2009: MSc.Regeneration Studies – City and Regional Planning Dept., Cardiff University, U.K.
1998: Fellowship, School for Social Entrepreneurs. London
1978: B.A. (Hons. 1st), Communication Arts and Media; Leeds University, U.K.
Main Current Activities:
Since 2011: Enterprise Tutor with Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning.
I also provide regular teaching sessions and mentoring for third sector groups in Wales and internationally on the themes of social enterprise, sustainability and local food.
Since 2009: Social enterprise mentor with Menter a Busness (‘Big Ideas Wales’)
Since 2009: Chair and founding director of the award-winning Riverside Market Garden, a small-scale organic horticulture production and training social enterprise located near Cardiff, which provides more than 50 families in Cardiff with a weekly 'veg bag'.
Since 2010: Founder/Manager of Get Ffresh! – providing consultancy, advice and support to local food enterprises and social enterprises.
Since 2010: Working with the Cardiff Food Council in enabling Cardiff to become a Sustainable Food City; promoting the Cardiff Food Charter and running a programme of activities around the theme of increasing the uptake of healthy, local and sustainably produced food.
Since 1998: Founder/Special Projects Manager, RCMA Social Enterprise Ltd (riversidemarket.org.uk): overseeing the development of Cardiff’s farmers’ markets and an associated outreach and education programme,mincluding Riverside Community Garden.
Since 1998: Running Cultural Concerns – delivering a range of community-based arts activities in Wales, and linking Welsh musicians with performers from India and Sub Saharan Africa.
Other Recent Professional Activities:
Mentor – Renew Wales and Business Wales Mentoring
Social Enterprise Role Model mentor – Wales Cooperative Centre
Grant Advisor/Assessor - Local Food Programme: Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.
Skillshare Mentor – Plunkett Foundation
Consultant Team member – F3, The Local Food Consultants.
Welsh Assembly Government - Agrifood Partnership Forum member
Selected Other Activities
Sustainable Food Communities – Steering Group member (2011 - 2012)
Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff - Board Member (2007 – 2012)
Chapter Trading Ltd. – Chair (2007 – 2012)
Food Standard Agency - Advisory Committee for Community Engagement (2006 – 2009)
Wales Sustainable Supply Chain Initiaitive - steering committee memb (2008 – 2010)
Wales Regional Panel Member, U.K. Sustainable Development Commission (2007 – 2010
Chair andmCoordinator, Riverside Festival Association (1998 – 2008).
Arts Council of Wales (ACW): Council Member (2000 – 2004)
School Governor – Severn Primary School, Cardiff (2008 – 2011)
2012, 2011: Leading Wales Awards - Finalist
2012, 2010,2009: Green Dragons Den – shortlisted
2010: Inspire Wales Awards – Winner (Environmental section)
2010 South Wales Business Awards - Social Enterprise of the Year
2010 Network Wales Awards - Runner Up (Green Award category)
2010, 2009 Wales Trues taste Gold Awards (Local Sourcing Initiative; Local Food
2009, 2007 + 2005: BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards - Finalist;
2003+ 2004: FSA Wales - 'Award for Food Action Locally'
2007: Metro Wales - "Local Food Hero” award
2007: UKTV Food Heroes Award - Regional Finalist
2006: UnLtd (Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs) Level 2 Award Winner
Alongside my passion for local food and social enterprise, I have remained involved with
I have dual UK/Canadian citizenship and speak Spanish and French, passable Slovak and some
community arts and perform folk, jazz and world music in various acoustic music
Founder of FeMANism, men’s group aiming to address gender inequalities and violenceagainst women.
I'm currently working with two women’s cooperatives in Zimbabwe and Uganda to help them create local food production/marketing enterprises.
I write a regular ‘Go Green’ blog for the Western Mail and I'm a Community Reporter with BBC Radio Wales.
I live part-time with my 13-year-old son Lloyd.