Our Advisory Group support the work of Relate in Wales.
David Evans, Chair of Advisory Group
David became a Trustee of Relate Cymru in 2014.
His background is in the financial services industry, having worked in various roles for Royal Insurance and HSBC Bank. Subsequently he worked as a self employed contractor for leading Banks and Building Societies.
David was a Non Executive Director of Wales Community Rehabilitation Company, having previously been the Vice Chair of Wales Probation and Chair of North Wales Probation.
He has an extensive knowledge of all parts of Wales having lived and worked there for most of his life. He has the benefit of being a fluent Welsh speaker.
Richard has been involved with Relate for nearly eight years, initially as a trustee and Board member of Relate North Wales and, following amalgamation, as a trustee and Board member of Relate Cymru. He is also Secretary of Relate Cymru.
He is now retired from a working life in the law. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1961, after 3 years as an assistant solicitor, in 1964 he became a partner in a firm practising in Chester where he remained until 1985. In that year he was appointed a County Court Registrar (later re-titled District Judge (Civil)) and sat full-time in North Wales until 2007: until 2013 he continued sitting as a Deputy. Both as a practising solicitor and as a judge, Richard was extensively involved in Family Law, particularly latterly Children Act proceedings.
Keith joined Relate Cymru as a Trustee in 2010, following his retirement as a Civil Servant. He worked for the Welsh Government and prior to that the Welsh Office in a number of posts dealing with social services policy for adults and children. Prior to retirement he led on children's health and social services policy development in Wales.
Margaret joined Relate Cymru in 2007 following a long career in social work practice, training, regulation and management.
After a period in the voluntary sector, she trained and practised as a social worker and team leader before undertaking management roles in staff development and training, registration and inspection, and planning and contracting. Her last post was as Head of Policy and Performance in a Social Care and Housing Department.
Margaret has been a trustee of a Women’s Aid group, a volunteer with the Youth Offending Service and a charity supporting young people and has completed a certificate in counselling.
Her particular interests as a trustee are strategy, quality, user participation and equalities.
Jim became a Trustee of North Wales Relate in 2003 and hleped with the birth of Relate Cymru in 2007. His main activities within the organisation have been with finance, especially budget construction and business planning. The dream has always been to roll out the range of services that were established in North Wales right across the Principality.
Jim's background was in education and for the last half of his working career up to 2003 he was bursar to a group of independent schools.
He was a magistrate for 20 years, a district councillor for a similar time and he is still helping a number of charities especially in the field of sheltered housing.
I have had the privilege of working within the broadcast industry for almost three decades developing a broad and diverse range of skills from production finance to tv/radio programme delivery. I currently sit on the National Executive Committee for the Broadcast, Media and Entertainment Union BECTU.
For over twenty years I have, and continue to work within the Trade Union movement advocating on behalf of members within complex markets and environments. I am a qualified ACAS Workplace Mediator and an accredited coach and mentor with the Institute of Leadership and Management.
I have worked closely with the TUC/Welsh Government leading a project to develop a network of trade union equality representatives in Wales, delivering best practice in equality across the public sector and supporting the work of the Wales TUC in the context of devolved government through the introduction of trade union equality representatives.
I am a keen champion of underrepresented groups and am thrilled to be joining Relate Cymru on their Board of Trustees.