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 Harvey Jones
Cllr. Linda Evans Janice Powers
Andy Kurzfeld Jane Davidson
Jonathan Powell Susan Smith
Gillian Wright Cllr. Jane Tremlett
Hilary Nicolajsen Wyn Llewelyn (chair)
Sandra 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.

Janice Powers: To be completed

Harvey Jones: Harvey lives in Kidwelly and is an active member of the community there. He is  a retired secondary school headteacher. Since retirement he has been active in the voluntary sector and is a past trustee of CAVS and CYCA. Currently he is a volunteer and trustee (chair) with Age Cymru Sir Gar.

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.

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.

Sandra Llewelyn: : Sandra was one of the founding members of the 50+ forum. She is an advocate of Life Long Learning, justice and fairness. Currently working full time, with a degree in IT and Strategic Management gained from Coleg Sir Gar. Sandra is looking forward to getting action on the issues that have been put to the group by the members.

Jonathan Powell:  Jonathan has worked in IT for 36 years in various disciplines including systems design, build and support and for the last 15 years as a senior manager and Information Security Consultant. Always for a major telecoms company. Prior to retiring last year, in his late fifties, he held professional memberships mBCS, CISSP and mIISP. Jonathan has represented UNICEF, delivering talks on internet safety in primary schools and, as a committed Christian, holds a leadership position in his local Baptist Church.

Hilary Nicolajsen: : Hilary spent many years teaching and doing research in the USA and Canada. On retirement, she returned to Wales and became a volunteer at Swansea University as a patient representative in Health Sciences, with OPAN and the 50+ forum in Swansea. Now living in Burry Port, she is involved with the U3A and Llanelli Naturalists.

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