Beverley Agard Owen
Beverley Agard Owen works with the School of Management and College of Engineering at the new Bay Campus in the role Staff Experience Manager, a role she created and personally sourced financial support for.
In 2014 Bev was seconded to work with HR/Development and Training Services where her passion for people development came through in what she did and how she did it. Her role was to support the development and embedding of a “coaching culture” across the Institution.
When her contract came to an end this was the catalyst for creating the role of Staff Experience Manager. Bev was able to empathize with staff who really want to do a good job and yet sometimes find themselves in the most trying of circumstances. This role will support and empower staff in the School and College to be able to reach their full potential in a positive and supportive environment.
The implementation of this role is a major personal and institutional achievement.
Bev joined Swansea University in January 2004, one of the three facilitators of the original, highly acclaimed LEAD Wales programme delivering leadership development to over SME [small to medium sized enterprises] business owners. The role with LEAD Wales suited her skill-set perfectly. She has business acumen, training experience and her graphic-design skills were used in the design and production of marketing, promotional and delegate materials. This work was acknowledged when she received one of the first Swansea University Marketing awards.
Bev’s previous roles with Eversheds LLP provided her with the opportunity to focus on staff development and training. Bev discovered her interest in design, graphics and marketing and secured a key role in the Graphic Design Team with an international architect practice. After completing her marketing qualifications she moved into the multi-disciplinary engineering sector working for ARUP, AECOM [formerly Faber Maunsell] and Eversheds LLP in Marketing and Business Development managerial roles in Cardiff and London.
Bev lives in Bridgend with her husband Andrew. Bev enjoys travel; is a reasonable yet cautious skier. She enjoys entertaining; reading autobiographies and intends to improve her golf handicap. She has co-written a book on the reversal of Diabetes through Diet and Exercise and says she has a children’s story book she has been pondering over for a long time and should really put pen to paper.