New release: Leading climate change charity Size of Wales seeks new chair

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Size of Wales, a prominent charity that works across the globe, has a leading role in the nation’s response to climate change by securing forests, and is looking for a new chair to replace co-founder and long-standing chair Peter Davies.

Established as a charity in 2010, Size of Wales focusses on addressing the climate crisis by supporting communities to secure, sustain and restore tropical forests. It currently has a portfolio of projects in South America, South East Asia and Africa, including the Welsh Government-funded Mbale Trees Programme, which it delivers on their behalf.

The charity supports indigenous and local communities to secure and sustain an area of forest at least the size of Wales (2 million hectares), develop sustainable livelihoods and grow trees in areas that have been deforested, with a goal of growing 25 million trees by 2025.

Between 2010-2020 it provided over £3 million of funding to tree planting and forest protection programmes, and has supported partners to plant 11 million trees over 4 million hectares of tropical forest.

Outgoing chair Peter Davies CBE, who co-founded the charity and has overseen massive growth in the organisation’s capacity during his long tenure, said:

“With COP 26 on the horizon and a renewed international commitment to carbon neutrality, the importance of protecting tropical forests to reduce CO2 emissions has never been greater. The next few years will be critical in the fight against climate change and it’s vital we now find a new Chair who has the vision and commitment to lead Size of Wales during this historic time, inspiring the team to make a big impact, not only in Wales but internationally.”

Size of Wales was started in 2008 and founded as a charity in 2010. It plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2021 and has recently embarked on an exciting new five-year strategy intended to both raise its impact in tackling climate change internationally and its prominence across the country.

The organisation’s major funders include The Waterloo Foundation, Welsh Government, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The charity also raises funds from people and businesses across Wales who are concerned about the threats of climate change and want to be part of the solution.

In addition to its international work, the organisation also runs a nation-wide educational programme and recently launched a campaign for Wales to become the world’s first Deforestation Free Nation.

Size of Wales Chief Executive Nicola Pulman heads a six-person team based in Cardiff. She said:

“The Board of Trustees is crucial to what we do. The role of the new Chair will be very important to guide us as we implement our new, ambitious five-year strategy.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • Size of Wales is a Cardiff-based charity which started as an initiative in 2008 and was officially founded in 2010. The “size of Wales” is often used as a measure of global deforestation and was founded on the premise of turning that negative into positive action.
  • Applications for the role open on Monday 18th January 2021 and close on Friday 12th A full job description and details on how to apply can be found on the Size of Wales website. Size of Wales is looking to develop our work on diversity and are seeking candidates from all backgrounds.
  • The year 2020 saw massive growth in the organisation’s capacity and more information on its achievements can be found here.
  • 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. He was appointed Vice-Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in 2006, later becoming Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales. He 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. A full profile can be found here.

Contact: Jamie Green, Communications and Marketing Manager, Size of Wales: [email protected]


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