Memberships and Committees

Managing Partner Stephen Thompson and Associate Siobhan Williams are both affiliate members of the British Franchise Association, as well as certified Qualified Franchising Professionals.

Partner Damian Phillips was the Vice Chair of the Newport and Monmouthshire Young Enterprise Board, which he sat on between 2012-2018. He is a Parent Governor at Ysgol Gymraeg Pwll Coch, a coach of the junior section at Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd and has recently been appointed as the Independent Chairperson of the Welsh Sports Association’s Risk and Audit Committee.

Partner Fflur Jones sits on the boards of the Welsh National Opera, National Youth Arts Wales, and Menter a Busnes. She is also Chair of Plaid Cymru’s Standards, Membership and Disciplinary Committee.

Senior Associate Owen John is a board member of Cardiff YMCA Housing Association and Cwlwm Busnes Caerdydd. He is a former board member of Age Cymru.

Head of Marketing Paula Morris is a Director of Cardiff Business Club.

Associate Kate Heaney and Marketing Manager Anna Sherer are committee members of the South Wales Branch of the Association of Women in Property. Kate has been a committee member since 2013, and has previously served as Secretary. Anna has been on the committee since 2017 and is the current Events Coordinator. Women in Property is a national organisation which works with businesses and industry organisations to help promote women within the property and construction industries. It provides its members with business development, personal development and networking opportunities and encourages aspiring talent coming through our schools and universities.

Volunteering and Charity

Several members of our staff are involved in volunteering and charity work. They have Darwin Gray’s full support in making a positive change in the lives of people in Cardiff.

Many of us at Darwin Gray undertake individual challenges in support of various charities. For example Damian Phillips raised £1,250 for Tŷ Hafan by running the Cardiff Half Marathon in 2013. He also helped to raise some £80,000 for local homeless charities through the Cardiff CEO Sleepout.



On June 16th 2018, Team DG completed the WAAT4 Brecon Beacons challenge, taking on the 20km navigational walk through the national park to raise money for charity.

Team DG raised over £322 for charities The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Wales, Brecon Mountain Rescue, Safer Dyfed-Powys and Air Ambulance Wales. The team’s members, Joanna Adams, Tegen Quinn, Madeleine Banfield and Laura Dukes, finished the challenge in the top 15 of 73 teams, completing the navigation of Brecon Beacons National Park in 4.5 hours.


On September 30th 2016, Darwin Gray raised £271.49 at our Macmillan Coffee morning.


On February 28th 2016, partner Kempton Rees jumped out of an aeroplane at 12,000 feet to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

A huge congratulations to Kempton, whose bravery raised over £2,500! Please visit to donate.


The Prince’s Trust Cymru

Partner Kempton Rees has been a volunteer for the Prince’s Trust for more than 20 years – an achievement recently recognised when he was nominated by the Trust to receive a certificate on behalf of all Trust volunteers at the 50th Anniversary Exhibition during Volunteers Week organised by Cardiff’s Voluntary Community Service organisation (pictured below).  Kempton was named Volunteer of the Year for the Trust in Wales in 2010.

Kempton has been actively involved in voluntary work for the Prince’s Trust in various roles over the years. He continues to mentor young people starting up businesses through the charity. Find out more about the excellent work of the Trust at

On 17th May 2016 Kempton attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in celebration of 40 years of the Prince's Trust.