Peter Davies’ career background is in the field of corporate responsibility working for the Confederation of British Industry, Department of Trade and Industry and Business in the Community and awarded the OBE for this work in 1995. He was appointed Vice Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in 2006, later becoming Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales and chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales. Peter was awarded a CBE for his contribution to sustainable development in 2016. Peter chairs the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, Dwr Cymru’s Customer Challenge Group, Welsh Government’s Wales Marine Action and Advisory Group, and Community Energy Pembrokeshire. He is also a trustee of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, a member of the BT Wales Advisory Board, WWF Cymru Advisory Panel and is Community Custodian for River Simple.
Peter cofounded Size of Wales alongside Heather Stevens (Chair of the Waterloo Foundation) with the aim of mobilising a nation to take action in helping to protect tropical forests. We wanted to turn around the statement that an area of rainforest the ‘size of Wales’ was being lost every 3 months into a positive call for action.
The rain forests are a vital part of our global eco system and we are proud that Size of Wales demonstrates how a small country can make a difference to protecting their future.
Tony Burgess-Webb has spent 40 years in the world of commercial communications working in fields from international consumer brands to healthcare and technology. He spent some years supporting the Iwokrama International Institute, a one-million-acre rainforest preserve in Guyana and this led to being invited to join Size of Wales as trustee.
Uniquely, Size ’twins’ a 1st World community, the nation of Wales, with rainforest communities in the developing world, now totalling around twice the size of Wales. Their highly effective work supporting practical rainforest conservation projects is something of which I am very proud.
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.
Edward Glover was a senior FCO diplomat and Associate Fellow of Warwick University’s Centre for Caribbean Studies. Previously, chairman of the Iwokrama International Rainforest Centre in Guyana and now a novelist – joined Size of Wales in 2013.
I joined Size of Wales because its imaginative forest conservation and investment policies are crucial to increasing global efforts to address climate change and ensure the wellbeing of local communities - two tasks to which I have long been committed. I am honoured to be part of the team.
Kathryn Monk is the Principal Advisor for Science and Head of Profession for Science and Engineering for Natural Resources Wales (NRW). She was previously with the Environment Agency for several years. Earlier, she worked for 18 years in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South America in conservation, sustainable forest management, and governance, partnering local communities, business, universities, and top government. Her last post before returning to the UK was as director-general of an international rain forest conservation, research and development centre in Guyana, with responsibility for 350,000ha of rain forest, focusing on ecologically and economically sustainable forest businesses.
She is the chair or member of a range of government, academic, and charitable committees and boards, such as Research & Innovation for our Dynamic Environment Forum, a forum of 19 public sector member organisations who hold a stake in environmental change research, innovation, training and capabilities, as funders, providers and/or users, and a member of the Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences sub-panel for REF2021. She has held various honorary academic positions for research and teaching (Oxford, Reading, Dalhousie, Banda Aceh) and is now Honorary Professor in Biosciences at Swansea University.
I was lucky enough to be involved in the focus and development of Size of Wales. I had just returned home from years being involved in tropical sustainable forest management, conservation and development programmes around the world, and the idea of now drawing in all levels of Welsh society, from schools to businesses, to support that work excited me then and still does.
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.
Andrew Walker is Commercial Director at the Wales Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Wales Trinity St David. He enjoyed a long career in Hotel and Hospitality Management. His final position in the industry was as Director of Hospitality at Glamorgan Cricket. In 2001, he moved to a wholly commercial role as Assistant Director CBI Wales. Andrew also had his own consultancy firm specialising in communications, marketing and business development before joining, in 2006, his alma mater, as Head of Communications. In addition to being a Trustee of Size of Wales, Andrew is a Trustee of the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust, the Fairwood Trust and a committee member of Cardiff Met RFC.
As a commercially focussed person and I’ve always done my bit for the environment, but wouldn’t have thought of myself as an evangelist. Size of Wales provides me with the opportunity to learn about reforestation, and all related issues, from evidence-based experts who are passionate about the rainforests of the world. It fills a gap in my knowledge and allows me to make an impact in a small way as a Trustee.