New leadership for CIMSPA Wales

CIMSPA member Rob Griffiths has been appointed as the new chair of the CIMSPA Wales national management board. Board member Andrew Thomas has also been appointed as vice-chair of the board.

Rob Griffiths is the academic manager (sport) at the University of South Wales and is relishing the opportunity to lead CIMSPA Wales: “Being a member of a professional body has been integral to my own personal career development and I am fully committed to supporting the diverse workforce that we have in Wales. In particular, I am really keen to ensure that our members in Wales are offered a relevant support package that allows them to develop the required skills and knowledge to progress within the industry.”

Commenting on his appointment as vice-chair, Andrew Thomas, group member at Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “I’m pleased to be given this opportunity to support CIMSPA to further develop its role in Wales and to help to engage the broader sector.

“In these changing times, we have a need for a strong professional body that represents the sector and advocates the high professional standards that are being established. I’ve been a member since leaving higher education and we have a responsibility to communicate the value and benefit of being part of a chartered institute and the career path that comes with it.”

More detail on the new leadership team

Rob Griffiths MCIMSPA, chair, CIMSPA Cymru Wales

Rob Griffiths is the academic manager (sport) at the University of South Wales.  He has worked at the University for 16 years, formerly as an operations manager and then in more recent years as a senior lecturer. In his current role, Rob oversees partnerships and collaborative activity within sport.  



Andrew Thomas MCIMSPA, vice chair, Bridgend County Borough Council, Group Manager

Andrew is a group manager for sport and physical activity services within Bridgend County Borough Council and his professional experience includes leisure management, dual use facilities, sports development and active play.

He recently helped to develop a partnership for the Bridgend’s leisure facilities with a performance focus on health and wellbeing, and has a current role that working on the integration of sport and physical activity within the prevention and wellbeing agenda.

Andrew is a member of the Sport Wales advisory group that reviews strategic direction and impact and he is also a board member for Disability Sport Wales.

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