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.
Kath, a former solicitor, has almost 20 years’ experience of volunteering in developing countries. She is particularly interested in the environment, its inter-relationship with poverty and inequality and the role that education and awareness raising can play in ameliorating damage caused by tropical deforestation. She has studied some of the causes of the climate crisis and was recently awarded a Masters in Global Governance. Kath currently teaches English to international students.
I am delighted and honoured to be a Trustee for Size of Wales, a unique organisation which works closely with indigenous communities in tackling deforestation. These projects not only have a vital role to play in the international climate crisis, by helping to prevent the release of greenhouse gases, but also by preserving biodiversity in fragile regions and helping to protect the livelihoods of local people.
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.