50+ Forum Steering Group

The 50+ Forum steering group has up to 20 members from across Carmarthenshire. Its role is to oversee the development of the wider 50+ Forum and provide advice to the Council and other public sector partners. The current members of the steering group are:

Caroline Streek Jon Hobden
Cllr. Linda Evans Simon Davies
Andy Kurzfeld Susi De Lacey (vice chair)
Peter Loughran (chair) Susan Smith
Gillian Wright Jane Carter
Christine Rogers Caroline Evans

Caroline Streek has a background in journalism, publishing, marketing and hospitality management.  She is currently trustee on the board of Age Cymru Sir Gar and secretary of Llanelli Community Heritage.

Linda Evans: I was first elected as County Councillor to represent the Llanfihangel ar Arth electoral ward back in 2008. Since 2015 I have had the honour and privilege of becoming an Executive Board member of Carmarthenshire County Council with responsibility for Housing (rent and private). On behalf of the Board I also have responsibility for Equalities and the 50+ Forum.  Over the years as a councillor I have had experience of being a member of the Licencing Committee, Housing Scrutiny Committee, Social Care Scrutiny Committee as well as being a member of the Appointments Committee. As a county councillor I’m also a member of many outside bodies. On a more personal note I’m a wife, mother of two and a very proud grandmother of two little characters. Family, friends and community are very important to me.

Simon Davies: Simon Davies hails from Llanelli, and has a 30-yesr career in design and illustration, plus writing in such media as comic-book writing, stageplays, film, journalism amd biography. He has worked in commercial writing and marketing, and is now a director of Social Enterprise Ynghyd CIC.

Peter Loughran was a science and mathematics teacher for a number of years before re-training as a careers adviser. He worked in Powys and afterwards with Dyfed Careers Company in Carmarthen.More recently he worked for Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services as a project officer and is now a trustee. He is also a trustee with Age Cymru Sir Gar, a digital volunteer with Royal Voluntary Services (RVS) and Age Cymru Sir Gar and an active member of Carmarthen U3A.

Andy Kurzfeld was involved in science and engineering for 35 years prior to joining DVLA in Swansea in 2004.  Now retired, he is busy renovating his new home, a small cottage in Upper Brynamman in the East of the County. Andy enjoys walking – he is the voluntary co-ordinator of the Walking Well  Carmarthenshire project – singing, learning Welsh and volunteering on the islands of Skomer and Skokholm which lie just off the coast of Pembrokeshire.

Gillian Wright: Gillian Wright is a Community Rail Officer for the Heart of Wales Line with an interest in public transport being available for all.  She is a Town Councillor for Llandovery, trustee of  CAVS and also trustee of Llandovery Heritage Museum.  She is also involved in Dementia Friendly status and looking after the needs of carers.

Susi De Lacy: Susi has a background in law, mental health, learning disability work and event management. She is a trainee counsellor with The Adlerian Society of Wales and a Student Member of the BACP.

Susan Smith: Susan is currently employed as the Community Resilience Coordinator in Carmarthenshire. Her role is to help develop and support local community provision that helps improve people’s wellbeing and ultimately allows people to remain independent in their community for longer. Her aim is to understand what goes on in local communities and where there might be areas that need developing. She works with Time Credits to support this aim for older people, people with a disability and sensory impairment. Her background is in hospitality management and has also worked for 9 years with the Public Health Team across Hywel Dda. Susan is the founder of the Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs and a Dementia Friends Champion.

Jane Carter: Jane is a former teacher and carer. She is the membership secretary of Llanelli Community Heritage and is the current treasurer of the 50+ Forum.

Caroline Evans: Caroline Evans had a varied work career including running a holiday shop and sailing school in Cornwall, corporate insurance in Merseyside and a lecturer in business and enterprise at Coleg Sir Gar. Now retired, she volunteers as a Trustee of Eiriol Mental Health Advocacy Charity, a Director of the Carmarthenshire Tourism Association, chairs the St David’s Diocese Tourism Group and  helps behind the counter at Brechfa Community Shop. She is a carer for her partner and enjoys writing and singing.

Christine Rogers: Christine is now retired having spent much of her working life as a food technician. She enjoys walking, gardening and W.I. Also travelling.
Volunteers with Arts 4 Wellbeing and a dementia support group for carers and cared for.

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