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Social Investment Committee members

Steve Thomas

Chair, Social Investment Committee

Legal & General has had an office in Cardiff for some 22 years; it currently employs some 1,600 in the city.

Steve has worked for Legal & General within the Cardiff location for the past 19 years – originally performing senior finance roles within the various Life & Pensions businesses, moving to LGIM’s fund management administration function as Finance Director in 2007.  Since 2013 he has undertaken the role of Chief Administration Officer for this business and Location Director with overall responsibility for the Cardiff location.  He is a director of several of the Group’s operating entities.

Steve is a qualified accountant (FCCA), with over 25 years financial services experience. Prior to joining Legal & General and moving back to South Wales, Steve gained experience within central Group Finance roles in London.

Adam Evans

Business Wales Development Manager, Welsh Government

Adam Evans has worked for the Welsh Government for close to 20 years. During that time Adam has worked with both small and medium sized businesses – helping them to access the support and information they need to help them grow and flourish in Wales.

Today Adam leads a small team helping to deliver the flagship Business Wales programme.  Adam is responsible for managing bespoke projects – to adapt Business Wales to meet local, regional or national priorities.  Working directly with key stakeholders Adam and his team work hard to identify business needs and to tailor the support available.

Away from work Adam enjoys spending time with his family and is a big fan of live music and great food.

Our priority is to increase access to and demand for business support – full stop.  It’s crucial for us to identify and engage with those partners that can offer finance, skills and good quality business advice.  Our job is to take all of those products and bring them together in easy to access, easy to understand package of support.

Eifion Williams

Business Advisor for Social Business Wales hosted by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

An advocate of the Circular Economy, involvement with social enterprise goes back 15 years, having helped set up community owned recycling and reuse solutions that still operate today and continue to offer employment opportunities.

Former Chair of the board of Directors of Minera Community Ltd, an initiative that launched a community share offer to see a 13th century pub in North Wales re-open to the public.

In 2018 Eifion won a highly competitive Churchill Fellowship to observe community currencies on the European continent and provide a route map for replication in Wales.

Matt Appleby

Director, Business in the Community Cymru

Matt joined BITC Cymru in July 2016 from one of Wales’ most successful communications consultancies.

His previous experience spans corporate and consumer communications, community and stakeholder relations, issues management and major pan-Wales behavioural change programmes. He has been a passionate supporter of staff development through mentoring and CPD, leading by example by becoming Wales’ first Chartered PR Practitioner.

Since joining BITC Matt has overseen extensions to Wales-wide contracts for engaging businesses in schools and new programmes have been created including the place-based Community Conversations and a Veterans Employability Leadership group. BITC’s large business membership in Wales has grown by 75% in the last twelve months.

Matt is a German & Linguistic Science graduate of the University of York where he also spent a year in Germany studying and teaching English on a programme to support the long-term unemployed back into work.

Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE

Robert Lloyd Griffiths has been the Director of the Institute of Directors, Wales, since 2009.

In this role, he is responsible for representing the interests of members in Wales; the implementation IoD policies, standards and initiatives; the promotion of the profile of the IoD; engagement with business across Wales; developing and maintaining productive relationships with Government, academia, the media and other key stakeholders.

He chaired the Welsh Government’s Micro Business Task and Finish Group and now chairs the Welsh Government’s Strategic Board overseeing Business Support in Wales. He is also a member of The Secretary of State for Wales’ Business advisory Group and Brexit Advisory Panel. He is a member of The First Minister for Wales’ Council for Economic Development and is also a member of The Welsh Government Tax Advisory Group.

He is a Board Member for Qualifications Wales and is involved with and holds trustee/board positions with a variety of Welsh charities including Arts and Business Cymru Wales and The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales.

Robert has a degree in Banking and Finance is from UWIST (University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology) – now Cardiff Business School, where he is a member of the External Stakeholder Group, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

He was awarded an OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the Economy and Wales and for voluntary services including to autism in Wales.

He lives in Rhiwbina, Cardiff and is married to Melanie.

 

Stuart Sweeney

Senior Investment Manager at CAF Venturesome

Stuart is a Senior Investment Manager with responsibility for existing clients and new business.

He worked for 23 years in investment banking, latterly with UBS. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University in economic history and has published books and academic articles while working at Oxford.