New director eager to help north Wales communities Monday 22 January 2018

The new Grŵp Cynefin Director of Regeneration Services, Dylan Roberts, is looking forward to helping local people and their communities as part of his new role with the housing association.


New director eager to help north Wales communities

The 54-year-old man from Rhos Isaf near Caernarfon says he is looking forward to this new challenge in 2018 working in social housing.

“The job has a definite appeal, as housing development, supporting rural Welsh communities and helping to improve people’s lives are some of my core principles. Elements of the work go back to my professional roots as an architect.

“Grŵp Cynefin has strong principles, the organisation’s core work is to build houses but they do so much more than that. As a boy who grew up in a rural area of north Powys, the importance of developing rural communities, helping people at grassroots level, improving the quality of people’s lives, promoting the Welsh language and so on is important to me.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge, getting to know the team and starting the task of leading this diligent crew of people in this new role.”

Leading a strong team and working together is not new to Dylan, as he has spent the past ten years working for Bangor University. He leaves his role as the University Director of Property and Campus Services where he has been responsible for a team of 130 colleagues, managing new developments including the innovative Pontio centre in Bangor and the maintenance of the University’s estate.

He also has a wide experience of working in the public sector. He has worked as the Estates Director for the Conwy and Denbighshire Health Service and previously worked for local government in Conwy and Gwynedd. One of the important projects that he worked on during his time with Conwy County Council was to work on a project to build three new secondary schools in the county at a cost of over £40m.

He lives with his family in the village of Rhos Isaf near Caernarfon and enjoys mountain walking.

Dylan Roberts will succeed Rhys Dafis from Llansannan who retires from his post with Grŵp Cynefin after seven years in the role.

Walis George, Chief Executive of Grŵp Cynefin said: “Our heartfelt thanks goes to Rhys Dafis for his work and dedication over the years. Whilst we farewell with Rhys, we welcome Dylan Roberts to the team. We look forward to working with him, gaining from his extensive experience of working in further education and in local government. The Management Board and Leadership Team take pride in his appointment and warmly welcomes him to us.”

Grŵp Cynefin is a charitable housing association that operates across the six counties of north Wales as well as north Powys, providing more than 4,500 homes for families and individuals across the region.


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