James Downes (Interim Chair)
As Head of Product at Companies House, James is responsible for developing the organisation’s product strategy and roadmap and leading a team of product managers, researchers, designers and analysts. Having worked in a variety of digital roles for over 20 years, James brings considerable business experience and technical skills to Hijinx.
Mike retired from the post of Operational Manager for Parks & Bereavement Services at Cardiff County Council in 2007. He brings considerable experience in finance, negotiation and people management to Hijinx. His son Gareth is a member of Odyssey and has Down’s syndrome. Gareth toured with Hijinx in Full Circle (2008), Old Hands (2011) and The Adventures of Sancho Panza (2012).
Debra Bowen Rees FRAeS MIoD
Debra retired from her role as Group Captain within the Royal Air Force in 2012 after a successful 28 year career, during which time she headed up the Air Traffic Control operation and was held in high regard as one of the RAF’s notable senior female officers. She joined Cardiff Airport as Operations Director in May 2012 where she held the position until September 2014, before stepping in as Interim Managing Director for just over one year. In December 2015 Debra was announced as Cardiff Airport’s Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. Debra is a member of the Board of the Airport Operators’ Association, Vice Chair of the Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA); Councillor of CBI in Wales; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Institute of Directors
Delyth is Editor of BBC Wales Political Unit responsible for daily and weekly coverage of politics in Wales and the UK on BBC Wales’ news services. Prior to this role, Delyth worked as a producer on political programmes for TV and radio. She has a degree in French and Politics and a masters in Journalism.
Delyth joined Hijinx’s Board in April 2014 via the Arts & Business Cymru Board Bank.