Area of focus: Co-Founder & Director
Winner of the Special Recognition Award, Cynnal Cymru Awards 2016
Margaret was born in Halifax and has been a committed environmentalist for over 30 years. She is the co-founder and Director of Sustainable Wales as well as the social enterprise, SUSSED Wales.
Margaret first became involved in the environmental movement in 1981 when as a new mum she was invited to make a Black Forest gateau for Friends of the Earth.
She was a comprehensive school Home Economics teacher for ten years before that and has always loved cooking, in particular distinctive cookery: from the Italian ‘slow food’ movement, to the parilla culture of Buenos Aires.
Food and fairness are a vital part of her life while her motivation is family and their future.
In 1984 she jointly founded and developed Friends of the Earth Cymru. Margaret stayed there until 1994 to act as chief spokesperson as well as directing campaign and information strategies, lobbying, creating media stunts and demonstrations.
Margaret was also the Founder and Co-director of Sustainable Wales Projects Ltd, the co-operative operating the innovative Gentle Touch Nappy Laundry Service between 2004 and 2010. In 2006 co-founded SUSSED Wales, a community cooperative selling fairly trade, green and local goods based close to the high street, Porthcawl.
She has been frequently interviewed on the radio as well as making many TV appearances over the past 30 years. Margaret was a presenter and researcher for HTV’s ‘Grass Roots’ series, creating a radical edge to the programme between 1995 and 1997.
Margaret has a wide experience of working with community groups as well as applying for grants and fundraising. She has also served on numerous boards and committees including Prince’s Trust, Groundwork Bridgend, Cylch, WCVA Environment Wales, Glas Cymru, Cynnal Cymru, Porthcawl Chamber of Trade, Bridgend Borough Fairtrade Campaign, Green Renewables Wales, G Cel and Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival Committee.
At the Cynnal Cymru annual award ceremony held in Cardiff on November 17th 2016, Margaret became only the second ever recipient of the ‘Special Recognition Award’, recognising her thirty plus year’s innovative work in environmentalism and sustainability. The Award was presented by Mike Rann (Hon Mike Rann AC, CNZM, Former Premier of South Australia). More information on the award.