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Meet the Acas Wales team

Gareth Petty Acas Gareth Petty - Director

Cardiff born Gareth Petty has been Director for Acas in Wales since 2006. He has extensive knowledge and experience of employment relations, particularly in the area of dispute resolution.

Gareth has worked throughout Wales for Acas and has also worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Romania and Bulgaria. He sits on several advisory panels, including the Welsh Government Heads of Government Offices and CBI Wales Enterprise Forum.

He has three children, Hywel, Alys and Tomos who he enjoys holidaying with and following the Wales rugby team, he is also Chairman of Cowbridge Youth rugby. In his spare time he enjoys keeping fit and has completed the New York and London marathons as well as the Barcelona, London and Cardiff triathlons in recent years - raising over £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Trudy Davies Acas Trudy Davies - Senior Business Development Manager

Trudy joined Acas in 2009 having previously held a variety of management roles for large blue chip companies heading up projects that have transformed the way organisations manage change to improve Customer Service, Employee Engagement, Recognition and Reward.

In joining Acas Trudy has gained experience within the three key areas of the organisation, that being, Conciliation, Helpline and Training services. Alongside this experience, Trudy project managed Acas' biggest change in its 40 year history - that being the evolution of Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunal notification process. 

Trudy's remit is to improve stakeholders understanding of all Acas service offerings to help improve organisations and working life across Wales through better employment relations, whether that's through averting large scale industrial action, helping parties resolve individual disputes before reaching an employment tribunal, or through providing training and business solutions to Welsh organisations.

In addition to a Further Education Teaching qualification, Trudy holds the Prince2 Project Management qualification, is an Associate member of CIPD having undertaken CIPD qualifications and is currently studying for a CMI Level 7 qualification in Leadership.

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Gill Mason Acas Gillian Mason - Senior Adviser & Collective Conciliator

Gill joined Acas in 1989 and has been a Senior Adviser since 2012 covering South West Wales (from Port Talbot to Aberystwyth).

Since being with Acas, Gill has covered a wide variety of roles, including ten years of resolving employment tribunal claims and over twenty five years of delivering Acas training. Gill has extensive experience of dealing with a range of organisations from micro-businesses to multi-national companies. Gill can assist organisations with mediation and mediation training as well as designing and delivering bespoke training packages to suit organisational needs.

Gill holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Individual Dispute Resolution which is particularly useful in terms of training workplace mediators on the Acas accredited mediation course.

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James Forse Acas James Forse - Senior Adviser & Collective Conciliator

Having worked for Acas for over 20 years James has an in-depth knowledge of employment relations issues, good practice and expertise in finding practical, workable solutions to the issues you face.

In addition to many years of direct management experience James has worked as an Individual Conciliator and Collective Conciliator settling individual and collective disputes. James also advises employers, Trade Unions and the legal profession on employment matters. This experience is invaluable in giving an understanding of the pressures arising from employment disputes and issues and in resolving them.

James also draws on his knowledge and experience to delivery high quality training through both open access events and bespoke in-company events. Training can be designed to meet your needs and uses both James' personal experience and over 40 years of Acas' position as the employment relations experts to ensure that the solution is right for you. James is a member of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning and has worked with a range of public and private sector organisations.

James is based in the Acas Cardiff office for the last 6 years and covers Cardiff and South East Wales as a Senior Advisor and Collective Conciliator.

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David Jones Acas David Jones - Senior Adviser

David became the senior practitioner and adviser for Acas in North Wales in 2007 having previously held roles as a Conciliator, Mediator and Trainer.

David has over 15 years' experience in employment relations, working with multinational companies, SME's, Public Sector, Voluntary Organisations and Trade Unions. He has extensive experience across a wide portfolio of Acas services such as training, conflict management, mediation, consultancy and advice.

David has an Employment Relations & Law Master's Degree and is a CIPD member.

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Lynette Moreland Lynette Moreland - Trainer

Lynette Joined Acas in 2008 as a Helpline Adviser, and has since worked across a number of functions within Acas. With a wealth of employment law knowledge, Lynette is experienced in giving advice to employees and employers, and has trained many Acas staff to deliver Helpline and Early Conciliation Support services.  Lynette has also been an individual conciliator and a line manager of operational staff within Acas.

Based in the Cardiff office, Lynette now delivers Acas Open Access Events and Workplace Training throughout South Wales, and can visit your organisation to offer a health check on your current policies.

Prior to joining Acas, Lynette worked as a qualified Food Technologist in the Dairy Manufacturing sector, specialising in New Product Development and Technical Management.  Her invaluable experience in these and other areas, helps Lynette shape and tailor Acas services specifically to organisations' needs.

Huw Bowen Acas Trainer  Huw Bowen - Trainer

Huw joined Acas in 2018 as part of the Early Conciliation Support team and currently works as a Trainer covering South West Wales. Huw delivers Acas Open Access and Workplace Training on a range of employment law and management topics.

Prior to joining Acas, Huw worked in various management and training roles in the financial services and retail sectors. Huw holds a degree in Economics & Law from University College Cardiff.

Jennifer Williams Acas Jennifer Williams - Trainer & Diversity and Inclusion External Senior Business Partner

Jen has over 20 years' experience of advising and training, covering a wide range of human resource management and Equality and Diversity matters. Jen has worked with both public and private sector organisations to introduce policy change including discipline and grievance, absence management, communication systems, bullying and harassment, recruitment, supervision, mental health and managing stress.

As an Equality & Diversity advisor, Jen can help organisations with any issues from the equality legislation to the more sensitive issues around Equality and Diversity - she has a vast experience in this area and enjoys working with companies to enable a change of culture, ensuring a healthy workplace. Jen splits her time between working in Wales with a role in our Head Office as a Diversity and Inclusion External Senior Business Partner.

Jen is a qualified trainer and is CIPD qualified.

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Stuart Plage Acas Stuart Plage - Conciliation Officer & Trainer

Based in North Wales, Stuart has worked for Acas for the past 8 years as a Conciliation Officer resolving Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunal claims as well as delivering training in all aspects of human resource management and good practice.

Stuart holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Individual Dispute Resolution from Greenwich University and prior to working for Acas, delivered training for the DWP and NHS as well as a number of HR and line manager functions. 

In his spare time, Stuart enjoys football and describes himself as an 'avid Evertonian'.

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Louise Moore Louise Moore - Conciliation Officer, Mediator & Trainer

Louise is based in North Wales and joined Acas in 2016 as a Conciliation Officer resolving Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunal claims as well as delivering training in all aspects of human resource management and good practice. Louise, a trained mediator,is bilingual and is able to offer any of Acas' services through the medium of Welsh.

Before joining Acas, Louise gained a BA (Hons) in Business Management through Bangor University and has a wealth of management and HR experience within both the public and private sectors.

In her spare time, Louise enjoys reading, warmer climates and volunteering at a carers outreach programme supporting parents and carers.

Alex Brokenshaw Acas Marketing Manager Alex Brokenshaw - Wales Publicity and Marketing Manager

Alex joined Acas in 2018 as part of the early conciliation support team, before later becoming Publicity Manager for the Welsh region. Alex is responsible for planning and co-ordinating Acas events and training across Wales. He is also responsible for spreading Acas values through our social media channels, newsletters and at various events. 

Alex's first ten years in work, were actually spent self-employed - as an independent live music promoter, arranging concerts and tours for music acts from all around the World. Later Alex entered the private sector - working his way up to a Deputy General Manager within the cinema industry.

He holds a degree in History from the University of Glamorgan; and in his spare time is a keen runner who has completed numerous Half Marathons.

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