Our Team

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Derek Walker, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Derek Walker

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Derek Walker, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.
Previously CEO of Cwmpas, the UK’s largest co-operative development agency, he worked to support people and communities to create jobs and strengthen communities, and changed the organisation’s focus to development that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations.He has also worked as Head of External Affairs at the Big Lottery Fund (Wales), as Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Wales TUC and was the first employee of Stonewall Cymru.
Marie Brousseau-Navarro, Deputy Commissioner and Director for Health

Marie Brousseau-Navarro

Deputy Commissioner and Director for Health

Marie is ‘adopted Welsh’ originally from France. She is Deputy Commissioner since 2021 and is also Director for Health, leading on the design and delivery of our health mission. She makes sure we walk the talk, operate as efficiently and sustainably. She is our guru on the legal application of the Act, and she has helped set up the Commissioner’s office.

She is a lawyer specialist in public law, the law of devolution, parliamentary procedures and now of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. And she loves it.

She was previously our Director for Policy, Legislation and Innovation when she

was responsible for overseeing work on monitoring and assessing public bodies’ well-being objectives, correspondence, transport and planning. Marie was also The Honorary Consul of France in Wales and a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner Wales Committee. She volunteers and is a trustee of several charities.

Jacob Ellis, Director: External Relations and Culture

Jacob Ellis

Director: External Relations and Culture

Jacob is the Director for External Relations and Culture. His main responsibilities include advising senior stakeholders including Government Ministers to implement the Well-being of Future Generations Act. In 2019 he established the Future Generations Leadership Academy and has worked internationally to promote the world-leading legislation. He is Non-Executive Director of Literature Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. He is a former BBC Wales Journalist and is a UN Foundation Next Generation Fellow for Future Generations.  

Heledd Morgan, Director: Implementation & Impact

Heledd Morgan

Director: Implementation & Impact

Heledd is a member of management team and leads on a number of our work areas. Like the rest of the team, her main role is to work with the public sector to help them change their practice and culture in light of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. Heledd works closely with Audit Wales on monitoring the progress of public bodies in meeting the legislation and helps to develop advice and resources to speed up change.

Heledd is from Carmarthenshire originally and speaks fluent Welsh, but now lives in North Cardiff, where she loves having a daily walk along the River Taff.

At university, Heledd was in a Gospel, Soul, Acapella and Pop choir called GASP!”

 

Helen Nelson, Director: Strategic Planning and Climate & Nature

Helen Nelson

Director: Strategic Planning and Climate & Nature

Helen Nelson is our Director of Strategic Planning, and also overseas the Climate and Nature mission. She takes a lead in organising our work, supporting staff with planning, delivery and impact, and being responsible for areas of corporate governance including the Commissioner’s Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee (ARAC), Annual Report, and statutory Advisory Panel. Helen was a key author of the Commissioner’s new seven year strategy – Cymru Can and before that the Future Generations Changemaker 100 list. Before joining Future Gen Cymru, Helen led environmental organisations including Ymlaen Ceredigion and Cynnal Cymru–Sustain Wales, which provided over 20 years of experience on climate and nature issues. Originally from Aberdare, Helen now lives in Mumbles, spending 10 fab years in Aberystwyth in between. She is a Mumbles community councillor and enjoys getting out and about around Gower, including with the sea swimming group the Knobbling Knockers.  

Louisa Neale, Director: People

Louisa Neale

Director: People

Louisa (Lou) has over 20 years experience in the field of Human Resources, having led people operations teams mainly within the Welsh housing sector and formerly within private industry. Lou is an HR game changer, constantly searching for exciting and progressive ways to craft a better future of work and move beyond traditional HR practice. She is Mum to two teenage boys and spends most of her spare time on the athletics tracks and rugby pitches cheering on her sporting young future generations. An avid lover of dance and known  to belt out the odd karaoke tune when the occasion arises, Lou also loves to walk her very interesting bichon frisée/chow chow cross named Blake!

Jonathan Tench, Director: Well-being Economy and Programmes

Jonathan Tench

Director: Well-being Economy and Programmes

Jonny thinks Wales is going to change the world – by showing how it is possible to fight social inequality and climate change all at the same time. He supports the team’s international work, leads on private sector engagement and is responsible for the Future Generations Leadership Academy. Jonny spends too much time reading about politics and eats too much pasta. He says his favourite musical is Little Shop Of Horrors but if you press him it’s actually Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 

Lisa Pitt, Director: Finance & IT

Lisa Pitt

Director: Finance & IT

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant, she honed her craft over 15 years in Practise and Industry before taking the plunge into Public Sector. She is eager and excited to be a part of the changing Wales, lead by FGC, and is looking forward to all the challenges and opportunities that will bring.

