James Anthony Thomas
Trustee; Funding Committee Chair
Anthony was appointed Trustee of C3SC in May 2018.
Whilst I am trying to retire gracefully there are a number of other roles that keep me busy.
I am a chartered accountant and trained in Swansea before working in Kenya for over 2 years. I returned to Cardiff in the early 80’s initially in practice specialising in insolvency and corporate finance. Leaving the practice in 1989 I became Group Finance Director of a quoted company based in Tonypandy making watch straps and supplying watches to UK retailers. The company had operations in Holland and Canada and I managed both shareholder and finance relationships.
I joined Welsh Water in 1992 and was a director of many of its subsidiaries. In particular I worked on the acquisition of SWALEC and led the subsequent disposal of the supply business. I joined a new Cardiff based electricity supply business in 2000 which rapidly grew to employ over 250 people. I was responsible for purchasing the electricity as well as leading the disposal to E.On in 2005. I have been a director of Eco2 over recent years developing renewable energy projects in the UK and overseas. These range from windfarms in Betws and Ammanford to straw burning plants in Lincolnshire.