We asked David to tell us a bit about himself and what led him to sit on the Board of Trustees for Early Years Wales, and this is what he had to say...
"As an academic researcher and consultant I've spent much of my career focused on early childhood issues in Wales, so the opportunity to become a Trustee of Early Years Wales was a great opportunity to use my previous experience and skills. We know so much more now about the importance of the early years in improving children's life chances and how critical good quality provision is in achieving results and I've always been passionate about making the case for accessible, affordable and excellent services that can make a real difference to the lives of children and their families, so being a Trustee of Early Years Wales is another way that I can help promote the cause!
"Becoming a Trustee has given me new insights into how a different organisation works, and the opportunity to get involved in areas - such as finance and charity governance - where I'd previously had limited experience. One thing that I've learnt since becoming a Trustee is the importance of having a range of people on the board who can express different opinions and come from different backgrounds. Some of the most important contributions to Board meetings come from Early Years Wales members and early childhood practitioners and I'd really like to see a greater diversity of voices on the Board - particularly from practitioners and parents.
"The COVID pandemic has changed the way that the Early Years Wales board works and we hold Board Meetings either fully on-line or with a mix of in-person and on-line. This means that it doesn't matter where you are (I live in North Wales) you can become a Trustee without having to spend days-on-end travelling to Cardiff..."