The organisation was initially set up as the Wales Fair Trade Forum to oversee the Fair Trade Nation campaign, and on June 6th 2008 Wales made history and became the first ever Fair Trade Nation. For more information about the Fair Trade Nation campaign click here.
Fair Trade Wales was established as a company, limited by guarantee with not for profit status, in April 2010. We are part of the Wales Africa Partnership which brings together the work of Fair Trade Wales, the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action, the Wales for Africa Health Links Network, the Sub Saharan Advisory Panel and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA) and is hosted by the WCIA at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff.
Elen Jones is a bi-lingual campaigner who cares about impact. Be it an individual’s impact by making one small change and assisting others to follow suit, to organisations and governments changing policy from the top. Experience in the public sector includes the Benefits Agency, The Welsh Office and Police Complaints Commission and in the private and voluntary sectors from Hyder, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Common Purpose involving the fields of customer service, training, facilitation, event management, community development and project management. Elen enjoys working with motivated and inspiring individuals and groups who want to make a difference. Elen’s current day to day role is to provide direction for the team supporting a grass-roots framework of campaigners who wish to provide a better chance for the developing world through education, procurement and policy.
Aileen joined Fair Trade Wales after three years in the third sector, working on Wales wide projects and events for Citizens Advice Cymru. Since completing her degree in International Politics, Aileen has been involved with two local Fair Trade groups in Wales, in Aberystwyth and Cardiff, with an understanding of different groups and geographies in Wales. Prior to her degree, Aileen was a personal campaigner and event organiser, raising awareness of Fairtrade products and wider issues around world trade and consumption. Aileen has been doing this since the age of eight, when she first learned about Fair Trade. When not at work, Aileen enjoys reading, comedy panel shows and playing board games.
Ffion has recently joined Fair Trade Wales as a campaigns assistant. Born in Dolanog, mid Wales, Ffion first got a taste for international affairs when she travelled to Patagonia with the Urdd in 2010. Since graduating from the university of east London, Ffion has been studying abroad in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, undertaking research on gender inequality within healthcare. Passionate about sustainable development, Ffion has been heavily involved with her local charity Dolen Ffermio for many years, promoting World food and farming issues through projects in Uganda. In her spare time Ffion loves being outdoors (especially in the company of her dogs), getting inventive in the kitchen and reading.