Who's who in Menter Aberystwyth?
The Board of Directors is made up of the following individuals, some representing our core partners and others who bring specific expertise and experience. There are currently 9 Board Members, who are involved on an entirely voluntary basis, and who each have a commitment in developing and promoting Aberystwyth:
Chairman & Treasurer
Jim is a graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and has an MBA from the Open University. He is Director of Campus and Commercial Services at Aberystwyth University. Jim has experience of representing both Aberystwyth University and the Higher Education sector on various tourism and economic development projects, including the Aberystwyth Tourism Integrated Development Project 1996-2001, Mid Wales Partnership Tourism Working Group, and Ceredigion Tourism Working Group.
Voluntary Sector Representative
Rosemary Rhys was one of the main organisers of the successful Castell Rock community festival held in the Aberystwyth Castle grounds. Rosemary was a senior planner with Ceredigion County Council and also assists in the family self catering holiday business. She strongly believes in Menter Aberystwyth’s potential as an organisation to establish events to attract visitors to the area, to develop links between businesses and organisations to improve marketing opportunities and to develop projects to promote and enhance the locality.
Cllr Mark Strong
Aberystwyth Town Council
Originally from Gresford near Wrexham, Mark graduated from Nene University College with a BA in Visual Art before moving to live and work in Finland. Moving to Aberystwyth in 2000 Mark has become fluent in Welsh and works in the National Library of Wales. Elected as a Town Councillor for Aberystwyth North Ward in 2004 and then as the County Councillor for North Ward, Aberystwyth in 2012; Mark has been active in the community being the Chair of Ceredigion Care Society and the Town Council's representative on Menter Aberystwyth.
St. Michael’s Church, Aberystwyth
An Aberystwyth University graduate and now works for St Michael’s Church. Hannah’s current role involves working with young people both in a church and community setting – engaging with local schools and building links with the wider community. Hannah believes that Menter offers a good opportunity to create and grow a good community ethos in the town, making for a more positive surroundings to live and grow in.
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Jeremy is a theatre director and producer and is the Artistic Director of Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch. Canolfan Arad Goch, in the Centre of Aberystwyth, is a Creative hub for professionals and members of the community. His work tours extensively in Wales and during recent years has been seen in Russia, South Korea, Tunisia, France and Catalonia. He directs and programmes Agor Drysau-Opening Doors Wales International Festival of Performing Arts for Young People, the next of which will happen in 2019; the festival brings some of the best world theatre for young audiences to Aberystwyth and operates as a selling-point to promote Welsh productions abroad. Jeremy is also a free-lance Arts and Education adviser and one of the Arts Council of Wales’ Creative Agents.
Sue Jones Davies
Aberystwyth Town Council
Sonia has been attending the Menter Aberystwyth Board, on which she sits as an observer on behalf of Coleg Ceredigion, since its incorporation in 2003. She has been an Aberystwyth resident since 1965. Sonia previously ran the Travel Service at Aberystwyth University organising the local and worldwide travel arrangements for students, staff and associated businesses. Since joining Coleg Ceredigion in 2001, she has been working with local businesses and has run a business network group. She is a member of the Aberystwyth Night Time Economy committee and was part of the group which gained Purple Flag Status for Aberystwyth. She currently advises on the statutory and customer care training required by businesses and organisations being responsible for arranging the work associated training courses throughout Ceredigion. Her involvement in the community includes being a member of Rotary supporting events and assisting local charities, a director of Wardens Dramatic Society Ltd. producing the annual Pantomime and now a retired member of three sporting clubs having represented Aberystwyth and Ceredigion in two of them.
Sandra took on the role of Development Officer for Menter Aberystwyth in April 2015 after retiring from a role with the Local Authority which involved working with the Night Time Economy Group and the bid for Aberystwyth’s success in gaining Purple Flag status for two consecutive years. Her work with the Local Authority also involved working closely with the licensed trade within the area and she introduced the national Best Bar None awards to Ceredigion which aim to promote safer drinking in pubs and clubs. Prior to her time with the local authority Sandra had a successful career in teaching, both in schools and with adults in the workplace, something she continues with some occasional teaching at Coleg Ceredigion delivering specialised courses for the licensed trade. She is widely involved within the community and fundraises for the RNLI. Sandra is a committed volunteer with the National Trust and the Red Cross and as a founder member of Cymdeithas Aberaeron Society has a keen interest in local history and heritage.