Lisa lives near Cardiff with her husband and two young daughters. When not in her “mum” role she enjoys a few relaxing hours with friends partaking in afternoon teas or brunches. She has a keen interest in Quantum Physics theories (not the dreaded math!) and her guilty pleasure is all things UFO and Conspiracy Theory related – the truth is out there!

Claire Rees, Lead: Communications

Claire Rees

Lead: Communications

Claire is responsible for sharing our stories with the media, both locally and globally, and is our point of contact with journalists writing about the Act, the commissioner and our work. A former journalist of 10 years, she’s been working in PR since 2013 for charities, agencies and businesses. She’s a Welsh and Spanish learner, and an advocate for sustainable fashion - one of her favourite things is rummaging in charity shops.
Rhiannon Hardiman, Policy Lead: Climate, Nature, Economy & Food

Rhiannon Hardiman

Policy Lead: Climate, Nature, Economy & Food

Rhiannon is supporting public bodies in Wales to go net zero by 2030 and to take action to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies.

Rhiannon has previously worked in the public sector across Welsh Government, NHS, Senedd and local authorities where for 10 years she led the Rural Development Programme team at Bridgend CBC supporting sustainable and cohesive community development and thriving rural economies.

Rhiannon also has a charity background both as Wales Manager with active travel charity Living Streets advocating for everyday walking, clean air and transport decarbonisation and was a Trustee and co-Chair of the Wales Centre for International Affairs for some years.

Her main areas of interest are housing and transport decarbonisation including getting her own life on track to net zero. Rhiannon lives in Cardiff with her husband and two eco-warrior kids. “There is no PLANet B!”

Petranka Malcheva, Policy Lead: Health, long-term thinking, prevention

Petranka Malcheva

Policy Lead: Health, long-term thinking, prevention

Pep is our lead for the work on long-term thinking and foresight, health and prevention. Her role includes supporting the implementation of the five ways of working through developing training, tools and resources such as the Ways of Working Journey Checker. Her role also includes working with the Deputy Commissioner in all aspects of legal advice work. Outside of the office, Pep likes to read fantasy books, take pictures of her dog, slowly kill her houseplants and compare Welsh and Bulgarian weather. 

Korina Tsioni, Programme Lead: FGLA

Korina Tsioni

Programme Lead: FGLA

Korina focuses on the Future Leaders Academy work. The Academy works with a variety of sponsors, partners and participants across Wales, to ensure that all sectors are embedding the WFG Act in their work and that future leaders have all the knowledge, skills and support they need to make the world a better place! Korina is passionate about equity, equality, diversity and inclusion and loves art! She runs a world music events business on the side , aiming to unify and celebrate different cultures in Wales, and she runs and performs in a Greek folk band too! In her free time Korina volunteers as a Trustee. She also loves being outdoors with her dog, going to gigs, travelling with family and friends, and doing camera work for music videos!
Sandy Clubb, Policy Advisor: Involvement, Collaboration, Culture

Sandy Clubb

Policy Advisor: Involvement, Collaboration, Culture

Sandy works with the whole team to ensure that our work is informed by meaningful conversations and that we engage with people from a wide variety of backgrounds across Wales. Outside of work Sandy is active with a number of community and environmental groups, and volunteers as a befriender. Sandy loves to be outdoors and close to nature, cycling, running or walking with friends and family and is a serial instigator of book clubs.

 

Colleen Cluett, Sustainable Development Advisor

Colleen Cluett

Sustainable Development Advisor

Colleen focuses on advice and assistance in the Commissioner’s Office. In her role she manages the Office’s programme for providing advice and assistance to public bodies and other stakeholders to implement the Well-being of Future Generations Act, including working with other organisations to ensure our support is collaborative and integrated. She is also part of the Public Body and PSB Team as a Public Body Lead for several national public bodies and regional public bodies and PSBs in South East Wales.
Colleen likes to look for, and implement, better ways of doing things and loves to learn about and develop that through all areas of her work and life. Prior to joining the Office, Colleen worked mainly in the environmental sector in research, education, consulting and auditing. She is from Johannesburg, South Africa. Now living in Cardiff, she is enjoying learning Welsh and about Welsh culture.
Jenny McConnel, Sustainable Development Advisor (to include PSBs, Integration)

Jenny McConnel

Sustainable Development Advisor (to include PSBs, Integration)

Jenny is working with public bodies and Public Service Boards across Mid and West Wales to help them deliver the Well-being act to the fullest. The ‘monitoring and assessment’ part of her role draws upon her background in evaluation. She is tracking the objectives of Public Bodies and Public Service Boards to review how they have changed in line with previous recommendations made by the Future Generations Office.

