Social enterprise Thrive Group Wales in Neath Port Talbot welcomes new trustees

Thrive Group Wales, the social enterprise that supports Neath Port Talbot’s Thrive Women’s Aid, has welcomed four new trustees.

James Davies, Principal at Tata Steel, Leigh Hughes, Director of Business Growth and Social Value at leading construction contractor Bouygues UK, Simon Pridham, Founder and Managing Director of learning technology company Aspire2Be, and Kathryn Chadwick, Founder and Director of Digital Marketing and Public Relations Front Door Communications, joined the social enterprise’s Board of Directors.

Thrive Group Wales is a social enterprise which includes cleaning and catering services and Playhem, a play center in Port Talbot. All profits from Thrive Group’s activities are distributed directly to Thrive Women’s Aid, which supports victims and survivors of domestic violence in the Neath Port Talbot area.

It has enjoyed a period of substantial growth over the past five years, increasing its turnover from £48,000 in 2017 to around £500,000 in 2020/21. She has cleaning contracts with many local companies including Bouygues UK, Morganstone, Morgan Sindall, Andrew Scott, BAM, John Weaver, Buckingham, Castell Group and GJL.

James Davies is from Port Talbot and has held various management positions at Tata Steel UK including as Chief Engineer and is currently works manager of its steel and slab operation. He leads a large team at Tata Steel and will bring his extensive experience and belief in collaborative communication and leadership to the role at Thrive.

Leigh Hughes leads business growth and social value at Bouygues UK, which is building Pentre Awel in Llanelli and developing the new Kingsway site in Swansea, and is also Welsh Chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Chairman of Employment and Consulting skills in the Cardiff capital region. Leigh seeks to bring her knowledge and business development acumen to social enterprise.

Former Welsh Government director and digital education adviser Simon Pridham founded Aspire2Be over a decade ago. The company was bought by leading training and education provider Educ8 earlier this year. Simon will support the Thrive group in its digital development, as well as in its training offer.

Kathryn Chadwick is a former print and BBC journalist who founded Front Door Communications, a public relations and digital marketing agency, in 2017. Originally from Pontypridd, she will help Thrive Group with its communications, both internal and external. external.

Lucy Reynolds, CEO of Thrive Group Wales and Thrive Women’s Aid, said of the appointments: “We would like to thank the outgoing directors for their help, guidance and support over the past few years. They guided Thrive Group Wales through a period of massive growth, as well as navigating the pandemic period, for which we will always be extremely grateful.

“When we put out a call for new directors, we were overwhelmed with the caliber of people interested in working with us on the next stage of Thrive Group Wales’ development, and so we are very pleased to welcome our four new directors. , all of which bring something very different to the table.

“I look forward to working closely with them to ensure Thrive Group Wales realizes the potential we know it has.”

James Davies said of his appointment: “I believe passionately in the adage that ability without opportunity is nothing, and so I am committed to creating platforms where I can share my experience and support development. and the growth of institutions and businesses, which in turn have a positive impact on society.

“I look forward to working with Thrive Group Wales and my fellow directors to ensure that the social enterprise’s activities are sustainable, based on sound business principles and on a solid financial footing – so that we can continue to support those who need.”

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