Innovation centre appoints new chair

Welsh ICE, an innovation centre and co-working space provider based in Caerphilly, has appointed William Record as its new chairman.

The 50-year old replaces his father, Anthony Record, who has served in this capacity since Welsh ICE was launched in 2012. He’ll continue to support ICE as a director.

Will entered the business world when graduated university in the 90s. He founded a mineral water company in London and grew its workforce to 120 people.

It had depots across the city and was backed by venture capitalists 3i Plc, before eventually being acquired by Chinese inventors. Record has since gone on to invest in innovative Welsh SMEs.

Speaking about his appointment, Will said: “I feel privileged to have been appointed to chairman and am relishing the opportunity to play a larger role in our ten-year vision for Welsh ICE.

“There are so many wonderful businesses and passionate entrepreneurs here and it’s our priority to continue supporting the unique gifts and talents of the community.”

He said that there are plenty of challenges and opportunities to come over the years. “We have plenty of challenges to face and opportunities to seize over the coming years, but I am confident that our board, stakeholders and members are up to the task,” he said.

“We operate under the ethos that everyone has their own idea of success; whether that’s just working enough to afford a good life, or building a company with thousands of employees – it’s up to us to provide the right environment.”

William’s appointment comes as investment expert Myra Tabor joined the company’s board in an executive capacity. CEO Gareth Jones said: “Since launching in 2012, the commitment of Anthony and Will has been crucial, and I’m not sure many people will ever realise just how much they have given to the cause.

“With Will taking the role of Chair at ICE, and as a co-founder, I have a mentor who I know will help us to continue to grow in a responsible and impactful way.

“Our plans for the next ten years, both on campus and beyond, fill me with great excitement, and this announcement along with recent appointments to our board and management team are further steps toward a very exciting future.”