JENNIFER OWEN ADAMS 

CHAIR

Jennifer Owen Adams is Director of Teach First Cymru Wales. She leads a team who work in partnership with the University sector and schools across Wales to challenge the status quo in Wales’ education system and to make a nation changing contribution to addressing the impact of poverty on educational attainment and achievement in Wales.

Jennifer has worked in secondary, further and higher education either as a teacher, lecturer or manager for over 25 years.  She graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Physical Education, Sports Science and Geography, has an MSc in Education Management and is a Fellow of the RSA.  During the last 10 years she was Education and Policy Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the British Dyslexia Association.  Prior to her appointment as Director of Teach First Cymru Wales Jennifer was Head of Schools Transformation at Powys County Council and led the authority’s schools transformation programme looking specifically at aligning the school improvement and school re-organisation agendas.

Jennifer has been involved in education throughout her professional career, always fighting for the needs of those who are on the margins of society through no fault of their own.  With educational inequality as stark as it is in Wales, Jennifer believes that transformational change is imperative.  She believes in building a coalition of support and momentum with like minded individuals and organisations in Wales around the vision to end educational inequality and that a relentless focus on that mission is fundamental to improving the life chances of  so many of the nation’s children and young people. 

In her spare time, Jennifer pursues her passion for the outdoors.  Where possible, she takes on leadership roles within her local community to help build its resilience and sustainability.  
 
 

JESSIE BARSTOW

Jessie is an experienced creative communications professional, with a particular interest in the ever evolving world of digital marketing and what opportunities that offers arts organisations and SMEs. She is a true believer in the power of collaboration and is excited by how to use online activity to inspire offline action.
 
An enthusiastic and audience focused content creator, Jessie has worked on video and audio production and is a proficient copywriter. She has written and ghost-written articles for press both online and off. She is also versed in more traditional PR techniques and media relations for national, regional and trade press.
 
Jessie is a strategic thinker who enjoys creating manageable and effective tactics that move businesses forward in the right direction. This can include in house training, stakeholder relations and consulting on the business infrastructure as well as brand strategy and initiatives designed to get the right people talking.
 
A music lover, with a complete and unwavering interest in all forms of creative arts. Jessie grew up in Radnorshire and has recently moved back after working, predominantly as an account manager in marketing/PR agency settings in Bath, Bristol and Exeter. She is excited by the prospect of helping Powys Dance develop a genuine and active community that provides a true service, generates opportunity for young and old and is fun for all involved.

ELWYN DAVIES

Elwyn has been designing and building websites since he was 15 years of age and his love of creating attractive, easily navigated websites has never left him in the 17 years that I have been in the industry. 

Within a week of graduating a Product Design degree out of Cardiff, he became a co-founder and later an executive director of Spindogs, now based in Cardiff Bay. 

After eleven years at Spindogs, Elwyn decided to return to his home town of Builth Wells and launched PixelHaze in March 2015, and is the latest addition to the Powys Dance Board. 

FREDDY GREAVES

Freddy was born and brought up in Radnorshire, attending Gladestry Primary School and Builth Wells High School. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Geology and then spent time living in London and Tokyo, where he taught English.
Since returning to Powys, Freddy has worked for Powys County Council, first for the Schools Service and later for the Youth Service. His current role is as the Engagement and Progression Coordinator for the council. This role involves coordinating the support and provision available for the most vulnerable young people in the county – those at risk of disengagement and those up to the age of 24 who are already disengaged from education, employment and training. The position involves working with a variety of different agencies and organisations in order to best utilise the resources available for helping young people.

Outside work Freddy has a keen interest in politics and in particular how it will affect the future of rural Wales.  He has two children, Iolo, 7, and Mabli, 4, who access Welsh medium provision at Ysgol Trefonnen in Llandrindod.

RACHEL LIGGITT

Rachel is at the forefront of innovative inclusive dance practice in the UK and has worked in this area for over 20 years. Based in Shrewsbury she is an independent dance artist, educator and coach.  Currently co-director of Shropshire Inclusive Dance (SiD) and Associate Artist at DASH, Disability Arts in Shropshire she has previously worked for Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company and as Dance Artist in Residence, Primary care Trust in Hull.

SiD has recently been successful in securing a commission with Telford City Council to deliver out of school activities for children and young people with disabilities.

With an MA in Choreography from Middlesex University Rachel has lectured in dance at the University of Leeds and is increasingly involved in practice-based research.

SALLY STOTE

Brought up in Shrewsbury Sally Stote’s career began in Museums and Galleries in the UK and overseas and then in producing, promoting and funding the visual and performing arts throughout the UK.  She has worked for local authorities, regional organisations and national bodies such as Arts Council England where her responsibilities included arts centres, large regional organisations, community arts, equal opportunities and arts with disabled people. 
She was one of a small team which began the Lottery Department in 1994 and helped set up three other lottery distributors including the BIG Lottery Fund.  Her last job was as part of a small team which set up Youth Music, a charity working with young people under 18 out of school hours, where she became Director of Operations and Research.
She has been a trustee of the BBC charity, the Performing Arts Fund and of Artsadmin which is a charity working at the cutting edge of mixed media art.  She is a Trustee of OSCA (Oswestry and Shrewsbury Citizens Advocacy).and also regularly works for the Clore Foundation helping them select potential leaders for their annual Arts and Social Leadership Programme.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She lives in Shrewsbury where she enjoys gardening, walking in the countryside, researching into local history projects and helping a national scheme which documents the interior of churches.

BEN WEBB

Ben currently works for Play Radnor. Play Radnor is a voluntary organisation committed to the development of play opportunities for the children and young people of Radnorshire.

His background is working with children and young people in various childcare, social care, education and, most importantly, play settings. Ben is also currently a Trustee of Radnor Fringe Festival and Ashfield Community Enterprise.