Aneurin Bevan Health Board
Chief Executive – Judith Paget
Judith has worked in the NHS since 1980. During the 1980s she undertook various operational roles in hospitals within the Gwent area leaving Gwent in 1990 to take up a post with East Dyfed Health Authority.
She was subsequently appointed Director of Planning for Llanelli Dinefwr NHS Trust where she remained until 1996 when she joined lechyd Morgannwg Health Authority to establish the Locality Team in Bridgend.
In 2000, Judith returned to Gwent as the General Manager of Caerphilly Local Health Group and was subsequently appointed the Chief Executive of Caerphilly Local Health Board. In August 2007 she was seconded as Interim CEO of Powys Teaching Local Health Board where she remained until October 2009.
Judith joined Aneurin Bevan Health Board as Director of Planning and Operations on 1st October 2009 and subsequently became Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CEO of the Health Board. Since June 2014, Judith was Interim CEO for the Health Board and was appointed Chief Executive in October 2014.
Judith was awarded a Companionship of the Institute of Health Service Managers in 2012. In June this year Judith won the Institute of Directors – Director in Public Service Award for Wales 2014.
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Leader of Council - Cllr Keith Reynolds
Cllr. Keith Reynolds is the Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Serving as local ward member for Aberbargoed, Cllr. Reynolds resides on the same street as his childhood home with Sheila, his wife of 45 years.
As a young man beginning his career, Cllr. Reynolds worked as a Colliery Blacksmith for more than 29 years in both Bargoed and Penallta Collieries. He then spent 18 years as a Community Health Council (CHC) Chief Officer, firstly at Merthyr and Cynon Valley and latterly, following a re-organisation at the newly created Cwm-Taf (CHC) from where he took retirement in 2010.
Starting his political career in 1979, Cllr. Reynolds has served his local community for more than 34 years and is an active member of a number of committees including the Bargoed Town Centre Management Group, Caerphilly Homes Task Group, the Viewpoint Panel and he is also the former Vice Chair of the Police and Crime Panel.
Cllr. Reynolds feels it is very important to engage with the community, in particular the younger generation and truly values his role as School Governor for Aberbargoed Primary a position he has held for more than 30 years.
A family of two sons, four grandsons and two step grandsons, Cllr. Reynolds is a keen sports fan and played a number of team sports for many years including football, cricket and in his earlier years rugby.
In his spare time his interests and hobbies include reading, politics, following all types of sport and travelling, the Island of Cyprus is a firm family favourite.
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Chief Executive – Anthony O’Sullivan
Anthony is Chief Executive Officer of Caerphilly County Borough Council and a well known figure in Welsh Local Government having previously held Director and Assistant Director posts in South and West Wales for more than a decade.
In his current role he also manages a significant portfolio as part of the Council’s rigorous approach to efficiencies in the current economic climate. His remit includes Economic Development and Regeneration; Waste Management; Public Protection; Highways; Transportation and Planning. His local knowledge and understanding of what the grassroots of an organisation needs, to be productive and successful, makes his strategic contribution invaluable.
His corporate approach is to promote strong team working and better engagement with the public. He has also championed collaboration and played a key role in nurturing Caerphilly’s ground breaking collaboration with Blaenau Gwent on Social Services.
Previously he made significant contributions to collaborative work in Regional Transport across South and West Wales and held prominent positions in two different consortia. His approach was typified by strengthening links between constituent Councils and by greatly improving the interface between officers and elected Members.
Anthony was educated at Salford and Loughborough Universities and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Following university he spent several character building years working on Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation projects in Malawi and Sierra Leone. This gave him an excellent understanding of international working relationships and the need for a multi-agency approach to maximise the outcomes from individual projects.
Anthony is a keen club cricketer and for his sins follows the fortunes of Merthyr Tydfil AFC.
Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations
Martin Featherstone (Chief Executive of GAVO)
Martin Featherstone was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, with Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations in June 2013.
Martin was raised in Wales, on a hill about seven miles from Brecon. He left Wales to pursue Higher Education and employment opportunities. He has regularly returned to Wales to meet up with family and friends, and worked in Wales at Coleg Powys and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
Martin has achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies and a Degree in Leisure Management.
Martin’s career within the Third Sector has included over 7 years as the Chief Executive of the Council for Voluntary Service Medway in Kent. Previously he worked as the National Project Manager for the Mencap Visiting Service, and also managed a Leisure Service for people with learning disabilities and was employed in a Day Centre setting with Scope. His working experience has also extended to managing a 95 bed hostel for the homeless with Brighton YMCA.
In his spare time, Martin enjoys hill walking, being out and about in the countryside and usually has a woodworking project on the go.
Chief Constable – Jeff Farrar
Jeff Farrar is the Chief Constable of Gwent Police and is the National Policing Lead for Crime Statistics. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Cardiff University (Business School) and a BSc (Hons) in Public Administration from Portsmouth University.
He is the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead for Wales on Protecting Vulnerable People, , Performance Management, Human Trafficking and he Chair of South West region Air Consortium (8 Forces). He is also the National Policing lead for the Airwave Health Screening, a member of the National Policing Air Service (NPAS) Programme Board and part of the National Counter Terrorism Cadre.
He is the Vice Chairman of Police Sport UK, Chairman of Police Sport (Wales), Chairman of British Police Basketball. Sport remains a central pillar in his life and he has represented GB Police at Basketball, still competes in the annual GB Basketball Masters events and has completed half and full marathon races.
Jeff has planned and commanded over 40 of the most high profile sporting events in the UK including two FA Cup and Carling finals, The Ryder Cup (2010), Rugby Internationals, International Cricket and World Championship Boxing Events. He has been seconded to National Police Training and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as part of the Inspection team that inspected the police service on equality and diversity after the death of Stephen Lawrence. He is married with 4 Children.
James Owen (Deputy Director, Finance & Corporate Services, Welsh Government)
James joined the Civil Service as a fast stream entrant in 2001 and has since worked in a wide range of leadership roles at the heart of Government in Wales and the UK.
Starting his career as a Committee Clerk in the National Assembly for Wales, James subsequently joined the Cabinet Office as part of the UK Government's effort to enhance resilience post 9 to 11.
James returned to Wales in 2005 to deliver a range of HR projects as part of the merger of the Welsh Government with a number of non-departmental public bodies. He subsequently led the highly successful Location Strategy Programme, a capital project involving major organisational change, the construction of two new offices and the relocation of around 1000 staff around Wales.
James is currently responsible for the strategic framework surrounding the Welsh Government’s approach to Human Resources and Knowledge and Information Management, including the recent successful implementation of an enterprise wide information management system.