About Fair Trade Wales

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At Fair Trade Wales, we support, grow and promote the Fair Trade movement in Wales.

Since 2009, we’ve campaigned for the rights of farmers and producers in low and middle income countries who are often poorly paid and live with the impact of climate change. We think that all farmers and workers, wherever they live in the world, should receive a living income.

Although Wales is a small nation, we want to play our part in creating a better world – at home and further afield – and we made history in 2008 by becoming the world’s first Fair Trade Nation.

We always put people before profit and our vision is for an equal world that trades fairly so that everyone can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood. Our mission is to be a catalyst for the movement in Wales, and in everything that we do, we strive to be supportive, collaborative and empowering.

We’re known for our expert knowledge and opinion around Fair Trade, trade justice and wider issues around human rights, sustainability and equality. We work with two international Fair Trade bodies – F​airtrade International​ and the W​orld Fair Trade Organisation – and support over 30 active Fair Trade groups who work with local communities and organisations across Wales. We can also support organisations to meet the seven Well-being Goals of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that requires public bodies to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.

Fair Trade Wales is a small company limited by guarantee, with two part-time members of staff, volunteers and a board of directors. We’re a partner in Hub Cymru Africa, and part of the UK’s Trade Justice Movement. Fair Trade Wales is funded by the Welsh Government through the Wales and Africa programme.

What we do

Fair Trade Wales has an important role to play in supporting the growth of the movement across Wales and providing Fair Trade producer opportunities internationally.

We work with over 30 Fairtrade communities, 200 schools, 18 local authorities and eight Fair Trade retailers, and connect with faith groups, universities and businesses in Wales each year. We also coordinate campaigns and events including Fairtrade Fortnight and Fair Trade producer tours in Wales. We’re also the only national Fair Trade organisation in Wales offering Welsh-language resources for the whole of Wales.

What we want to achieve

At Fair Trade Wales, we have three main objectives; which are to:

  • Support: To create and support activists
  • Grow: To create partnerships and maximise opportunities
  • Promote: To maintain and enhance Welsh Government’s commitment to furthering Wales as a Fair Trade Nation

We do this because we think it’s right that all producers and suppliers receive a living income.

Meet the team

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    Aileen Burmeister

    Head of Fair Trade Wales

    Aileen has worked in the charity and education sectors, with organisations focussed on poverty and excluded groups. She enjoys working on community engagement, boring details of global trade deals, and tasty new Fair Trade products.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Co-op Irresistible Single Origin Dark Chocolate with Orange
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    Emina Redzepovic

    Events and Support Coordinator

    Emina has worked in the charity sector for several years in the environmental, health, volunteering and homelessness sectors. Her background in communications means she enjoys meeting people, hearing stories and helping promote excellent causes.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Zaytoun Palestinian Hand-Rolled Maftoul Couscous
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    Lila Haines

    Chair

    Lila is an independent researcher and writer whose career has spanned journalism, politics, and international development. She speaks Welsh, Irish and Spanish and is particularly interested in equality issues, sustainable development and political history.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Ice-cream - Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra
  4. Rita Singh

    Vice Chair

    Rita has many years’ experience working on sustainability, bringing a wealth of knowledge on policy development, networking, and leading action to deliver change on sustainable development policies in the private, public and third sectors.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Zaytoun Olive oil and Almonds
  5. Tamsin Wallbank

    Treasurer

    Tamsin graduated with a BA(Hons) Philosophy in 1996. She spent several years working for various high street banks before returning to university to do an MSc in Business & IT. Tamsin is currently looking to learn how to eat fire & sky dive.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Bala rugby ball (mini and full sized)
  6. Emma Brown

    Director

    Emma has a background in farming, Food Science and the food industry, and currently works at FareShare. After spending time working on farms in Southern India and Spain, she values the hardships of farming and wants to promote an equal and fairer society.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Tony’s Chocolonely (specifically dark chocolate almond sea salt)
  7. Nia Higginbotham

    Director

    Nia has wide experience of the Fairtrade movement across North Wales, and helped develop Wales as a Fair Trade nation. Her background in charities and education led her to be a founder of TCC, which develops leaders to create community change.

  8. Laura Wyn Karadog

    Director

    Laura graduated in International Relations from Aberystwyth University. She has worked in the public sector in Gwynedd and the National Assembly. Laura was Education Advisor at Oxfam Cymru and now combines teaching yoga with being mum to two young children.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Coffee - Jenipher's Coffi
  9. Natalie Rees

    Director

    Natalie is a sustainability expert with over 20 years experience, currently with Transport for Wales, and is also a partner in a vegan catering company. Natalie is passionate about Fairtrade, having set up and gained status for the Fairtrade Neath Port Talbot County Group.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Tony’s Chocolonely (specifically dark chocolate almond sea salt)
  10. Elen Llwyd Roberts

    Director

    Elen is a freelance Cultural Manager in the arts and creative sector, focussing on projects that inspire learning and creativity through international exchange and cultural experiences. Her interest in Fair Trade Wales started as a volunteer in 2011.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Tony Chocolonely’s Dark Milk Pretzel & Toffee
  11. Alastair Smith

    Director

    Alastair works as a Senior Teaching Fellow on Global Sustainable Development, and is part of the Fairness UK network of researchers and fair trade practitioners. His PhD investigated how the concept of ‘fair trade’ is negotiated and stabilised.

  12. Robyn Walsh

    Director

    Robyn works in community engagement at a Town Council, with responsibility for the Fairtrade Committee. Robyn has launched a number of award winning Fairtrade Campaigns, and has many ideas to further engage Town & Community Councils with Fairtrade.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Fairtrade Clipper Teabags
  13. Jeff Williams

    Director

    Jeff Williams studied theology and worked as ordained Minister before joining Christian Aid, where he became Head, working with the organisation in eighteen countries, and being active on Welsh coalitions campaigning for global justice.

    Favourite Fair Trade Product

    Bananas