Chris Bolton


I’ve spent most of the past 15 years working at the Wales Audit Office to help public services improve. It’s been a privileged position that has allowed me to experience the best of what happens when people support each other and act together as a community.

I’m convinced that through collaboration and cooperation our communities can be great places to live, where everyone is included and valued as a member of society.  Being accepted as a Cartrefi Cymru Trustee, an organisation which lives the values of collaboration and cooperation, has been a great honour for me.

In 2018 I spent time travelling as part of a Churchill Fellowship in the Basque County, Spain and New England USA, studying their successful cooperatives and social businesses.  This has fired my enthusiasm and belief that Cartrefi Cymru can be part of the transformation of society and the economy of Wales, to truly make it the place we want and deserve. I’m hoping I can contribute to the development of Cartrefi Cymru to help it thrive as part of the growing cooperative landscape across Wales.

I’ve lived all my life in South Wales, and spend most of my spare time walking the dogs that my grown-up sons have left at home for me.

As well as working for the Wales Audit Office, I am also a Board member of Merthyr Valleys Homes and a Co-op member of the Wales Co-operative Centre.