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Project Director, The Wales Way
Bethan will be talking about The Wales Way - an exciting new pan Wales project lead by Visit Wales. This is a ten year cross cutting commitment by Welsh Government to establish a world class national tourism route for Wales.
A key element of her role is to ensure that the marketing promise is delivered on the ground through all the physical touch points of the Wales Way and that a sustainable tourism travel network is realised by connecting road, bike, bus and rail travel.
Refill Cymru Coordinator
The Refill Campaign wants to disrupt the current social norm that we need to buy bottled water when ‘drinking on the go’ and make it normal and easy for people to carry a reusable bottle and refill for free when out & about. The objective of Refill is to stop millions of plastic bottles at source each year and prevent plastic pollution by making reusing a bottle simpler than buying a new one.
Head of the 60-strong Ecology team at Arcadis UK
Jon will be talking about the need for environmental assessment, mitigation, enhancement and ecological monitoring whenever a new scheme is proposed and implemented. He will talk about the A40 Penblewin to Slebech Park improvement in Pembrokeshire, as well as other major schemes in which he is, or has been, recently involved, and specifically about the benefits of working with the local Wildlife Trust to manage mitigation areas to optimise biodiversity.
Lunch will be provided at 12 and the talk will start at 12.30.
Combining her time as a consultant and her roles within Visit Wales Bethan has clocked up over 15 years experience of working in marketing and branding and has delivered award winning tourism, travel and lifestyle campaigns. This new project unites her love of Wales, travel, outdoor sports, design and architecture.
When not working Bethan is busy with three young children, and occasionally fits in yoga, cycling and running.
Hannah's aim is to make Wales the 'First Refill Nation'. To help make this ambition a reality, Hannah is working with City to Sea and the Welsh Government on rolling out Refill across Wales, as well as working closely with water companies Dwr Cymru and Hafren Dyfrdwy. More widely Refill Cymru is working with businesses, charities and major events.
Head Ecology,Arcadis UK
Jon is Head of the 60-strong Ecology team at Arcadis UK (see https://vimeo.com/294398851). The role involves oversight over the company’s five ecology teams, as well as having overall responsibility for training and development, the quality of ecological inputs to client deliverables, and communication within the team.
Jon is the Environmental Advisor to the Welsh Government for the proposed M4 Corridor around Newport (M4CaN) project, for which he has reviewed all the environmental documentation and also given evidence on ecological issues at the year-long Public Inquiry. He is also Project Director for the ecological inputs to the Sizewell C nuclear new-build project, in Suffolk, and is also closely involved with the Ministry of Justice ecological services contract, in which Arcadis is helping to enhance and monitor biodiversity across the very extensive MoJ estate.
As Environmental Co-ordinator for the A40 Penblewin to Slebech Park improvement in Pembrokeshire, Jon helped design the environmental mitigation, including multi-use underpasses (for equestrians, cyclists, pedestrians, bats and other wildlife), SuDS ponds to clean up road run-off, and Essential Mitigation Areas to provide enhancements for biodiversity. He recently hosted a Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) visit to the scheme to show members how the mitigation had matured over the 8 years since construction of the road.
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