Meet the team...

Holly Cross
Director (Secretary)
Projects Co-Manager

Has worked within the environmental sector for many years in community development and creative projects, and has experience of self-build and alternative building materials and methods. She is currently co-managing CARE's Studio for a Community and Growing Better Connections projects. She has extensive experience in administration and finances in the not-for-profit sector, and is clerk to Clydau Community Council.

Daniel Blackburn
Director (Treasurer)
Projects Co-Manager

Has experience supporting environmental, community benefit projects both locally and overseas for two decades. He has run his own UK leading business delivering carbon reductions in transport for the last 13 years, right up to the present. He has been a Renew Wales Coordinator and was also a project coordinator on the Supporting Resilient Renewable Communities project and has more recently been co-manager for CARE's wind turbine project. He has experience in self-build property, is trustee of a local community transport association and a committee member for Bwlchygroes community hall.

Cris Tomos
Director (Chair)

Has worked in the third sector locally for over 3 decades and has expertise in managing large grant budgets for community development projects. He has particular experience in helping initiate and manage many local, innovative, successful community share offers, and as a director of the West Wales Credit Union gained additional unique experience in community finance. He is a community (Crymych Ward) and county councillor who has been appointed to the management cabinet of Pembrokeshire County Council, with special responsibility for the environment and Welsh language.

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Adam Dawson
Growing Better Connections Project Officer

Has been working with trees and woodlands for over 20 years, with a focus on ecological and social benefits. He has helped to deliver environmental projects in the UK and overseas, through which he gained experience in agroforestry systems and forest habitat networks. He is always seeking ways that we can increase the value of our renewable natural resources, and share the services they provide in our lives and enterprises.

Louise Cartwright
Growing Better Connections Project Office

Has worked within the charitable, environmental and horticultural sectors for over a decade, specialising in, local food production and land-based training. Louise holds a masters degree in Product Design, with additional qualifications in permaculture and biodynamic land management. Having set up and managed a CSA vegetable box scheme, she now lives with her partner on a 2 acre smallholding in Carmarthenshire, growing food to furnish a veg box for her neighbours, as well as aspiring to self-reliance. Louise has a range of educational experience, teaching animal husbandry, pasture management, horticulture and permaculture design to various learners, including those with learning differences. Louise is fervent about ecology and this is reflected in all of her land management practices.

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Chris Vernon
Director

Has previously worked as a climate scientist with Met Office, he is a chartered engineer, member of the Institute of Physics and holds a Ph.D. in glaciology focusing on the Greenland ice sheet. Chris also holds masters degrees in computational physics and Earth system science, and studied energy systems and environmental decision making with the Open University. He now lives with his partner and two children in West Carmarthenshire on a One Planet Development in a self-built, off-grid, zero-carbon house. They have a two acre orchard, keep bees, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks. He is also a member of the Centre for Sustainable Energy board of trustees and the One Planet Council, a voluntary organisation which supports and promotes the One Planet Development policy.

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Marc Pell
Director

Has moved to Wales in 2017 following an interest in living in a rural environment. Previous experience includes environmental campaigning, working with NGOs and local groups, and pursing an ongoing interest in renewable energy. He has spent time in different community environments including involvement with collaborative self-organising groups, and has an interest in supporting community initiatives.

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Gerry O'Brien
Contractor: Energy Service

Gerry moved to Pembrokeshire  in 2013 and now lives on a small holding. Originally trained as a Civil Engineer he has experience in a wide range of construction and engineering projects, large and small. He has worked in both the Public & Private sectors. He has extensive knowledge of design & build projects, project programming & management, pricing and procurement. Gerry has always had an interest in home energy and before working with CARE advised a small group of people on their home energy and home management. When the opportunity came along to promote Smart Meters and give support to people to understand their energy bills etc it was a natural fit to join the team. 

Huw Jones
Project Support Officer

Raised in Maenclochog, attended Ysgol Y Preseli, he spent much of his youth exploring the Preseli hills and surrounding areas. Spent a large portion of his early working career in the IT sector and later diversified into the Social Care sector working at Coleg Plas Dwbl and Clynfyw Care Farm.

In his spare time he enjoys a bit of vegetable growing, (although seemingly gifted at growing a huge variety of weeds and less so the veg), keeping tabs on developments in technology and science with a focus on energy systems and computing.

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Naomi Hope
Project Co-ordinator (Fruit & Bounty, Heath & Hedgerow)

Has worked in fundraising and project management for international and local community projects in the UK, France and Egypt. She is passionate about biodiversity, community and local economy. Naomi has a Masters degree in international project management, and has spent many years working for small and impactful NGOs. She is currently on the steering group for the project Trefdraeth am Natur / Newport for Nature, and is setting up a market garden near Felindre Farchog.

Naomi is working on the Resilient Enterprise Programme, 

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Nicky Pang
Project Officer (Heath & Hedgerow)

Has worked in the third sector for the last 5 years.  Previous to that he has 10 years of professional experience working within the design industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Product Design Engineering, as well as additional qualifications in prototyping and Earthship building. He has brought his design experience to community based Zero Waste initiatives, and managed a Resource Recovery Centre after New Zealand’s last major earthquake in order to deconstruct and reuse building material from derelict houses.

Nicky is passionate about realising the potential of our resources through community building, permaculture principles, observing natural systems, co-creating / co-designing, circular economies and helping others to realise their own individual potential through realising their ideas.

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Communications Officer
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Neil Kingsnorth
Project Officer (Fruit & Bounty)

Has worked in environmental charities and projects for over two decades  and lives near to Llysyfran, where he runs a permaculture smallholding producing vegetables, fruits, eggs and more. Neil ran The Orchard Project, helping to grow the community orcharding movement, has been a nature-based garden designer, creating biodiverse gardens across North-West England and was the Head of Activism at Friends of the Earth, helping to build people pressure on campaigns around climate change, biodiversity loss and local campaigning. He believes passionately in the power of food growing as a means to connecting people, and the importance of protecting and rebuilding the natural world.

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Emma Baker
Project Co-ordinator - Y Stiwdio

Trained as a secondary school Art Teacher and holds a Master's Degree in Arts and Learning. Emma has over 15 years teaching experience and is a practicing artist working in multiple disciplines including pottery, printmaking and drawing. After moving to Wales in 2018 she made the move to gallery based education, originally working at Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen. Emma now lives on a smallholding in the village of Hermon and enjoys growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as enjoying walking her dogs in the beautiful countryside.