Who we Are

Tina Cottrell

Centre Manager

Cardiff University


I am the Centre Manager for Y Lab and coordinate and oversee the general operations. 


My professional background is in Town Planning and I worked across a range of disciplines within Local Government before moving on to the Big Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Community Fund) where I spent 16 years working as a Funding Programme Manager.  During this time I developed and delivered a range of grant programmes.  Many of these had a health and well-being focus, but for 9 years I led the Community Asset Transfer Programme that was funded in partnership with Welsh Government and supported third sector organisations to develop sustainable community businesses through the transfer of assets into their ownership.   I recently spent time as an Engagement Manager at the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) in Cardiff University before moving to Y Lab.


Outside of Work

I spend a lot of time in coffee shops with friends!