Rhian Bowen-Davies, former chief executive, Calan Domestic Violence Services

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Rhian Bowen-Davies director of the year award winner

Over the Christmas and New Year period, Director is profiling the winners of the IoD Director of The Year Awards. Today we meet Rhian Bowen-Davies, former chief executive, Calan Domestic Violence Services, who won the Not for Profit/Third Sector director award…

Rhian Bowen-Davies

Providing specialist support and preventative services for individuals and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse, CDV aims to deliver lasting positive change to lives. In her tenure as chief executive, Rhian Bowen-Davies led the organisation to become synonymous with best practice and excellence. Here she discusses implementing change, and her new role…

What’s been the most pivotal moment in your career? Leaving my role as a police officer to join the voluntary/not- for-profit sector. My decision was made based on values and my own motivators – wanting to make a difference to people’s lives, deliver change and be innovative and creative in my approach to leadership.

What’s the best business advice you’ve had? Be intuitive, follow your gut feeling.

What has been your biggest challenge so far? Leading the first merger of women’s aid organisations in Wales – lots of eyes on me as I brought two very different cultures together.

How did you succeed? Clear and regular communication with staff, stakeholders and clients; engagement, providing regular opportunities for stakeholders, staff and clients to inform and shape the new organisation… this created a sense of ownership and involvement in the process; meticulous planning and monitoring of progress; leadership.

What are your plans for 2016? I have taken up a new role as national adviser for Wales on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. I will independently support, advise and assist Welsh ministers, Welsh government, and public and voluntary sectors in Wales to deliver real change to the lives of individuals and families experiencing any form of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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