Making lives better by providing space and
opportunity for people to enjoy vibrant
cultural experiences that inspire and
enhance their sense of wellbeing.

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Our Theatres

Maesteg Town Hall, The Grand Pavilion
& Blaengarw Workmen's Hall special
places to play, to sing, to dance, to learn,
to watch and to dream.


Our natural heritage

Nurturing 113 acres of beautiful diverse
parkland at Bryngarw Country Park
for people to explore, to learn,
to play, to watch and to wonder.




Breaking down barriers for people
with disabilities, developing new skills
through horticulture & carpentry
projects at B-leaf and Wood-B.




Opening doors, inspiring learning,
improving basic skills, closing the
digital divide and nurturing communities.

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Providing vital community facilities at
affordable levels to help local people
live full and active lives.

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About Awen

Awen Cultural Trust was established in 2015 as a charitable organisation with objectives to enhance cultural opportunities in Bridgend and the wider region. Our purpose is to Make People’s Lives Better by providing space and opportunity for people to enjoy vibrant cultural experiences that inspire and enhance their sense of wellbeing. Our values are enshrined in everything we do. From how we interact with customers and partners to how we work internally with colleagues, these are our values:


We look at fresh, creative ways to continually improve what we do and how we do it. We champion innovation and are responsive to the changing world around us.


We are pro-active in developing positive relationships internally and externally with colleagues, stakeholders and partners.


We empower people to achieve their potential and make good things happen.


We strive to be fair in all our dealings and respect one another and the communities we serve. In an average year we can expect in excess of 1million visitors/users to our services drawn from all areas of the county borough and far beyond.


Richard Hughes

Chief Executive

Richard began his career in television production and touring theatre before a local government career in leisure, arts, culture and tourism spanning 16 years. Richard took up the role of Chief Executive in October 2015. He oversees the strategic management of the trust and is responsible for its 190 staff across 18 different sites. Richard is married and has a son and daughter.

Ceri Evans

Director of Business Development

Ceri has worked in theatre management, marketing and development for the past 20 years. Her current role includes oversight of Awen’s trading operations as well cross-cutting responsibilities for strategic business development throughout all areas of the organisation. Ceri lives in Porthcawl with her family and in her spare time enjoys going to the theatre and spending as much time as possible at the beach!

Richard Bellinger

Director of Operations

Richard spent the first part of his career in libraries and was the Chief Librarian for Bridgend County Borough Council before taking up his current position. His role includes oversight of Libraries, Bryngarw Country Park and our training programmes for adults with learning disabilities as well as cross-cutting responsibilities for health and safety, facilities management, transport etc. Richard is married and has a young daughter.

Board of Trustees

Awen is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees who are responsible for leading the charity and ensuring it is fulfilling its remit. The Trustees offer a range of skills, attributes, experience and community knowledge that collectively enable them to provide leadership and good governance. Ms. Margaret Griffiths – Community Trustee, Cllr. John McCarthy – Council Trustee, Cllr Jeff Tildesley MBE – Council Trustee, Mr. Alan Morgan – Community Trustee & Chair of the Board, Mr. Leighton Thomas, Miss. Beth Hopkins – Staff Trustee, Mr. Paul Roberts – Community Trustee, Mr. Peter Lees – Community Trustee, Mr. Will Campion – Community Trustee


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Our Partners

We work in partnership with a diverse range of organisations and public bodies to deliver our services.