Hayley gets visit from AM
REGIONAL AM Suzy Davies donned overalls during her visit to an award-winning auto repair business in Bridgend where half of the staff are women.
Welsh Conservative Suzy was shown how to remove a brake calliper by Hayley Pells, who runs Avia Autos on Bridgend Industrial Estate, and qualified mechanic Rebecca Watt.
Suzy visited the company after Hayley was a finalist in the Chwarae Teg Leadership Award, beating a field of 400 to get to the final five.
Hayley was brought up locally and after a stint in the RAF as an air cartographer, returned to Bridgend where she joined her father Andy Murdoch at his sports car racing business. She changed the business to include more general car repairs.
Suzy said: “I met someone truly inspirational today. After leaving the RAF following a serious car accident, Hayley has brought all her talents and vision to a family business which has excelled under her leadership.
“Always looking forward, Hayley should be proud of her investment in staff and apprentices, their training, their choices and their wellbeing. This is what successful businesses look like.”
Hayley has also been involved with Bridgend College in mentoring young people as part of a three-year enterprise initiative. She provided a start-up unit at her garage for a catering business which has now moved on to larger premises. Her next venture will be mentoring someone who teaches ballet.