Wales staff team

 

The Team

 

Angela Charlton
Director Wales

At Ramblers since:  2008
Working hours:  Full time
Welsh speaker:  Learning

What I do:  My role involves steering Ramblers Cymru to deliver high quality projects and reach a wider audience. I want us to be relevant to everyone in Wales, wherever they are. I ensure we maintain a high profile and a strong voice with Welsh Government and partners in Wales. 

About me:  I have over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector, including community engagement in both the rural and urban environment context. My previous roles cover environmental education, fundraising, project development and management, countryside management and walk leading. I am from South Wales and have a real passion to see the people of Wales have every opportunity to flourish in a sustainable way whilst meeting the needs of the people and the environment. 

 

 

Rebecca Brough
Policy and Advocacy Manager


At Ramblers since:  March 2014
Working hours:  Full time
Welsh speaker:  Learning 


What I do:  I make sure that politicians and public bodies in Wales hear about Ramblers views and use our passion and knowledge of the outdoors to influence their decision-making. This involves meeting politicians, responding to consultations, writing briefings and monitoring policy developments.  I also help Ramblers members influence their local politicians by supporting them with information on current policy and research. At present, my priority is building relationships with Assembly members and the new Welsh Government cabinet following the 2016 Assembly elections, and promoting the improvements to access we called for in the Ramblers Cymru's manifesto.

About me:  I have a background in policy influencing work in the governmental, charity and statutory sectors.  With my degrees in Geography and Tourism and Environmental management, the Ramblers mission is one I feel passionate about. I live by the coast and regularly walk sections of Wales Coast Path with my family and my excitable border collie, Jess.

 

Bran Devey

Brân Devey
Engagement and Communications Manager

At Ramblers since:  March 2019
Working hours:  Full time
Welsh speaker:  Fluent

 

What I do:  My role is to support staff and volunteers within Wales in all things engagement and communications.  This includes highlighting the great work Ramblers Cymru does across Wales, through social media, our website, online news, press, radio and TV.   

About me: I have previously worked in communications in the environment sector with the Countryside Council for Wales and then Natural Resources Wales. Following this I moved on to work in the International Development sector with Hub Cymru Africa, before starting my post here at the Ramblers. When I'm not in the office I can be found exploring the Welsh mountains and coastline or further afield.

 

Maria Hamlett 

Maria Hamlett
Governance Officer

At Ramblers since: July 2017
Working hours: Part-time
Welsh speaker: No
 
What I do:  My role is to support the Welsh Council and the Welsh Council Executive Committee to ensure it discharges its responsibilities effectively and that excellent governance standards are applied at all times.  

About me: My background includes working in numerous third sector organisations in key governance roles and providing a good understanding of legislation and best governance practice. I enjoy travelling especially to historic and archaeological sites.

 

Olie Wicks 

Oliver Wicks
Walking Spaces Officer

At Ramblers since: May 2018
Working Hours: Full Time
Welsh Speaker: Basic

What I do: My role is to support Ramblers Cymru practical volunteer groups, develop a community council engagement toolkit, develop and promote the Cambrian Way. As well as to assist with PROW issues as they arise.

About Me: I have always been a sporty type of person, but mostly focused on rugby when I was younger, and then cross country running. In 2009 though I took the opportunity to volunteer in the USA with American Conservation Experience and in 2010 was recruited as a Volunteer Crew Leader. These opportunities sparked the passion I now have for all things outdoors. They also gave me the chance to work in National Parks such as Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Kings Canyon. On returning to the UK I volunteered for Keep Wales Tidy, National Trust, Sustrans and the Wildlife Trust all the while studying an Open University degree. In 2016 I managed to get a one year contract working for Brecon Beacons National Park as a Trainee Countryside Warden, and from there managed to get my current role as Walking Spaces Officer.

 

Paula Renzel

Paula Renzel
Paths for People Advocate

At Ramblers since: September 2018
Working Hours: Full Time
Welsh Speaker: Learner

What I do: My role sits between political research & advocacy and delivery work. I support our Policy & Advocacy Manager in conducting research and liaising with Welsh Government and on the ground, I work with our Walking Spaces Officer supporting our path maintenance volunteers in keeping our network up to scratch and putting walking at the heart of our communities.

About Me: I have always been passionate about the outdoors and fighting for positive change within society and policy-making. After studying politics in London, it is my love for nature that brought me to Wales and eventually to join the Ramblers Cymru staff team.

 

Catherine Morgan (currently on parental leave)
Area Support and Delivery Officer Wales

At Ramblers since:  June 2017
Working hours:  Full time
Welsh speaker:  Learning 


What I do:  I work with the Area volunteers, helping them get the support they might need to enable the groups to run effectively whether that’s offering 1st Aid training, social media workshops, a better understanding of Rights of Way and Access or a comprehensive induction for the Area Chair.  In addition I provide admin support to the Director of Ramblers Cymru and ensure the office operations are running smoothly.

About me:  I have a background in managing live events and community development projects in London and Cardiff and started out my career teaching English abroad for several years. I have always loved the outdoors and am passionate about the beauty of Wales with its castles, mountains, rolling hills and stunning coastline.  When I’m not out and about walking or on my bike, I’m usually found playing my trumpet with Cardiff community band – Wonderbrass.

   

Amanda Hill
Walking Spaces Officer

At Ramblers Since: 2017

Working Hours: 4 days a week

Welsh Speaker: learning

 

What I do: My role is to support Ramblers Cymru practical volunteer groups, develop a community council engagement toolkit,  develop and promote the Cambrian Way. As well as to assist with PROW issues as they arise.

 

About Me: I have 15 years experience working for Worcestershire County Council Countryside Service developing and supporting volunteers working on the PROW network and managing the counties recreational routes. I studied Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and then spent a couple of years travelling. I now live in Ceredigion with my partner and three springer spaniels – Dotty, Forest and Bracken.

 

Contact Ramblers Cymru on 020 3961 3310 or cerddwyr@ramblers.org.uk


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