Hay­ley gets visit from AM

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

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.

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