Fair Trade Wales is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, and has a strong Vision and Mission. It reports to Companies House and the Inland Revenue and is governed by a board of voluntary directors including a Chairperson, Company Secretary, Treasurer and between 5-9 other board members. Their role is to support the work of the executive team and provide strategic direction, strong governance and financial accountability.
Lila Haines, Chair
Lila has considerable experience in policy development across the spectrum of devolved matters and has a particular interest in sustainable development and equality. She’s been an author for the Economist Intelligence Unit and a journalist. Lila has worked in politics as Policy Director for Plaid Cymru and in international development as Policy and Advocacy Officer for Oxfam Cymru. Lila is a Director of Egino, a Community Interest Company which supports organisations and communities to deliver sustainable development and wellbeing. She speaks Welsh, Irish and Spanish.
Rita Singh, Vice Chair.
A qualified engineer with her first degree from Cardiff University and an MPhil from Cambridge University, Rita has over fifteen years’ experience working within the private, public and third sectors on sustainability issues, bringing a wealth of experience on policy development, networking, and leading action to deliver change with senior industry figures and governmental departments on sustainable development policies. Her work has included supporting Welsh Government to produce the Well-being of Future Generations Act, helping establish the Office for Future Generations Commissioners, leading the national conversation on The Wales We want and developing a new organisation for the community energy sector in Wales.
Tamsin Wallbank graduated with a BA(Hons) Philosophy in 1996 from University of Hertfordshire & Aston University. She spent several years working for various high street banks returned to university in 2000 to do an MSc in Business & IT and is currently looking to learn how to eat fire & sky dive.
Nia is currently the Chair of the Conwy County Fairtrade Coalition and has overseen the certification of five FT towns. Previously in her work with TCC she helped steer Wrexham to be the first FT County in Wales and develop Wales as a Fairtrade nation. She founded the first Community Organising charity in Wales, bringing together a range of faith and secular groups, which, through a programme of action and training, develop leaders able to translate their beliefs into community change. Nia has also taught in University, college, distance learning and community settings and continues to be involved with a range of voluntary organisations.
Laura Karadog has a degree in International Relations from Aberystwyth University and is a yoga teacher. She has experience of working at the local authority level in Gwynedd and at the National Assembly. Laura was Education Advisor at Oxfam Cymru between 2010 and 2014. She now combines teaching yoga with being mum to 2 young children.
Jeff Williams studied theology at Swansea University. He is an ordained Minister of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches and worked as a local Church Minister for seventeen years before joining the staff of Christian Aid in 1986. In 1990 he was appointed Head of Christian Aid Wales. Jeff travelled and worked with the organisation in eighteen countries in Africa, Asia and South America. He served as Chair of the Welsh Committee of The Jubilee 2000 Debt Campaign, Chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee Wales and an active member of a number of Welsh coalitions campaigning for global justice. Since he retired in 2013 he acts as Trustee/Board member for a number of charities.
After taking interest in Fair Trade as a student of global trade justice, Alastair completed his PhD at the University of Cardiff: investigating how the concept of ‘fair trade’ is negotiated and stabilised. During this time Alastair founded and continues to administer the international Fairness UK network, which aims to facilitate the generation of knowledge between researchers and fair trade practitioners. Alastair organised the International Fair Trade Symposium 2012 and participated in the Steering Committee of the 2015 event. Alastair has developed his experience as a Higher Education Teaching Professional: working at Cardiff University, the School for Field Studies and now the University of Warwick, where Alastair holds the post of Senior Teaching Fellow for the new B.A.Sc. in Global Sustainable Development.
Natalie is a sustainability expert with over 15 years’ experience and currently works for Transport for Wales as Sustainable Development. Manager. Natalie joined the Board of Fair Trade Wales as she has always been passionate about Fairtrade. Natalie set up and chaired the Fairtrade Neath Port Talbot County Group, and set up the Port Talbot and Neath Town Groups gaining the Fairtrade status for all three areas. Natalie is also a partner in a vegetarian and vegan catering company. In her spare time Natalie likes going to the gym, cooking and spending time with her husband and their 3 children Chloe, Laila and Kobe.
Emma Brown has a BSc in Food Science and Nutrition and five years’ experience working in the food industry as a Researcher & Developer at a coffee company. She now works at FareShare, the UKs largest food surplus redistribution charity, as an account manager, to encourage the food industry to send surplus products to feed people in need. Having grown up on a farm in Wales and after spending some time working on an organic coffee farm in Southern India and an olive farm in Spain, she values the hardships of farming and wants to be an advocate for Fairtrade to promote an equal and fairer society.
Robyn became a Fairtrade Wales Board member in September 2019. Robyn works in a Town Council as a Community Engagement Officer and is also responsible for the Town Council’s Fairtrade Advisory Committee. Robyn has launched a number of Fairtrade Campaigns and has many ideas to engage more Town & Community Councils as well as members of the public with Fairtrade. Robyn’s digital campaigns have been recognised with awards and has delivered a presentation with Fairtrade Wales at a One Voice Wales Conference detailing the benefits for Town & Community Council’s to work towards and maintain Fairtrade status.
Elen Llwyd Roberts Elen works as a freelance Cultural Manager in the arts and creative sector and now works on projects that facilitate and inspire learning and creativity throughinternational exchange and extraordinary cultural experiences. These are informed by the belief that international experiences can transform people’s outlook on life.
Recent freelance projects include working on the Wales-China Programme to support Welsh Government’s MOU with the Ministry of Culture of China, Festival of Voice, WOW – Women of the World Festival and Diffusion International Festival of Photography. Her current focus is on how to showcase the best of Wales in an international context and teaching English as a Foreign Language. Her interest in Fair Trade Wales started as a volunteer in 2011 after graduating from Aberystwyth University with a Master’s degree in Art History specialising in power relations, arts in health, activism and propaganda.