio included Fleet & Engineering, Innovation & Improvement, Health & Safety, Special Projects, Resilience & Planning, and Development & Review.

On 14 March 2011, Huw was appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Service Delivery led on Operations, Risk Reduction, Fire Control and Performance Management. In this role Huw was the Service’s lead for workforce negotiations.

From 1 December 2011, Huw became Acting Chief Fire Officer and retained his responsibilities and as Director of Risk Reduction he led on Community Fire Safety & Partnerships, Legislative Fire Safety and Performance Management.

On the 28 September 2012, Huw was appointed as Chief Fire Officer by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

In 2005, Huw attained a MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan and he completed the Fire and Rescue Service Executive Leadership Programme at Warwick Business School in 2010.

As a member of the Public Services Leadership Group in 2013 Huw was tasked by the then Minister with responsibility for public services to improve data and information sharing across Wales. This has led to over 46 Public Service Leaders signing the leadership pledge, which shows their personal and organisational support to encouraging the sharing of personal data and information in a legal, justified, proportionate and safe way.


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Cllr Tudor Davies – Caerphilly County Borough Council
Chair of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority

Cllr. Tudor Davies has been a member of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority for 17 years and has been Chairman for the last 4 years. He started his political career back in 1979 with Rhymney Valley District Council, serving as Chairman from 1998-99. He continues to proudly represent the Bargoed ward as a long-standing member of Caerphilly County Borough Council.

He has held key roles on numerous committees over the years and, along with his Caerphilly County Borough Council commitments, he is President of Caerphilly Home Start and Trustee for Caerphilly Citizens Advice Bureau and Disability Can Do.

As Chair of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr. Davies attends regular meetings with Welsh Government Ministers on behalf of the Authority. He attends the National Issues Committee for the 3 Welsh Fire Authorities, liaises with Officers and Stakeholders on day-to-day matters and meets with other Blue Light Emergency Statutory Bodies, also meetings with the Local Authorities. As Chair, Cllr. Davies also makes regular site visits to the Fire and Rescue Stations within the Authority. He was also the previous Chairman of the former Gwent CHC.

Cllr. Davies feels it is very important to engage with the whole community, young and old and is a proud Governor at Heolddu Comprehensive School and Park Primary School.

In his spare time his interests and hobbies include Bargoed Bowling Club, where he is President and he is an all-round sporting spectator.

Cllr. Davies has been married to his wife Margaret for 58 years and has 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


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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 27 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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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.


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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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Jeff Cuthbert Bsc 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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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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Mark Alexander
Head of the Agriculture - Sustainable Development Division, Welsh Government

Mark has been a civil servant working for the Wales Office, as was then, and now the Welsh Government since 1992. He is currently the Head of the Agriculture - Sustainable Development Division working within the portfolio of the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs.

During his time as a civil servant he has taken on numerous roles both within government and arms-length bodies, working in locations across Wales. His career started with a role inspecting land and counting sheep and cattle as an agricultural inspector but has since seen him focus on supporting the development of strategic policy, organisational functions and operational activity to help improve the lives of the people of Wales.

He is currently the Deputy Director responsible for agricultural policy which focuses on creating a thriving agricultural industry in Wales; one which is both sustainable in its actions and resilient to changing market and trade conditions. He is supported by a team of 50 staff who are located across Wales. Mark is also the Director responsible for the delivery of the operational response in a disease outbreak, building on his experience of dealing with bovine TB and previous outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease.

On a personal note, he stays active and healthy by working on the allotment, an occasional run and game of golf. His love of Welsh food and drink helps to support Welsh farmers but does little for his fitness!