About the Charity
The Cynon Valley Museum Trust was established in 2015 after the closure of the Museum in November 2014. It was borne from the campaign of members and steering group who had lobbied for the Museum to remain open. The CVMT’s registered charity number is 1161227.
The Board of Trustees are responsible for the strategic decisions at the Museum and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. There are up to 12 trustees who sit on the board and two subcommittees who look after specific aspects of the Museum’s development. The trustees are volunteers and do not receive a salary.
Richard is a Community Councillor, Vice Chair of the Hirwaun and Penderyn Community Council and Chair of the Cynon Valley Museum Trust. He is Principal Consultant of a disability consultancy company which he set up over ten years ago.
For many years Richard used the Cynon Valley Museum as his company’s training base for their Disability Awareness Training programme. With this strong attachment to the museum, when the opportunity arose to join the trust, he felt it was time to offer his services to help work to keep such a valuable facility open for the community.
As a trustee his responsibilities mainly focus on anything electronic, “if it’s got a button or a light on it I’m all over it!” Richard is in addition a strong voice for Equality and accessibility on the board.
Steve has been living and working in Aberdare for over 10 years after making the arduous 10 mile journey north from his hometown of Pontypridd. He started volunteering with the trust in 2018 while undertaking his degree in Public Services, making the museum the focus of several successful assignments along the way. After graduating, he maintained his links with the museum, eventually becoming a Trustee in December 2019 and Vice-Chair in 2020
In his spare time he can usually be found roaming a local hill in all kinds of weather, fooling nobody when using his connection with the museum to try and add weight to his long-held ambitions of being “Indiana Jones”. Unfortunately, a shared surname, loathing of snakes and a penchant for wearing silly hats when trekking is the closest he’s ever likely to get to achieving this dream…
Lisa joined the board 4 years go and is currently Secretary of the Trust. Lisa joined the Trust as she wanted to contribute to the arts and culture of the area, support local businesses and volunteer in the local community. Lisa has a background within the arts, local government and leadership. Her role within the Trust, other than as Secretary, is to offer her expertise within HR and employment law, organisational development, and coaching. Lisa says…
“Being a trustee is a great way to develop new skills as you are in effect helping to run a small business. It is also a really enjoyable way to work with a team of passionate people. Running a charity isn’t easy but it is very rewarding.”
Originally from Cardiff Sue has been living in the valleys for over 30 years. She joined the Trust in February 2016. She is proud to be involved with setting up the Trust, to gain a 25-year lease on the Cynon Valley Museum and reopen to the public in September 2016. Sue has recently stood down from chair after 3 years in the position.
Sue’s background is in the Third sector, where she has over 25 years of Management experience, including Business Operations, Leadership, and Development. Sue is passionate about history and continues to learn about the amazing heritage of the Cynon Valley. In her spare time she loves to walk her dog, take photos’, and enjoys reading, rugby, and volunteering in the community.
Bill’s background is higher education and the heritage sector. In 2017 he retired from being a Professor of History at Cardiff University, where he had taught modern Welsh history in English and Welsh since 1994. Previously he was curator of the coal mining collections at the National Museum of Wales.
In retirement he continues to research and write about the history of Welsh people overseas and pursue his lifelong interest in the history of the Valleys. He is a frequent speaker at local cultural and historical society events. His interests also include singing with the Cardiff Bach Choir and going for long walks.
A passionate believer in the importance of community-based heritage organisations, he is delighted that he has had the opportunity to become a trustee of Cynon Valley Museum.
Jeremy joined the Museum Steering Group, which later evolved into the Cynon Valley Museum Trust, in 2015. He is now the longest serving Trustee. As someone brought up in the heart of the Cynon valley, he has an enthusiasm for its heritage and culture, allied to a commitment to community ownership and democracy. The Museum being an ideal synthesis of those things.
His professional background is in business and third sector management, where over the years he has undertaken a number of roles as both an employee and external consultant.
His interests include history, travel, food, beer and rugby (the last two being entirely unconnected). He is a lifelong supporter of Mountain Ash RFC and a trustee of the Cynon Valley History Society.’
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