WEN Wales has 10 Trustees, who are elected from our membership. Our Trustees are elected 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.
Carwen Wynne Howells
Carwen Wynne Howells was co-opted to the Management Committee in 2013 and formally elected as a Trustee at the AGM in December 2014. She currently acts the link between WEN Wales and other UK and International Organisations and Government Departments, including the Welsh Government.
A former Senior Civil Servant, Carwen was the Chief Pharmaceutical Adviser to the Welsh Government until her retirement. She is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and currently Treasurer of the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section of FIP (Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique).
In her spare time, Carwen enjoys walking, music, pilates, reading and theatre and has recently been attempting to learn Greek.
Ceri Hayes is an Independent Gender & Human Rights Consultant, and founder and Director of Gender Matters. Originally from Newport, South Wales, Ceri is a committed feminist.
Ceri has worked in the fields of international development and human rights for 17 years with a particular focus on gender-based violence and women’s civil and political participation. Her experience involves advising and supporting international non-govermental organisations, UN and government agencies and grant-making bodies to strengthen the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights issues in their work.
Professor Meena Upadhyaya OBE PhD FRCPath is the founder of Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (EMWWAA).
Professor Upadhyaya has worked within Cardiff University’s Institute of Cancer Genetics and specialises in researching ways to improve the lives of people with life-threatening inherited health conditions. Her work has led to major improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of inherited disorders, including muscular dystrophy and neurofibromatosis Type1 – a genetic condition that causes tumours to grow along the nerves. She played an instrumental role in discovering the gene known to be linked to neurofibromatosis type1, and later to understand why some benign tumours associated with the condition become malignant.
Professor Upadhyaya is also the founder of the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women in Healthcare (EMWWH). She is a Trustee for Women’s Equality Network for Wales,Race Equality First, Gift of Grace, Race Council Cymru and a governor for Hindu Cultural Association. She is also a mentor for the Women in Public Life scheme.
In January 2016 she was awarded an OBE (Officer of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to medical genetics and the Welsh Asian community
Michelle has worked in higher education management for over a decade and is also a panel member of her current institution’s equality and diversity committee. She is passionate about women’s equality and has used her skills to progress and mentor women in the workplace. Having written and rolled out communication strategies for various organisations, Michelle hopes to strengthen WEN in this area. She also has an interest in feminist theory having studied and researched the ‘womens voice’ in literature with particular emphasis on that of the black women. Michelle has been involved in fundraising and event management for charity. She is very committed to working with and strengthening the mission of WEN to create a fairer society for women in Wales.
Bethan Webber is the Director of Wales for the charity Home-Start UK. Home-Start UK is a leading family support charity, and through a network of local Home-Start schemes across the UK provides volunteer and community-based support for families and children. Bethan leads Home-Start UK’s activity in Wales.
Bethan is also the Director of TIDE Consultancy Limited, providing expertise in policy development, project management and business case training and development, largely in the early years and education sectors.
Bethan’s previous experience spans policy development and scrutiny roles in a number of senior management positions across a range of parliamentary organisations, including the Home Office, Government Office South West, the National Assembly for Wales, and, most recently, as the head of Childcare and Play policy in the Welsh Government.
Bethan has extensive experience of developing government strategy and policy with an excellent understanding of the political context at a UK, devolved, and local government level.
Bethan is also a trustee of Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs and a Governor for a local primary school.