The Patron of the Calon Cymru Network is Dr.R. Brinley Jones CBE, FSA, MA, D.Phil, Hon DD,D.Lit, D. Univ. He is President of the University of Wales Trinity St.David and was President of the National Library of Wales for 12 years.
Sam is currently studying his Part 2 Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). Prior to this, he worked for several years as an Architectural Assistant. He is interested in community resilience and is an advocate for low impact design.
AADipl. RIBA (Retired)
Architect, Designer & Teacher
Martin is an architect and civic designer but most of his career has been spent working in professional teams with planners, geographers and engineers etc, so his experience and interests are correspondingly broad. For 5 years he was a Studio Tutor at the University of Westminster while running a small pratice after which most of his career has been devoted to planning and development in Europe, North America and several 3rd world countries. Now living in Powys he is semi-retired, taking on only selected, sustainability-based consultancy projects. He co-founded the CCN in 2009 and his main interest is the need to plan for global uncertainties, including climate change and resource depletion.
BA Hons, Pg Dip, Cert Ed, Eng Tech
A retired engineer, with extensive experience in the oil and gas industry in the UK and abroad, Gwyn now devotes his time to protecting nature and increasing biodiversity on his farm, and plants trees wherever he can. Gwyn has a huge love of the countryside and his community. He is proud to be Welsh and has previously served as a Plaid Cymru councillor. His wife Judith, is a local community staff nurse. He is very concerned with environmental matters and the future of agriculture and values our heritage and sense of place, and is keen to start a conversation, as Wales has a wonderful story to tell and a bright future.
Sustainable Farming Consultant
Tony has 18 years' experience working in organic and sustainable agriculture in the UK and internationally. He was a key figure at Organic Centre Wales for nearly 15 years and has experience in organic crop and livestock production in the UK and abroad. Based near Aberystwyth, he provides advisory services and acts as agent for applications for RDP schemes, incuding Glastir and Sustainable Production Grants. He delivers Farming Connect funded services in partnership with ADAS. Tony is a member of IOTA and has excellent links with with organic producers, food businesses, certifiers and policy makers. He also works part-time on an organic sheep farm near Tregaron which he is diversifying into horticulture and is involved with a bakers' co-op in St. David's that bakes with locally-grown organic grain. Tony studied Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and has a Masters in crop pest management from Imperial College, London.
Dip. TP MRTPI
Steve’s career has been entirely in local government, first in London Boroughs and then in Powys. He retired in 2012 but continues to work as a freelance consultant. He has worked for Westminster City Council, Architecture and Planning Dept. Civic Design and Special Projects Section and for the London Borough of Greenwich Planning Dept. Policy and Town Centres Team and for Radnorshire District Council, Architecture and Planning Dept. as Deputy Chief Planning Officer. Since then he has alternated between being a Freelance Planning Consultant and working for Radnorshire District Council and Powys County Council, Planning Dept. in Development Control / Development Management Sections as a Senior Planning Officer and Specialist Services Manager. His main interest currently is in campaigning for local authorities to implement 'One Planet' policies in Mid Wales.
Architect, Builder and Smallholder
Ken worked as an architect in local government and private practice before going solo as a designer / builder in London and a furniture designer / maker in France for several years. On his return to the UK in 1986 he resumed his architectural career as a partner in a small practice operating mainly in the Marches and Wales. His main expertise is in low-energy, sustainable construction, particularly in relation to affordable housing,
Ken has served as Chairman of the Herefordshire Society of Chartered Architects and as well as running a busy practice he finds time to work on his smallholding near Hereford. He also co-founded the CCN in 2009.
Dr. Patricia Dodd Racher
BA M.Ed PhD
Geographer & Researcher
Patricia graduated in geography and social anthropology from the London School of Economics, has a management diploma; an M.Ed; and a PhD. on the application of complex adaptive systems theory to education policy, with a focus on school inspection policy. Since 1988 she has worked as research analyst and writer. She works across traditional subject boundaries and has published three books. She is interested in policy responses to conflict between continuous economic growth and the finite resources of the planet.
Dr. Christopher Tanner
Rural Development Specialist
After graduating in Social Anthropology, Chris worked and travelled before doing postgraduate studies that led on to a career in international development. He moved to the Llandovery area in 2012 from Mozambique, where he worked for the UN on land and rural development projects. He now works freelance, and is a keen advocate of community-based development and management of local resources. He is also concerned with the need to fundamentally change our economic system to address climate change and achieve a saner, people-centred view of growth and development.
MA Dip.Arch ARB
Mark is an architect in Llandeilo with nineteen years post-qualification experience. He studied architecture at Cambridge University and the University of North London. He worked for seven years at DGA Architects in London, qualifying in 2002 and becoming Associate in 2003. During this time he gained experience in private, commercial and public sectors, with projects ranging in scale from residential refurbishments to urban design. He moved to Wales in 2011, inspired by the Welsh Government’s stated objective of becoming a One Planet nation within a generation. He now has his own practice, Mark Waghorn Design in Llandeilo, which specialises in rural sustainable design. As a director of CCN, he is working with colleagues to make this vision a reality in the Heart of Wales corridor and to inspire others to follow.