Derith Powell MBE is Chief Executive Officer of Community Development Cymru.
She has over 35 years’ experience in working with communities, on social justice issues and in tackling poverty. She has worked in various capacities within the sector throughout Wales, from grass roots level through to operational, managerial and strategic roles.
Developing, facilitating, and delivering learning opportunities have also been a core element of her work over the years. Prior to her current role she was the Director of Lifelong Learning, Community Development & Regeneration at Amman Valley Enterprise - a community anchor organisation - for 11 years.
Derith is currently a board member of a Community Business and Social Action Organization in Llanelli, special advisor to the Board of Penparcau Community Forum, a member of Oxfam Cymru’s Sustainable Livelihoods Board, a Trustee of the Federation of Community Development Learning and a member of the UK steering group for CD NOS (Community Development National Occupational Standards).
In 2003 she was awarded an MBE for her services to Community Development and Social Exclusion in Wales.