The Wales for Peace staff team are managed by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), and bring together a broad range of experience as well as tremendous passion for peace education. Although we have office bases in Cardiff and Caernarfon, the team spend much of their time out and about, supporting volunteer groups across Wales - we look forward to hearing from you!
Contact Us - South Wales
029 2082 1051
Wales for Peace, Temple of Peace & Health, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3AP
Contact us - North Wales
029 2082 1051
Meet the Wales for Peace Team
Craig Owen - Head of Wales for Peace CraigOwen@wcia.org.uk
A leading figure in Welsh internationalism over the last 15 years, Craig joined WCIA from WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), where as International Manager since 2007 he developed from scratch the Wales Africa Community Links programme. This has supported over 150 civil society organisations delivering 500 projects on learning, partnership building and community development between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Craig previously worked on Oxfam International’s Tsunami Relief Programme in Indonesia, with a major focus on peace building in the conflict-stricken province of Aceh. Craig wrote a blog from Aceh which was followed by people throughout Wales and worldwide. As Wales Campaigns Coordinator with Oxfam Cymru, Craig led work on ‘Make Poverty History’, ‘Control Arms’ (securing an International Arms Trade Treaty) and on Fair Trade. He has travelled extensively and gained international experience of peace building and practical community initiatives as far afield as South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Lesotho, Indonesia, Cambodia, Angola, Israel and Palestine. Craig has led public and youth outreach work with Oxfam and during 2 years as President of NUS Wales (National Union of Students), and as a students union officer at Aberystwyth University, where he studied Geography and Geology. In his spare time, Craig volunteers as an outdoor pursuits leader and events organiser with the LGBT charity OutdoorLads.
Craig oversees delivery of the Wales for Peace project plan through supporting the WCIA team, organisational partners, and building wider relationships and opportunities to maximise the impact of Wales for Peace.
Susie Ventris-Field - Programme Support SusieVentrisField@wcia.org.uk
Susie previously worked for Chwarae Teg in North Wales, supporting women with career progression and employers to implement best practice in equality and diversity, as part of a broader aim to narrow the gender pay gap in Wales. She has worked in Kenya and Eritrea in primary and secondary education teaching students and helping teachers to implement regional improvements to education processes.
Fi Gilligan - Finance and Volunteer Support Administrator FiGilligan@wcia.org.uk
Fi Gilligan is our Administrator and first point of contact for enquiries, 3½ days per week (normally Tuesday-Thursday). She joined us from the Butetown History and Arts Centre, and has previously worked on in a range of professional admin roles with WCVA’s Gwirvol youth volunteering and Communities First Training programmes, and with SCVS (Swansea Council for Voluntary Services). Fi has also been a volunteer art tour guide over the last 5 years with the National Museum for Wales and has recently completed an Open University Masters in Art History, specialising in the study of artists whose art works focus on the human impact of recent international conflicts, including the Iraq War.
Fi’s role supports the Wales for Peace team as first point of contact, managing the office and enquiries, administering the project’s finances and online communications, and providing day-to-day support to volunteers.
Jane Harries - Learning Coordinator JaneHarries@wcia.org.uk
Jane’s role is delivering the Wales for Peace project’s ambitious Learning Strategy - developing bilingual teaching and curriculum resources; delivering conferences and events for schools, youth & community groups; facilitating networking and advocacy on Peace Education, and ultimately establishing a world-leading ‘Peace Schools’ scheme for Wales.
Ffion Fielding, Exhibitions and Engagement Coordinator FfionFielding@wcia.org.uk
Ffion joined us from St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life, from where she has developed over a decade’s experience as Senior Learning & Interpretation Officer, and Adult Learning Coordinator.
Ffion brings extensive heritage sector expertise into the Wales for Peace team, in particular having been seconded over the last year as WW1 Commemoration Projects Coordinator across the 8 National Museums of Wales.
A fluent Welsh speaker originally from Carmarthen, Ffion has extensive experience of developing bilingual and accessible exhibition interpretation and learning materials, and of working with community groups on a diverse range of projects.
Ffion will lead the Wales for Peace team's heritage work - in particular, developing a 'Remembering for Peace' exhibition which will tour Wales from early 2016 - and will support community groups across South and West Wales to explore theirt own peace heritage and to develop indiviudual community projects.
Fiona Wynn Owens, Volunteering Development Coordinator (N Wales based) FionaOwens@wcia.org.uk
Fiona joins us in January 2017 from Cyngor Gwynedd, where as Museums and Volunteer Coordinator she has overseen site management, volunteer projects, communications and media for Storiel in Bangor, the Lloyd George Museum near Criccieth and Oriel Pendeitsh in Caernarfon.
Fiona was previously a Trainer and NVQ Assessor on social inclusion projects supporting Essential Skills development, and was a Careers Adviser for 10 years through Careers Wales offering guidance and counselling to young people, excluded adults and those returning to the workplace. She has also worked as a Production Assistant in TV and Radio Broadcasting, and as Deputy President of University of Glamorgan Students Union. Fiona has actively volunteered with a range of organisations engaged in the arts, festivals and community crafts.
Fiona will be leading our volunteering skills development, training, Information and Communications Technology and online media work as the Wales for Peace project gathers momentum towards 2017-18.
Awel Irene, Community Participation Facilitator (N Wales based) AwelIrene@wcia.org.uk
Awel has previously led School Projects work for the World Education Centre in Bangor, Youth and Social Inclusion work for the Presbyterian Church of Wales, and worked for VSO in Dominica. She has always actively volunteered with a range of community, peace and campaigning groups in North Wales.
Awel will be leading our community participation, social / youth inclusion and support work on projects exploring hidden histories of peace builders, as the Wales for Peace project gathers momentum into 2017-18.
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