Carwyn Jones is the Former First Minister of Wales and served in the role between 2009 and 2018. He has also previously served in the Welsh Government as Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Planning and Countryside, Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language, and Counsel General for Wales. He stood down as the Member of the Senedd for Bridgend in April 2021 after 22 years of service.
A strong advocate for the environment, Carwyn implemented a series of important climate measures as First Minister, including the 2016 Wales Climate Act and the 2015 Well-being of Future Generations Act. In 2013, he also committed Welsh Government funding to the Mbale Trees Programme as part of Wales’ national response to climate change.
As Chair of Trustees, Carwyn offers strategic leadership to the organisation and ensures strong governance.
Wales can and must be part of the global solution to climate change. Size of Wales plays an invaluable role in connecting our nation to the communities on the front line of the climate crisis around the world and I am proud to be the organisation’s Chair.
Stuart Clarke is a semi-retired Chartered Accountant whose career started with Touche Ross. After qualifying he moved to Admiral Insurance, running the Finance department from 1996 to 2004. Following the group’s floatation on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004 Stuart became the Group Company Secretary responsible for the Corporate Governance areas of the business. In 2008 Stuart semi-retired, continuing his relationship with Admiral as a non-executive director on a number of subsidiary companies as well as taking on an external non-directorship with a start-up data analytics company in Swansea.
I joined Size of Wales because the concept of preserving rainforest together with helping indigenous people live sustainably within the forests is an almost perfect way of reducing carbon in the atmosphere. Size of Wales was successful with its initial aim of protecting forest the size of Wales and I hope to be able to help further that goal with the other Trustees and the Size team.
Carys Mair Thomas is a freelance communications consultant for the not-for-profit sector. She has previously worked for a range of leading organisations, both in the UK and Ireland, including Oxfam, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Sustrans, BeLonG To, and the Commission for Racial Equality. Since starting her own business in 2016, her clients have included Into Film Cymru, Lloyds Bank Foundation, the National Assembly for Wales, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and WWF Cymru.
Size of Wales is a pretty unique organisation. I'm acutely aware that our coal mining heritage not only scarred the physical environment of South Wales - and its people - but dramatically impacted on what is now our global environment. I love the fact that this charity offers each of us an opportunity to be part of Wales' response to climate change, while simultaneously promoting our nation on the international stage. We may be a small nation but we regularly punch above our weight and Size of Wales offers an approach other nations could - and should - emulate.
Clive Thomas has spent 30 years managing forests and influencing forest policy, in Wales, the UK and Internationally. He now splits his time working for the Soil Association as a Senior Policy Advisor (forestry and international land use) and also for Soil Association Certification, as the Forestry Training Programme Manager. He has pioneered the development of innovative training programmes focused on capacity building for responsible forest management, in some of the world’s most challenged forest countries. Through his policy work, he is focused on helping to reduce the UK’s negative food and forest footprint.
Whilst working for Forestry Commission Wales and Natural Resources Wales, Clive had the opportunity to help champion the work of Size of Wales to both colleagues and stakeholders
It is a privilege to be appointed as a Trustee for an initiative I have tracked since its inception. I am keen to get involved, to hopefully help support the team through my policy experience and my domestic and international network, as well as to explore potential synergies between some of the training programmes I have developed for the Soil Association and Size of Wales project partners.
Huw Denman lives in rural Carmarthenshire and works as a forestry consultant and independent forest manager. He has over 45 years of forestry experience and directly manages private forests in Wales using continuous cover forestry principles as well as auditing forests in the UK, EU, Asia, Africa and Oceania against the Forest Stewardship Council standard.
I’m very inspired by the fact that the Size of Wales has achieved its target of protecting two million hectares of tropical forest and hope that in a small way I can help achieve the doubling of that area in the next few years.
Sarah Evershed was previously a lawyer and now works in fundraising, currently in an individual giving role at the homelessness charity Crisis. She is also a trustee of a small London-based charity, A Mile in Her Shoes, which supports women affected by homelessness and other issues through opportunities for fun fitness and running. Sarah has been passionate about climate change prevention for many years.
I joined Size of Wales because it was an excellent opportunity to help tackle the climate change emergency. Reduction of deforestation is a crucial part of our response to the challenge and I found the charity’s positive and practical contribution inspiring.
Paul Belford is the chief executive of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. This educational charity enables communities to engage with heritage across the archaeologically-rich and topographically-varied landscape of mid- and north-Wales, working closely with other NGOs and Welsh Government. Before this Paul worked for an international consultancy with projects across Europe, Africa and Asia; he was formerly director of archaeology in a World Heritage Site for ten years. Born in Wales, Paul has a keen interest in the intersection between natural and historic environments, and the role that cultural heritage has played (and can yet play) in environmental change. Paul is also a Trustee of the Black Country Living Museum and a non-executive director of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Long-term sustainability of conservation can only be done by empowering communities. The natural environment has been shaped by human activity in the past, and conservation in the future will only work if people are fully engaged with our natural and cultural heritage - both here in Wales and around the world. I am pleased to be able to help Size of Wales achieve its goals and to try and make the world a better place.