Our Team

Meet the people behind the scenes

Sarah Hopkins


Sarah joined the team in 2020 and is responsible for overall management and development of Cynnal Cymru’s activities and services throughout Wales and beyond. Her breadth of experience includes community engagement and leading on climate, environmental and social improvements in complex supply chains.

As the lead for Cynnal Cymru’s Fair and Just Society programme of work, she supports with Living Wage accreditation and strategy in Wales, as well as advising on the role of the living wage within the broader Fair Work and Just Transition agenda.

Sarah has three children and lives in Cardiff. She enjoys running, cycling and singing musical theatre.

Rhodri Thomas

Principal Consultant and Training Lead

Rhodri joined Cynnal Cymru in 2008. He is responsible for our environmental management consultancy and training. His experience includes corporate environmental policy and action planning, carbon foot-printing, integrated sustainable development strategies, and the development and delivery of training on all aspects on environmental sustainability.

Rhodri leads our Low Carbon Economy work programme which includes environmental management systems, decarbonisation, and “Carbon Literacy” training. He is a certified Carbon Literacy trainer and Consultant and has led the development of the Carbon Literacy Project in Wales.

Clare Sain-Ley-Berry

Policy and Development Manager

Clare has a background in delivering partnership projects for the natural environment and sustainable resource use and uses this to help shape our policy and development work. She enjoys facilitating collaboration across sectors and devising practical programmes to deliver strategic aims. Clare leads on Cynnal Cymru’s work for a thriving natural environment, which includes our eco-literacy pioneer programme Nature Wise, as well as contributing to work around the foundational economy and decarbonisation.

Clare enjoys being energised by good conversation, yoga and being out and about in nature. She lives with her family in Penarth.

Lynsey Jackson

Programme Manager

With a background in design and marketing, and an interest in systems thinking, Lynsey enjoys developing creative and practical solutions that support our work programme.

In particular, she provides strategic support for our membership, training and events. Leading on the development of our new website and online training platform.

Speak to Lynsey about how we can support your organisation through our membership.

Out of hours, Lynsey is currently rewilding her garden and playing Wingspan.

Bethan Harvey

Training and Living Wage Accreditation Officer

Bethan became a trainer for our Carbon Literacy course in 2020 and is the training lead for the Open Carbon Literacy courses. 

She provides project support across the whole training programme and manages the training certification process.

Bethan previously led on Living Wage Accreditation in Wales but will now have a more strategic focus– fostering relationships with employers on a place basis, widening our network across Wales and exploring different means of reaching employers.

Fiona Humphreys

Administration / Accreditation Officer

Fiona brings her wide range of experience and lifelong passion for the environment and animal welfare to working on Living Wage accreditation in Wales. This includes responding to day-to-day enquiries, growing our employer network, providing administrative support to the Leadership Team and Cardiff as a Living Wage City Steering Group and supporting on communications projects.

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Job opportunities

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Meet our extended team

Mari Arthur

Strategic Support, Living Wage

Former Director of Cynnal Cymru, Mari continues to support our work with the Living Wage Foundation, providing strategic support to the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team.


Luke Penny

Project Support

Luke works in fostering effective collaboration, relationships and participation. He is interested in the interactions between society and ecology and works on a range projects with Cynnal Cymru, including The Blaenau Gwent Climate Assesmbly and Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru.

Our Trustees

Meet the people helping to shape and support our charity.

Ruth Marks

Board Trustee / WCVA Sole Member Representative

Ruth joined WCVA as Chief Executive in January 2015. In April 2018, the Wales Council for Voluntary Action became the Sole Member of Cynnal Cymru and Ruth is the primary representative on the Board of Trustees.

Diane McCrea

Chair of the Board

Diane has many years’ experience as a Chair including for Natural Resources Wales, Consumer Council for Water Wales, and Shelter Cymru. She has been a Board member with Transport Focus, Assured Food Standards, and is a Trustee of All Saints Educational Trust.

Robert Firth


Robert Firth is a qualified business coach, based in Cardiff. He is currently President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University.

Kate Evans


Kate Evans is an Energy Lawyer at Capital Law and is based in Cardiff. Kate’s focus lies within renewable energy, as well as low carbon transport and infrastructure projects.

Ruth Billingham


Ruth has 20 years experience in the third sector, mainly working in communications, marketing and campaigns roles. She is currently Head of Campaigns for Living Streets the UK charity for everyday walking. Ruth oversees the organisation’s campaign strategy, their digital presence and is responsible for their supporters, donors and local groups.

Robert Edge


Robert Edge is an experienced public sector manager having worked for The British Council, the Arts Council of Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before founding his own consultancy business.

Nia Lloyd


Nia is the Marketing and Communications Officer for Keep Wales Tidy where she works on a wide range of digital platforms to support volunteers and staff along with events and campaigns.

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If you are interested in a future position on our board, please get in contact.

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