Prior to joining the office, she has worked in both politics and social research in Wales, London and Brussels. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys hiking, surfing (badly), and going to gigs and exhibitions.

Alice Horn, Sustainable Development Advisor (to include PSBs, Integration)

Alice Horn

Sustainable Development Advisor (to include PSBs, Integration)

Alice supports members of the team with research and analysis, particularly focusing on the delivery and follow-up of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales’ first Section 20 Procurement Review. Alice is also working with the Office’s Change Maker Support team, building relationships with public bodies to ensure the interests of future generations are placed firmly at the heart of all they do. Alice is a Point of Contact for several public bodies in North Wales. In her spare time, Alice enjoys hiking, learning to cook new recipes, and traveling.

Najma Hashi, International Programme Coordinator

Najma Hashi

International Programme Coordinator

Najma works on our office’s international programme which aims to promote Wales as a globally responsible nation and manages the Alumni Network of our Future Generations Leadership Academy.

Najma is passionate about making Wales more equal and was a part of Cardiff Council’s Race Equality Taskforce and mentors young black, Asian and minority ethnic students from Cardiff South.

Natalie Jenkins, People Assistant

Natalie Jenkins

People Assistant

Natalie has an extensive background in team working and office management, supporting other people to fulfil their roles and reach their potential is what she enjoys doing the most. Natalie lives with her young family and two very pampered cats, and enjoys getting out to enjoy the great outdoors every chance she gets, or reading whenever she gets some quiet time (which is not very often!).

Sang-Jin Park, Finance & Corporate Governance Officer

Sang-Jin Park

Finance & Corporate Governance Officer

Originally from South Korea, Sang-Jin has lived in Wales since 2004.  He has responsibility for finance and corporate governance. Much of Sang-Jin’s spare time is taken up with his two dogs & baking cakes. He’s also an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga.

Hollie Leslie, Communications Co-ordinator (correspondence, briefings and publications)

Hollie Leslie

Communications Co-ordinator (correspondence, briefings and publications)

Hollie is responsible for dealing with the emails that are sent to our office by members of the public. She also produces our monthly FGC newsletter and supports any and all publications. Outside of work, Hollie enjoys reading, logging her entire life in a bullet journal and rewatching Gilmore Girls for the thousandth time. 

Mariyah Zaman, Communications Co-ordinator (website and social media)

Mariyah Zaman

Communications Co-ordinator (website and social media)

Mariyah is our social media and website lead, responsible for creating social content that explains the Act and our work, in a simple way, collaborating with others and keeping our website up-to-date.
A passionate champion for a more equal Wales, and freelance writer, she has also co-founded an independent media platform for and by Welsh Muslims called Now In A Minute Media.
Outside of work, she’ll likely be baking cakes with her mum as part of her other entrepreneurial endeavours!
Zuzana Kalinova, Future Leaders Academy Support

Zuzana Kalinova

Future Leaders Academy Support

Zuzana is our new Support on the Future Leaders Academy. She will be helping with organising the Graduation Event for our almost finished cohort 3.0 and with anything from editing videos to anything administrative. The Future Generations Leadership Academy recruits and supports young people from across Wales. It helps to develop skills and knowledge reconnected to the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as developing their leadership skills. Zuzana is very interested in engaging young people in the conversation and decision making. Zuzana loves to play the guitar and sing in her free time, and she also loves to read and listens to lots of podcasts. She is currently also working as a Station Co-ordinator for the Radio Platfform station, which is a charity community station, based in Porth in the Rhondda Valleys, supported by The Wales Millenium Centre. She adores to go out on walks in the nature, to dance and go to live gigs and spend time with her friends.

Cara Rogers, Team Support & Welsh Translation Administrator

Cara Rogers

Team Support & Welsh Translation Administrator

Cara is responsible for making sure that work is getting completed and sent efficiently and correctly. Cara joined the team after completing a Masters degree in Welsh Government and Politics from Cardiff University. After an insight to the public policy sphere, her dissertation focused on promoting national identity, whilst looking at policy networks, nation building, Welsh language policy and the inter-relationship between the third sector and national-level policies, for example, Cymraeg 2050: A Million Welsh Speakers. This was built from her undergraduate dissertation, which discussed how to promote the everyday use of minority languages by using Urdd Gobaith Cymru intervention called Cymraeg Bob Dydd.

Ola Mohammed, Team Support Administrator

Ola Mohammed

Team Support Administrator

Ola is a support team officer working as the first point of contact to provide efficient and definitive support to the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner. Ola enjoys going out and spending time with friends and family. Ola also has a kitten named Cairo!

