Board member urges first-time would-be directors to apply for Grŵp Cynefin vacancy Monday 9 April 2018

A call has gone out for people with an interest in the housing sector, who also have business experience, to apply for a vacancy on the board of Grŵp Cynefin housing association.


Board member urges  first-time would-be directors to apply for Grŵp  Cynefin vacancy

A call has gone out for people with an interest in the housing sector, who also have business experience, to apply for a vacancy on the board of Grŵp Cynefin housing association. And first-time applicants should not be put off, says recently-appointed member, Elen Williams.

The housing association, which manages 4,600 properties across North Wales and North Powys, is seeking an additional non-executive director to join its 10-strong management board, which is ultimately responsible for all the organisation’s activities.

Elen Williams joined its board in July 2017. A marketing professional by background, Elen’s day job is as an executive director of Menter a Busnes, an independent company that helps individuals, businesses and organisations in Wales contribute towards developing the economy.

She said: “I decided to apply because Grŵp Cynefin has a very good reputation in terms of the services that they deliver and their innovative approaches.

I had heard a lot of good things on the grapevine about the organisation.

“Grŵp Cynefin’s values are the same as those of Menter a Busnes, in terms of the use of the Welsh language, its community development and its interest in encouraging people to become economically active.

“The time commitment as a non-executive director is reasonable. You are asked to commit equivalent to 12-15 days a year. The meetings tend to be in the evenings. There is some training as well, but this can be flexible, and be held in the daytime or evening.”

A resident of Porthmadog, Elen graduated from Cardiff University in social policy before starting her career in customer care and sales, working for Ifor Williams Trailers, in Denbighshire, for four years.

In 2002, she joined Menter a Busnes as a development officer supporting business start-ups in Powys. An independent company, Menter a Busnes helps individuals, businesses and organisations in Wales contribute towards developing the economy.

At the same time, Elen, with her husband, Arwel, started a property business, providing holiday lets and student accommodation.

A holder of the professional diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Elen progressed her career at Menter a Busnes until, in 2009, she was appointed a director.

She said: “In particular, I can bring business planning and marketing expertise to the Grŵp Cynefin role.

“From my personal and my own career point of view, I also get out of the role opportunities to network, and to learn about the different culture in another organisation. It’s also sometimes a good Sanity check of what we are doing in our own company.

“I urge anyone who has started to think about applying for a non-executive director role, and who wants to contribute to such a vital community organisation, to consider applying.

“You don’t have to have a background in or knowledge of the housing sector. You should not be scared, as this is not a requirement. If you have a good knowledge of business or experience in a certain discipline, go for it.”

For further details of the vacancy, please see letter and information pack or please contact Eleri Jones on 01745 818404 / e-mail eleri.jones@grwpcynefin.org to arrange an informal chat with Shan Ll. Williams, Chief Executive.

Closing date: Monday 23 April 2018.


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