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.

Gwenfair Rhys-Davies

Gwenfair started working with ecodyfi as a project officer on a pilot scheme in the Dyfi Biosphere named Trywydd Iach - Outdoor Health. The main aim of the scheme is to encourage people to take part in outdoor activities to promote health and well-being. The main duties are organizing the activities, sharing information with GPs, health and social workers and Community Connectors, receiving referrals and coordinating. She has worked in the health service, local authority and Welsh government as a nurse and social worker. She is a community councillor, chair of the Bro Ddyfi patient forum and enjoys farming with the family, walking and cycling in fair weather!

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.

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