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 Read More...
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.
Norah Clarke Read More...
Norah was born in Stroud Gloucestershire and moved to the Bridgend area at a young age. She has lived in Porthcawl for over 30 years. Norah has been a member of Porthcawl Town Council since 1995.
Norah involves herself in the community by volunteering for various organisations including the Sea Cadets, Porthcawl RNLI, Guide Dogs Cymru, and the Y Centre, as well as being a governor at West Park Primary School. She is also a life member of Rest Bay Lifeguard Club and was one of a number of local residents that helped to secure funding for the construction of the Lifeguard Station at Rest Bay.
Kate Kinsman Read More...
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
Kate has worked in the field of Health & Social Care for 25 years commencing as a registered nurse working up to junior management level. She has continued to work in Health & Social care in the public, private and third sector in the intervening years in a variety of roles including service development, redesign and change management.
In recent years Kate has gained significant experience in the third sector including securing funding, strategic development and project development and implementation.
Rhydian Parry Read More...
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 Pearsall Read More...
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.
Kim Dare-Edwards Read More...
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.