PSB Member profiles

Cllr David Poole, Chair, Caerphilly Public Services Board, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council

Studying locally, Cllr. Poole was educated in Pontllanfraith Grammar School followed by Crumlin College, Crosskeys College and finally Alltyryn College in Newport.

Beginning his career in engineering within the private sector, Cllr. Poole later joined local government in 1973 in the capacity of Management Services Officer with the joint Caerphilly UDC and Gelligaer UDC Management Services Unit.

After local government reorganisation in 1974, Cllr. Poole gained various promotions, eventually becoming the General Manager of the DLO/DSO with Rhymney Valley Urban District Council, in 1996 becoming the Head of Public Services in the newly merged Caerphilly County Borough Council, before taking retirement in 2000.

Starting his political career in 2004, having been elected as a local ward member for Pengam, Cllr. Poole became the Cabinet Member responsible for the Environment and Housing until 2008 and he now serves as Leader of Council

An active member within his local community, Cllr. Poole is a member of various groups. He regularly carries out joint patrols with the police and also holds monthly surgeries in partnership with the police.

An avid sports fan, he enjoys watching local and international rugby. In his spare time he also enjoys travelling and has visited every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

Judith Paget, Chief Executive - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Judith Paget, Chief Executive, Aneurin Bevan Health Board

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 in 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. Judith also won the ‘Institute of Directors – Director in Public Service Award’ for Wales 2014.

Christina Harrhy, Interim Chief Executive - Caerphilly County Borough Council

Christina Harrhy, Interim Chief Executive, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Christina joined the Corporate Management Team in Caerphilly County Borough Council in 2015 as Corporate Director for Communities, after more than 25 years’ experience in local government, before taking up the position of Interim Chief Executive in January 2018.

Christina grew up in Caerphilly and was educated in Lewis Girls, Ystrad Mynach, before going on to study to become a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation

She began her early career with Mid Glamorgan County Council as Technician followed by a Highway Inspector. Following local government reorganisation, she joined Caerphilly Council in the role of Assistant Engineer. She later joined Torfaen County Council and remained there for 14 years where she held various management positions and progressed into the role of Director.

In 2010, Christina decided to broaden her horizons and embark upon studying for another degree, this time a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Cardiff University before travelling to America to study Leadership, at the prestigious Havard University in Boston.

Following the award of her Masters Degree, building on this exceptional knowledge and experience, Christina has built and led high performing teams and developed an award winning, innovative, value based Leadership in Public Services Masters degree programme.  In recognition of the success of the programme, coupled with her overall contribution to public services leadership, Christina was awarded the Leading in Wales, Leader of the Future Award in 2011.

Christina lives in Monmouthshire with her husband and daughter and in her spare time enjoys travelling and cycling.

Cllr Tudor Davies, Caerphilly County Borough Council - Chair of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority

Cllr Tudor Davies, Caerphilly CBC

Cllr. Tudor Davies has been a member of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority for 17 years and has been Chairman for the last 4 years. He started his political career back in 1979 with Rhymney Valley District Council, serving as Chairman from 1998-99. He continues to proudly represent the Bargoed ward as a long-standing member of Caerphilly County Borough Council.

He has held key roles on numerous committees over the years and, along with his Caerphilly County Borough Council commitments, he is President of Caerphilly Home Start and Trustee for Caerphilly Citizens Advice Bureau and Disability Can Do.

As Chair of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr. Davies attends regular meetings with Welsh Government Ministers on behalf of the Authority.  He attends the National Issues Committee for the 3 Welsh Fire Authorities, liaises with Officers and Stakeholders on day-to-day matters and meets with other Blue Light Emergency Statutory Bodies, also meetings with the Local Authorities.  As Chair, Cllr. Davies also makes regular site visits to the Fire and Rescue Stations within the Authority.  He was also the previous Chairman of the former Gwent CHC.

Cllr. Davies feels it is very important to engage with the whole community, young and old and is a proud Governor at Heolddu Comprehensive School and Park Primary School.

In his spare time his interests and hobbies include Bargoed Bowling Club, where he is President and he is an all-round sporting spectator.

Cllr. Davies has been married to his wife Margaret for 58 years and has 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Martin Featherstone, Chief Executive - Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations

Martin Featherstone, Chief Executive, 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.

In his spare time, Martin enjoys hill walking, being out and about in the countryside and usually has a woodworking project on the go.

Pam Kelly, Chief Constable - Gwent Police









Steve Morgan, Head of Operations South East Wales - Natural Resources Wales

He has a degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology from Bangor University and is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and Chartered Environmentalist.  He has 27 years’ experience working in the public environmental sector (including National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency Wales) and also worked for a short time at the Marine Conservation Society.

Steve leads the SE Wales (Gwent local authorities area) operational teams at NRW which have a broad remit including conservation, biodiversity, land and water management, flood risk, forestry, industry regulation, monitoring and fisheries. He has a particular interest in ensuring that our environment is protected so that it can be enjoyed by all and help to improve the wellbeing of the people in Wales.

