Our board of members range from educators to architects and graduates, all with one thing in mind: developing the future of Porthcawl. Here are our key board members who ensure the day to day running of Harbourside CIC goes to plan.
Mike Clarke Dip.I.M., MBA (Chair)
Mike holds a Cardiff University MBA and has had held management positions within Private, Public and Third Sector organisations. Following early experience with General Motors and Ford Motor Company, Mike joined Remploy, as part of the Department of Work & Pension. He has held a range of senior management positions and has initiated numerous major new business national programme partnerships.
Mike is a Trustee/Director of several organisations including: Director of the Remploy Pension Scheme, Chair of the Board of a large national charity with a turnover of £25m per annum, Director of Porthcawl YMCA and Chair of Trustees for Porthcawl Sea Cadets. He has also been a member of Porthcawl Town Council for 11 years and was Mayor of Porthcawl 2013/14.
He has also led several community improvement initiatives which includes the major refurbishment of the Porthcawl Boxing Club and the £700k funding and re-building of Porthcawl YMCA, both of which are now thriving with new business models.
Stuart Bentley BA(Hons)Arch.,BArch ( Wales ) – Architectural & Design Consultant
Stuart has over 30 years experience in the architectural profession and building industry and stuhas worked in numerous well known, and established Architectural and Design Practices, and Estates departments, providing professional, high quality architectural services to both public and private sector alike.
He has been involved with a wide spectrum of projects ranging from large commercial, industrial, educational and leisure projects and a variety of types and scales of residential schemes. These projects have included various new build, refurbishment and rehabilitation projects for large commercial, private clients and Housing Associations. Throughout his career Stuart has developed a reputation for being a sensitive designer reinforced with a strong technical, contractual and managerial background.
His expertise spans both the public and private sectors having worked as a consultant within the Estates Department of Swansea University, and with the Health Authority, in respect of projects such as the NHS Direct facilities and the first Paramedic training College in Wales. Stuart has also been successful in obtaining a number of Design awards over the years for new build and refurbishment projects. He maintains that a passion for ecological and environmentally sustainable architecture will always be at the forefront of his work.
Stuart also frequently collaborates with other professionals and specialists on large scale projects and always aims to provide clients with cost effective designs and services, tailored to meet each clients’ criteria, within a set period of time, whilst ensuring and maintaining high quality and standards.
Since graduating in Mechanical Engineering from University, Barrie has developed a career in the marine leisure industry. Following a spell as Operations Manager of a yacht charter company, Barrie set up, and was Managing Director of a family owned sail making business, which grew from a cottage industry into a successful small business operating from two bases on the Bristol Channel employing 17 people. In 2000 he joined Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, where as Marina Manager he developed the Marina from the then 50 berths to 50
Further Board Directors
Claire Godfrey Cert MBD, BSc (Hons), Cert Ed
Claire is passionate about education, and lifelong learning for all. She lives in Porthcawl and sees the natural beauty and rich history the town has to offer to both residents and visitors. Claire is a biologist with a particular fascination in coastal and marine fauna. Claire started her career studying Business Travel and Tourism, then moved into a career in environmental and biological science.
She worked as an outdoor educator then moved onto lecturing on biological science, ecology, animal and veterinary science for many years. Claire also used her clinical skills to train students to gain practical skills working with aquaria, mammals, reptiles and invertebrate species. Most recently Claire completed advanced professional training in protected species, marine invertebrates and marine ecological survey techniques.
Jeanette McLellan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981 and then joined Arthur Andersen to specialise in tax, becoming a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1983. She then moved to Wales in 1989 and joined PWC in 1990 where she spent 15 years before joining Bevan & Buckland where she became a partner in 2006.
In May 2013 she left to set up her own practice providing specialist tax driven advice to clients and tax consultancy support to other professional practices in the region. Jeanette is also the Finance Director of the Dylan Thomas Prize Ltd and a co-opted lay member of the Swansea University Finance Committee.
Kim is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with over 36 years experience working for a multinational company and as an independent consultant in the oil, gas, chemical, renewable energy and gas powered generation industries. He has been involved in the development and project management of multi-million pound engineering projects in the UK and USA.
These have ranged from building a floating oil production ship in Belfast, to petrochemical plant projects in South Carolina, and developing a $2bn wind energy project portfolio across several US states. He was heavily involved in development of the Baglan Power Station and Energy Park and subsequently the early development of the now consented Abernedd Power Station. Kim has also been involved on projects in the Middle East, Russia and Australia. Currently he is part of a project team developing a new 500 MW power station in Milford Haven.
Born and bred in Porthcawl, Rhydian graduated from Cardiff University in 1997 with a 1st class degree in Electronics Engineering. After graduation he was employed by Sony Europe and is now in his 17th year at the Pencoed facility, which has just been awarded 'Britain's Best Factory'. Rhydian specialises in IT systems and has also been heavily involved with engineering and customer service.
Mark is a Teacher and Head of the Welsh Baccalaureate in a large, successful secondary school in Rhondda Cynon Taff. This role includes setting up and maintaining links with the local community, the world of work and charitable institutions; he is particularly interested in a holistic and vocational approach to education and lifelong learning.
Prior to teaching he served with the Army (Royal Engineering) and worked as an electrician before qualifying with a degree in IT and English and embarking upon a career in education. He is currently an Army Reservist attached to the tri-service 'Military Stabilisation Support Group', where he also contributes as an instructor in the training team. As well as operational service in N.I, Bosnia, Iraq and most recently, Afghanistan, he has taken part in stabilisation exercises in locations such as Nepal, Belize and Uganda.
Jayne has many years experience in Sales and Account Management. Jayne is passionate about Regeneration in Porthcawl, passionate about community involvement and has volunteered for Harbourside from its inception. She was brought up in Porthcawl, moved away in her early teens but returned to the area in 2005.
After a life/career reappraisal, in 2010, Jayne graduated with a BA (First Class Honours) in Creative and Professional Writing from University of Glamorgan, and in 2012 she achieved an MA (Distinction) in Creative and Media Writing at Swansea University. She is currently completing a PhD in Literature at University of South Wales, where she has been in receipt of a Glamorgan Centenary Scholarship.
Jayne joins Harbourside as Part-Time Business & Communications Administrator, and is responsible for Public Relations, Social Media and Fundraising.