Meet the team – Martin Veale JP

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Martin Veale JP

Position at Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund CIC?

Job History (you want to tell us about)?

I qualified as an accountant some 30 years ago, and have worked across many public sector bodies in the South Wales area. I’ve held roles in finance, audit, risk management and governance.

I am currently a board member at Sport Wales and at Velindre University NHS Trust, and have the lead at each for finance, audit and governance matters. I am a magistrate, based at the Merthyr Tydfil courts, and I am also a governor at Coleg Gwent.

A bit about you?

I was born in Tredegar and brought up in Ebbw Vale, where I lived for many years. I hold a degree in accounting and an MSc in audit and management.

I now live in Pontypridd with my wife and daughter. I am a keen sports fan, following Ebbw Vale rugby and Glamorgan cricket when time permits.

What made you want to apply to the PyC Board?

When I was at Forestry Commission Wales I worked with Welsh Government to help development of this windfarm, and now am pleased to have come full circle to have the opportunity to use my skills and knowledge to support the community fund.

What skills do you think you offer to the PyC Board?

The ability to analyse complex information, to ensure that we have good governance, and open and transparent processes.

What most excites you about the PyC Community Fund?

There is a wonderful opportunity for the fund to make a transformative difference to the area of benefit.

What do you think are the threats or risks to the success of this fund?

The biggest risk is not thinking big enough, to make a real difference.

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?

Probably my rescue cat, Ferris Mewler. She found us by taking up residence in one of our trees about 7 years ago. Since we have been adopted by her, her life is one of trying to find sunny spots to sleep in.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

Assuming a big boat isn’t allowed, I’ll ask for a TV to keep in contact with the world and to watch sports. My iPad. And sunscreen.