Peter Parry – Chair
Peter is a resident of Denbighshire and provides a wealth of knowledge gained from his experience working in procurement, healthcare and as a CEO. He has served on many boards over the years from finance organisations to the health sector and has been a local Magistrate for over 10 years. He has also previously played football professionally.
Peter’s excitement for the future at Cartrefi Conwy is being part of an organisation that’s on an exciting journey.
Elwen Roberts – Voluntary Director
Elwen brings a wealth of knowledge to Creating Enterprise from a 25-year-long career specialised in Domestic Abuse Services within the Housing Sector. She joined the Board in March 2015.
Elwen currently lives in Cerrigydrudion and has a keen interest in Rural related issues. In her free time, she enjoys taking part in sporting events, such as the London Olympic Games in 2012 in which she volunteered as a Games Master.
Elwen’s vision for Creating Enterprise is to continue to provide opportunities to improve the lives of those living within our local communities.
Mark is an experienced leader in business. He currently lives in Liverpool where he works as Director of Business Services to an award winning organisation; Fusion 21 Ltd. Mark is a specialist in governance and is skilled in business assurance and improvement.
Mark is committed to supporting the work of the Cartrefi Conwy group in making a positive impact on the communities it serves.
Neil Ashbridge professional history is working for Bank of England and he is a resident of Wrexham.
He has many interests including gardening, travel and sport. His hopes for Cartrefi Conwy are to provide high quality properties and services for tenants.
Elinor is a legal professional experienced in advising clients on legal and regulatory matters in a number of industries. Elinor specialises in employment law, data protection and is skilled in advising clients on business strategy in addition to regulatory compliance. After living in Cardiff for a number of years Elinor has recently moved back to North Wales.
Guto Lewis (co-optee)
Guto has been in business for 30 years. As well as managing his own businesses he advises both large and small scale organisations on strategy and growth and has completed over 100 such projects over the last 25 years both in the UK and Europe. Having moved back to his native North Wales in 2013, he divides his time helping to fundraise for the Conwy Food Bank, continuing to help his clients grow and looking after his young family.
Guto believes the Welsh tradition has always put the community first and that the best response to austerity and social exclusion is to unlock this spirit and re-invigorate local communities, making them self-sustaining socially and economically.
Andrew Bowden – Chief Executive, Cartrefi Conwy Group
Andrew spent over twenty years working within Local Government and the Third Sector prior to becoming Head of Housing at Conwy County Borough Council. Andrew became the first Chief Executive Officer of Cartrefi Conwy in 2008, following the large scale stock transfer from Conwy Council, the first such voluntary transfer in North Wales.
Andrew is Vice Chair of CREW (Centre for Regeneration Excellence in Wales), Chair of the joint Local Service Board, a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD).
Andrew is passionate about providing community-based services, which led to establishing Creating Enterprise, with a focus on providing work opportunities for our tenants.
Sharon Jones – Business & Partnership Director
Sharon was founder and CEO for over 18 years of Crest Co-operative, an award winning social enterprise in Conwy, before she moved on to help establish Creating Enterprise in early 2016. Sharon has been at the centre of developing social enterprise in Conwy for many years and was a founder member of Social Enterprise Business Solutions.
Winner of Woman in Leadership for Wales and also Winner of Welsh Social Enterprise Leader of the Year, more recently Sharon has become a trustee of CVSC.
Adrian Johnson – Managing Director – Commercial Services
Adrian Johnson is the Managing Director of Commercial Services for the Cartrefi Conwy Group. He is responsible for finding new ways to bring more income to Cartrefi Conwy through growing the business and creating new opportunities. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and has worked in the housing sector for 15 years.
Adrian has been with Cartrefi Conwy since we began in September 2008. He managed the Welsh Housing Quality Standard programme, looking after more than £45m worth of housing investment to bring Cartrefi Conwy properties up to standard. He made sure we successfully achieved this milestone in December 2012, with fantastic value for money and quality delivery. Since 2013, Adrian has also directed Cartrefi Conwy’s day to day repairs and empty properties programme, creating an efficient and effective Building Maintenance Unit which delivers value for money, substantial savings and a quality service for our tenants.
Since 2016, Adrian has been leading on the growth strategy and services for Creating Enterprise (a wholly owned subsidiary of Cartrefi Conwy). Creating Enterprise’s mission is to be the “social contractor of choice” delivering property maintenance, facility management and new build services to private and public sector clients. At the same time, Creating Enterprise offers employment and training opportunities to out of work Cartrefi Conwy tenants. Creating Enterprise is growing from strength to strength, with increasing turnover reinvested into jobs and training.