New Sport Wales Board Members Announced

Lord Elis-Thomas, the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport has today confirmed Lawrence Conway as the chair of the Sport Wales board, with four further new appointments joining him.

The new board members are Judi Rhys, Professor Leigh Robinson, Martin Veale and Phil Tilley, who bring with them a variety of experience and expertise.

Lord Elis-Thomas said:

"I'm delighted to announce Lawrence Conway as Chair of Sport Wales.

"In his time as Interim chair, Lawrence has provided a renewed confidence and a stable platform to the organisation. His appointment will ensure the important work of implementing and embedding the recommendations of the Ministerial Review into Sport Wales continues apace, and with the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm.

"With the new board members also bringing with them a wealth of experience throughout the sporting arena and across sectors, this is a board I am confident can deliver for communities across Wales."

Lawrence Conway

 The Chair and new members will commence their term of office on 1 September for a three year period. Lawrence Conway said:

"I'm really grateful to the Minister for this opportunity, particularly because I've been struck by the passion and commitment of Welsh sport to make a real difference for people in Wales.

 "The development of the new Vision for Sport in Wales offers fresh drive and opportunities that I want to share beyond sport. Being active and healthy brings benefits across Welsh life and we need to highlight these benefits so that sport and sporting activity can become central to people's lives.

"Listening to views and ideas, particular during our recent extensive consultation exercise, has been highly energising and this approach will remain central to our work going forward.

"The board has been a source of tremendous insight and support and I thank them all for their effort and commitment to Sport Wales. As the tenure of some of our members comes to an end the new board members will bring their own skills and experience to help take us forward at an exciting time for sport in Wales."

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CHAIR

Lawrence Conway

Lawrence was born and raised in Cardiff and is married with four children. He joined the civil service in 1968 and had various roles within the Welsh Office, including a secondment to Cardiff Bay Development Corporation in the early 1990s as Assistant to the Chief Executive. Following that appointment Lawrence headed the Welsh Office division of sponsored arms-length bodies including the Welsh Development Agency. He became head of the Cabinet Secretariat and First Minister's Department in 1998 and held that post until his retirement in 2010.  Lawrence was awarded the Companion of the Bath in 2012.  He has served as Interim Chair of Sport Wales since February 2017.  

Sport has always been an important part of Lawrence's life, and since joining Sport Wales over year ago he has seen the direct impact physical health and the wider benefits of sport can have across Wales' diverse sporting landscape.

BOARD MEMBERS

Judi Rhys

Judi has a background in health, education and social welfare and initially worked in the NHS as a health promotion specialist in the south Wales Valleys. She was a staff tutor at the Open University and an academic staff manager at Cardiff University, before appointment as Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, then as Director of MS Society Cymru, and subsequently UK Director of Operations at MS Society.  Judi has held Chief Executive roles at the charities Arthritis Care and the British Liver Trust.  She is a non-executive director of Public Health Wales and has postgraduate qualifications in health promotion, management, education and executive coaching. Judi achieved an ACEVO Fellowship award in 2015.

Judi was born and raised in south Wales and now lives in Cardiff. A keen amateur sportswoman, she has previously competed in equestrianism, hockey and swimming and is now an enthusiastic long distance runner.

Professor Leigh Robinson

Professor Leigh Robinson is a Professor of Sport Management and the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Cyncoed) and Executive Dean of the School of Sport and Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has a global reputation for her research and knowledge exchange in the development of competitive advantage and governance in developing sport nations. She has worked with a range of organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, the British Olympic Association, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and the Malaysian Government, providing governance management training and consultancy. She is a member of the MEMOS network, a global network of academics responsible for delivering executive management education on behalf of the International Olympic Committee. Leigh has been a member of the Board of Commonwealth games Scotland and Sport Scotland and is an advisor to Olympic Solidarity, the education commission of the Olympic Committee on their management education programmes.

Martin Veale JP

Martin is an Independent Member at Velindre NHS Trust, a trustee of Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, a governor at Coleg Gwent, and a governor at his daughter's primary school. He also serves on the audit committees at Pembrokeshire County Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Bristol Community Health. A serving magistrate, Martin sits on the Mid Wales bench.

Martin attended Ebbw Vale Grammar School, and holds a BA from East London and an MSc from Birmingham City universities. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and has the Institute of Internal Auditors' Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership. His finance, risk and corporate governance career covered local government, the NHS and Welsh Government, before he joined Forestry Commission Wales as Director of Finance, and became Head of Audit and Risk on the formation of Natural Resources Wales.   Martin grew up in Ebbw Vale and now lives in Pontypridd with his wife and daughter. He is a supporter of Ebbw Vale rugby and Glamorgan cricket.

Phil Tilley

Phil has recently retired following a 25 year career in global high tech marketing. He has experience of leading global marketing teams and industry forums representing Nokia communications cloud strategy and solutions.

He has been a lifelong sailor and is currently chair of selectors for UK youth racing as well as a committee member on the RYA participation and membership committee. Recently appointed a trustee for AllAfloat Wales, a new charity set up by RYA Cymru Wales to help make the sport available to anyone close to the water. He previously held positions on the UK youth racing committee and RYA Cymru Wales performance committee.

He went to college at the University college of North Wales in Bangor and has lived in Wales ever since. Now married with three daughters and living in Monmouthshire. As an active triathlete you will frequently see him, cycling running or swimming and enjoying the Welsh countryside.