Our Team

Meet the people behind the scenes

Sarah Hopkins

Director

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.

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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 Nature Wise eco literacy training, 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.

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.

Dr Karolina Rucinska

Sustainability Advisor

Karolina joined Cynnal Cymru in 2021 to provide consultancy support to the public and private sectors on how to become more sustainable in their operations.

Originally from Poland, Karolina developed her interest in sustainable development having witnessed the unintended consequences of the huge transformations that took place in her home country and the Republic of Ireland which she later moved to.

This lived experience prompted her to pursue higher degrees focused on sustainability, tourism, food systems and public understanding of science at Cardiff University. While a student, Karolina was involved in research investigating farm animal welfare, but later she moved to manage research projects at the Cardiff School of Engineering. There, she gained an appreciation of energy systems and the challenges that come with decarbonising them.

In her spare time, Karolina actively volunteers at Oasis Cardiff as a lead gardener and the Good Gym as a task member. She refuses to learn to drive and is a firm believer and practitioner of low carbon lifestyle. Karolina is described as one that brings people together and strives to make things better.

Lynsey Jackson

Programme Manager

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

Lynsey originally joined the team in 2010 as a volunteer, and has since developed a breadth of experience across the organisation from developing the branding and digital communications for the ‘Wales We Want’ National Conversation to coordinating our programme of events, including the Sustainable Academy Awards.

Today she leads on the development of our website and online training platform, as well as providing membership and consultancy support.

Out of hours, Lynsey is currently rewilding her garden and playing Wingspan – a bird themed board game.

Fiona Humphreys

Administration Officer

Fiona joined Cynnal Cymru in 2021, bringing with her a wide range of experience in both the third and private sectors, and a lifelong passion for the environment and animal welfare.
She is the first point of contact for the Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru (CLCC) consortium, and provides secretariat support for the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Customer Challenge Group. Fiona also provides administrative support to the whole team, handling the day-to-day finance work and supporting on communications projects.
Out of hours, Fiona can usually be found writing, gaming, or enjoying her garden with her two cats.

Bethan Harvey

Training Officer

**Currently on maternity leave**

Bethan joined Cynnal Cymru in 2018 and has since became the lead trainer on our open Carbon Literacy courses. She provides project support across the whole training programme and helped to develop our new Train-The-Trainer course.

Bethan has been delivering Carbon Literacy for over two years; she also has over four years training experience both in a community setting and at A-level and a Professional Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in Adult Education & Training.

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.

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Sara Wynne-Pari

Training and Development Officer

Sara supports our training and networking services, helping more organisations in Wales to improve their understanding of the nature crisis and take action to reverse it. She delivers Nature Wise, our eco-literacy training programme, helping to develop and tailor content, as well as providing programme support to the rest of the Cynnal Cymru team.

Sara’s background is in supporting and mentoring environmental volunteer organisations, with specialisms in cross-sector partnership development and pro-environmental behaviour change. 

Alongside her role at Cynnal Cymru, Sara also works part-time for Llais y Goedwig, the grassroots network organisation for community woodlands in Wales.

In her spare time, she enjoys nothing more than making the most of her backyard in Snowdonia whether that’s exploring, swimming or riding her electric bike.

Abi Hoare

Development Officer

Abi joined the team in 2021, following her recent graduation from the University of Bristol with a history degree. She is currently a Charityworks trainee, with previous experience in charity consultancy, digital marketing, and project management.

As Development Officer, Abi will be working to effectively map and develop our membership network, as well as providing varied support to the team across the board.

Outside of work, Abi’s interests lie in reading, gaming, and exploring her local area, The Forest of Dean.

Tom Kirton

Training and Communications Officer

Tom provides administrative support for our training programme, including our Carbon Literacy and Nature Wise courses.

Tom previously worked for Apple Inc. for over 11 years and brings his wealth of technical knowledge and customer service skills to the team here at Cynnal Cymru.

Outside of work Tom has been a Town councillor in Monmouthshire for 15 years and during this time he has been Mayor of Chepstow for three consecutive years where he has championed sustainable and environmental projects for Chepstow Town Council while building meaningful relationships with community groups and organisations.

Outside of work Tom plays many musical instruments and loves to work in his recording studio at home with his cat Zelda in attendance.

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Grace Robinson

Living Wage Programme Officer

Grace is the Living Wage Programme Officer, providing advice and support to growing our employer network.

She was born in Cardiff and has lived here most of her life – the only exception being an undergraduate degree in Swansea. 

She has a background in human resources and has always been passionate about equality, justice and fair work practices.

Grace previously worked on the Living Wage Programme during her master’s degree in HR, which is what made her enthusiastic about this particular initiative. 

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Alys Reid Bacon

HR & Administrative Officer

Alys provides support on the Living Wage accreditation process and Cynnal Cymru’s human resources. 

Alys is fluent in both Welsh and English and is currently working on her PhD in Biological Sciences, titled, “The influence of genotype, environment & management factors on yield development, grain filling & grain quality in oats”.

Alys is passionate about sustainability and enjoys spending her free time walking, sea swimming, cooking, eating and gaming.

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Associates

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.

 

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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.

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