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LEE WATERS AM

Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport

Lee Waters is the Assembly Member for the Llanelli constituency. He was born and raised in Carmarthenshire. He was educated in Brynamman and Ammanford and gained a Degree in Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

His policy interests are wide-ranging, including the economy, climate change, provision for looked after children, digital policy and the media.

On 13 December 2018 he was appointed Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport.

BEN LAWSON

Vice President of Strategy and Project Development for the UK & Ireland, Enterprise Holdings, founding partner of the Urban Mobility Partnership

As Vice President of Strategy and Project Development for the UK & Ireland, Ben Lawson is responsible for the strategic development of all lines of Enterprise Holdings’ business in both countries, while driving efficiencies and growth throughout the organisation. He also leads strategic acquisitions and ensures a consistent business model that is scalable and transferable across Europe.

Ben is responsible for creating and developing a truly integrated business model that seamlessly combines Enterprise’s branch network, range of vehicles and proprietary technologies. Through this, Enterprise is able to provide customers with mobility for an hour, a day, a week, a month or even many years, whether they require a small hatchback or a supercar, a hybrid or a van, or even an articulated truck. Ben’s work involves prioritising strategic initiatives with multi-million pound budgets, and working with internal and external parties to create partnerships that deliver the right outcome for all stakeholders. In February 2018, Ben was appointed as Vice President of Strategy and Project Development for the UK & Ireland.

KATIE NIELD

UK Clean Air Lawyer, Client Earth

Katie is a Clean Air Lawyer in ClientEarth’s London office, where her work focuses on UK clean air issues and promoting compliance with domestic and international air quality standards. Since 2011, ClientEarth has launched three successful legal challenges against the UK Government’s failure to commit to action to reduce pollution to within legal limits, the latest of which resulted in a new air quality plan for Wales being published in November 2018.   

JASON BALE

Programme Manager – Clean Air Cardiff – Cardiff Council

Jason is an Environmental Scientist, and has been working in local government for 14 years.  Since 2018, Jason has been leading on Cardiff Council’s Clean Air Feasibility Study, to identify and implement the Councils preferred option to delivery compliance with the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit value in the shortest possible time. Prior to this Jason had been managing the Environment Team in Shared Regulatory Services and as part of this role , was responsible for local air quality management of Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Councils. 

MATTHEW HOLDER

Head of Campaigns and Engagement, British Safety Council / Time to Breathe Campaign

Matthew previously worked for Foreign Office, Defra and Health and Safety Executive on climate change, fisheries and worker protection policy. Since joining British Safety Council, Matthew has run campaigns to protect young people at work and highlight the changing risks we face. Currently running Time to Breathe, a campaign to protect outdoor workers from ambient air pollution, Matthew has produced Canairy with King’s College London, a mobile app that uses the power of data to inform protections at work.

KRYSIA SOLHEIM

Managing Director, nextbike UK

Krysia Solheim is the Managing Director for nextbike UK and previously managed nextbike Inc in North America. Prior to nextbike, she worked on climate change planning with the City of New Haven. She has a BS in Environmental Science with minors in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

DR TOM PORTER

Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Cardiff and Vale local public health team

Tom is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine with the Cardiff and Vale local public health team. He trained as a doctor in Cambridge and London, and in public health in Oxford. Tom is passionate about increasing the uptake of healthy and sustainable forms of travel, to improve physical health and mental wellbeing, reduce inequalities, improve social cohesion and air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He edited the report ‘Moving Forwards: Healthy travel for all in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan’ in 2017. He is currently working with Cardiff and Vale Public Services Boards and Cardiff Council Transport team to take forward the recommendations in the report. The Staff Healthy Travel Charter for Cardiff is being launched in April 2019, with 14 leading public sector organisations in Cardiff signing up at launch, representing over 33,000 staff.

JUSTIN CANNING

CCO, MIPV / BiPVco

Justin has extensive experience working within the UK/EU solar industry, supply chain and financial networks since 2009.

Justin has a proven sales and management track record with international crystalline, thin-film module and junction box manufacturers working in senior roles as Country Manager and Sales Director; Justin was responsible for the operation, sales and marketing at Upsolar – a new entrant to the UK market, Justin built the UK team, established the distribution channels and added direct sales accounts to the UK/EU client list.

His experience working with installation businesses and commercial rooftop PPA funders as Business Development Manager has given him a good understanding of the challenges facing the industry from most perspectives. Justin is committed to micro-generation technologies and has over 20 years’ experience of founding and growing small businesses, in renewables and other industries.

NATALIE REES

Sustainable Development Manager, Transport for Wales

Natalie has a degree in Environmental Conservation and a Masters Degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

Natalie also has 18 years’ experience working on various projects and programmes within the environment and sustainable development fields in Wales.

In recent years Natalie’s work has focussed on delivery under the Well-being of Future Generations Act and is now in post as Sustainable Development Manager at Transport for Wales where she hopes her many years of experience can help Transport for Wales to achieve its ambitious sustainability targets and its vision of a transport network that the people of Wales are proud of.  

CHRISTIAN SERVINI

Changemaker, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Christian’s worked in the environment field for over 15 years, across a broad range of areas. Currently, his work is focussed on the Future Generations Commissioner’s Art of the Possible programme, climate change, skills for the future, and working with public bodies to help them embed the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act across everything they do. Away from the office, Christian runs a monthly podcast (Seismic Wales) with friends, which celebrates good people doing great things, and loves trail running in the South Wales Valleys. 

CHRISTINE BOSTON

Wales Director for the Community Transport Association (CTA)

Christine is the Wales Director for the Community Transport Association (CTA) and in this role works with operators and staff across Wales to champion accessible and inclusive transport.  This includes providing leadership for the £2.5m Connecting Communities in Wales project which aims to develop a sustainable demand-responsive transport network by working with communities to help them create their own solutions to local transport needs.

KATE HAMILTON

Director, Renew Wales

Kate is Director of Renew Wales, an innovative programme hosted by the Development Trusts Association for Wales which facilitates community action to reduce carbon footprints, adapt to the impacts of climate change and live more sustainably. Sustainable and equitable human development in all its complex and messy glory has been her focus throughout a career encompassing programme delivery, policy development and academic research, and personal involvement in practical action on sustainability.