Angie works for the Health and Sustainability Hub in Public Health Wales and is currently studying an MSc in Sustainable Development in Practice at Bristol UWE. She is passionate about the living environment and firmly believes that growing, whether it’s edibles or ornamentals, helps us to cultivate a healthier relationship with nature. Since completing the RHS Practical Horticulture Course (Level 2) in 2018, Angie has embarked on various greening projects, including a collaboration with community project, Growing Street Talk, to green street frontages in her neighbourhood. Angie is also a singer-songwriter and poet – you can listen to some of her work here. She is particularly inspired by nature and has written for various projects and organisations, including Size of Wales and Cardiff and Vale Health Charity.
is Cardiff born and bred and works for Wales-based climate change and tropical forest protection charity, Size of Wales. Anna often finds herself using the phrase 'think globally, act locally' which is what makes the work of Grow Cardiff so appealing to her - supporting communities in an open way to create and nurture green spaces in their own communities, to access new skills and healthy locally grown food. Work that is vital across the globe and Grow Cardiff is that doing just that right here in her hometown. In her spare time Anna plays in a samba and afro-Brazilian percussion community band and daydreams often about going to Brazil and the Amazon.
is a keen geologist, naturalist and gardener. She was a science teacher in a previous life and encouraged her students to get seriously creative and loved chucking things out of windows to see how fast they went. (Not the students!). Frankie has been a trustee since 2019. She is studying the RHS practical Horticultural Course – Level 2 and volunteers at the Dusty Forge Community Garden in Ely. She usually ends up covered in mud.
Dr Jemma Hawkins
is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health at the DECIPHer research centre in Cardiff University. She has supported Grow Cardiff as a trustee since it's inception after meeting Isla during her PhD and postdoctoral research exploring the health benefits of allotment and community gardening. Away from work, she enjoys getting out in nature as much as possible whether that’s going hiking or trying (and often failing) to grow her own fruit and vegetables!
John Hallett (Chair)
Kay Palmer (Treasurer)
Kay Palmer is a qualified account turned data analyst in the Welsh public sector. Originally from SE London, she has lived in Wales since 1995 when she studied for an environmental chemistry degree and now couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Grow Cardiff’s ethos is close to her heart since she enjoys the great outdoors, gardening and her allotment even if her 3 hens and the wild bunnies, slugs and pigeons eat more of her produce than she does.
Sarah is originally from Sheffield and moved to Cardiff to study engineering at university. After working in industry for a few years she decided to re-train as a youth worker. She loves the outdoors enjoying many adventures climbing mountains and has introduced young people to the beauty of the Brecon Beacons and North Wales. Supporting Grow Cardiff is a great fit for her passion to see communities enriched. She enjoys growing fruit and vegetables apart from when the squirrels eat her young plants.