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Established in Newport in 1869 to help local people build homes, we now help people across Wales and England buy properties and save for their future.
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Although the Charitable Foundation is funded by the Society, it is run independently by a Board of Trustees. 

Keith Dunn OBE

As well as being Chair of the Charitable Foundation, Keith has been involved in the third sector in various roles for over 45 years. Keith was former Chief Executive of St John Ambulance for 17 years and its first Secretary General, retiring in 2018.

As an advocate for public service, Keith was Chair of Governors for Clytha Primary School in Newport and Vice-Chair of Governors at the then Duffryn High School in Newport, chairing the school’s Finance and Staffing committees. Keith was also a Board Member of Newport Local Health Board, from its inception, representing the Third Sector and chaired the Board’s Audit and Risk and Remuneration Committees. Keith continues his voluntary work as a member of Monmouthshire County Council’s Schools Admission and Exclusion Appeals Panel, a Community Governor at Chepstow School and Shirenewton Primary School, an Associate Hospital Manager (Mental Health Act) for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, and a Councillor on Shirenewton Community Council.

In January 2017 Keith was appointed by the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs as the Honorary Consul for Japan in Wales, one of only two in the UK. In addition to this, he is President of the Consular Association in Wales working with other consuls who represent their respective countries.

Keith was made an Officer of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2011 in recognition of the contribution paid to Health Care in Wales.

Keith is married to Sarah and has one daughter.

Alison Davies

Alison is Deputy Chair of the Board and has been a Trustee since 2021. 

Alison works as Group Board Director and Managing Director of Thomas Carroll Group and Thomas Carroll Private Clients Limited. She has extensive experience working in the field of personal insurance and high value insurance, having previously worked for HSBC Group. 

Alison also has over 25 years experience in leadership and management.

Outside of work, Alison's interests include supporting charities, growing vegetables, yoga, cycling and golf. She is also passionate about her commitment to helping combat climate change.

 

Jacky Grenfell

Jacky has been a Trustee on the foundation since March 2018, alongside her role as Branch Manager in the Society's Swansea branch. 

Jacky started her career as a computer operator and progressed to a systems analyst. In a total career change she then started her own children's nursery which quickly resulted in six groups in the Swansea area offering sessional care to under 3's. 

After 17 years Jacky decided to give up the nurseries and take a part time job at the Monmouthshire. She's now been with the Society for over 16 years, moving from a part-time Customer Consultant to full-time Mortgage Advisor and then on to her current position as Branch Manager.

Jon Dartnell

Jon joined the Foundation in March 2021. Jon spent 34 years working for Atradius Credit Insurance and its predecessors before taking early retirement in September 2020. All of his career was spent in the IT department, delivering systems and solutions for the Atradius group globally, and he retired as the Deputy Director of IT Services.

Jon performed a number of roles during his career, mostly in management. These ranged from application development to database administration, from systems to network management and security to audit and compliance. As Deputy Director he was responsible for the financial control of the Group’s IT budget as well as sourcing, procurement and vendor management. He is a Chartered Quality Professional (CQP, MCQI) and was a full Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) until August 2021

 

Dean Williams

Biography to follow

Dawn Gunter

Dawn is Chief Operating Officer of Monmouthshire Building Society and joined the Charitable Foundation as a Trustee in 2021.

Before joining the Society, Dawn was most recently Head of Operational Strategic Design & Delivery at Sainsbury’s Bank and before that she held the role of Head of Mortgage Operations. She was contracted for 16 months with the Welsh Government on Executive Projects to create a culture of continuous improvement, drive change and deliver business efficiencies. Dawn also spent 11 years with the Principality Building Society in various roles including the Head of Direct Channels. She has worked in Legal & General and Bank of Wales Plc. 

Dawn contributes over 30 years’ experience within financial services and is skilled in the formulation of strategy and delivering change.