Meleri is Partneriaeth Ogwen Cyf’s Chief Officer. She is responsible for developing Partneriaeth Ogwen as a new and growing social enterprise serving the communities of Dyffryn Ogwen. She is responsible for identifying new opportunities and developing community and economic regeneration projects.
Meleri has lead on the development of the Hydro Ogwen project since June 2014 as part of her work at Partneriaeth Ogwen Cyf. Prior to her role at Partneriaeth Ogwen Cyf, she was a Senior Advice and Communications Officer at the Welsh Language Commissioner and a Business Manager at the Welsh Language Board. Meleri is a Director at Cwmni Tabernacl Bethesda Cyf and is a member of Neuadd Ogwen’s Board of Directors.
She is also co-founder and director on the Board of Siop Ogwen. She works closely in a professional and voluntary capacity in the development of Neuadd Ogwen and she is also a member of numerous community groups and societies including the Board of Governors at one of the local primary schools.
Working for the National Trust as an Environmental Advisor for the last 9 year Keith is also the lead for renewable energy generation for the National Trust within its £30m renewable energy investment program.
Prior to this and following his first class degree in Environmental Planning he was the National Trust Head Warden and then Countryside Manager for Snowdonia which included managing the 4000acre Snowdon farm. At this time he was also one of the founders of the Welsh Institute of Countryside and Conservation Management.
He currently specialises in hydro development having been involved in 5 completed hydro systems to date and leading on the development of a further 16. He regularly advises organisations and governments on aspects of distributed generation. He is a steering group member of the Community Energy Wales Developments Fund and also sits on the climate change commission Wales land use group. As a previous winner of the Ashden Gold award he and a colleague founded the UK wide ‘fit for the future’ network which brings many of the largest NGO’s and landowners together to learn and share about sustainable energy.
He actively works within the community sector. Director of the Anafon Community hydro and Ynni Padarn Peris as well as helping many other community energy companies. He was selected as the Institute of Welsh Affairs environmentalist of the year 2014 and was awarded the honorary title of Lecturer by the University of Bangor 2015 and was shortlisted as a community energy champion by Community Energy England.
A freelance lecturer on sustainability for the Cardiff and New York Universities and this year he will be representing the 67 National Trusts globally at the Paris Climate change talks. He actively blogs and shares freely as well as being one of the Environmental experts for the last 15 years on the BBC radio Cymru Galwad Cynnar as well as a regular commentator on energy maters for the BBC in Wales.
Dafydd Meurig is a county councillor in Gwynedd, and a cabinet member with responsibility for Planning and Transport.
He is a founder and director of two community ventures in his area, and has a particular interest in the abilities of communities to make well-informed decisions about their own needs. He campaigned recently for the restoration of a rural bus service in Dyffryn Conwy.
Dafydd worked for the BBC and ran his own businesses before becoming involved in local government, and has been active with clubs and societies in his own area all his life.
Griff graduated in Mathematics from Bangor University. He spent two years as Assistant Lecturer at University College Cardiff. Upon his return to Bangor as Lecturer in Pure Mathematics he and his wife Eleanor settled down in Bethesda where they brought up their four children. Over the years Griff has taken an active part in the local community, mainly as treasurer of various societies. He has been a keen supporter of Christian Aid and Treasurer of their local branch. Griff became a Community Councillor in 2006 and is currently chair of the Council’s Finance Committee.
Paul first came to live in Dyffryn Ogwen in 1982, when he was a graduate student at Bangor University. He returned with his family to live here in 2000. He was Head of the Technical Section in the Treasury Department of the former Gwynedd County Council, where he qualified as a public sector accountant (CIPFA) and he now runs his own business as a freelance translator with his wife. He is the Chairman of Bethesda Community Council. In the 1990s he helped to set up and run a community post office in Cwm y Glo and more recently he set up and now leads the Bangor Street Pastors. He is the Treasurer of the local environmental group Balchder Bro Ogwen and Vice-Chairman of the Governors of Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, the local comprehensive school. He is one of the founder Directors of Ynni Ogwen.
Gruffydd was raised in Bethesda and was a pupil at local primary schools and Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen. He started his career working for ScottishPower before completing a degree in Geography and Secondary PGCE . After 5 years of working as a Lecturer in a local further education college, Gruffydd went on to pursue his interest in renewable energy by training as a heating engineer. Recently, Gruffydd has worked as an Energy Officer for Menter Iaith Conwy and maintains his connection with social enterprises in his current work as a freelance consultant, working with local communities on various projects. He has also been accepted as a Mentor for Renew Wales.
During the process. Partneriaeth Ogwen has received help, time and input by other volunteers and we would like to thank the following individuals for their valued contribution during the development of this process : Sioned Haf, Judith Kaufmann, Heli Gittins, Dafydd Owen, Robin Williams, Bryn Evans and Joe Stoner.