Who we are

Staff members

Andy Rowland

As Managing Director of ecodyfi, Andy is responsible to the Board for all aspects of operation, including finance, compliance, development, communications, networking, and delivery of projects and services. When projects require dedicated staff, Andy helps the Board recruit them and manages them. Andy spent 14 years at the Centre for Alternative Technology in various roles, with jobs in nature conservation and community development before that. He has been a Community Councillor, school Governor and Clerk locally. He has a postgraduate certificate in rural community economic development and is bilingual.

Chris Higgins

As project manager of the 'Mixed farming - histories and futures' project, Chris's main responsibility at ecodyfi is ensuring timely reporting and delivery of project outputs to schedule. 

Chris has degrees in Environmental Science, Information Technology and Geographic Information Systems; he spent 17 years working at the University of Edinburgh mainly leading European Union funded geospatial research projects.  His aim is to use his wide experience and varied skillset to help ecodyfi make the Dyfi Valley a thriving, healthy, caring, place; renowned for sustainable living.

Sian Davies

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Sian is one of the Project Officers for the Trywydd Iach – Outdoor Health project that is being run by Ecodyfi and Coed Lleol in partnership. She started her role in January 2021, and has taken a lead on the Social Prescribing side of the project, which involves working with local GP surgeries and organisations to offer free outdoor activities to improve people’s health & well-being. Sian is passionate about making well-being practices and green spaces accessible to all, and interested in the link between spending time in nature and how it can boost our personal & planetary health in many ways. She is a qualified Yoga instructor, and enjoys practicing embodied movement outdoors in various landscapes, and she also has a daily routine of going out in all weathers for a walk.

Miriam Davies


Miriam (Mim) works on ecodyfi’s Trywydd Iach | Outdoor Health Project, leading on Active Travel.  Her previous roles have been in the sustainability sector, including at the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Centre for Sustainable Energy. She is studying part-time for a Graphic Design degree and values the opportunities to use her skills when producing publicity and other materials for the project. She enjoys trail walking and wild swimming and is passionate about improving her Welsh.

Arfon Hughes

Arfon started working for ecodyfi as admin officer in December 2019, and he is responsible for supporting ecodyfi projects and day-to-day work. He is a former Rural Housing Enabler with housing associations and county councils in North West Wales and he has also worked as a peripatetic teacher in Powys and as the Co-ordinator of Menter Iaith Maldwyn (Language inititaive). his interests include rural community development, the Welsh language, Welsh traditions, folk music and Welsh history. He also likes walking and being outdoors.

Ecodyfi board members

Ecodyfi Board members – description of interests and experience


Ann MacGarry, Chair

Machynlleth. Education for sustainable development and global citizenship, young people, sustainability, overseas development.

Ann MacGarry has worked in sustainability education for 30 years, previously at CAT, currently for the charity Size of Wales (Maint Cymru). She is registered as a Renew Wales mentor for Ecodyfi. She is a town councillor in Machynlleth for Plaid Cymru, is a voluntary youth worker for Gwerin y Coed and is involved in other local organisations including Merched y Wawr, Hazina and the Food Bank. She speaks Welsh.

Märit Olsson, Treasurer and Company Secretary

Corris. Accountancy, supporting African communities.

Märit manages the finances for ecodyfi.  She has worked in accountancy for over 20 years and specialises in not-for-profit organisations.  In her spare time she manages the Machynlleth based charity Hazina that supports work in Tanzania.

Suzanne Davies



Guy Pargeter

Taliesin. Communications, business, forestry, law.


Anwen Pughe Jones

Talywern Machynlleth


John Cantor

Machynlleth. Renewable energy, heat pumps, repair and re-use, community.


Martin Ashby

Eglwys-fach. Books, bikes, appropriate technology.


Nicola Ruck

Machynlleth. Fair trade, tourism, health, woodlands.


Andy Rowland

Derwenlas. Community, appropriate technology, sustainability.