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 Jane Davidson
Peter Loughran (chair) Susan Smith
Gillian Wright Cllr. Jane Tremlett
Caroline Evans Wyn Llewelyn

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 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.

Jon Hobden:Jon has worked at board and senior management level for a number of world leaders in engineering, quality & measurement and publishing, running global marketing and PR programmes, as well as running his own international consultancy. More recently, he has worked for meaningful inclusion for vulnerable and disabled people in the public and charitable sector, including the launch of a number of social enterprises. Currently Jon is a voluntary director of an autism charity and represents Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum on the Welsh Senate for Older People, where he is the communications officer. Most of Jon’s time is spent with his grandchildren and supporting people with special needs.

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.

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.

Caroline Evans: Caroline 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.

Wyn Llewelyn: Wyn is an independent organisation development consultant, coach and mentor. He hails from Aberaeron and left Wales in 1970 to begin a career in the pharmaceuticals and chemical industries at ICI and AstraZeneca. His governance experience also includes being executive board director at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and trustee director at Education Business Solutions Ltd. Although retired from corporate life, he continues to work as a consultant and coach at Lancaster University Management School. Wyn’s particular professional interest is in understanding exceptional performance – in individuals, teams or organisations.

Since returning to Carmarthenshire in 2012 Wyn has become a trustee director at Coleg Elidyr, a specialist residential college for young adults with learning difficulties. He and his wife Millie are also rediscovering the joys of West Wales and the relaxing way of life here and the chance to explore local coves and beaches and walk our great coastal paths.

Jane Davidson: Jane has a background in education – teaching, research and management. Since retiring she has become an active volunteer for Age Cymru Sir Gar, British Heart Foundation and is on the lay panel for public engagement at the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research in Swansea University. She took on the role of chair of the board of trustees at Age Cymru Sir Gar in November 2017. Back to Top