Peter Swinburn, Chairman
Originally from Penywaun South Wales Peter obtained an Economics degree from the University of Wales before embarking on a career in the beer business which culminated in him being appointed CEO of Molson Coors,the third largest Beer company in the world.
Peter divides his time between the US and the UK and is a non-executive director of public, private and non-profit boards on both sides of the Atlantic covering such diverse businesses as software, fashion retail, car maintenance and repair and of course arts and culture.
Dr Carol Bell, Deputy Chair
Carol Bell is from Felindre, near Swansea, but now divides her time between London and Cardiff.
She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge before joining the oil and gas industry and has been associated with the energy industry ever since (either in the industry itself or as an advisor to it in investment banking).
As a native Welsh speaker, she is a frequent broadcaster on energy and other business matters.
Carol left investment banking at the end of 1999 and read for a PhD in the archaeology of ancient trade for four years, during which time she kept up her association with the investment world by serving as a member of various boards and investment committees.
Having completed her PhD and published a book, she embarked on a plural career that combines serving on the boards of both international companies and charities in the education and cultural sphere.
In Wales, she sits on the board of the Development Bank of Wales, is Vice President National Museum Wales and a member of Cardiff University's Council.
She is also the first woman to serve on the board of the Football Association of Wales and is an honorary fellow of Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity St David.
Geraint is originally from Abercynon south Wales and obtained a business degree from the Polytechnic of Wales before embarking on a career in the industrial and technology sectors on a global basis.
This led Geraint to be CEO of Pirelli UK and thenn CEO of Pirelli Telecommunications globally based in Milan Italy. He then led the sale of Pirelli's technology business to Cisco systems in 2000 and became CEO of TT Electronics PLC from 2008 - 2014.
Geraint has been and is a Non-Executive Director of a number a UK boards including Volex PLC, Premier Farnell and Fenner plc - all global manufacturing and distribution businesses. Geraint is passionate about improving business performance and building great teams.
On returning to the UK, Geraint has made his home in Penarth, with more time now to follow Welsh Rugby more closely, play golf and keep fit.
Nicky is Founding Chief Executive of Create, the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts. Born from the vision she had in December 2002 - Create - designs and delivers creative projects that bring together, upskill and empower the UK’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and adults.
Before establishing the charity in July 2003, Nicky was Chief Executive of the Orchestra of St John’s, culminating a career in orchestral management that spanned 11 years. She was previously a Marketing Executive at KPMG.
Nicky was a volunteer Childline Counsellor for five years before becoming a Samaritan in January 2002; was on the YouthXpress leadership team at Southwark Cathedral between 2007-2017; is the Vice Chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute; and is an advisor to the Pro Youth Philharmonia.
She has a First Class BSc (Hons) in Marketing (with arts) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. In 2013, she completed a Certificate in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London, for which she was awarded Distinction.
Nicky was recognised as Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year in 2013; received the Charity Times Rising CEO Star Highly Commended award in 2014; was one of 30 #SocialCEO award winners in 2015; and was runner-up for the Directory of Social Change 'Influencer' award in 2017.
She is motivated by her longing for a fair, caring, inclusive society in which every individual can fulfil their potential.
Ian Hargreaves CBE
Ian Hargreaves is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University. He is also a non-executive member of the board of the BBC, a trustee of National Theatre Wales and of the Alacrity Foundation. He is a founder of Creative Cardiff.
Most of Ian's career has been spent in journalism, where his roles included:
Editor of the Independent; Editor of the New Statesman; Director of BBC News and Current Affairs and Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. He has also led the communications teams of organisations in the private sector (BAA plc) and the public sector (Foreign and Commonwealth Office).
He is the author of several books and reports focused upon news, digital media and the creative economy. He has advised the UK and Welsh Governments and EU organisations on these issues. He was made CBE in 2012 for services to higher education and the creative economy.
Ian lives with his family in Leckwith.
Mererid is Cardiff born and bred and has strong family connections in Pembrokeshire. Home however has been Carmarthen for many years. She studied Modern Languages in Aberystwyth and UCL and is Professor in Yr Athrofa UWTSD.
She has won the Chair and Crown for poetry at the National Eisteddfod as well as the National Prose Medal and has represented Wales in literature festivals in Europe, India and South America.
Mererid has collaborated with musicians and dancers and has won the Glyndwr Prize for her contribution to literature in Wales. She is chair of Cymdeithas y Cymod, honorary president of Cymdeithas Waldo and a fellow of The Learned Society of Wales.
Amit Kachawaha is originally from New Delhi, India and he moved to London in 2005. He is currently working as Senior Vice President, Private Banking at DBS Bank Ltd in London. His responsibilities include managing wealth, providing investment advice and bespoke credit solutions to ultra high net worth clients/families of the bank. He is a qualified Chartered Wealth Manager from the CISI Institute, London, UK.
Amit has been in the banking and finance industry since 1999, and his previous assignments have been with large financial institutions like Emirates NBD, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, ICICI Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Indiabulls.
He has a Master’s degree in Business Management (specialisation Marketing) from Faculty of Management Studies, India and a undergraduate degree in chemistry from Delhi University.
In his leisure, Amit enjoys playing badminton, squash and cricket. He is a keen networker and proactively attends many events and seminars to widen and build his network.
Michelle is from the Island of Guernsey, but moved to Cardiff in 2015 to co-found her business, Wealthify, an Online Investment Service, where she is currently Chief Investment Officer.
Prior to moving to Cardiff, Michelle studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh before opting for a career change as she moved into financial services, qualifying as a Charter Wealth Manager.
Jo is a lawyer and partner at Blake Morgan in Cardiff specialising in construction and infrastructure work. Originally from Porthcawl, she graduated from Bristol University and worked in the City before rediscovering the attractions of Welsh life.
She now lives with her family and two large Airedales in the Vale of Glamorgan. Jo is also a member of the Cardiff Business Council ac mae'n siarad Cymraeg.
Rita Singh is Director of Size of Wales, a climate change charity, working to protect tropical forests ‘the size of Wales’ through a programme of climate action, education, awareness raising and inspiring campaigns.
Rita is a qualified engineer with her first degree from Cardiff University, and an MPhil from Cambridge University.
She has twenty years’ experience working within the private, public and third sectors on sustainability issues, bringing a wealth of experience on policy development and implementation.
This includes working for an industry body as an Environment Director representing the interests of manufacturers and suppliers on environmental & climate change issues; working within Greater London Authority’s sustainability team on, among others, the London Leaders’ programme; establishing Community Energy Wales; and helping to bring into law the ground breaking Well-being of Fututre Generations Act.
This Act for the first time defines four pillars of sustainability - economic, environment, social and cultural.
Rita sits on the Board of Fair Trade Wales and Common Cause Foundation, is an alumna of the Prince of Wales' Business and Sustainability Programme, and a Fellow of the British American Project.