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.
Rhian Davies, Chief Executive of Disability Wales since 2001 is a longstanding advocate of disabled people’s rights and equality. She has lead 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 during the first periodic review of UK Government’s implementation of the Convention
From 2013 – 2016 Rhian was Disability member on Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty External Advisory Group. She is a former member of the EHRC’s Statutory Wales Committee (2007-2012).
As a Trustee Rhian will contribute actively to raising WEN’s profile as the lead national gender equality body inn Wales and progressing its agenda to achieve the empowerment and equality of all women and girls in corporate and civil life.
Louise is originally from Swindon, Wiltshire but has lived in Cardiff since 1999 after coming to study at the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales).
She is currently Senior Programme Manager for UpRising, a national youth leadership development charity. Her role is to manage the three Leadership Programmes taking place in Cardiff.
Prior to joining UpRising, Louise was a freelance creative producer and before that she was Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre.
She was also Chair of Creu Cymru, the development agency for theatre and art centres in Wales and on the board of Carlson Dance Company.
Louise is keen to help WEN Wales in the next phase of the companies’ development. She is passionate about equality and diversity and truly believes in the values, aims and aspirations of WEN Wales.
In her spare time Louise is a keen baker and game show fan!
Ann Hodgson is the Immediate Past President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland where amongst other things she led a piece of work to increase their profile. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls with 80,000 members in 124 countries. Ann was also Chair of Multiple Sclerosis Society Cymru (National Council). She is a professionally qualified Bank Official with 24 years’ experience gained in a variety of demanding and challenging roles within the Lloyds TSB Group, and the voluntary sector.
Ann is keen to bring her strategic skills and her experience in being a trustee to help strengthen the impact of WEN Wales.
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.