Welsh property expert and entrepreneur Mandy St John Davey, has been appointed to the Welsh Government Expert Panel Supporting Entrepreneurial Women in Wales.
The panel has been set up to work as part of the Welsh Government’s National Strategy: Prosperity for All. Mandy has committed to the project for two years.
“I feel honoured to be a part of this panel. I’m looking forward to using my own business experience to help drive the take-up and help embed the approach of supporting entrepreneurial women in Wales. I’m also looking forward to collectively working to provide advice to the Business Wales Board and make recommendations to the Welsh government.”
Coming from the Valleys, Mandy has over the last two decades become a leading voice in the property sector – she’s a private landlord and professional property mentor with a substantial portfolio. She prides herself on her ethical behaviour as a landlord and she’s also the current National Chairman of the organisation Women In Property, which also has branches in Scotland & Ireland – the first woman from Wales to hold the role.
“Wales has a strong group of women in business and we are in a time where more and more women can see opportunities that allow them be able to achieve a more favourable work life balance and often the flexible working conditions they require around child care or other care commitments However nothing in life comes without some support along the way – as part of this panel I hope to offer some high quality support and advice .”
The panel has been drawn from a range of experts including stakeholders, business, academia, public, third sector and representative organisations with a direct interest in supporting businesses.
Their aims include:
- creating a good practice guide and encourage business support organisations to adopt this.
- tailoring business support services for women in Wales by ensuring gender awareness.
- promoting and developing self-confidence.
- increasing the availability of women business advisors and mentors
- improving information on a range of subjects including finance
- Recognising and promoting the success of women entrepreneurs as role models.
- Ensuring business awards in Wales actively encourage recognition of female entrepreneurs and ensure a gender balanced panel as well as judging criteria.
Ken Skates AM Minister said:
“By encouraging, supporting and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs we will help create a Wales that is prosperous and economically secure. We want to make Wales a country leading the way for women entrepreneurs to start, grow and develop their businesses.”