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The BMC team…

Ben Rawlence

Project lead

Award winning writer, activist, former speech writer to Charles Kennedy and co-founder.

Chris Blake


Director of Green Valleys CIC renewable energy company and energy entrepreneur.

Dr. Bill Newton Smith


Philosopher of science and for 20 years head of George Soros’s higher education programme, establishing over 20 universities around the world.

Cllr. Emily Durrant


Former activist, corporate responsibility consultant and now Wales first Green Party County Councilor.

Elizabeth Passey


Chairman of the Wye & Usk Foundation, Convener of Court (Chair) of the University of Glasgow, formerly a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and of Investec Asset Management, and hailing from a corn merchant family in Kington.

David Isaac


Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, former chair of Stonewall and many other charities.

Prof. Owen Sheers


Award winning writer, professor of creativity at Swansea University and co-founder.

Dame Rosie Boycott

Advisory Council

Writer, broadcaster and food and farming specialist.

Jane Davidson

Advisory Council

Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Wales, Trinity St David and former Minister of Education, Welsh Government.

Nigel Gervis

Advisory Council

Director, Ty Mawr Lime Ltd.

Peter Florence

Advisory Council

Director, Hay Festival.

Prof David Helfand

Advisory Council

Chair, Astrophysics, Columbia University and President Emeritus, Quest University, Canada.

Prof. Brigid Hogan

Advisory Council

Chair of Cell Biology, Duke University, USA.

Peter Howe

Advisory Council

Principal, Atlantic College.

Sophie Howe

Advisory Council

Well-Being and Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.

Prof Alan Lovell

Advisory Council

Former Dean, University of Glamorgan, Business School.

Mark Lynas

Advisory Council

Author, journalist and environmental activist.

Robert Macfarlane

Advisory Council

Writer and academic.

Dr. Havard Prosser

Advisory Council

Former Chief Environmental Science Adviser, Welsh Government 2005-2010.

Sir Tim Smit

Advisory Council

Entrepreneur and founder of the Eden Project.

Colin Tudge

Advisory Council

Writer, activist and food and farming pioneer.

Edmund de Waal

Advisory Council

Writer and artist.

Local Steering Group

Niel Bally


Sam Barcroft

CEO, Barcroft Media

Virginia Brown


Lynn Clausen

Teacher trainer and convenor of Raven Drama

Nancy Durham

Director, Welsh Lavender Ltd. and former journalist

Mari Fforde

Programme Manager, Hay Castle Trust

John Fitzgerald

Chair of Glasbury Arts

Andy Fryers

Director of Sustainability, Hay Festival

Emma Gardener


William Gold

Lecturer and musician

Mark Harrell

Artist and writer

Simone Hodges

Project Officer, Housing Development, Powys County Council

Cllr William Powell

County Councilor and Mayor of Talgarth

Maikki Ranger


Ian Rappel

Chief Executive of Gwent Wildlife Trust

John Russell

Businessman and environmental entrepreneur

Jess Shaw

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University, previously taught at Ruskin College of Art, Dartington College of Art, Oxford University and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

Justine Wheatley

Director, Peak Cymru

Jacqui Wilding

Chair of Talgarth Re-generation Group

John Williams

Head, Gwernyfed High School

Steven Thomas

Lecturer, NPTC

John Tushingham

Head of Access, Engagement and Performance, Torfaen County Council