Roy Church is a resident of Gower and a Trustee of the Gower Heritage Centre – a visitor and local attraction in the village of Parkmill in the heart of the Gower Peninsula – The Centre is based around a 12th Century water powered Mill, and can claim to be Gower’s first renewable energy project as the water power at the site has been used for over 900 years to provide energy for a number of different rural trades and activities.
Roy initiated the setting up of a Charitable Trust to restore the Mill Buildings and create a thriving hub of rural activities. Roy is a qualified Solicitor specialising in commercial property and has worked for legal firms in Wales and London on a variety of different commercial and other projects.
Roy studied at Aberystwyth University and has always had a keen interest in local history and culture and is also Trustee of the Barham Centre (a local village Trust which provides IT and other resources to the Local Community) and also the Calon Lan Centre; a Trust set up to preserve the memory of Daniel James (the composer of Wales’ best known hymn).
Ant Flanagan founded Gower Regeneration Ltd. He has an MBA from Cardiff Business School and has been developing and managing social enterprises since 2001. He has long been fascinated by and involved in Positive Investment.
He is the director of numerous social enterprises including Gower Power Co-op CIC, Cae Tan CSA and SCEES, whose over-subscribed community share offer he co-ordinated at the end of 2016.
He sits on Swansea Environmental Forum’s Executive Board and is vice chair of Swansea Local Action Group which helps to deliver the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Plan.
He cares passionately about the importance of supporting local producers and suppliers, and wants to build more community ownership of local assets. When he can get away from Gower Power’s office in Parkmill, his favourite hobby is kitesurfing.
Helen Grey has a BSc in Environmental Science and has extensive experience of developing and managing projects in the fields of community and rural regeneration, environmental sustainability and nature conservation.
Helen currently works for Swansea Council as a programme officer playing key roles in the Gower Landscape Partnership scheme and Swansea’s Rural Development Programme. She is also a director of Cae Tan CSA, a local community supported agriculture project based on Gower, which will be developing opportunities for horticulture onsite with the neighbouring school.
Helen also enjoys getting hands-on with projects and can be found laying hedges or helping to tend crops at Cae Tan.
Chris Small is one of the Founder Directors of Swansea Community Energy & Enterprise Scheme which he nurtured to success at every stage of development, and also a director of Gower Power Co-op CIC.
Chris has an MSc in Environmental Consultancy and recently left his role at Swansea Council as a Sustainable Development Officer to progress his career as a Heat Networks Specialist at the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (formerly DECC).
Chris is also a Trustee of The Environment Centre. When not busy with SCEES, Chris enjoys travelling, keeping fit and running marathons.
Ruth Evans is a chartered accountant and has a first class honours degree in Maths from Swansea University. She trained with KPMG in Cardiff and worked for audit clients including TSB General Insurance before leaving to work in industry.
Ruth was management accountant for Biomet UK and was a financial controller at Dawn Pac. Following an extended career break to spend time with young children, Ruth is now self-employed and provides accountancy services for local voluntary organisations such as Forest School and Coeden Fach Community Tree Nursery.
Her favourite past time outside work is walking her dog and enjoying the natural beauty of Gower.