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.
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.
Lowri worked at Size of Wales for five of the charity’s early years, leading communications and campaigning activity and served as an Acting Director. During that time, she visited the Mbale and coordinated a third sector delegation to COP21 in Paris. Since then, Lowri has continued to lead public campaigns, most recently closer to home through her role with Eden Project Communities and their flagship initiative, The Big Lunch.
I’m thrilled to be returning to support Size of Wales as a trustee. The charity does a fantastic job of making the vast issue of climate change and forest destruction relatable to the Welsh public, and gives people a way to create a tangible positive impact. We all need to take action, and the small steps can add up to something much bigger.
Rebecca works for the National Trust Cymru as Director of Conservation. Previously, she was the Director of CLA Cymru supporting land based businesses for nearly 5 years. She has also held a variety of different roles relating to agricultural policy and legislation at Welsh and UK levels of government. During her career Rebecca has also played a key role in the team that created Natural Resources Wales and has also worked as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales. Raised on a dairy farm in Pembrokeshire, Rebecca has a degree in Law from Cardiff University.
I was drawn to Size of Wales, not only because of the fantastic work they do in Wales, but because of how the organisation connects the nation to the wider world and reminds us that, if we are to tackle the greatest challenges of our times, we must seek change globally.”
Hannah has been working in the international and voluntary sector in Wales for the last ten years, supporting charities to manage risk, grow and keep-up with best practice initiatives. She is passionate about tackling climate change and also runs a domestic renewable company in Swansea with her husband. After completing a Master’s degree in social policy management and development, Hannah worked to support the development of the Wellbeing and Future Generations Act (Wales), specifically highlighting the impact of global supply chains in public procurement.
Size of Wales know that working with indigenous communities is the best way to protect tropical forests, and how community-led initiatives can restore climate affected regions too. But they also understand the importance of working in Wales and inspiring the next generation to take climate action. I'm looking forward to supporting this important work as a trustee.