Trustees

WEN Wales’ Trustees are elected from our membership for three year terms, and can stand for a second term if they wish.

The Trustees form our Management Committee, which is responsible for the organisation’s strategic development and governance.

  • Sarah Powell

    Chair

    Sarah is a passionate Welsh sports woman and Chief Executive Officer of Sport Wales taking up the role in 2013 and is the first woman to hold the position within the organisation.

    Educated at Porthcawl Comprehensive, Sarah went on to study Psychology at Swansea University before gaining her PGCE teaching qualification from UWIC. Sarah has held numerous board roles – Ryder Cup Wales Limited, the Commonwealth Games Council of Wales and is a member of the UK Home Nations and UK Sport group.

    Sarah is committed to bringing the women’s sector in Wales together, under the WEN umbrella, and campaigning for equality for women in Wales.

  • Alison Williams

    Treasurer

    Alison has experience spanning over 33 years working in the local authority, housing association and charity sector providing care and support to people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. She has gained her experience from grass roots moving through the ranks to senior management level in both the social care and social housing sectors.

    She works as Group Director of Corporate Services at Cynon Taf Community Housing Group and is responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of the strategic plan and overall group vision.

    Being a qualified Certified Accountant brings financial expertise, knowledge and scrutiny that helps WEN to achieve and maintain strategic financial sustainability that will help WEN to achieve and maintain strategic financial sustainability to deliver a ‘fairer society for all’.

  • Rhian Davies

    Trustee

    Rhian Davies has been Chief Executive of Disability Wales since 2001 and is a longstanding advocate of disabled people’s rights and equality.

    She’s led on developments including Disability Equality Training, Direct Payments and Disability Hate Crime. Rhian chairs Welsh Government’s National Steering Group on the Framework for Action on Independent Living.

    She recently gave evidence to the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People in Geneva. As a Trustee, Rhian will contribute actively to raising WEN’s profile as the lead national gender equality body in Wales and progressing its agenda to achieve the empowerment and equality of all women and girls in corporate and civil life.

  • Ruth Fowler

    Trustee

    Ruth studied English Literature with Film and Television Studies at at Aberystwyth University and began her career in the Welsh department of the university in 2010. Ruth is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager in the Human Resources Department at Aberystwyth University, as well as the Chair of the LGBT Network.

    She is also the co-organiser of Aberration, an LGBT arts event based in Mid Wales. In 2018, Ruth made it on to the top 100 most influential LGBT people in Wales’s Pinc List. Ruth is engaged to filmmaker Amy Daniel who won the Straeon Iris Award for her short film ‘Arth’ in 2018. Ruth is a fluent Welsh speaker and enjoys working and living in Wales.

  • Joy Kent

    Trustee

    Joy set up her own business in January 2017 to help individuals, teams and organisations identify and build on their strengths to deliver successful projects and achieve personal goals. Prior to this, she was chief executive of Chwarae Teg and executive director of Cymorth Cymru. She’s also worked in policy development for Welsh Government, Welsh Local Government Association and the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru.

    She is chair of Cynon Taf Community Housing Group and a board member of the Community Foundation in Wales. Joy is a fellow of the RSA and her contribution to the equalities agenda was recognised in 2016 with an Honorary Fellowship from Glyndwr University.

  • Wanjiku Mbugua

    Trustee

    Wanjiku is Bawso’s North Wales Regional Manager with over 14 years experience leading the domestic abuse service delivery functions of Bawso, having started the project from scratch in North Wales in 2006.

    Wanjiku represents the needs of BAME families to policy makers at local, regional, national and international levels as well as offering safe shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, and education and prevention programs for BME families faced with domestic abuse in North Wales.

    Wanjiku is a member of North Wales Vulnerability and Exploitation board where she represents the 3rd sector on the needs for victims and work of Modern-Day Slavery in Wales.

  • Maria Constanza Mesa

    Trustee

    Maria is the Director of Women Connect First whose aim is to empower and create leadership amongst BME women in Wales. Maria arrived in Wales from Colombia as a political refugee in 1978. Over the past 35 years, Maria has been actively involved within the third and public sectors in Wales, developing innovative organisations, projects and services that respond to the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

    Amongst others she is a founder member of the Black Association of Women Step Out (BAWSO Women’s Aid), AWETU mental health project, Multicultural Crossroads, the Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales to name but few.

  • Kerry-Lynne Pyke

    Trustee

    Kerry-Lynne started her journalism career in 2007 at the Glamorgan Gazette before joining Wales News Service, where she wrote for consumer magazines and national newspapers. She then  moved into PR and Communications in 2009 when she joined Diabetes UK Cymru leading their  PR and communications and established the charity’s social media presence. She was named one of PR Week’s 29 under 29 most talented PR professionals.

    In 2013, Kerry-Lynne joined Macmillan Cancer Support as the Senior Communications Officer for Wales working in PR, social media and marketing and is now the charity’s Senior External Communications Manager for Wales and sits on the Wales leadership team.

    Kerry-Lynne became a trustee in 2018 after completing WEN Wales’s mentoring scheme.

  • Tania Silva

    Trustee

    Tania leads the North Wales Construction Partnership on behalf of the six North Wales Local Authorities. The Partnership enables public sector teams from a number of organisations to collaboratively deliver major construction projects across the region, incorporating regional and national policies and innovative initiatives in order to drive change.

    The partnership has been recognised through a number of awards for its innovative approach.

    Tania is committed to support communities through Social Value, taking part in programmes to get women into STEM subjects and to pursue construction careers, creating training and work opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged groups and engaging with communities to understand their wants and needs in order to create resilient communities.

  • Lowri Walters

    Trustees

    Lowri is eager to get involved in the work WEN is doing to empower women, and to tackle the gender inequality and discrimination which exists in today’s society.

    Lowri has a Psychology degree from the University of Exeter, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Law from Swansea University. Lowri qualified as a solicitor in 2017.  She currently works as a Family Solicitor in a Swansea law firm.

    Lowri is co-founder of the UBI Lab Swansea, a not for profit organisation working towards securing a Universal Basic Income Pilot in Swansea. She also has a place on the UBI Lab Wales Committee and is a member of UBI Lab Womxn. It is her belief that a Universal Basic Income would empower women, opening up more opportunities and securing further freedoms and independence for women.

    Having attended Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Lowri is a fluent Welsh speaker.