Meet the people helping to shape and support our charity.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 is the Projects Manager at FOR Cardiff where she works on environmental and public realm projects while supporting businesses in Cardiff City Centre with cleansing issues. With over 10 years of experience of digital media, events and project management, Nia has worked for several not-for-profits within the environment sector.
Chris is a CIMA qualified finance leader working for NHS Wales with over 15 years’ experience spanning several sectors including financial services, technology, charities and the public sector. He has a keen interest in exploring the intersection between finance and sustainable development and actively promotes the role that finance professionals can play in enabling sustainable organisations.
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Edward was raised on a farm in Carmarthenshire and has worked in the food sector all his career.
As Group CSR Manager at Castell Howell Foods, and sitting on other industry groups, he has a broad view on all aspects of supply chain sustainability.
Helen leads the Environment team at Arup in Cardiff, delivering projects, policy and strategy to drive decarbonisation in response to the climate emergency. She works across discipline boundaries, to align low carbon mobility with energy, and is currently supporting Welsh Government and Transport for Wales to deliver electric vehicle charging.
Could this be you?
If you are interested in a future position on our board, please get in contact.