Contributors: Section 7
Chris David is the founder of Mae Awdurdod Datblygu Cymru Ltd. Chris also runs a marketing company based in Cardiff. He served nine years with the Welsh Government in Finance Wales, the WDA and IBW. Formerly he owned a vehicle rental and leasing company and has a background in asset finance with wide experience in business over 30 years. He divides his time between France and Wales engaging in business and private several projects.
Mike Tan has over 30 years of management and leadership experience spent in the public and private sectors. After a successful career as a civil engineer, he founded Career Change Wales in 2008 which specialises in up-skilling and re-skilling individuals through accreditation such as ILM and Edexcel. He continues to be a visiting lecturer for the University of Glamorgan in Project Management, and Civil Engineering practice and sustainability. Mike has been trained as a mentor for Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and has mentored technicians, undergraduates, graduates and senior engineers for many years. A qualified master trainer in iMindMap software and trained and qualified in the use of PRINCE2, Mike is an Executive Member of the Association of Consultant and Engineering (ACE) and sits on CIHT educational examination boards in examination panels.
Lowri ap Robert is a freelance PR executive with particular expertise in advising businesses on their use of Welsh. She spent eight years as Manager of the Welsh Language Board’s Business Unit in Cardiff. Prior to that, she was Press and PR Manager at Cardiff Marketing Ltd. for seven years, two of which she spent seconded to Cardiff’s European Capital of Culture 2008 bid.
Following a BSc Degree from Swansea University Byron Davies qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer, held a number of management posts in the private sector before transferring to senior management roles in the public sector. In 1992 he was appointed Chief Executive to South Glamorgan Council and in 1996 Chief Executive to Cardiff Council. For two decades he was at the heart of the regeneration of Cardiff. He made a significant contribution to professional management as President of the Chartered Institute of Management in Wales, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives in Wales and the UK, and the European Federation of Local Authority Chief Executives and his contribution to public services was recognized with an OBE in 2008 and a Deputy Lieutenant in 2011. He is the Founder and Managing Director of BDC (UK) a consultancy company specialising in working with private sector organisations to create enterprising solutions and partnerships for the public sector in the Wales, UK and internationally. He is an independent Governor at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, a Welsh Assembly Government Commissioner on Corporate Governance, the Founder and Chairman of the Wales International Business Council, the International Spokesperson for the Welsh Local Government Association, the UK representative to the Federation of Local Authority Chief Executives in Europe.
Dr Peter Treadwell is a consultant to the new Centre for Work Based Learning (CWBL) at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Formerly, Dean of Academic Development and Participation at Cardiff Metropolitan, he is also the founding Director of Treadwell Consulting, a performance development consultancy specialising organisational change management and executive coaching.
Peter has leading expert in work based learning having designed and led numerous European (ESF and ERDF) funded projects. He led the HEFCW Work Based Learning project, ‘Strategic Development of High Level Learning for the Workforce in Wales,’  (£225K) and is currently engaged in a UK review of Higher Education STEM workforce development projects funded by the UK government.
He has presented his research on work-based learning to the Wales Employment Skills Board (WESB) and to the Wales Assembly Government, Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (SHELL) group. executive officer. His personal research is linked to performance coaching and leadership in elite sport and business, and focuses particularly on what business leaders can learn from the world of elite sport.
George Savva’s fascination with ‘Human Matters’ and the ‘Social Sciences’ began in 1998, when upon a chance meeting with an unusual and great entrepreneur, he learned of Dale Carnegie and The Dale Carnegie organisation. He avariciously consumed the ideas and principles contained in the legendary books “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”.
It was in 1990 that he found himself attending the world famous Dale Carnegie Course, and decided then and there that he desperately wanted to be an instructor. He then spent the next 5 years training with every instructor available so that he could observe their differing styles, and to learn from them how to be the best instructor he could be.
He qualified as a Dale Carnegie trainer in 1999, and was a very active trainer until his arrival in the UK in 2004. Today, He teaches people how to be the most that they can be by being ‘present in their moments’, and demanding the very best from themselves.
He lives in Blackwood with his wife of 25 years, Marie, and two sons.