Head of Infrastructure and Innovation

Mark Phillips


I’ve been with Awen since it’s inception in 2015 when it took over the management of the Grand Pavilion and various other venues from Bridgend County Borough Council. My initial training and career was in ICT systems and software/database development for the industrial and legal sectors. A chance opportunity led to a “hobby” working in the Grand Pavilion technical team. The old saying goes that you should never scratch an itch… well I did, and the hobby soon became serious. A few years later the ICT career was put on ice as I progressed in to the roles of Assistant Manager and then General Manager.

With the advent of Awen, its ever increasing requirements for ICT systems, and the need to focus on capital projects, things have turned full circle and I’m now Head of Infrastructure and Innovation. For the last 18 months I have been heavily involved in the technical design of Maesteg Town Hall and am looking forward to the refurbishment and development programme commencing in 2020.

It’s a bit of a cliché, but no two days are the same for me at Awen. One day, I might be designing a new network segment in order to support an E-POS system or VoIP telephone system, and the next day I might be head down reviewing technical drawings and specifications produced by our architects. I enjoy the variety and challenge of being able to apply my technical knowledge and skills in order to help further Awen’s aims and purpose.

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