Blog: A thank you to Peter Davies

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Following 10 years of committed service as our Chair of Trustees, Size of Wales co-founder Peter Davies has stood down from the role.  

An interview with Peter about his time at Size of Wales:

Peter is a long-time climate advocate and has worked to harness both the levers of government and passion of ordinary people to make a tangible difference. Originally from Pembrokeshire, his professional background is primarily in the field of corporate responsibility, having worked for the Confederation of British Industry, Department of Trade and Industry, and Business in the Community.

Peter Celebrating Go Green Day with Vaughan Gething MS in the Millenium Stadium.

Peter’s Professional achievements, and those as a climate advocate, have been recognised twice by the Queen. First in 1995 when he received an OBE, and again in 2016 when he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to sustainable development.

In 2005, Peter helped facilitate the Welsh Millennium Development Goals Taskforce that decided supporting tropical forests should be part of Wales’ contribution. With the support of Heather Stevens of the Waterloo Foundation, which had a commitment to supporting tropical forests, Size of Wales was created. After two years as a project under the auspices of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action,  it became a registered charity in 2010.

Since its founding, Size of Wales has come on leaps and bounds under Peter’s leadership. In 2013, the organisation met its original goal of protecting an area of rainforest equivalent to the Size of Wales and has since pledged to keep repeating this goal as long as necessary. Peter has also helped develop strong relationships with the Welsh Government and partners in supporting the Mbale Tree Programme which plants millions of trees each year in Eastern Uganda. The charity has not only grown in size, but in scope, now undertaking a nationwide educational programme and advocacy work on the issue of tropical deforestation.

Peter is a well-respected figure in Welsh public life, but has also grown a great rapport with his fellow trustees and Size of Wales staff over the years. Here is what some former and current Directors of the charity had to say about working with him:

Rita Singh, Size of Wales Director 2016-2018:
“As an incredible era for Size with Peter at the helm as its Chair comes to an end, it’s hard to imagine that Peter won’t continue to be involved in some ways with Size.

During the many years I worked with Peter, one thing that goes without saying is that he is wholeheartedly committed to the success of every organisation he has given his support to. With Size of Wales, it was even more so given the uniqueness of its cause and the opportunity to build a movement across Wales, across generations, and across all communities. He definitely got a lot of mileage out of that green wig for Go Green Day!

No doubt if we count all the minutes Peter dedicated to Size as Chair, it would certainly be twice the size of Wales!”

I am hugely grateful to Peter for the unwavering support, guidance, and mentorship he provided during my time as Director and wish him the very best.”

Peter and former Director Elspeth Jones speaking with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, 2019.

Elspeth Jones, Size of Wales Director 2018-2020:

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Peter during my time at Size of Wales. Peter has been a vital part of Size of Wales since its earliest days and his contribution to the charity over the last 10 years has been enormous. He is also a very kind and supportive mentor to many in the sector. I hope he is proud of his legacy in the wonderful team at Size of Wales.”

Current Size of Wales Director, Nicola Pulman:
“I started as the new Director for Size of Wales in November 2020 and met all the team and trustees digitally over the following weeks. It was a challenging time but Peter was by my side from the start; with words of encouragement and support whenever I needed them. He has given up so much time to keep me on track and help me out when I have asked for advice.

It has indeed been a great honour and privilege to get to know Peter and work with him over the last 6 months. He has been a wonderful role model, mentor, and advisor, often meeting me at short notice. His time, energy and kindness have been put into everything that he has done for Size of Wales.”

Although he may be standing down as Chair, he is not saying goodbye. Peter will stay on as a volunteer and supporter. However, everyone at the charity would like to thank him for all his efforts over the last 10 years and look forward to our new relationship going forward.

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