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC) provide constructive advice and challenge on matters of governance, financial management and audit, and the arrangements for internal control – including risk identification and management. The Committee comprises:

Samer Karrar,

Samer Karrar

Samer is a Senior Engineer with a specialism in the transportation sector. She brings a wealth of experience across the private and public sector, working on the design and implementation of sustainable transport solutions. Samer holds an MEng in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Cardiff University, an MSc in Environmental Policy & Regulation from the LSE. 

Sabiha Azad,

Sabiha Azad

Sabiha works for the Welsh Refugee Council as a Coalition Coordinator. I am passionate about all areas of equality – moving away from crisis fighting to more sustainable, long term actions. I am a change-maker, dedicated to ensuring Wales is a equitable space, working with Welsh Government, Cardiff Youth Council, Women Against Violence Europe and the United Nations.  

Princess Onyeanusi,

Princess Onyeanusi

Princess is a marketing strategist with a passion for making positive impact in the community. She has an MBA in marketing from University of Wales, Cardiff and 15 years’ experience in marketing and customer service sectors. She is a proud advocate of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion as well as a certified STEM ambassador. She has just completed her role as an observer on POBL Housing Association Board as part of the Pathway to Board programme and is a new board member on Taff Housing Association. She is also a member of the Black Activist Development Programme of the TUC.

Peter Davies,

Peter Davies

Peter’s 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 and chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales, playing a key role in the development of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act.  

He chaired Wales Council for Voluntary Action 2015-2022 & currently chairs the Dwr Cymru’s Independent Challenge group, Community Energy Pembrokeshire, Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, co-chairs the Development Board for Nature Service Wales and is community custodian for Riversimple.

Mair Gwynant,

Mair Gwynant

Mair is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with over 30 years’ experience as a finance professional. 

She spent 10 years as an auditor and consultant with Deloitte (and formerly Touche Ross) before progressing to hold a number of senior roles in both the public and private sectors, including the Welsh Government, the Welsh European Funding Office and the Wales Co-operative Centre.     

She now runs her own consultancy practice providing a range of business development services to private, public, and third sector organisations, championing good governance, effective risk and financial management, and value for money. 

She has served on executive boards for over ten years, focusing on finance, risk, governance and operational efficiency and effectiveness.   She is currently chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Welsh Language Commissioner and is a trustee of the Hay Festival Foundation.  She has served as a trustee of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, chair of Social Investment (Cymru) Ltd, non-executive director of the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund and trustee for the Money and Mental Health Policy Unit. 

Mair is a fluent Welsh speaker and lives with her family in Cardiff. 

Annmarie Thomas,

Annmarie Thomas

Former Assistant Director of Workforce at Hywel Dda University Health Board.  Chair of Governing Body Ysgol Llannon.  Trailblazer Committee Member for Chiltern Music Therapy. Active volunteer for a range of community organisations including President of local Young Farmers’ Club and member of Fundraising Committee for the local Hospice. 

Fran Targett,

Fran Targett

Advisory Panel

The Well-being of Future Generations Act established a panel to provide the Commissioner with advice on the exercise of her functions. The members of the advisory panel are:

Helal Uddin and Lloyd Williams

Co-Directors of EYST (Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales)

Davinia-Louise Green

Director of Stonewall Cymru

Rhian Davies

Chief Executive of Disability Wales

Frank Atherton

Chief Medical Officer

Dr Frank Atherton took up post as Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director NHS Wales in August 2016. Frank graduated in medicine from Leeds University and has worked in a number of primary care and public health positions across the UK, Africa and North America. Frank was knighted in the 2022 New Year Honours list for his services to public health following the leading role he has played in Wales throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sir David Henshaw

Chair, Natural Resource Wales

Sir David Henshaw is the Chair of Natural Resources Wales. Sir David is and has been also a Chair and Non-Executive Director for a number of other public and private organisations and retains a series of advisory roles.

Heléna Herklots CBE

Older People’s Commissioner

Heléna Herklots is the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales – an independent statutory role established in law to protect and promote older people’s rights. Heléna is Chair of the UK Industrial Strategy Healthy Ageing Challenge Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Rocio Cifuentes

Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Ruth Marks

Chief Executive, WCVA

Ruth Marks is Chief Executive of WCVA and has a background in the voluntary and public sectors including equalities, diversity, human resource and change management.

Efa Gruffudd Jones

Welsh Language Commissioner

Shavanah Taj (PCS)

General Secretary, Wales TUC

Shavanah Taj is Wales TUC’s first BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) General Secretary. She joined Wales TUC in February 2019 from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), where she had been the Welsh Secretary since 2013. Shavanah is a passionate campaigner and activist and can often be found contributing speeches at round table debates and protest marches on issues such as anti-racism, human rights, women’s rights, fair pay, fair work and climate justice.

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