Adrian Huckin, Executive Director of Communities, Enterprise and Care at Melin Homes

Adrian is a graduate of the University of York and a fellow of the Institute of Housing. Adrian joined Melin Homes in September 2010 having previously worked in both the public and housing association sectors. His housing career spans a total of 35 years and includes senior management roles with Newport and Torfaen Councils and Bron Afon Community Housing.

As well as a being a company director of Y Prentis, he is passionate about services excellence, equality of opportunity and making a difference to peoples’ lives.

Dave Cook, Executive Director of People, Homes and Communities at Melin Homes

Dave joined Melin Homes in 1996 after a career in construction management, after having started out his career as an apprentice himself. He has been Director of Customer Services at Melin Homes since 2009 and is responsible for Housing and Asset Management services and the Direct Work Force service.

Dave joined the Y Prentis Board in January 2019 and is passionate about encouraging both men and women to take up apprenticeship opportunities.

Robert O’Dwyer, Head of Business Transformation at Monmouthshire County Council

Rob has held senior positions within the Local Government for over 20 years, including Head of Property Services & Procurement with responsibility for delivery of major capital investment projects and operational facilities management. Rob was recently appointed to the role of Head of Business Transformation with responsibility to identify and research the challenges facing our county and assist in developing ways to work together to make change happen, with an emphasis on the wellbeing of our future generations.

Rob has been a director of Y Prentis for the past three years and is keen to explore further opportunities for building additional capacity in the industry and giving career opportunities for young people in South Wales.

Cath Fallon, Head of Economy and Enterprise for Monmouthshire County Council

Cath Fallon is a founding Director of Y Prentis, a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire and has had an extensive career in local government and public service.  Cath was appointed to Monmouthshire County Council in 2002 as Programme Manager of Monmouthshire’s Rural Development Programme adventa and has held several roles since including Assistant CEO of Monmouthshire County Council’s Creative Digital CIC; Head of Economy and Innovation and more recently as Head of Enterprise and Community Development.  Cath’s day to day role involves management of Monmouthshire Business and Enterprise, a leading economic growth and innovation team; Youth Enterprise; Community Education; Community and Partnership Development; Strategic Events and is also the strategic lead for the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny.