Sustainability Champion 2017

Frankie Hobro

Frankie Hobro Anglesey Sea Zoo

Frankie Hobro is the Director and Owner of Anglesey Sea Zoo. Frankie has transformed the Sea Zoo in to far more than a local tourist attraction into an environmentally managed education and research facility. Anglesey Sea Zoo collaborates with community groups for environmental activities both indoors and outdoors including beach clean ups and marine animal rescue, interactive educational packages and carries our captive breeding and research programmes for endangered British species. By housing only native species and drawing seawater entirely and directly from the Menai Strait, Anglesey Sea Zoo maintains as low as an environmental footprint as possible, with a focus on sustainability, education, recycling and supporting environmental issues. In 2015, Frankie successfully secured a vital grant from the European Fisheries fund, enabling the expansion of the public displays and conservation work with three new exhibits. The funding allowed the expansion of the British Seahorse Breeding and Conservation Programme. Anglesey Sea Zoo has installed 166 high efficiency solar panels across the roofs to meet all of the electrical requirements of the Sea Zoo. Anglesey Sea Zoo strives to be as resourceful and sustainable as possible, minimising packaging waste and either recycling or composting more than 80% of waste across the entire site. The stock in the gift shop is sustainable and use their own printed recycled paper bags. Only local produce is sold in the café to minimise food miles. Frankie is a trustee and Living Seas Ambassador for North Wales Wildlife Trust, a member of the Marine Conservation Society, Soroptimists International as well as many local charities. Frankie is also an active member of the Association for Science Education and the STEM scheme, promoting interactive science and women in science and technology through the education programmes at the Sea Zoo.


Chris Blake

Chris Blake is a founding Director and current Chair of Community Energy Wales and has been working to promote community ownership of renewable energy in Wales for many years.  He is also a founding Director of the Ashden Award winning community enterprise The Green Valleys that has designed and built over 35 micro hydro schemes in Wales.  Chris is Chair of Renew Wales, who have helped 200 Welsh communities on climate change projects, and he is non-exec Director at Natural Resources Wales.  Chris is a leading figure in the community energy sector in Wales and also is active in community woodlands and is a Director of the award winning community enterprise Talgarth Mill. Chris has been successful in helping other organisations to operate sustainably and successfully, often for no personal gain. He has been a valuable mentor helping Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG) develop, was instrumental in designing the consortium approach for small community-minded enterprises to deliver the Resource Efficient Wales service for the Welsh Government,  led the successful funding application for Cyd Ynni to receive £250k to enhance their cross-community collaborative initiative, and facilitated the funding for Energy Local to be rolled out to 17 communities across Wales. Chris has been leading innovation in sustainable practice, renewable energy and climate change for some years in Wales and deserves the recognition a Sustain Wales Award would offer.


Phil Williams

Phil Williams set up Plan-It Eco 20 years ago after working in Central America and visiting the Amazon Rainforest with the aim of encouraging people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to become actively involved in creating a sustainable future. Based in Bridgend Plan-It Eco is a one person operation working with schools, colleges, training providers, multinational corporations, small independent companies, local authorities and Welsh Government designing and presenting training seminars, inter active programmes and events promoting an understanding of sustainability and creating sustainable working environments. Over 500,000 people have been through the programmes on offer with over an 80% rebooking rate with schools and colleges. His integrated approach outlines his belief that all levels of society are important and that we need to work together if we are to create a true sustainable future.

He runs an annual trip to the Amazon Rainforest for teachers and business people as well as student trips (to date 1,760 people have taken part). On a number of occasions he has brought an English speaking Amazonian Indian to Wales who has toured schools and businesses and spoke at The Welsh Assembly and The Houses of Parliament.

Phil has worked with many organisation such as Size of Wales, The Environment Centre; Swansea, Fairtrade, Groundwork Trust, International Bee Research Association, WWF (UK), Marine Conservation Society, Countryside Council for Wales now Natural Resources Wales and Rotary International. For the last 8 years he has been a Sustainability and ESDGC consultant for Neath Port Talbot College Group developing and running student/learner programmes for different subject areas and staff training on the importance of Sustainability. He also assists schools and businesses with their application for Eco School Green flag and The Green Dragon Awards.