With the support of a team of 12 staff, I'm responsible for public and community engagement; volunteer training, guidance and support to staff, and management of external partnerships of this flagship 2-year project.
I’m at my happiest when I’m out and about in nature. Living in Pembrokeshire, you’ll find me playing in ancient forests to anything involving the coast. Sea swimming, surfing, paddle boarding or just playing in the waves, I can’t get enough of the beautiful Pembrokeshire landscape. I’ve spent the past 8 years working for environmentally focused charities delivering community engagement projects across Wales. I feel lucky to live and work in the beautiful landscape we have here in Wales and feel passionately about improving and maintaining this for future generations to come.
As Paths to Wellbeing Team Leader for South and West Wales, I line manage and support Alun, Dewi and Zoe our Regional Officers in the South area. We’ll be working with 9 communities across our area developing circular walks and improving the local rights of way network to encourage people to use and engage with their local green spaces. I'll be working in partnership with local authorities, environmental NGOs, and local communities in line with the strategic plans and business objectives of partners and Ramblers Cymru.
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 join Ramblers Cymru originally as Walking Spaces Officer.
As Paths to Wellbeing Team Leader for Mid and North Wales, I line manage and support Heather, Kate and Max our Regional Officers in the north area. We’ll be working with 9 communities across our area developing circular walks and improving the local rights of way network to encourage people to use and engage with their local green spaces. I’m looking forward to working with a wide range of organisations to deliver our project.
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 love walking and try when possible to get out on some long walks in the mountains, though my daily dog walks keep me active.
For any enquiries about the project, including press enquiries, please contact: Rhys.Russell@ramblers.org.uk
I have many years of experience as a marketing and communications manager, working in the third sector. Whilst in Aberystwyth University studying History, I organised and delivered successful multi-venue festivals and fundraising events for charity, raising thousands of pounds, including breaking a fundraising record for Oxjam Wales in 2017. I am an avid hiker and in 2016, I walked almost 600 miles of the Wales Coast Path in 7 weeks, raising over £1,200 for Macmillan Nurses. I'm also a freelance writer and translator. My articles currently focus on hiking, the outdoors and sustainability. Other topics I have covered over the years include album and festival reviews, politics and explorative music interviews.
Contact: Rhys.Russell@ramblers.org.uk / PathsToWellbeing@ramblers.org.uk
As a monitoring officer for Paths to Wellbeing, my role is to capture and record data to ensure project criteria is being met and that we deliver what is required. This data benefits Ramblers Cymru and partners, to make data driven decisions on current and future initiatives.
I am most happy when out in nature, exploring new places in Wales and beyond with my partner and greyhound (Frodo). I also enjoy being in the garden and growing my own food or working on odd woodwork projects. I have worked for a number of third sector organisations in varying roles where there has been a focus on both environmental and/or social good. My education in Tourism Management, combined with a Project Management for Sustainable Development qualification, furthered my desire to research and understand sustainability in the leisure sector and put this theory into practice for the benefit of future generations.
My main role is to complete the quarterly returns to the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) for the grant funding. I will also be involved in looking at the reforecasting of the budget and providing monthly analysis of actuals versus budget.
I am based in Cardiff and in my spare time, I am a keen tennis player. I love going for walking with the dog and my family as often as I can. I just love being in the outdoors!
My role is to support and develop a sustainable future for the Ramblers Cymru's pan Wales Paths to Wellbeing project. I will do this by setting out development opportunities for the project whilst live to support & develop long-term plans beyond the projects 2 years and seeking and securing funding through various channels to support development. I will also try to on-board new corporate partners including agreeing contracts, SLAs and payment terms and carrying out due diligence.
I have two teenage children and a Cockerpoo who was rehomed during lockdown! I adore all three. I'm part of a social running group... we run for cake and beer! I also partake in Love Park Run on a Saturday morning. I love the simplicity of getting out to run or walk with likeminded people. Next year I’ll be training for two marathons, London and Eryri! I relish being in the outdoors. I'm lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the world so I always try to get out walking. My favourite season is Winter. I find there's nothing nicer than heading out for a walk, wrapped up with a woolly hat and big scarf, followed by a warm pub lunch... dog friendly of course!
As the North East Wales Officer for the Paths to Wellbeing project I'll be working in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. I'll be supporting those communities developing circular walks and improving the local rights of way network to encourage people to use and engage with their local green spaces.
My favourite hobby is trail running. I especially love doing routes that are long days out where it feels like a real journey. I love being able to stand on a view point and being able to look back, and trace where I've come from. I'm a qualified Mountain Leader and also love long days out in the mountains, walking and sharing this passion with others. I grew up in mid Wales and have been living in north east Wales for around 10 years. My background is in training and development mainly in the work based learning sector where I have delivered apprenticeships in Activity Leadership, Sustainable Resource Management and Business.
As regional officer for North and West Wales, my job is to help deliver our new "Paths to Wellbeing" project in the Ynys môn, Gwynedd, and Conwy counties. This role will entail lots of interaction with people in the region to identify areas where the project could be most beneficial. I'll also be helping to train and empower our brilliant volunteer groups as we collectively work to improve green transportation and recreational path networks, biodiversity, and hopefully, wellbeing throughout the region!
My background is in wildlife conservation and I'm particularly passionate about reconnecting humans with the natural world that surrounds them. For the past five years or so I've been working to help mitigate the effects of hormone-mimicking pollutants (synthetic estrogens and testosterone) on crocodiles and alligators in North, South, and Central America. I moved back to the UK in 2021 and became part of the P2W project in August. Surfing, wild camping, good food, and live music are my main interests outside of work... especially when the four are combined!
I'm looking forward to working in Treherbert, Creigiau, Pentyrch & Gwaelod-y-Garth and Coity Higher to help get walking and nature at the heart of their communities, to highlight some of the amazing places to walk in south central Wales.
I’ve previously worked in the mental health sector which I enjoyed and I am looking forward to highlighting the befits of walking and connecting them to good mental health. I’m from South Wales and enjoy surfing and rock climbing (although I’m not very good at either)!
Working in Neath Port Talbot across to Pembrokeshire, my role in the Paths to Wellbeing project is aiming to bring walking to the heart of the communities whilst enhancing the local environment.
My favourite hobbies are getting out in the wilderness with my camera, swimming and watching rugby and cricket. I’ve always loved the outdoors and its magnificent wildlife so have done voluntary work monitoring and rescuing it; I even became a qualified Field Guide for South Africa’s Kruger National Park in 2010. Finally, after 16 years as an NHS Physiotherapist I decided to turn my passion into my career. I studied an MSc in Wildlife and Conservation Management at the University of South Wales during which I spent lots of time volunteering for local wildlife trusts and rescues. After Covid put everything on hold I spent a short period of time testing Bathing Beach waters at National Resources Wales before embarking on this exciting new role at Ramblers Cymru.
This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities -Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.