TVConwy reports the passing of influential Director

February 03, 2019

Community organisations in Conwy and across the country are mourning the passing of an influencial man who died last week.

TVConwy, a local company that reflects life in North Wales through video and media production, has reported the sad loss of Director 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 TV Conwy 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.

Although hugely busy as CEO of 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 Roberts 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.

In his role for the RYA, Phil was instrumental at establishing the All Afloat charity which enabled disadvantaged young people to experience sailing from the Porth Eirias based Colwyn Bay Watersport centre.

His wife Debbie, daughters Rhianna and Lily and the rest of the family are said to be overwhelmed by the messages of love and support that have not stopped arriving since the sad news of his passing last Thursday.