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Wales for Peace, Temple of Peace & Health, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3AP

Meet the Wales for Peace Team

The Wales for Peace staff team are managed by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), and bring together a broad range of experience as well as tremendous passion for peace education. Although we have an office base in Cardiff, we spend much of our time out and about, supporting groups across Wales. 

Meet our Partners

Project Staff

Craig Owen - Head of Wales for Peace   CraigOwen@wcia.org.uk 

Craig OwenA leading figure in Welsh internationalism over the last 15 years, Craig joined WCIA from WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), where as International Manager since 2007 he developed the Wales Africa Community Links programme. This supported 150 civil society organisations delivering 500 projects on learning, partnership building and community development between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa, and sharing practice with European partners.

Craig previously worked on Oxfam International’s Tsunami Relief Programme in Indonesia, with a major focus on peace building in the conflict-stricken province of Aceh. Craig wrote a blog from Aceh which was followed by people throughout Wales and worldwide. As Wales Campaigns Coordinator with Oxfam Cymru, Craig led work on ‘Make Poverty History’, ‘Control Arms’ (securing an International Arms Trade Treaty) and on Fair Trade. He has travelled extensively and gained international experience of peace building and practical community initiatives as far afield as South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Lesotho, Indonesia, Cambodia, Angola, Israel and Palestine. Craig has led public and youth outreach work with Oxfam and during 2 years as President of NUS Wales (National Union of Students), and as a students union officer at Aberystwyth University, where he studied Geography and Geology. In his spare time, Craig volunteers as an outdoor pursuits leader and events organiser with the LGBT charity OutdoorLads.  

Craig works Mondays to Thursdays most weeks, mostly 'out-of-office' partners across Wales. 

Jane Harries - Learning Coordinator   JaneHarries@wcia.org.uk

Jane has been a lifelong peace and humaJane Harriesn rights activist, most recently coordinating Cymdeithas y Cymod - the Fellowship of Reconciliation - through whom she has also worked with Urdd Gobaith Cymru supporting young people in developing the International Peace & Goodwill message. Jane is a languages expert and fluent Welsh speaker; she taught and was Head of Dept for Modern Languages at Cymer school in RCT, prior to 5 years as Wales Education Advisor for the NSPCC, and 7 years in Welsh government as lead for children's rights and young people’s participation. Jane spends several weeks each year in Palestine & Israel co-facilitating Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops, building on her involvement as a Human Rights Monitor with EAPPI, about which she is writing this blog.

Jane’s role is delivering the Wales for Peace project’s ambitious Learning Strategy - developing bilingual teaching and curriculum resources; delivering conferences and events for schools, youth & community groups; facilitating networking and advocacy on Peace Education, and ultimately establishing a world-leading ‘Peace Schools’ scheme for Wales.

Jane works 3 days a week - Monday, Wednesday & Friday - on a roving basis.

Holly Ireland - Finance, Reporting and Digital Manager   HollyIreland@wcia.org.uk    

Holly joined us in December 2017, from a varied career as an ICT programmer, finance manager, business consultant, and charity advocate. She is an accomplished children's writer and sports coach in her spare time.  

Holly works most mornings and is based in the Temple of Peace.

Awel Irene, Community Participation Facilitator (North Wales based)   AwelIrene@wcia.org.uk

Team - Awel Irene, Community Participation Officer.jpgAwel Irene joins us in January 2017 from Gwerin y Coed / The Woodcraft Folk, where since 2001 she has coordinated youth-led collaboration projects, community partnerships, events and funding for environmental and peace initiatives, including facilitation of Dyfodol / the Welsh Youth Forum for Sustainable Development. During Autumn 2016, Awel supported Wales for Peace by organising learning activities surrounding the Poppies display in Caernarfon, including WCIA’s Peace Schools conference, digital storytelling workshops, teacher training and Peace Heroes Awards. 

Awel has previously led School Projects work for the World Education Centre in Bangor, Youth and Social Inclusion work for the Presbyterian Church of Wales, and worked for VSO in Dominica. She has always actively volunteered with a range of community, peace and campaigning groups in North Wales. 

Mari Lowe, Temple of Peace Heritage Volunteering   MariLowe@wcia.org.uk

Team - Mari Lowe, Temple of Peace Heritage Volunteer Support.jpg

Mari joins us from May 2017, from the Refugee Wales oral history and exhibition project at Oasis Cardiff. Originally from Bridgend, she has a professional background in museums and heritage, as an 'activist curator'.

Mari will be supporting volunteers in capturing and sharing hidden histories of Wales' Temple of Peace and the organisations who have worked from there, including the League of Nations, campaigning and international volunteering movements. 


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