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Climate Panel Speakers

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Currency Panel Speakers

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Ellie Harwood


Ellie is an anti-poverty campaigner from Rhondda Cynon Taf. She is particularly interested in researching and campaigning on the relationship between poverty and its intersection with other forms of systemic inequality. As well as working to address child poverty within the education system in Wales, she also co-chairs the Wales Anti-Poverty Coalition and volunteers with several networks committed to developing a fairer and more sustainable Wales. She believes that poverty is a political choice, and that everyone in Wales should have the means to live a dignified life, within our existing resources.

Hilary Wainwright


Hilary is a sociologist who earned her BPhil from Oxford University. She works as an independent activist-researcher and journalist. She is a founding editor of Red Pepper. A socialist feminist activist, with strong connections to the labour movement, Hilary has been a long-time advocate of participatory democracy. She served as Deputy Economic Advisor to Ken Livingstone at the Greater London Council from 1982, where she founded the Popular Planning Unit of the Greater London Council. In 2017, she was invited to join the UK Labour Party’s ‘Community Wealth Building Commission’, involving inter alia trade unions, cooperatives, community organisations and progressive municipal representatives. Its mission was to build on the positive experience of Preston Council using public procurement to protect and improve local jobs, advance community well-being, and strengthen democratic control. Participatory democracy for community wealth building has been the red thread throughout Hilary’s activist life. She has documented resurgent democratic movements in many countries, analysing the lessons for progressive politics.


Russell Todd


Russell’s background is in community development helping communities organise themselves to tackle the challenges they face. He works freelance offering services around community development consultancy, training and research. In addition, he is a podcast producer and trainer and set up the world’s first podcast dedicated to the diverse topics of community development and the Wales football team: The Community Development Podcast; and Podcast Pêl-droed.

He is also the founding director of social enterprises such as Valleys Ale Trails, Expo’r Wal Goch and Grow Social Capital.

Russell is published on the topic of community anchors, community development and also Welsh football and believes in the power of community and social capital for tackling inequality, enhancing wellbeing and taking care of the planet.

Shavanah Taj


Shavanah Taj s Wales TUC’s first BME General Secretary. She joined Wales TUC in February 2019 from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), where she had been the Welsh Secretary since 2013. Shavanah is a passionate campaigner and can often be found contributing speeches at round table debates and protest marches on issues such as anti-racism, human rights, women’s rights, fair pay and fair work.

Donal Whelan


Donal Whelan is a sound engineer, an environmental activist and an advocate for Welsh independence and Bitcoin.

He campaigned with Frack Free Wales for 4 years to see off the threat of fracking in Wales. That campaign demonstrated that, while small environmental wins are possible, humanity is fundamentally out of equilibrium with nature and only systemic change will turn the tide. The main drivers of the environmental destruction are perpetual GDP growth and obsessive profit-chasing. The main driver of those phenomena is our debt-based money system.

Donal sees two meaningful vehicles for systemic change in Welsh Independence and Bitcoin: Independence because the UK is tied inextricably to the old, destructive system, but as an independent nation Wales could pioneer sustainability; Bitcoin because a transition from a debt money system to a saved money system offers profound hope for humans and the planet that sustains us.

Duncan Fisher

Duncan Fisher runs the Our Food Brecon Beacons & Food Monmouthshire project, the aim of which is to rebuild a local food economy over the next 10 years, fixing carbon, rebuilding nature, mitigating flooding, providing local jobs and stopping the flow of profits to outside bank accounts. (www.our-food.org). He is also helping to set up the Wellbeing Economy Alliance in Wales, connected to a global network of advocates for a new way of seeing and managing the economy.

Katie Gallogly-Swan

Katie Gallogly-Swan is an activist, academic and advocate interested in global social movements and multilateralism. She has previously worked at Oxfam and ActionAid as well as a range of grassroots organizations in Scotland focusing on economic, climate and gender justice. Katie holds a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where she won the Hoopes Prize for exceptional research, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the SOAS University of London, where she won the Development Studies Postgraduate Prize. Her Master’s dissertation focused on the relationships between development finance, refugee labour, and security policy. Katie comes from Coatbridge, Scotland.

Ben Arc

Ben Arc: Swansea based educator, free and open-source enthusiast/advocate, applied bitcoin/digital currency researcher and developer. Creator of LNbits, Where39 protocol, and a host of free and open-source digital currency software and hardware.

Justin Peter-Lilly

Justin is a campaigner for money reform and better financial education in schools and beyond. Justin is a networking entrepreneur working to build stronger, more resilient communities. He has worked with Positive Money UK among other organisations. 

Mark Hooper


Mark is in the process of bringing to market Wales' first mutually-owned, community bank, Banc Cambria.


Prior to that he founded the Welsh-based coworking co-operative, indycube.

Tegid Roberts


Tegid is Director of Cadarn Consulting, a technology consultancy. He is Senior Scientific Advisor to Swansea University Institute for Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies. He is also a Non-exec Director of a Computer Games company on behalf of a major investor and board member of IndyCube, a community benefits society. He is a co-founder of Banc Cambria, a community banking project for Wales.

Tegid has an extensive network of contact with Welsh government ministers, civil servants and with the Wales Office, DeExEU and UK Treasury. 

Other relevant experience:
Tegid is a graduate in Electronic Engineering from York University and started his career at Sony Advanced Technology Division in Oxford, UK. He is also currently a core member of the UK Government Secretary of State for Wales’s economic advisory board, trustee of the Bevan Foundation, and a member of the Welsh Government’s expert panel on Digital Innovation.


The event

10.00 - 10.30 

 10.30 - 11.45

11.45 - 12.00

12.20 – 13.35

13.35 – 13.50

14.10 – 15.25

15.25 – 15.40

15.50 - 16.00


Poverty Panel discussions with Ellie Harwood

Hilary Wainwright, Russell Todd,Shavanah Taj


Climate Panel discussions with Donal Whelan, Duncan Fisher, Katie Gallogly Swan


Currency Panel discussions with Ben Arc, Justin Peter-Lilly, Mark Hooper, Tegid Roberts



16.00- 16:30

Networking on Spatial

16.30 - 18.00

DJ Set at Spatial