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.
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.
With over 20 years of senior executive management experience in the not-for-profit, medical, and pharmaceutical industries, Peter is the founder and CEO of IMI International Medical Information and ICR-UK Ltd, a medical communications and publishing company that produces high-quality medical editorial content for health care professionals and subscribers across 60 countries. He hold FRPharmS credentials as a registered pharmacist in the UK, and recently completed a post-graduate diploma in digital marketing to enhance my professional skills and competencies.
Jim has a lifelong passion for the environment and animal welfare, and a background in both teaching and volunteering, having worked for many years with the Scouts Association and, ongoing, with Killay Community Council. He is currently co-chair of Swansea and Gower Green Party and, exercising his interest in renewable energy, a director of Gower Regeneration Ltd. Jim’s business, Killay Pet Shop, runs on 100% green electricity and operates a closed loop recycling system to drastically reduce plastic waste.