Steve has a love of the outdoors and when he isn’t playing squash at his local club he will likely be found walking the mountains of Wales with his camera and tripod in hand.

Natural Resources Wales' purpose is to pursue sustainable management of natural resources in all of its work. This means looking after air, land, water, wildlife, plants and soil to improve Wales' well-being, and provide a better future for everyone.

Jeff Cuthbert, Bsc, MCIPD - Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Jeff Cuthbert, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Personal History

Jeff was born in Glasgow before moving to Cardiff with his parents where he was educated at Whitchurch County Secondary Modern School. He gained a Degree in Mining Engineering at University College, Cardiff.

Professional Background

Jeff began his career in the mining industry and later worked for the Welsh Joint Education Committee as Head of the Asset to the Industry Unit.

He was formerly on the Board of Governors for Trinity Fields School, the Court at Cardiff University and the Board of Managers for the College at Ystrad Mynach.  Jeff is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Political History

Jeff was first elected to the Assembly in 2003.

Before his appointment as the Deputy Minister for Skills in May 2011, Jeff served as the Chair of the All Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for the Structural Funds. He founded and chaired the Cross-Party Built Environment Group, the Cross-Party Healthy Living Group, Cross-Party Diabetes Group and co-founded and co-chaired the Cross-Party Beer and the Pub Group. He was also a member of the Wales Branch Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.  Jeff chaired the Committee on Standards of Conduct and has been a member of the European and External Affairs Committee, the Enterprise and Learning Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

In May 2013 Jeff was appointed as Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. He held this post until September 2014 and during which time introduced the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Bill.

Jeff was elected to the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent in May 2016 for a four year term.


Jeff is a member of UNITE the Union and served as the co-ordinator of the UNITE group of Labour AMs before his appointment by the First Minister as the Deputy Minister for Skills.

Huw Jakeway, MSc, FIFireE, Chief Fire Officer - South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Huw Jakeway, Chief Fire Officer, South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Huw joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 1990 and has worked in every rank and department in the Service. Shortly after the fire and rescue service was devolved to Welsh Government Huw was seconded in 2005 to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor.

Huw was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2009 and his portfolio included Fleet & Engineering, Innovation & Improvement, Health & Safety, Special Projects, Resilience & Planning, and Development & Review.

On 14 March 2011, Huw was appointed Deputy Chief Fire Officer, and as Director of Service Delivery led on Operations, Risk Reduction, Fire Control and Performance Management.  In this role Huw was the Service’s lead for workforce negotiations.

From 1 December 2011, Huw became Acting Chief Fire Officer and retained his responsibilities and as Director of Risk Reduction he led on Community Fire Safety & Partnerships, Legislative Fire Safety and Performance Management.

On the 28 September 2012, Huw was appointed as Chief Fire Officer by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority.

In 2005, Huw attained a MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan and he completed the Fire and Rescue Service Executive Leadership Programme at Warwick Business School in 2010.

As a member of the Public Services Leadership Group in 2013 Huw was tasked by the then Minister with responsibility for public services to improve data and information sharing across Wales.  This has led to over 46 Public Service Leaders signing the leadership pledge, which shows their personal and organisational support to encouraging the sharing of personal data and information in a legal, justified, proportionate and safe way. 

Diana Binding, Assistant Chief Executive - Wales Community Rehabilitation Company (WCRC) for Gwent

Diana Binding

WCRC works with around 8,000 low and medium risk offenders who have been sentenced by the courts to a community order , suspended sentence order , or released on licence from prison to serve the rest of their sentence in the community.

WCRC provides a wide range of probation services to help reduce re-offending and protect the public from harm, managing offender’s community sentences and giving them the knowledge, skills and support to enable them to stop offending.

Diana has worked in the Probation Service for over 35 years in a variety of settings  including 5 years as a probation officer in HMP Holloway. She was previously employed by London Probation Trust before moving to Wales Probation Trust in 2012. She has also worked in the private sector.

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.

Heather Nicholls, LDU Head - National Probation Service, Gwent

The National Probation Service (NPS) Gwent currently supervises around 1200 offenders in the community and custody. The NPS manages those offenders who are assessed to be high risk of serious harm at the commencement of their sentence. NPS staff undertake risk assessments and risk management planning and ensuring that these offenders receive the interventions required either on a one to one basis or in group settings, in order to ‘Prevent Victims by Changing Lives’.

Since graduating with a Psychology Degree in 2000, Heather initially worked for the Crown Prosecution Service. She commenced employment with the Probation Service in 2002, starting as a Probation Service Officer working through to Trainee Probation Officer, Probation Officer, Team Manager, Deputy Local Delivery Unit Head and has been in her current role, as a Temporary Local Delivery Unit Head since May 2018. Heather has worked all across Gwent within her career with the Probation Service.

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