PLANED appoints new Chief Executive

Iwan Thomas has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of PLANED.

Iwan is well known across Wales for his experience and contribution to the public sector and its collaboration with the private sector over many years. He joins from the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, where he was their Regional Programme Manager, with specific responsibility for Skills & Employment across all six counties, and cross-border.

In addition, his recent roles included being the Chair of the Board of Directors for North Wales Science with responsibility for managing Techniquest in Wrexham; a member of the Board of Trustees for Theatr Clwyd; and an Advisory Board Member for the Regional Schools & Education Consortia for North Wales. He joined PLANED at the beginning of October 2018.

Iwan said: “I’m looking forward to joining PLANED because of the many affinities between the work and policy areas I am most passionate about: skills, sustainable community development, promoting local economies, and tackling poverty by promoting collaboration. Having been fortunate to work routinely with governments in both Cardiff Bay and Westminster, in addition to working both regionally, and locally with different sectors, I want to bring my experience to support the existing team at PLANED and their consistent high delivery outputs across Pembrokeshire, and our wider region.”

“I’d like to thank the Board for their support, and the welcome from the staff as I start my new role, and look forward to continuing their work with PLANED helping to improve quality of life for communities in the county of Pembrokeshire.”

Iwan joins as PLANED celebrates 30 years of work in Pembrokeshire. PLANED supports communities to improve their quality of life by focusing on their opportunities, harnessing potential and helping them to achieve their aspirations. PLANED has four strategic areas of focus: community participation, representation and wellbeing, skills and entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture and natural resources, and nature, heritage, culture and tourism.