It is with great sadness that we report the loss of one of our Directors, Phil Braden.
It was Phil’s vast experience within the world of telecommunications which helped get TVConwy off the ground in the first place in the spring of 2013. He used his knowledge and contacts within the industry to help formulate the technical and business side of the company and advised us on the practicalities, legalities and finances involved in setting up an internet TV channel.
In the early days he also helped train volunteers to operate the filming and editing equipment and loved to discuss new technology and innovations in the field of TV production. In January 2014 he became a Director and was an invaluable member of the team – with his huge enthusiasm for life and adventure, his absolute conviction that nothing was impossible and his delight in helping other people develop their skills and creativity.
One of the most telling examples of Phil’s commitment to TVConwy was at the 2014 Llandudno Extravaganza where, just back from a first-class, 5 star business trip to Asia, he ignored his jetlag, rolled up his sleeves and became a runner for the day, cycling up and down the prom delivering footage back to the “editing suite“ in Craig-Y-Don ( Anna’s kitchen table! ) .
Although hugely busy as CEO of the RYA Cymru Wales, he still managed to find time to volunteer and be part of the production team – filming on the mountains with Gareth Wyn Jones and the Carneddau ponies, training new volunteers to film at a whole variety of community events and on one occasion getting soaked to the skin covering the Run Wales half-marathon from Conwy quay to Llandudno and back.
Phil was a force of nature who changed peoples lives wherever he met them – he will be sadly missed by so many. The whole team at TVConwy are devastated by his loss and his fellow Directors are deeply saddened by the massive hole in the group that will be so hard to fill.
His wife Debbie, daughters Rhianna and Lily and the rest of the family are overwhelmed by the messages of love and support that have not stopped arriving since the sad news of his passing on Thursday January 31st.