Town Square Spaces appoints new chair

Start-up community Town Square Spaces has appointed Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE as its new chairman amid continuing expansion.

He joins the organisation’s leadership team, which consists of Gareth Jones as chief executive officer and Mandy Weston as chief operating officer.

In 2017, Gareth and Mandy launched Town Square Spaces to create an environment for people looking to change the world. They’re also the founders of Caerphilly-based innovation centre Welsh ICE.

Over the past few years, Dylan has held positions at businesses and organisations such as Prime Cymru, the Institute of Directors in Wales, the European Council of Small Business, Outlook Expeditions, the Institute of Small Business and Enterprise, Finance Wales and Welsh ICE.

As well as chairing the advisory panel behind the Development Bank for Wales, Dylan sits on the Be the Spark Panel. It’s a joint venture with MIT that is boosting entrepreneurship across Wales.

Dylan has also worked at academic institutions like the University of South Wales, Bangor University, Cardiff University and the University of the West of England. He founded the Wales Fast Growth 50 Awards, the Cardiff Business Awards and the Wales Start-Up Awards, too.

Speaking of his appointment, Dylan said: “To say I am delighted to accept this new role would be a massive understatement.

“The opportunity to help guide the development of an innovative new business such as Town Square Spaces is something that I am looking forward to immensely as I believe it can be truly transformational in its field over the next few years.”

Town Square Spaces is on a mission to create, nurture and grow start-ups and small businesses all over the country. It provides them with accessible workspaces and business support.

The appointment of Dylan comes as the organisation recently secured a ten-year contract to run a new creative digital hub in Bognor Regis. Town Square Spaces manages the Wrexham Enterprise Hub, as well.

Gareth Jones, founder of Town Square Spaces, said: “Dylan has been a mentor for me in recent years, so I’m delighted he has officially joined our board. We wanted to appoint a chair that would not let us sit still, and we know in Dylan we have exactly that.

“We have very ambitious plans for the future, and it is important to me that we are challenged to achieve what we see as being a significant market opportunity.

“There are a small number of people in the Welsh ecosystem who have the credibility that Dylan has earned in his career – we see this appointment as being an endorsement for our future plans.”