Meet our Board Members
Here is some information on Theatr Brycheiniog's Board Members to help you get to know them better.
Theatr Brycheiniog is a registered charity no: 1005327 and a company limited by guarantee no: 2446965
Mary Philips - Chair
A founder member of the working group which established Theatr Brycheiniog, Mary has been actively involved on the theatre's Board for the last twenty years. She successfully formed the Theatr Brycheiniog Community Musical Group and has directed many memorable Musicals at the theatre. A retired Retail and Marketing Manager of the local Farmers Co-operative she now runs her own sales and marketing company, owns a small hotel, and has extensive experience in the catering and bar trade. She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Sally Jones - Vice-Chair
The daughter of a theatrical family, Sally has extensive experience both as a fundraising director in national and international charities, and as an independent consultant working with a wide range of voluntary sector organisations throughout the UK. A founder member of the Institute of Fundraising, and formerly a senior member of the Charity Consultants Ltd UK wide consultancy network and coordinator of CCL training programmes for voluntary sector leaders and staff. Trained & qualified as an Adviser with Citizens Advice UK, she was until recently a Board member of Monmouthshire County Citizens Advice. She is also an advisory member of the Brecknock Society and Y Gaer fundraising group.
Gary Blackledge - Chair of Buildings Committee
Born and bred in Brecon, Gary became a member of the Theatr Brcycheiniog Board in 2014. He has been a voluntary Steward and Senior Steward with Theatr Brycheiniog since it opened in 1997. Before retiring he worked for Powys County Council as a Housing Maintenance Officer covering Brecon & surrounding areas.
Karen Griffiths - Vice-Chair of Finance & HR
Karen moved to Brecon 14 years ago and became a member of the Theatr Brycheiniog Board in 2014. A resilient project manager, with strong strategic problem solving skills, she has considerable specialist knowledge of sustainability and carbon management. Karen spent 34 years in the energy and environmental sector, latterly with the Carbon Trust. She led the innovation programme in Wales and helped businesses, public and third sector organisations reduce their impact on the environment. An articulate and effective communicator, possessing excellent interpersonal skills, she now works as a volunteer and carer for elderly relatives.
Chair of the Brecon Beacons Marketing Coordination Group 2013 - 2017, Committee Member of The Arts Society: Brecknock; Chair of Brecon Beacons Tourism 2006 - 2012. Elizabeth has freely given support, energy and commitment to community organisations since her retirement to Brecon. Born in Wales, she spent her illustrious career in tourism, the theatre and event marketing outside Wales in Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester and Jersey.
Andrew Leonard - Company Secretary
I was involved with Brecon Guildhall Theatre (which became Theatr Brycheiniog in 2008) from its early days when I was a member of the Development Board for Rural Wales and have been a board member for twenty years. We have lived in the Brecon area since 1970 and farmed in Llanfihangel-Nant-Bran for forty years. Previously a community worker, this interest has continued through involvement with many local organisations and in particular Brecknock Borough Council, Wales & West and Trothwy Housing Associations, Brecon Citizens Advice Bureau (now Brecon Advice Centre), Powys Rural Support Network and Powys Health Board. Other interests include conservation, access and walking in the wild places.
Prof. Alan Lovell - Chair of Finance & HR
Prior to retirement Alan was previously Professor of Organisational Accountability and Head of the Department of Accounting, Finance & Economics at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. He was then appointed Professor & Dean of the Business School at the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales). In 2010 he was appointed by the Welsh Government as a member of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. He has been Chair of the Authority’s Audit & Scrutiny Committee for four years. Before entering academia he worked in five different organisations including stockbrokers, re-insurance brokers, a manufacturer of telephone cables and the Ford Motor Co Ltd.
Cllr Edwin Roderick
Powys County Councillor for Maescar / Llywel. Representative for Powys County Council for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and The Welsh Book Council.
Cllr Col Tim Van - Rees
Powys County Councillor for Llanwrtyd Wells, Consultant Solicitor and Freelance Criminal Practioner, Farmer & Land-owner, Member Wales Reserve Forces & Cadets Association. Chairman: Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh, Brecon.