Steering Committee Officers

Chairman

Also:   Communications Secretary (Website)

Ralph Stevens was a Biochemist with a PhD from Bristol University. Following his period in research, he worked in the healthcare industry for 25 years, developing and manufacturing diagnostic products. Born in Weston-Super-Mare, he “emigrated” to Wales in 1983. He has a Welsh wife, two Welsh daughters and two Welsh dogs. With the exception of one daughter, they all enjoy walking in the Welsh countryside. The family moved to Ystrad Mynach from Cardiff nine years ago. Ralph has been Chairman of Ystrad Mynach Neighbourhood Watch, a member of Blackwood Crime Prevention Panel and Ystrad Community Partnership.

Secretary

Philip R Bryett is married to his wife Wendy they have two adult children, both married, and two Grand Children.  The grown up children live close so they are quite a close knit family and Wendy and Philip cannot get enough of baby-sitting. Lived in Caerphilly for over six years and are active members of the local community. Keen gardener’s they enjoy working their allotment plots, Wendy is the fruit and salad grower whilst Philip is the vegetable grower. They have become self-sufficient in vegetables, most soft fruit and potatoes for most of year. They both enjoy walking in particular Caerphilly Mountain with Ollie their son’s dog, and being refreshed at The Mountain Café. Philip and Wendy really enjoy exploring the Welsh Country side in particular West Wales. Their main community interest is in bringing older people out into the community to share in what is on offer from a variety of sources. They are keen environmentalist and keep on trying to improve their local area.

Treasurer

Also:  Membership Secretary

David Regan was born in Blackwood and worked for the local authorities of Bedwellty, Islwyn and Caerphilly for over 40 years. He worked in a variety of finance related posts, latterly as Housing and Council Tax Benefits Manager and then as Lead Finance Officer Welfare Reform. Both these posts gave David an insight into the levels of financial hardship that exists within Caerphilly.

On retiring David wished to continue to “have a voice” within Caerphilly and saw the forum as an opportunity for this. In his retirement he does not find it difficult to keep busy with reading, walking, gardening, baking and the gym keeping him busy !

Vice Chairman

Steve Milsom was a Civil Servant at Welsh Government and Welsh Office for 39 years before retirements in 2013.  His last role was as Deputy Director, Adult Social Services Policy where he developed a wide range of new policy and legislation including the Strategy for Older People in Wales and the Commissioner for Older People Act. Since retirement Steve has commenced a part time PhD in Gerontology at Swansea University and undertaken related evaluations of quality of life in care homes; he is also a part time Social Care Consultant with Practice Solutions in Abercynon. Steve who has lived in Caerphilly since 1980 enjoys looking after his two young grand children and is embracing his new status as a Pensioner! The one blot on his CV is that he has been a season ticket and away supporter of Cardiff City Football Club for 50 years but has more normal interests in film, walking and folk music.

Events Coordinator

Also:  Communications Secretary (Social Media)

Jayne Lee is a Chartered Librarian with 44 years’ service in the library authorities of Rhondda, Cynon Valley, Mid Glamorgan and Caerphilly. Following retirement in 2017 she wanted to continue to contribute to the community and felt that involvement in the 50+ Forum was one way of giving something back to local society.

Unsurprisingly one of her great loves is reading guided by magpie instincts, reading anything which catches her fancy. Additionally, she has broken the habit of a lifetime and taken up walking; she fully intends to go to the cinema more often but this is yet to happen. Determined to educate herself in classical music she is now following ‘Year of Wonder’ by Clemency Burton-Hill, a guide book {of course} to classical music. She enjoys cooking and regularly over-caters for all get togethers. Her guiding philosophy is to follow Monty Python’s Meaning of Life. She shares her home with her cat. Opinions are divided on who is in charge.