I have been a Renew Wales mentor for the past 4 years and currently work for Tempo Time Credits as their Evaluation Manager. I also have my own consultancy, Redford Research, that works with communities to provide fundraising and evaluation support, public consultations and feasibility studies.
Tempo already have well-developed networks across Wales and are looking at developing more environmentally themed projects, as such are looking forward to joining the Renew Wales network to share learning in this area.
Why are you drawn to this area of work?
I am a Director with Community Energy in Pembrokeshire, Evaluation Manager for the nationwide charity Tempo Time Credits, a Town Councillor and Chair of Laugharne Festival Committee with responsibility for our local park. I was previously a Director with Carmarthenshire Energy and helped to successfully run a share offer to build a £1.4m turbine project in the county, with Community Energy Pembrokeshire we are currently constructing a community owned turbine. We have also developed and manage the Local Energy Action Force project, empowering 5 communities in the county to seek solutions for their energy needs.
I have been involved in community development for over 10 years, both professionally and in a voluntary capacity, and have developed a good network of contacts across the public, private and third sectors in Wales, particularly the South West.
What is your vision for your area in 2050?
By 2050 we will be living more sustainably in this region; sustainable energy, transport and food systems will be in place utilising local networks and natural resources and strengthening communities. This will have been facilitated by national and local government level policies and investment, and supported by peer to peer mentoring programmes such as Renew Wales and Enterprising Solutions.