Meetings

The trustees of the Austin Bailey Foundation normally meet in May and December.  If you are interested in seeking support from the Foundation, please refer to Applying for a Grant section.

If you would like to discuss your request prior to submission, please contact the appropriate trustees in Contact Us section.  Please submit your grant application by mid April or mid November to be reviewed in time for the next meeting.

The trustees take a strong personal interest in the projects which the Austin Bailey Foundation supports.  Feedback from the projects and news of their achievements are welcomed and encouraged.

Trustees (as of May, 2016)


Overseas Charity
Clive Bailey - Chairman
Chairman and son of the founder.  Clive has been a trustee since 1984 and chairman since the founder's death in 1990.
He is a chartered accountant by profession but has worked in business for the last 40 years, initially in the family's carpet distribution business based in Swansea, Plymouth and Bristol and currently as managing director of Bailey Tantalus Ltd, a trading company based in Dubai.  He also has interest in commercial and residential property.  He lives oversea much of the time and is the trustee responsible for the Foundation's Overseas grants.  He has visited our Overseas Flagship project in India, Sri Lanka, Palestine and Zambia.

Local Charity
Sandra Morton - Vice Chairperson
Sandra has been a Trustee since 1997 and responsible (now with Penny) for the local charity applications to the Trust.
She was born in Nebraska but has lived in Swansea since 1970.  She, her husband and four children have attended All Saints Church, Oystermouth, St. Mary's in the City Centre and St. James, Uplands.  Though originally trained as a secondary school teacher, most of her career was spent as a teacher of literacy, language and numeracy to adults.  Latterly, she worked for the Basic Skills Agency and then the Welsh Assembly Government to oversee delivery of the Basic Skills Strategy for Wales.

Penny Ryan
Born in Neath, Penny Ryan is Director of Choral Music in All Saints Church Oystermouth Swansea, Director of the annual All Saints Alive Festivals of Music and Literature and Musical Director of the Ariosa Singers, a youth choir based in Swansea.
She has received the honour of Mumbles award for her contribution to the life of the community.  She was Headteacher of Mynyddbach Comprehensive School and Principal of Gorseinon College and has been awarded the OBE for services to education and the FRSA for work in the Arts.
She has served on many national bodies including the Arts Council of Wales and is a governor of Trinity University College and a Council Member of the new Trinity St David University.

Sian Popper
Sian is our newest trustee appointed in April 2016.  She works alongside Sandra and Penny for local charity applications to the Foundation.  She worked over 25 years in Early Years Education in areas of deprivation in Central London, mostly at Copleston Children's Centre.  She returned to Swansea in 2009 to care for her elderly father.  Although a Quaker, she attends St. James' church in Uplands, Swansea and is involved in a number of church activities.  She volunteers as a street pastor during the night time economy.

Local Church
The Venerable Robert Williams, former 
Archdeacon of Gower
The Venerable Robert J Williams was Archdeacon of Gower, serving the City and County of Swansea from 2000 to 2016.
Ordained in 1976, Archdeacon Robert has spent most of his life and Ministry in parishes and various Diocesan roles in the Swansea area.  He has worked closely over those years with a wide range of Voluntary and Statutory agencies, Charities and Ecumenical Groups throughout Wales.  He has had a particular interest and active involvement in Education and in the Ministry amongst Children and Young People.  He joined the Trust in 1998 and now retired from full time Ministry he continues to hold the post of Trustee for the Local Churches.

The Venerable Jonathan Davies, Archdeacon of Gower
The Venerable Jonathan B Davies was appointed Archdeacon of Gower in 2016.  He is also Vicar of Llwynderw within the Mumbles Ministry Area in Swansea.
Ordained in 1996, Jonathan's vocation was nurtured in the Diocese of St. Davids.  He came to the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon in 1999.  He has served in a number of Swansea churches and has undertaken a variety of Provincial and Diocesan roles over recent years.  He has experience of fundraising and church/community building projects.  He joined the Trust in 2010 as Trustee for Local Churches.

Honourable Treasurer
Leighton Francis
Following graduation from Swansea University, Leighton worked for a short time in industry before joining Midland Bank (now HSBC) in 1970 and where he worked for 35 years until his retirement in 2005.
He and his family attended St. Mary's Church, Swansea city centre, where he held the offices of Treasurer and Vicar's Warden to the late Rev. Don Lewis.  They now worship at St. James' Church, Uplands, Swansea.
Leighton has been Treasurer of the Foundation since 1996.