TYF development programmes are delivered by a team of these consultants:
Andy Middleton is an imaginative and innovative thinker on sustainability and resource use, with an uncanny ability to connect practices, ideas and networks into projects that can deliver transformation. Andy is Founder Director of the The TYF Group, Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and co-founder of the Hay on Earth sustainability series. He is a change specialist, speaker and facilitator with 20+years worldwide experience of helping business and government identify and implement the transformative, disruptive change that is needed to secure economic and environmental resilience. His current research interests and practices include the use of crowd source collaboration for sustainability problem solving, building pathways for food security and integration of the ecosystems approach and biomimicry principles into strategy & decision-making.
Jetske holds a Masters degree in European Tourism Management and has extensive experience in both the private and third sector. As Sustainable Development officer for a large community development organisation Jetske has gained plenty of field experience in developing capacity around Sustainable Development. In this role she managed a Community Sustainability Tool, assisting communities in action planning and visioning for a sustainable future. Jetske just finished managing a contract for Welsh Government developing a package of 50 case studies, video material and several Knowledge Transfer Events to help implement the Future Generations Bill. The project has led to solid connections in the sustainability sector in Wales and beyond. Jetske is a trained facilitator and has led workshops with businesses, public sector and community groups throughout Wales.
With over 20 years working in many aspects of the private and third sector, Darren is a highly experienced facilitator and enabler, specialising in community change projects, with a specific interest in personal and community health. As part of delivering for the TYF group Darren co-designed the Welsh Government sustainable communities toolkit as used in Communities First areas across Wales and previously led PLANED’s Towards One Planet Living project, a three year programme helping 60 communities in Pembrokeshire create and act on plans for sustainable change. Prior to this Darren was senior advisor (communities) at Eco Centre Wales assisting rural communities in their desire to incorporate sustainable efficiencies into their daily lives. As founder director of Active Somatics, Darren has a busy practice coaching individuals and groups in aspects of Somatic Education including Natural Movement, Yoga and Mindfulness; hosting regular workshops around the UK and further afield.
Hywel brings systemic insight to the complexities of energy, resource and materials use. As UK Government Ministerial Advisor on the Low Carbon Built Environment and Waste & Resource policy, he gained research and operational experience, including a recent study of wood waste flows in localities. Hywel is currently working with local authorities, including Cardiff and Stoke-on-Trent, to improve the resource and energy efficiency, helping councillors and officers take a strategic view of resources and energy issues at the city level and works with communities to appreciate the opportunities of resource efficiency, exploring specific material flows to identify potential solutions. Hywel has worked as a Senior Fellow (Policy and Organisation Development) at the Office for Public Management, as Policy Advisor to the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and as Specialist Advisor to the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP (at Defra), leading on resources and materials, waste, land use and forestry.
Howie first worked at TYF in the 1990s and now has 20 years of experience in designing and delivering experiential development programmes. He started his career in outdoor education, and his interest in business led him to focus on Organisational Development, Leadership and Graduate Development. Howie heads up TYF’s Graduate Development Training, a series of powerful, dynamic and challenging graduate programmes for private and government sector clients.
Sean Pillot de Chenecey
With over 15 years experience working for a range of leading brands, Sean specialises in trend analysis, consumer insights and brand and marcoms strategy. His USP is that in addition to consulting with companies at Board Level, he combines this with street-level research; alongside interviewing key social and cultural experts. Sean gives speeches to agency and client-side audiences, is a visiting university lecturer on cultural/social trends; and has written for a range of consumer, industry & think-tank publications. In undertaking trend research, he often conducts interviews via international political/economic think-tanks, with journalists/authors and ‘relevant to task’ experts; alongside running in-home focus group & ethnographic activity amongst relevant social groups.
As a classically trained marketing director, Chris has consistently delivered success in a variety of contexts from the boardrooms of multi-nationals, in small owner- managed businesses and start-ups, through to policy development supporting senior civil service officials and Ministers of State in the UK and European Union. His passion for tackling complex problems by bringing together diverse skills and sharing ideas to design and deliver solutions fits well with TYF’s ethos. Chris’ past work ranges from starting as assistant on Kit Kat to being Marketing Director for Kraft. He led the Department of Health’s marketing programme tackling childhood obesity and designed behavioural interventions to increase physical activity in those at risk of cardiovascular disease. Over the last 7 years, Chris has developed an expertise in behavioural science and is applying this knowledge to societal problems across health, sustainability and environmental issues. He believes that the wellbeing of people, the sustainability of the nation is all interconnected and is working on new and exciting collaborations to secure that future.
