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Wales committee members

Meet our Wales committee members
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Sir Adrian Webb - Wales Chair

Previously Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan University, Sir Adrian has a wealth of experience of leading at executive management level in public, not for profit and education sectors.

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"It is an honour to be asked to lead such a committed team of staff, partners and funded organisations that make a real difference to communities across Wales. I also welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues from across the UK as a member of Big Lottery Fund's UK Board."

He has been involved in many UK and Welsh Government initiatives, including chairing the independent review into further education in Wales (the Webb Review) and the Wales Employment and Skills Board. He was also a member of the Beecham Review of Public Services in Wales and part of the HM Treasury Public Service Productivity Panel.

Gaynor Richards - Committee member

Having previously worked in the Private Sector, in 1997 Gaynor was appointed as the first Executive Director of Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service.

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"It’s so good to be part of a team that is making such a tremendous difference in Wales. Our projects have such wow factor and it’s a real honour to get a detailed insight into the way they work and the amazing impact they have. I’m now using my experience to do all I can to help our Welsh communities most in need."

In October 2009 she was appointed as Third Sector Non Officer Member to Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board and is the Children and Young People’s Champion for the Board, and also Welsh Language Champion.

She has played a key role in developing the Local Service Board Compact between all the key agencies in Neath Port Talbot and is also the Chair of Governors of Neath Port Talbot College.

In 2008 Gaynor was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List for Services to the Voluntary/Community Sector. She was also the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan for 2013-2014.

Married to Wyn, she has one daughter, Nia.

Simon Jones - Committee member

Simon Jones joined Marie Curie as their first Head of Policy and Public Affairs in July of 2012. He is also now the UK director of Policy and Public Affairs. Prior to that he had been with headhunters Odgers as Head of Public Sector Service in Wales.

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"I'm looking forward to bring my background of working in the public, private and third sectors to help shape the future direction of the Big Lottery Fund in Wales, and seeing the difference the funding our initiatives will make to people and communities in need."

Simon started his career working for a news magazine, Rebecca, in Wales before working as a Research Officer, first for the Transport and General Workers’ Union and then the Wales TUC. He was then for 10 years the Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre which under his leadership became the largest such agency in the UK.

First becoming involved in the NHS as a member of South Glamorgan Health Authority in 1989, he went on to be the Chair of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust for over six years and before that Chair of Bro Taf Health Authority.

He has been a Trustee of the Industrial Common Ownership Fund, a member of the United Kingdom Co-operative Council and was a member of the Welsh Government’s community housing mutual working group. Simon chaired the independent Commission which reviewed the National Assembly for Wales’ Voluntary Sector Scheme and was a member of the Council of Cardiff University. He was also an Independent Board member for RCT Homes as well as a Charity Commission Board member for five years.

Born in London of Welsh parents Simon Jones moved to Wales after reading Politics at Exeter University. He has presented two Radio Wales Series on fly fishing.

Rita Singh - Committee member

A qualified engineer with her first degree from Cardiff University, and an MPhil from Cambridge University, Rita has over fifteen years’ experience working within the private, public and third sectors on sustainability issues, bringing a wealth of experience on policy development, networking, and leading action to deliver change with senior industry figures and governmental departments on sustainable development policies.

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"It is a real privilege to be part of the Wales Committee. The positive impact on people's lives as a result of projects funded through Big Lottery Fund in Wales has been inspiring, and humbling to know the difference we are making to groups and communities and Wales. It has also been great to see some truly innovative projects emerging that may not have been developed without the Fund."

Prior to starting at Cynnal Cymru, her work has included, among others, developing a new organisation for the community energy sector in Wales; a pilot project to increase the leadership potential of the Wales Green List; working on the London Leaders' programme for the Mayor of London and managing the London Sustainable Development Commission; establishing a networking forum for the construction industry to discuss the barriers to and opportunities for sustainable construction.

Rita is on the Board of Fair Trade Wales, a governor at a local primary school in Cardiff, an alumna of the Prince of Wales' Business and Sustainability Programme, and a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and the British American Project. A mother of one, her days now revolve around work and being a ‘rugby’ mum!

Rob Pickford OBE - Committee member

Rob has held a number of managerial and leadership roles in local government and with the Welsh Government. Starting out as a social worker in South Wales he was latterly Director of Social Services and Children in the Welsh Government.

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"I am delighted to be able to play a part in implementing the Big Lottery Fund's commitment to support people in designing, delivering and testing out the innovative services they and their communities need."

He is currently Chair of the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales. Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales and Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University.

Rob divides his time between supporting people to deliver citizen centred services, contributing to protecting and promoting wildlife in Wales, writing, historical studies, walking the coasts and hills of Wales and the family allotment.

Rona Aldrich - Committee member

With a Masters Degree from Aberystwyth University in Library and Information Science, Rona Aldrich has worked in local government all her working life, the last 20 years at Senior Management level.

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"With money to support individuals and communities becoming increasingly scarce, the role of Big Lottery is vital in continuing to finance innovative projects to maintain and grow the society and economy of Wales"

In addition to being Head of Service for Libraries, Information and Culture, she was involved in the development of the European Union Objective 1 plan for Conwy County Borough and managed a £2m multi agency project under that plan. She served on the Steering Group of Bay Life, (the programme to regenerate the town of Colwyn Bay), as Chair of the Rhyl Community Agency and Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

In addition to being an advisor to the Welsh Local Government Association, Rona has also worked freelance for both the Association and Welsh Government. She was appointed by the (then) Minister for Heritage to sit on the original Advisory Council for CyMAL (Welsh Government’s policy division for museums, archives and libraries) and represented Wales at UK level.

A first language Welsh speaker, Rona sits on the Executive Committee of the Welsh Books Council. She has been a member of BIG’s People and Places Committee for 4 years.

Sian Callaghan - Committee member

Sian has worked in public relations, public affairs and marketing for 28 years in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Since July 2014 she has been Director of Communication at the Office for National Statistics in Newport.

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"I was keen to join the Big Lottery Committee after seeing the impact our funding has on communities’ right across Wales, and I'm delighted to be part of a team which has the interests of the people of Wales at its heart. Visiting the projects we support and hearing how we help to improve lives has been inspirational."

Sian previously worked for Centrica, the parent company of British Gas for 18 years in a variety of communication roles. She has also worked for the Welsh Federation of Housing Associations, at Mid Glamorgan County Council and has been involved in PR and marketing for a number of consumer brands, working both in Wales and across the UK.

Married to Rob, Sian lives in Cardiff. She is a past board member of Shelter Cymru and Cadwyn Housing Association and has a degree in Communication Studies.