Meet the team

Cat Jones - Head of Partnership

Cat JonesA native Welsh speaker with almost 20 years of international experience, Cat has recently returned to Wales to lead Hub Cymru Africa. Cat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of London.

She has a background working in the field of humanitarian relief and development, with an emphasis on human rights, prevention of violence and the rights of girls and women

After leaving University, Cat worked for the Department for International Development in London before joining Peace Brigades International in Colombia as a volunteer. Since 2003 she has worked for the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and joined the Hub Cymru Africa team in April 2015.

Hannah Sheppard - Development Support Manager

Hannah SheppardHannah joined the Welsh Centre for International Affairs after working as a researcher, evaluating projects in Indonesia and Ghana for Gender at Work, and working with Wales Africa Community Links to understand the impact and value of community linking projects between Wales and Africa.

Since completing her MSc in Social Development Policy and Management at Swansea University, Hannah coordinated learning and sharing events for the Welsh Network of Development Researchers and Gender at Work’s Measuring Gender Equality workshop.

Prior to her masters, Hannah lived and worked in Ethiopia, and worked on communications and transparency issues as a consultant for the World Bank, DfID and Save the Children in Ethiopia. Hannah also supported community groups in the UK as they developed their own local infrastructure projects with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and administered through Sustrans. Hannah's career began at the BBC where she was responsible for publicising a wide range of projects including the Prison Radio pilot and various David Attenborough programmes. When not at work, Hannah enjoys living on the Gower, gardening, fishing and wild swimming.

Emma Beacham - Development Support Manager (North Wales)

Emma joins Hub Cymru Africa after a varied career in International and local community development, mainly working on projects in Asia and Africa. Following a previous career in science, in 2002 Emma completed a Masters in International Social Development at UNSW, and went to Cambodia to volunteer with a local NGO working on a Mine Action project. She also worked with Malteser International in Cambodia and Myanmar, and later returned to Australia as Programme Manager for Austcare managing a portfolio of projects across Asia.

In 2007 Emma relocated to the UK to work for Oxfam’s humanitarian department, coordinating support to crises globally. She subsequently worked in a variety of roles, mainly in Programme Funding before leaving Oxfam in 2016 to work for a small Oxford based organisation, Asylum Welcome, as Funding Coordinator. In 2016 Emma set up a ‘More in Common’ community group in her local area, gaining a Mayors award for her work in building links within the community and meeting some amazing people along the way. She has recently moved to North Wales.

Fadhili Maghiya - Diaspora and Inclusion Officer

Fadhili Maghiya

With a background in Human Rights and International Development, Fadhili worked as a legal intern for the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, worked for Royal African Society and various volunteering position before joining Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP). He spearheaded Common Ground Initiative’s, Africa-UK platform in Wales and currently responsible for coordinating and managing SSAP's Inclusion role within Hub Cymru Africa.

Outside the development sector Fadhili is the founder and curator of Watch-Africa; the first Wales African Film Festival. Fadhili is an avid writer/blogger with keen interest in Africa's development and international affairs.

Aileen Burmeister - Fair Trade Wales National Coordinator

Aileen Burmeister

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.

Elen Jones - Fair Trade Wales National Coordinator (currently seconded to the Future Generations Commission)

Elen JonesElen 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. It’s all about impact.

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 a small team supporting a grass-roots framework of campaigners who wish to provide a better chance for the developing world through education, procurement and policy.

Beth Kidd - Development Support Manager (Currently on Maternity leave)

Beth KiddBeth has 11 years of international development experience, both with a donor, an International NGO and at field level in Uganda. Most recently, she was Development Officer for the Wales for Africa Health Links Network where she worked to build the capacity Welsh health professional to deliver health projects across Africa. She also worked as Concern Universal’s International Programme Coordinator where she supported the Country Directors of 10 overseas programmes to access funding, report effectively and monitor their impact.

Beth also worked for Comic Relief for a number of years, most recently as their International Learning Coordinator. In 2007/8 she worked with Visions in Action Uganda, where she coordinated an Information, Education & Communications campaign encouraging war affected youth in the Internally Displaced People’s camps of Kitgum and Gulu in Northern Uganda to access HIV testing, treatment and counselling.

Brân Devey – Communications Manager

Originally from north Wales, Brân studied International Relations at the University of Bradford Peace Studies Department and joined us from Natural Resources Wales, having worked there and at The Countryside Council for Wales as a Public Relations Officer for five and a half years.

He has an interest in current affairs and has spent time volunteering, working and travelling in Cameroon and Lesotho. Brân has also visited Nicaragua as part of a delegation looking at a variety of issues including Fair Trade.

He is a founding member of the Charity Comms Wales steering group and on the Bond International Development Communications steering group and is a keen advocate of the Narrative Project. When not in the office Brân can often be found walking the hills and mountains and coast of Wales looking for adventure.

Cathie Jackson - Volunteering and Support Coordinator

Cathie joined the team in June 2018, following many years campaigning and raising awareness of international development issues as a church rep for Tearfund. She has been involved in two local Fair Trade groups and is currently Chair of the group in Dinas Powys.

Cathie has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics and a PGCE (HE/FE) as well as a masters in library and information studies which she used to pursue a career in university librarianship for over 20 years.  After a career break when she was able to focus on re-establishing the Dinas Powys Fair Trade group amongst other activities, she has been working part-time in administrative roles.

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We are currently funded through the Wales for Africa programme of the Welsh Government