The Team

Ben Rawlence

Project lead

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

Libby Pearson

Programme Manager

Libby was a former Director of Student Experience and Academic Quality at Navitas, a leading global higher education provider where she designed, built and led on the student experience of 10 European pathway colleges.

Chris Blake

Trustee

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

Cllr. Emily Durrant

Trustee

Former activist, participatory research and corporate responsibility consultant and now Wales’ only Green Party County Councilor. Chair of the Policy Forum at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

Mari Fforde

Trustee

Film maker, arts consultant, Governor of Clyro Primary School and Heritage Learning Officer at Hay Castle.

David Isaac

Trustee

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

Prof. Owen Sheers

Trustee

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

Dr. Bill Newton Smith

Trustee

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

Elizabeth Passey

Trustee

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 on the Welsh borders.

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 T. Howe

Advisory Council

Principal of UWC 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.

Andrew Nairne OBE

Advisory Council

Director of Kettles Yard gallery, Cambridge and former Executive Director, Arts, for Arts Council England.

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.

Lord Chris Smith

Advisory Council

Master of Pembroke College Cambridge, former Culture Secretary and former Chairman of the Environment Agency.

Edmund de Waal

Advisory Council

Writer and artist.