Nant Gwrtheyrn

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to lead the Board and staff at Nant Gwrtheyrn  through a period of major development. The isolated Victorian Quarry village has been transformed through an investment of over £5m. In early 2006 we established a new Business Plan and  a vision of a centre which has a range of attractions for day and residential visitors. The main new facility is the neuadd – a multifunction space for dining, conferences, events and wedding celebrations ( there are 25 weddings in 2011) The opportunity to seat 150 for a meal or 200 for a concert together with 4* accommodation for 76 in the Victorian cottages and the new Heritage displays has lead to a growth in turnover from £250k to £700k following the development.

The improvements include a new road to enable coach access, The quarryman’s cottage (set in 1910) and a new footpath to the beach as well as a particularly challenging mountain bike course through the woods. The development was enabled through 94% grant aid from  the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Assembly Government,  and Heritage Lottery grants and contributions from fundraising and Trusts and Foundations. Staff numbers have grown from 5 to 18 fulltime and from 2 to 12 part time.

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[Official Opening of Nant Gwrtheyrn: Jim with Carl Clowes , the Founder of Nant Gwrtheyrn, Carwyn Jones First Minister of Wales and Lord Dafydd Ellis Thomas , President of the National Assembly of Wales

Nant Gwrtheyrn is now established on a firm financial  footing and looking to a properous future following the official opening by Carwyn Jones, Wales’ First Minister in March 2011.

Pontrhydfendigaid Pavilion ( a charitable body re-developing a
2000 seat venue in Mid-Wales)

Bont pavilion

Engaged to assist in developing the Business Plan, Fundraising Strategy, and grant applications,to advise on the detailed construction plans and fit-out and to develop a programme of events and activities in preparation for the opening of the new Pavilion in summer 2005 and into the future. Facilities to include the Auditorium with a seated capacity of 2000 and up to 3000 standing for concerts, shows, television recordings, exhibitions and major events.The 40 acre site allows for tented extensions , parking for up to 500 cars and 20 coaches, camping facilities and landscaped areas for festivals and national events and trade shows. In addition to the main auditorium the facility includes a bar and café adequate toilet and cloakroom facilities, offices and quality backstage dressing rooms, green room and storage. Bleacher seating allows for conversion from theatre style seating to open floor exhibition or function space of 1500m² in minutes. This will prove to be a major national venue over the next few years second in capacity to only the Cardiff International Arena in Wales

Llety Parc Hotel, Aberystwyth (private sector – major mid-Wales hotel)

Llety Parc Hotel, Aberystwyth (private sector– major mid-Wales hotel) Engaged to advise on grant-aid and development of plans and ideas for a multi-million pound extension to include a leisure complex and a four star quality extension of accommodation and function spaces.


Urdd Gobaith Cymru (National charity and company limited by guarantee)

Retained to manage completion of a £6 million capital programme and claims for grant aid and general advice to include the property portfolio.

Planed - Pembrokeshire ( Leader group- community regeneration Agency)

Engaged to provide training for community groups in North Pembrokeshire in Welsh ; training in event organising, risk-assessment and fundraising to include working with the media,marketing,health and safety and child protection.

Main Clients

2010- top ten

2009- top ten

2008- top ten