Dan is the co-founder of Awel Aman Tawe, a community energy charity and has been manager since 2000. Dan has been involved in every aspect of the project since the start and has shared his experience with a range of community energy projects across the UK. He works with DECC as part of the Contact Group which helped developed the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy. He has a 2.1 BA degree in modern history from Oxford University. His work experience includes two years as a Programme Co-ordinator for Oxfam in Iraqi Kurdistan, and two years as Middle East and Africa Programme Manager for the Minority Rights Group.
Carl Richards, Finance Officer
Carl has been employed by Awel Aman Tawe since 2000. He was trained initially to assist with the community consultation regarding the wind farm. Carl has given a huge amount of volunteer time to Awel Aman Tawe. In recent years, he has been the Finance Officer. He has a Level 3 Diploma from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Carl lives locally in the village of Brynaman, is a keen historian and is a Welsh speaker. He has a degree in Chemistry. Carl is a member and director of Egni.
Mary Ann Brocklesby
Mary Ann is a social development specialist with 20 years experience of policy advice, programme management, and research in Asia, Africa, Europe and the UK. She has been Chair of Awel Aman Tawe for seven years and has developed expertise in renewable energy issues over this period. She supports a number of community energy projects. She has previously lived and worked in Cameroon and Indonesia for three years and five years respectively. In Cameroon, Mary Ann was involved in developing social development capacity, including conflict management skills in government and civil society organisations concerned with biodiversity conservation and in Indonesia, gender mainstreaming and capacity building for NGOs.
Brian taught at Neath Port Talbot College since moving until he retired in August 2014. He was a Community Councillor for 8 years, and a school governor for 5 years. For pleasure, he enjoys reading fiction (in both English and Welsh), and he plays the clarinet with the Swansea Community Orchestra. He went to Bath University to study Mathematics, and for his placement year worked at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. He has been involved in anti-nuclear weapons and power campaigns ever since, and with some other progressive campaigns.
Dr Suzanne Bevan
Research officer, School of the Environment and Society (SOTEAS), Swansea University. She is an expert on climate change and has previously worked for the Met Office. She is currently undertaking a 3-year contract on a Leverhulme-funded project investigating the long-term stability of the Greenland ice sheet.