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.
Mary Ann BrocklesbyChair
Mary Ann has spent a lifetime standing up for people’s rights across the world. From campaigning for better support for sexual abuse survivors, to making the voices of people in poverty count in delivering International Aid. For 30 years, she has worked across Asia and Africa on community development, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Mary Ann has worked in rape crisis centres and lectured in Development Studies and now runs her own international advice and coaching business. She is a town councillor and school governor and as a proud graduate of WEN’s mentoring scheme was supported to stand in the May 2020 Senedd elections. She is a fellow of Every Woman Global Coalition.
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 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.
Suzy held a number of Shadow Ministerial positions during her ten years in the Senedd. She served on various committees and co-chaired the Cross Party Group on Women. The first woman to stand for leadership of the Welsh Conservative group, she is currently acting co-chair of Conservative Women’s Organisation. She is also chair of Women2WinWales; both organisations promote gender equality in elected office. Before she became an AM/MS, Suzy worked in arts management and as a solicitor. Since stepping back from frontline politics, she has been appointed Chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance and is on the boards of Colleges Wales and the Iris Prize Film Festival Outreach. She is delighted to be joining the WEN Board.
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.
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.
Jenny studied English at Swansea University, completing her Masters in 2008 and since then has worked at the Senedd as a political adviser. She is really passionate about increasing diversity in Welsh politics and public life. She wants to see more diverse women as leaders and decision-makers in Wales and to help develop policies that advance gender equality and result in more women participating in political and public life. She is a Mentor in the 2021 Equal Power Equal Voice mentoring scheme and is a mum to a very bright and bouncy three-year-old boy called James.
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 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.