Q & A with Elspeth Jones, Size of Wales’ new Director

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So, where are you coming to Size of Wales from?

For the last five years I have been working at the environmental law NGO ClientEarth. My work at ClientEarth focused on climate change (particularly climate litigation and climate finance) and, later, on ClientEarth’s organisational strategy and development. I have a legal background and was a commercial barrister before I joined ClientEarth.

What drove you to work within the topic of the environment and climate change?

I spent the first six years of my career working as a commercial barrister in London. During that time, I gradually became increasingly aware of the environmental crisis that we are facing, until I felt I couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. I started to investigate how I could take the skills I had as a barrister and use them to drive environmental change, which was when I discovered ClientEarth.

Do you have any exciting plans for Size?

Size is a wonderful organisation with so much potential. I would like to see Size grow in all its programme areas – forests projects, education and inspiring change. I want everyone in Wales to know about the great work Size does and to feel like they can be part of the climate solution.

If you could build a house in any kind of habitat, what would that be, and why?

That’s a good question! I think it would be a coral reef. They are so beautiful and biologically diverse. Like magical forests under the sea. I would need to shrink though so that I could build a tiny house nestled in the corals without damaging them.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have a young family so I spend a lot of time with them. I love to run, especially Park Run and trail running, and generally spending time outdoors. Doing pretty much any sort of outdoor activity makes me happy. I also enjoy practicing yoga and growing things in my garden.

Any final comments?

I’m really excited to have joined the brilliant team at Size and am looking forward to meeting Size’s supporters and partners in 2019.


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