The LEADING WALES Awards 2013


Rhian Bowen Davies

Rhian Bowen Davies Category: Voluntary & Not for Profit


As CEO of a newly-formed organisation, CALAN DVS, a flagship domestic abuse support organisation in Neath, in just a few months her tireless hard work, resilience and energy has already made changes to womens' lives. As a Trustee of Welsh Women's Aid, she has also been instrumental in leading the Women's Aid movement in Wales bringing her leadership and operational knowledge and experience to the organisation.


CALAN DVS was formed on 1st July 2012 as a result of the merger between the Neath and Lliw Valley Women's Aid Groups. Rhian's vision is for the provision of high quality support services and intervention, to be accessible to all and enabling and empowering individuals to make life changing decisions.

For the last 18 months, Rhian has demonstrated her skills in actively leading and driving this significant merger. Her leadership has ensured a smooth transition to a new, innovative and modern organisation in what is the first merger of its kind it Wales.

Rhian wants the organisation to become synonymous with innovation, service development and excellence. She believes that diversification is key and will work to engage Calan DVS with a wider range of people including older people, same sex couples and ethnic groups where often the issue of domestic abuse is completely 'taboo'.

In 2010 she set up the BRAVE project, a specialist team providing support, early intervention and preventative services for children and young people in Neath Port Talbot - the first of its kind in Wales. Rhian identified an opportunity to pool and centralise resources in order to provide a dedicated specialist service, which is now the flagship service for children and young people in the region. She provided leadership and direction for the team enabling the service to diversify and grow and individuals to develop professionally and work to achieve their potential.

Her drive, commitment and passion is second to none. She is very professional and has proven herself to be an inspirational, passionate and dedicated leader. Her 'exceptional' leadership style has been instrumental in reshaping domestic abuse services and by raising awareness of domestic abuse services throughout Neath Port Talbot and throughout Wales.

What is your top leadership tip?

Believe in yourself.

List three attributes that you consider important for good leadership.
Vision, energy and commitment.

winner Rhian Bowen Davies
Barry Hitchcock of Fairwood Trust with winner Rhian Bowen-Davies