Cat Jones - Head of Partnership

Cat JonesA native Welsh speaker with almost 20 years of international experience, Cat has recently returned to Wales to lead Hub Cymru Africa. Cat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of London.

She has a background working in the field of humanitarian relief and development, with an emphasis on human rights, prevention of violence and the rights of girls and women. After leaving University, Cat worked for the Department for International Development in London before joining Peace Brigades International in Colombia as a volunteer.

Since 2003 she has worked for the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and joined the Hub Cymru Africa team in April 2015

Hannah Sheppard - Grants and Effectiveness Manager

Hannah Sheppard

Hannah joined the Welsh Centre for International Affairs after working as a researcher, evaluating projects in Indonesia and Ghana for Gender at Work, and working with Wales Africa Community Links to understand the impact and value of community linking projects between Wales and Africa.

Since completing her MSc in Social Development Policy and Management at Swansea University, Hannah coordinated learning and sharing events for the Welsh Network of Development Researchers and Gender at Work’s Measuring Gender Equality workshop.

Prior to her masters, Hannah lived and worked in Ethiopia, and worked on communications and transparency issues as a consultant for the World Bank, DfID and Save the Children in Ethiopia. Hannah also supported community groups in the UK as they developed their own local infrastructure projects with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and administered through Sustrans. Hannah's career began at the BBC where she was responsible for publicising a wide range of projects including the Prison Radio pilot and various David Attenborough programmes. When not at work, Hannah enjoys living on the Gower, gardening, fishing and wild swimming.

Beth Kidd - Health, Environment and Livelihoods Manager

Beth Kidd

Beth has 11 years of international development experience, both with a donor, an International NGO and at field level in Uganda. Most recently, she was Development Officer for the Wales for Africa Health Links Network where she worked to build the capacity Welsh health professional to deliver health projects across Africa. She also worked as Concern Universal’s International Programme Coordinator where she supported the Country Directors of 10 overseas programmes to access funding, report effectively and monitor their impact.

Beth also worked for Comic Relief for a number of years, most recently as their International Learning Coordinator. In 2007/8 she worked with Visions in Action Uganda, where she coordinated an Information, Education & Communications campaign encouraging war affected youth in the Internally Displaced People’s camps of Kitgum and Gulu in Northern Uganda to access HIV testing, treatment and counselling.

Brân Devey - Communications, Media and Events Coordinator

Bran DeveyOriginally from north Wales, Brân studied International Relations at the University of Bradford Peace Studies Department and joins us from Natural Resources Wales, having worked there and at The Countryside Council for Wales as a Public Relations Officer over the past five and a half years.

He has an interest in current affairs and has spent time volunteering, working and travelling in Cameroon and Lesotho. Brân has also visited Nicaragua as part of a delegation looking at a variety of issues including Fair Trade.

Elen Jones - Fair Trade Wales National Coordinator

Elen JonesElen is a bi-lingual campaigner who cares about impact. Be it an individual’s impact by making one small change and assisting others to follow suit, to organisations and governments changing policy from the top. It’s all about impact.

Experience in the public sector includes the Benefits Agency, The Welsh Office and Police Complaints Commission and in the private and voluntary sectors from Hyder, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Common Purpose involving the fields of customer service, training, facilitation, event management, community development and project management.

Elen enjoys working with motivated and inspiring individuals and groups who want to make a difference. Elen’s current day to day role is to provide direction for a small team supporting a grass-roots framework of campaigners who wish to provide a better chance for the developing world through education, procurement and policy.

Helen Bradley - Fair Trade Wales Programme Manager

Helen Bradley

After gaining a BSc in Environmental Biology, Helen worked in a number of roles within the field of environmental education in the USA and in the UK. She has since completed a PGDip in Sustainability Education and has worked in sustainable development and global education roles within the voluntary and public sector including Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, Bridgend CBC and ESDGC Schools Networks.

She has a broad experience including project management, training, volunteer support and public engagement. She previously held the role of Education Manager within Fair Trade Wales and is now focused growing the Fair Trade Nation in Wales and managing engagement, campaigns and volunteers.

Fadhili Maghiya - Sub Saharan Africa Advisory Panel Disapora and Inclusion Officer

Fadhili MaghiyaWith a background in Human Rights and International Development, Fadhili worked as a legal intern for the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, worked for Royal African Society and in various volunteering positions before joining Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP). He spearheaded Common Ground Initiative’s, Africa-UK platform in Wales and currently responsible for coordinating and managing SSAP's Inclusion role within Hub Cymru Africa.

Outside the development sector Fadhili is the founder and curator of Watch-Africa; the first Wales African Film Festival. Fadhili is an avid writer/blogger with keen interest in Africa's development and international affairs.

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