The Legge-Bourke Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution to voluntary activity in Powys. The recipient is the personal choice of Dame Shan. 2019 is the second year it has been awarded and Gloria Jones Powell is this year’s recipient.
Gloria became a trustee of PAVO before PAVO even existed. More than 25 years ago she joined the board of Powys Rural Council and has been an integral part of the development of PAVO as we know it today. During her time with PAVO Gloria has been Chair for two terms of office, and served on numerous interview panels for staff recruitment throughout the years. She also chaired the highly successful SPIRIT grant panel, as well as being a panel member of the Small Health Grants scheme, Can Do Communities and Community Renewal Grants Scheme, where her deep understanding of the third sector and communities was essential to the success and smooth running of the panels, as well as ensuring that the most worthwhile projects were funded and supported.
Gloria was so committed to her trustee role that she even spent her 25th wedding anniversary (with David her husband) at a PAVO trustee training event.
Carl Cooper, Chief Executive of PAVO said:
“Gloria Jones Powell's service as trustee of PAVO has been as impressive as it has been distinguished. She possesses an alchemy of consummate professionalism, charitable enthusiasm and generous spirit. This has not only resulted in PAVO's enduring focus on supporting and championing the voluntary sector, to which Gloria is continually dedicated, but it has also earned her the ready trust, admiration and esteem of those who have been privileged to work alongside her over the years. As chief officer, it has been a particular honour and pleasure to work with Gloria during her time as PAVO Chair and Vice Chair. Her intelligent challenge and personable support created a rewarding and effective cooperation between governance and management, benefiting PAVO and those we serve. Powys' voluntary sector has been and continues to be much the richer for having Gloria as one of its outstanding stalwarts.”
Gloria was an Independent Member of Powys Teaching Health Board for 10 years representing the Third Sector. Gloria’s role here was to work closely with other public, private and voluntary organisations to make sure that the views of patients, carers and families were fully involved in helping to shape, develop and improve services. She also played a full and active role in the clinical and corporate governance of the Health Board.
Gloria is actively involved with Brecon Cathedral as the appointed person by the Cathedral choir, where she gives significant time in their work with the choristers. She is also a member of the Cathedral Development Executive Group, which oversees the development and fundraising for the Cathedral’s buildings, heritage and liturgical spaces. She is also a committed and regular worshipping member of the Cathedral, where she is deeply valued by the congregation and other key partners of the Cathedral’s engagement with other charities and organisations.
The Very Reverend Dr Paul Shackerley, Dean of Brecon said: “she cares deeply about others’ well-being, and wants to support and listen - skills much needed in complex organisations and for those of us who have to make hard decisions.”
For several years Gloria was heavily involved in the Calor Village of the Year competition. As a judge both here in Powys for the Powys Village of Year competition and across the whole country she visited many communities of all sizes. She always took such delight in the efforts being made by such places to create and sustain vibrant, supportive communities. Having travelled with her for a few years around Powys I know how proud she was to come from a county where so many communities worked so hard and achieved so much. It was a crowning moment when Llanbadarn Fynnydd won the National Village of the Year in 1998.
Gloria has also served as a school governor in Brecon.
Throughout all her voluntary roles Gloria has embodied the Nolan Principles of Public life – she acts with selflessness and integrity, whilst ensuring objectivity and accountability, maintaining openness and honesty and providing leadership. She is an inspiration.
Photographs by Joe Purches of Ayton West Studio