Meet The Team

Our CLAS Cymru team work closely with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in Wales to ensure we reach the people who need us the most.

Emma Williams, Wales Manager: Emma has managed FCFCG's Wales projects since 2014. Drawing on almost 10 years of experience in the community growing sector in Wales, Emma ensures that FCFCG reflects and promotes the work, values and interests of its members alongside delivering its funded projects. Emma's commitment to community growing stems from her time as a volunteer on a growing project where she saw and experienced the benefits these projects can bring. Emma's key responsibilities are policy work, partnership building and advocacy for the huge range of community growing projects in Wales.

Lucie Taylor, CLAS Cymru Coordinator: Lucie joined the CLAS Cymru team in June 2013. She coordinates the Service in Wales and deals with community growing projects of all kinds, by helping groups with planning applications, transferring of assets to their control and gaining consents to use land for growing of local food. Recent work has involved helping a number of growing projects gain local authority licenses to grow local food on council land as well as making a case for a number of projects to erect structures on their sites in countryside locations. Lucie gained Full Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2001. She has worked for English and Welsh local authorities, providing recommendations on planning applications. Prior to joining CLAS Cymru Lucie worked for Newport City Council, in the Local Development Plan team for 7 years. She has a total of 18 years’ experience in the planning profession in the UK. She is past Chair of RTPI Cymru (2010) and of Planning Aid Wales (2010–2012). 

David Thomas, CLAS Advisor: Born and bred on his family’s farm in West Wales, David is passionate about farming life and the opportunities presented by community growing. He has worked for many years in the private sector in the development of land for commercial purposes, supporting successful delivery of a range of different projects including housing development, general construction and marine civil engineering. With a degree in Environmental Engineering and an MSc in Construction Project Management, he has a keen eye for detail and enjoys the technical challenges posed by the development of land. David is an active member of a community growing project near St Davids called Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture (COCA) where he has been part of efforts to secure grant funding for a new harvest building, hosting four international volunteer work camps and arranging a successful fundraising harvest party. 

Sarah Collick, CLAS Advisor: Sarah has worked for Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens as a Development Worker for five years and has wide experience of supporting community growing projects – from planning and negotiating with landowners through to governance issues and funding. As a resident and founder of a co- housing community she also has personal experience of the planning system, land purchase and leases and licences and setting up and running a Limited Company. She is also an experienced facilitator.

Gary Mitchell, CLAS Advisor: Gary is a recent addition to the CLAS Cymru team, covering the central Wales region, he works alongside the other development workers (Sarah – North Wales & David – South Wales). Gary has a strong background in community development, especially in the community food sector. He has worked for the Federation for a number of years and has been at the forefront of the community food revolution in his home town of Newtown over recent years. He is a volunteer director / trustee for several community based social enterprises and has a good understanding of legal forms. He has a background of working in the countryside and helping to protect our environment. 



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