Meet The Trustees
Margaret is now retired. She has had an extensive and interesting career in the arts and administration. Her roles have included actor, teacher (in primary, secondary, further and community education), Drama Examiner for WJEC, and Arts Development Officer.
Her highlights during those years include setting up Clwyd Dance (now Eleni), setting up and continuing involvement with the Clwyd Community Theatre Association, and setting up the Glanrafon Centre in Mold as an Arts Centre.
She has served on many committees, and her long standing affiliation with Eleni has continued throughout her career and beyond.
Gwenno is a fluent first language Welsh speaker, and has over twenty years' experience specialising mainly within arts engagement. She has worked for various arts organisations, including Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno and Theatr Clwyd in Mold, as a member of their education and engagement departments which led her to become a Local Government cultural leader, which is where her passion for using creativity for social benefit evolved.
Within her role as Arts, Culture and Events Manager at Flintshire County Council, Gwenno worked with colleagues across Wales to develop large scale arts and education projects that had real impact on those who took part.
Gwenno is currently Co-Chair of the National Arts and Education Network for Wales and a freelance creative consultant.
Karen has retired from Flintshire County Council where she held a senior corporate role involving strategic business and performance planning, risk management, policy development and corporate communications. She also co-ordinated the Council’s relationship with key third sector organisations including grant management and funding agreements.
She has been involved in a voluntary capacity with a number of third sector organisations including a Community Council where she led the Events programming and planning and is now also a Trustee with Flintshire Local Voluntary Council and Citizens Advice Flintshire.
She hopes that Eleni will benefit from her extensive governance experience and is delighted to have been asked to be actively involved.
Alan is a Visual Artist and Poet based in Conwy. He has over 15 years experience working as a visual artist, practitioner and for the last 5-years visual Arts officer for Disability Arts Cymru. This role involves supporting artists across Wales and their developments as creatives.
Alan's approach to his creativity is strongly influenced by his dyslexia, something he has learnt to become friends with over many years. He is also a critical friend of Addo Creative.
Christine has been involved with theatre performance and directing for many years including 15 years as Artistic Director for Theatr yr Ifanc/Rhos 1990 Youth Theatre based at the Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham. She has directed for Tip Top Productions, Chester; Grove Park Little Theatre, Wrexham; 20 Club Players, Llangollen and Suitcase Theatre, Mold.
Her professional role has been within management and fundraising for both the Civil Service, and voluntary organisations, and she is currently Grants and Trust Officer for Nightingale House Hospice. She has been involved with the International Eisteddfod, Llangollen for 60 years and has written the Peace Message for the past four years working with schools in Wrexham and Denbighshire.
Jen was born and brought up in North Wales, part of a large Italian family. Jen's proudest role to date is of Mother to her lovely daughter. Jen showed a passion for The Arts from a very early age studying ballroom dance from the age of four gaining Highly Commended in all examinations and competed both nationally and internationally for many, many years.
Jen also worked for The Juvenile Justice Teams and Women's Aid as a child welfare co-ordinator.
For the past 30 years Jen has been actively involved in youth theatre and was part of the team forming TiC, Theatre in the Community in 1995 and is now Director of the TiC Company.
Jen is honoured to be a trustee of the Eleni company and looking forward to exciting times ahead!