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Helen Gentle

Finance Manager
Helen Gentle -Finance Manager

Helen leads the financial administration and the preparation of financial reports, monitoring budgets and account reconciliation for the Taith Programme.

 I am excited to be playing a small part within the team in creating life changing opportunities through the Taith programme. I bring 30 years of financial experience within different industries (Lloyds Bank and the BBC) including being involved with the external reporting for a flagship BBC World Service grant project W2020 (£289m) over four years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office/ Department of International Development focusing on digital, video and mobile changes for regional languages across the world.


Other Staff

Michele Dineen - Finance Officer

Michele Dineen

Finance Officer

Michele looks at the processes and procedures for Taith, and assists with financial administration and the preparation of financial reports, monitoring budgets and account reconciliation for the Programme.

It is exciting to be part of a new venture and contribute to the Taith programme. I bring 30 years of finance experience mainly in the private sector but have a few years behind me in the public sector. My last position was as the Accounts and Finance Officer for a new start-up company. I’m sure Taith will be equally as challenging and I look forward to working with the team.

Holly Coleman - Grants Officer

Holly Coleman

Grants Officer

In my role as Grants Officer, I will be supporting the Taith team in the grants management cycle, providing advice and guidance to programme applicants and participants, and supporting the day-to-day operation of projects.

I have 14 years of experience in Further Education, where I worked to support those who may not have otherwise been able to access the learning opportunities that they had. I am so happy to be able to apply my knowledge, experience and passion to now work with the Taith team to help successful applicants take part in such an innovative and exciting programme.

Susana Galván - Taith Executive Director

Susana Galván

Executive Director

Susana has overall responsibility for the strategy, performance, and successful delivery of  the Taith Programme. Susana works with senior staff from Welsh Government and the Programme’s target sectors to promote the interests and values of Taith across Wales and internationally.

I was really excited to join Taith in February 2022 and to lead such a brilliant team and such a unique and ground-breaking programme for Wales. Taith aims to create life-changing, wide-ranging and far-reaching mobility and exchange opportunities for people across Wales, across all sectors. International education and exchanges, and cross-cultural understanding are areas that I am truly passionate about, not just as someone who benefitted from such experiences as a young person, but also as these are the areas of work which I have dedicated the entirety of my professional life to. I am very proud and privileged to be part of a programme which is designed for Wales, with Wales and by Wales, and of what Taith so ambitiously and boldly aims to achieve. I look forward to witnessing the benefits that Taith will provide to its participants, both those going from Wales to the world as well as from the world into Wales, and to hearing all about their unique “journey” with Taith!