New Executive Director Appointed at Cynnal Cymru


Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales announces the appointment of a new executive Director to steer the charity though the next phase of its development as it continues to respond to the global challenge of sustainability – Sarah Hopkins.

Our current Director steps down after a successful period of restructuring the charity from a wholly government-funded organisation, to one that now generates income from embedding sustainable development at a practical level through its growing membership and via strategic partnership projects that enable collaboration between private, public and third sectors.

Sarah was most recently H&M’s Sustainability Manager (Cambodia and Vietnam) where she was responsible for setting and driving H&M’s social and environmental sustainability strategy in those countries. Amongst other projects, she managed social and environmental sustainability projects in the supply chain, including a high profile collaboration involving the ILO and other agencies to improve industrial relations, health and safety and living wages in the garment industry. She has a strong commercial background.  Sarah lives in Cardiff and was previously a corporate lawyer in a London law firm. Sarah will be joining the team in January 2020.

Sarah Hopkins said:

“I am excited to join the excellent team at Cynnal Cymru and the movement towards a greener, more equal and globally responsible Wales. I look forward to meeting and working with our members and supporting them with their sustainability agendas and challenges. Cynnal Cymru is unique in building relations between sectors and industries and I hope to continue the great work already started. I believe that together we can learn, innovate and make a positive impact on people’s lives in Wales now and in the future.”

Gary Brace, Chair of Cynnal Cymru’s Board said:

“We are delighted to welcome Sarah Hopkins to be Cynnal Cymru’s new Executive Director. In addition to her many skills and experiences in the field of sustainability in the supply chain sector, Sarah is excited to be taking forward our forward-looking sustainability agenda in Wales. Trustees are looking forward to her building on the great foundations which Mari Arthur has put in place for Cynnal Cymru.”

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru said:

“I’m really proud of what we have achieved to date and it has been a privilege to work with so many talented and committed people in my time here at Cynnal Cymru. This is a really exciting opportunity to lead our charity through a next phase of its development, and I’m confident that Sarah will take up the challenge and continue to drive forward our mission in making Wales a truly sustainable nation.”

Cynnal Cymru is part of the WCVA Group structure.[:]

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