Elspeth joined Size of Wales as Director in January 2019.
A passionate environmentalist, Elspeth previously worked as a barrister at the environmental law NGO, ClientEarth where she was a founding lawyer in ClientEarth’s climate litigation team, developing and securing funding for its innovative programme using legal challenges to combat climate change. More recently she held a senior strategy role at ClientEarth, working on the strategic development of the organisation.
Elspeth is also Vice-Chair of the Sumatran Orangutan Society.
We have reached a crucial moment in history for tackling climate change. We have so much to do and not much time to do it. Tropical forests need to be central a part of the solution, and Size of Wales has a big role to play in that.
Anna is responsible for managing the organisations campaigns and communications. This includes learning about the challenges and project successes from the communities on the ground, using these to enrich our campaigns and stories.
Anna has a passion for nature conservation, human rights and community development, both locally and globally.
It is a joy and a privilege to work for Size of Wales. In my role, I work closely with the forest projects’ communities. Following a recent trip to visit some of our projects, I was really encouraged, and it really brought to life, how support from Size of Wales and our supporters empowers the forest communities to protect these vital tropical forests.
Aimee joined the team in August 2016 and is responsible for supporting Size of Wales’ forest project partners.
As well as maintaining strong relationships with the forest partners, Aimee’s primary goal is to ensure that each project effectively tackles climate change and delivers maximum impact, whilst making a genuine difference to the well-being of both the forests and forest communities.
I spent 6 months in Uganda in 2012 and witnessed the impact of climate change on the rural communities there. They were living in very harsh conditions in terms of their ability to grow food and generate an income. This was largely due to the climatic changes they had experienced in recent years. I became passionate about supporting these communities and continue to be determined to do what I can to make a difference.
Since volunteering on a Save the Rainforest campaign in the mid-eighties, Deirdre has been engaged with environmental education, from classroom based teaching to outdoor education, play-schemes and community events. During her 18 years at Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Deirdre worked with visiting and residential groups of all ages and abilities, from Foundation Phase to University. Deirdre also trained teachers and educators and developed activities and resources to help engage the critical thinking processes required.
I am very keen on the solution focused approach of Size of Wales; combining support for the world’s threatened rainforests with awareness raising and meaningful education sessions about the threats and solutions. Young people can often feel dis-empowered when learning about global issues such as climate change and unsustainable resource use. By working with them, exploring ways in which they can take action and highlighting the links between local and global, we can inspire empowerment.
Nigel has worked in environmental education for 15 years and has a background in storytelling.
He helped develop Size of Wales’ education program six years ago and has been a familiar face to pupils and teachers across South Wales ever since!
Size of Wales empowers children to create positive change to their world. We're more of an ethos than a charity - that's what attracted me to Size of Wales, and what continues to drive me to spread our message of climate change awareness and tropical forest preservation.
Empowering children and young people to take action on climate change is important to me. I love my work in schools for Size of Wales, meeting children and teachers who care deeply and show such enthusiasm and creative ideas for how to look after our world.
Ann worked as a teacher of Design and Technology in comprehensive schools in London before going to the Centre for Alternative Technology as an Education Officer in 1989. In that role she developed activities and resources and taught school groups right across the age ranges, as well as running courses for teachers. Topics included climate change, renewable energy, energy conservation, impacts of products and materials, water and development issues. She also learned Welsh.
I’m enthusiastic about working for Size of Wales as it offers the opportunity to teach about the vital topic of climate change, putting it into a very real context that pupils can get excited about.