As part of the fund’s commitment to refresh membership of the Pen y Cymoedd Board our Chair Dave Henderson will be stepping down from Pen y Cymoedd Board in June 2022. Therefore, at our recent AGM, we elected a new Chair, Victoria Bond for the next year.
Dave Henderson took over as Chair in 2020 and steered the fund and Board through the COVID crisis, the switch to remote working for the fund and has helped oversee new staff and Board members joining. Dave’s service as Chair was invaluable at a time when the fund had to do everything in it’s power to not only continue serving the community despite the lockdown but respond quickly by opening a COVID emergency fund. Dave is one of the founder members of the fund and we are extremely grateful for the contribution he has made.
“I am extremely grateful that by some fluke my application was successful as one of the founding members of the CIC, surrounded by experienced, knowledgeable and insightful fellow directors. I have found it a privilege to learn from them and staff members and honoured to be offered the opportunity to lead, as the chair, during these tumultuous times of a pandemic. I step down confident that the CIC and its team of staff members and directors will go from strength to strength, leaving a real and long-lasting legacy across its area of benefit. When the influence of PYC CIC is referred to as an exemplar across the UK, I will be proud to say, in the words of Max Boyce, “I was there”. – Dave Henderson.
Our new Chair is Victoria Bond.
Victoria joined the fund in June 2020 and has yet to meet the staff and Board face to face but nonetheless has settled into her role as Board member, member of HR Sub-Committee and as a director of Afan Lodge (the hotel owned and managed by the fund). Victoria is a Chartered Waste Manager, with 17 years’ experience, specialising in modern waste management and recycling. Originally from Hirwaun, her career has taken her all over the world, including Australia and the Middle East, where she worked for engineering and environmental consultancies, and was Board Member for the Western Australian Government’s Waste Authority.
“Since joining PYC CIC as a director in 2020, I have experienced working with an innovative group of people, all with the best interests of the area of benefit and its people at heart. The array of organisations and successful projects that we fund is astonishing, and it is testament to the applicants themselves, who bring brilliant ideas forward for development, which benefit those who live and visit here.
Our outgoing Chair, Dave, will be a difficult act to follow, yet I will do my best to lead the CIC through what is still a challenging time for so many, and hope that we can continue to make a positive difference, helping the area of benefit to thrive” – Victoria Bond