I am a Director with Community Energy in Pembrokeshire and Evaluation Manager for the nationwide charity Tempo Time Credits. 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. 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 sector. Community Energy in Pembrokeshire (CEP) are involved with Renew Wales as they share the same aims: supporting communities to take action on climate change.
Why are you drawn to this area of work and/or how have you helped community groups take their first steps to action in the past?
I worked with CCN to identify funding opportunities to help them undertake a feasibility study and create marketing materials.
I assisted with funding applications to both the Carmarthenshire LEADER fund and the National Lottery Awards for All fund. Both were successful and the group has completed the feasibility study and has a suite of new materials. They have continued to grow local support and capacity and are now looking to implement the findings of the feasibility study.
What is your vision of your region in 2050? What will have changed and how will we have got there?
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