Our People

Board members

Ruth Marks

Ruth joined WCVA as Chief Executive in January 2015. During 2014 on behalf of the Health Minister, Ruth led an independent review into Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to consider reforms and potential legislative developments. Prior to this Ruth was Director of Care and Development for Reach, part of the Seren Group.

Robert Firth

Robert Firth

Acting Chair of the Board

Robert has been a chartered architect and project manager for almost 30 years, running national and international practice.  He is now a qualified business coach, based in Cardiff. He is currently President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University.

Nia Lloyd

Nia is the Marketing and Communications Officer for Keep Wales Tidy where she works on a wide range of digital platforms to support volunteers and staff along with events and campaigns.

Prior to this role, Nia was the Digital Services Manager at RenewableUK Cymru and spent time on secondment at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner.

Derek Osborn

Derek Osborn, has many years’ experience as a policy analyst at national and international levels. Previous roles include working within the civil service, where he led the UK preparations for the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

Robert Edge

Robert Edge is an experienced public sector manager having worked for The British Council, the Arts Council of Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before founding his own consultancy business. He is also a Director of Poetry Wales Press Ltd, publishers of the prize winning imprint Seren Books and and a trustee of the Melvyn Burtch Charitable Trust.


Sarah Hopkins

Director | Cyfarwyddwr

Sarah joined the Cynnal Cymru team in January 2020, where she will be responsible for managing the charity, securing income and expanding our reach across sectors, across Wales.

Clare Sain-ley-Berry

Policy and Development Manager

Clare has worked in the sustainable development field for the past 15 years – motivated by the drive for global justice represented by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the opportunity to help organisations demonstrate – and capitalise on – the role that the natural environment plays in underpinning social and economic well-being.

Lynsey Jackson

Marketing Manager | Rheolwraig Marchnata

Bringing together her design background with digital communication and marketing, Lynsey leads on the strategic development of Cynnal Cymru’s Membership and the Sustain Wales Awards, developing the behind-the-scenes systems and processes as well as looking after the brand identity and online communications.

Lois Mills

Lois is our team Administrator, providing project, event support and Welsh language support. She is also responsible for administering the Living Wage Accreditation in Wales. Lois has a joint honours degree in Welsh and TV and Film Studies and has previously worked with Welsh translation company – Trosol.