Contact Us - South Wales

029 2082 1051  


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


Contact us - North Wales

029 2082 1051 


 Llanfairfechan & Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

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 office bases in Cardiff and Caernarfon, the team spend much of their time out and about, supporting volunteer groups across Wales - we look forward to hearing from you!

Meet our Partners

Tara Jane Sutcliffe, Acting Project Manager  TaraJaneSutcliffe@wcia.org.uk

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Tara joins the Welsh Centre for International Affairs after a period as a parliamentary researcher in Westminster where she focused on international policy. She brings some 10 years’ professional experience across the cultural heritage sector. This includes collaboration with researchers from around the world as Editorial Manager of the journal of international archaeology ‘Antiquity’ and management of UK-wide community engagement and capacity building programmes with the Council for British Archaeology.

Committed to demonstrating the value of heritage to people and communities, Tara most recently made the case to decision-makers in Westminster and Whitehall as Policy and Engagement Manager with The Heritage Alliance. Pursuing a passion for community engagement and lifelong learning, Tara formerly ran a branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club and served as a trustee of a local civic society, as well as having taught with the Workers’ Educational Association. In 2014 she was a member of the judging panel of the British Archaeological Awards (assessing the social impact of projects) and has recently been admitted as a Fellow of the RSA.

Tara is covering Craig Owen's role managing the programme from March to October 2017 (see below).

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 is on extended leave from January 2017 for treatment and recovery from cancer, during which he will continue some reduced responsibilities / background work with online resources. His Programme Management role is being covered by Tara Jane Sutcliffe (see above) until October 2017.   

Ffion Fielding, Exhibitions and Engagement Coordinator   FfionFielding@wcia.org.uk

Team - Ffion Fielding, Cydlynydd De Cymru South Wales Coordinator 1.jpgFfion joined us from early 2015 from St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life, from where she has developed over a decade’s experience as Senior Learning & Interpretation Officer, and Adult Learning Coordinator.

Ffion brings extensive heritage sector expertise into the Wales for Peace team, in particular having been seconded over the last year as WW1 Commemoration Projects Coordinator across the 8 National Museums of Wales.

A fluent Welsh speaker originally from Carmarthen, Ffion has extensive experience of developing bilingual and accessible exhibition interpretation and learning materials, and of working with community groups on a diverse range of projects.

Ffion will lead the Wales for Peace team's heritage work - in particular, developing a 'Remembering for Peace' exhibition which will tour Wales from early 2016 - and will support community groups across South and West Wales to explore their own peace heritage and to develop indiviudual community projects. 

Fiona Wynn Owens, Volunteering Development Coordinator (North Wales based)   FionaOwens@wcia.org.uk

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Fiona joins us in January 2017 from Cyngor Gwynedd, where as Museums and Volunteer Coordinator she has overseen site management, volunteer projects, communications and media for Storiel in Bangor, the Lloyd George Museum near Criccieth and Oriel Pendeitsh in Caernarfon.  

Fiona was previously a Trainer and NVQ Assessor on social inclusion projects supporting Essential Skills development, and was a Careers Adviser for 10 years through Careers Wales offering guidance and counselling to young people, excluded adults and those returning to the workplace. She has also worked as a Production Assistant in TV and Radio Broadcasting, and as Deputy President of University of Glamorgan Students Union. Fiona has actively volunteered with a range of organisations engaged in the arts, festivals and community crafts.

Fiona will be leading our volunteering skills development, training, Information and Communications Technology and online media work as the Wales for Peace project gathers momentum towards 2017-18.

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. 

Awel will be leading our community participation, social / youth inclusion and support work on projects exploring hidden histories of peace builders, as the Wales for Peace project gathers momentum into 2017-18.

Awel works 2 days a week.

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 2 days a week.

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

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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. 

Mari works 2 days a week.

Fi Gilligan - Finance Administrator   FiGilligan@wcia.org.uk

Fi Gilligan

Fi Gilligan is our Administrator and first point of contact for enquiries, 2 days per week; Fi also works part time for the National Museum for Wales' as Development Officer on their Grants programme. She joined us from the Butetown History and Arts Centre, and has previously worked on in a range of professional admin roles with WCVA’s Gwirvol youth volunteering and Communities First Training programmes, and with SCVS (Swansea Council for Voluntary Services). Fi has also been a volunteer art tour guide over the last 5 years with the National Museum for Wales and has recently completed an Open University Masters in Art History, specialising in the study of artists whose art works focus on the human impact of recent international conflicts, including the Iraq War.

Fi’s role supports the Wales for Peace team as first point of contact, managing the office and enquiries, administering the project’s finances and online communications, and providing day-to-day support to volunteers.

Fi works 2 days a week.

Susie Ventris-Field - Programme Support   SusieVentrisField@wcia.org.uk

Susie Ventris-FieldSusie is Deputy Chief Executive of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, responsible for fundraising, communications and establishing systems, policies and processes to help underpin continuing success of the WCIA.  She supports the Wales for Peace team with monitoring and evaluation, volunteer skills development, online technology and communications.

Susie previously worked for Chwarae Teg in North Wales, supporting women with career progression and employers to implement best practice in equality and diversity, as part of a broader aim to narrow the gender pay gap in Wales. She has worked in Kenya and Eritrea in primary and secondary education teaching students and helping teachers to implement regional improvements to education processes.

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