Careers Wales will be welcoming five new members to the Careers Choices Dewis Gyrfa (CCDG) board over the next couple of months.

Careers Wales provides an all-age, impartial, bilingual, careers service, with a new five-year vision called ‘Brighter Futures’ launching on 1 April 2021.

Chief Executive of Careers Wales, Nikki Lawrence, said: “We are in the process of launching our new vision and strategy, and I’m pleased that will be adding further expertise to the board to help us take Brighter Futures forward.

“It’s an exciting time to join Careers Wales as we play a key role in supporting Wales’ economic recovery.”

The newly appointed board members starting on 1 April are:

  • Helen Bulkeley
  • David Matthews
  • Neil Coughlan

Starting on 1 July, two further newly appointed board members are:

  • Anthony Smith
  • Andrew Clark

All board member appointments will run for a three-year period from their start dates.

The post of a CCDG Board Member is an unpaid voluntary position with an annual commitment of a minimum of 10 days.

All three appointments have been made in accordance with Welsh Government’s Governance Code on Public Appointments.

See below for more information about the new CCDG Board Members:

Helen Bulkeley is the chief executive for Taff Housing Association and has a strong background in housing. Helen has expertise in strategic leadership at both executive and non-executive levels, and in both the private and public sectors. She also has extensive board member experience with a range of organisations and companies. Helen is a fluent Welsh speaker.

David Matthews currently runs two boards and is a trustee of a charity, he is skilled in strategy and business turnaround, and has more than thirty years’ experience in the technology sector.. He is currently a group managing director and in 2005 he was brought into Comcen to head a team after a failed management buyout. David has also recently been accepted to study at Warwick Business School.

Neil Coughlan started as a technologist and consultant 30 years ago, and worked his way through sales, marketing and business management. He is an entrepreneur, high performing business leader with significant commercial, people and technology experience from business start-up mode to accelerated growth of established businesses. He is currently the chief strategy officer for TiG + ThirdSpace, a cyber security service company.

Anthony Smith has over 20 years’ experience in delivering commercial, financial and regulatory compliance across retail and finance. He is the chief internal auditor at Principality Building Society and is a member of the executive team.

Andrew Clark is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience of working at board level, he is also experienced in public policy and operational delivery relating to adult education, training and skills in Wales.

For further information on current board members and on Brighter Futures visit the Careers Wales website.

For more information please contact Sian Dando, PR & Communications Coordinator at Careers Wales, at or call 07775 546122