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 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.
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 research for 35 years prior to joining DVLA in Swansea and moving to Wales in 2004. Now retired, he is busy renovating his home and enjoys walking, folk dancing, singing in a choir, playing the bodhran (an Irish drum) learning Welsh, travel and volunteering on the bird reserve islands of Skomer and Skokholm. Andy has been part of the Forum since its inception, playing a major role in its Walking Well Carmarthenshire project before being appointed Chairman of the Forum Steering Group in October 2019.
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.
Sian Thomas: Having retired after eighteen years as a County Councillor, and before that a lecturer in software application in Coleg Sir Gar. Her interests include travelling, swimming, Tai Chi and her cat. Apart from being a published author of three text books and a selection of literature, she is the editor and publisher of ‘Cyngor’ the magazine for all Plaid councillors, also a columnist for ‘Papur y Cwm’ and several other community newspapers, and a regular contributor to the South Wales Guardian and other local weeklies. She also gives talks to a variety of local organisations on various topics including ‘Well being’. Is still a Community Councillor and a practising qualified counsellor.
Karen Hughes: Karen currently works full time as an executive officer in DVLA, having ‘retired’ from running her own newsagent and grocery store. At work an active member of the Ability Group a mentor and buddy as well as being involved in working with women’s groups to set up and promote a domestic abuse charter within the organisation. Outside work volunteering with university research departments and NHS research Karen also contributes to several patient forums.
A founder member of Llanelli Motorcycle Action Group, primarily set up to lobby MP’s and MEP’s around matters concerning motorists, Karen also organised events raising funds for local charities. These included music events, motorcycle runs to take Easter eggs and Christmas presents to hospitals, and vintage and custom bike shows.
Karen has worked with Keep Wales Tidy previously to source grant funding for rural green spaces and clean up events, also organising talks and demonstrations, and is a keen eco gardener and environmental lobbyist.
Bill Martin: Bill Lives in Five Roads, having worked for many years with the Milk Marketing Board in various roles, latterly as Area Transport Manager before the demise of the MMB. He retired after working with CAVS as Volunteer Development Officer and prior to that, landlord at the Stag Inn in Five Roads jointly run with my wife Ann.
Bill’s interests include gardening, walking and getting involved with local community work. He is a keen member of the Five Roads Heritage Society and vice chair of the Village Hall Management Committee. Also, a one-time Chair of Governors of Five Roads and Furnace schools.