Andy has a rich managerial pedigree within the Forestry Commission. In 2007 he joined Hay Festival leading on their sustainability agenda. This involves the management of direct impacts, the public impacts and also programming debates and speakers. His work experiences have been an immensely creative and enjoyable challenge, which has given an in-depth knowledge of how both public and private sector businesses operate, a keen understanding of the range of functions and personalities involved and the wide variety of demands placed upon them. He has managed teams and events both in the UK and overseas. Andy has developed this understanding and experience into a flexible freelance role and as such delivers on a wide range of external projects.
Mark is an environmental expert with 23 years experience in changing the way businesses think about the environment business, design and innovation. Working at the coal-face with businesses on eco-design, innovation, new product and service development, packaging, carbon reduction and carbon footprinting, adapting to climate change and improving business efficiency, Mark has a very practical approach to these issues. Ex-head of environment at ASDA-Walmart, Mark has visited in excess of 1000 businesses and made savings in excess of £100 million. Irreverent, witty, cheeky and inspirational he makes sense of these complex issues around recycling by breaking them down into simple steps. He has a wide range of supply-chain training experience, having developed three independent supply-chain improvement programmes and a further three for Asda.
Nick is a highly experienced learning and labour market consultant with 15 years experience of tackling challenging projects across the UK. His specialist areas include skills research, programme evaluation and sectoral work. He is an accomplished interviewer, with sound analytical skills and a strong emphasis on delivering actionable results with a lasting legacy.
Tim Brew delivers energy and climate change workshops for schools and communities. He devised the Climate Change Wales resource and written education materials for a wide range of organisations including Welsh Government. Tim is interested in energy efficiency in older buildings and is a trustee of Small World Theatre.
Mat Roberts is Landmarc Support Services’ Head of Sustainability. He is responsible for all sustainability issues across the business such as Waste, Water, Energy, Natural Capital and Social Value. He is the architect of Landmarc’s Social Value strategy and the driving force behind the business’s commitment to Business in the Community. Mat previously was the Superintendent of Epping Forest on behalf of The City of London Corporation. During this time he was appointed a Freeman of the City of London. From 2000 to 2005 Mat was part of the leadership team that created Scotland’s First National Park in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. His role as Superintendent followed 10 years working in Wales as the Chief Ranger on The Gower AONB. Mat is an alumni of the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Mat is a Fellow of the RSA, Director of the Global Associating of Corporate Sustainability Officers. Mat spent a decade as a Trustee of The Conservation Volunteers charity and almost 20 years helping organise the Hay International Festival.
Andy Shipley is a Transformational Coach, Facilitator and a Clore Social Fellow With over 25 years experience in national and local government, public bodies and voluntary organisations, Andy has been a strong advocate for the creation of social and environmental conditions that enable disabled people to participate and lead independent lives. He currently serves on Natural England’s National Outdoors for All forum. he is a Trustee/Director of BucksVision, the charity promoting independent living and social inclusion for the visually impaired population of Buckinghamshire. He is also a former Commissioner for a Sustainable London 2012. he provided oversight of the sustainability goals set for the Olympic and Paralympics, in particular, ensuring they were the most inclusive games ever. Andy has a regular column in the Association for Coaching global Bulletin, in which he discusses the impact that Coaching is having outside of its traditional role in the corporate environment. In addition to a wealth of training and expertise, Andy’s visual impairment uniquely enables him to work with others in a way that is both insightful and empowering. Since completion of his Clore Fellowship, Andy’s focus has been largely on the development of innovative approaches to bridging the gap between society at large and the unique perspectives and strategies of people from diverse backgrounds and experience. Andy envisions a world where people of differing abilities are recognized and valued as the rich and necessary resource they must be to the advancement of the community as a whole. Andy lives in Buckinghamshire with his enthusiastic but far-too-clever guide dog Winnie.
Roger has 17 years experience leading large public sector bodies, where he developed and pursued his interest in living within natural limits, positioning them in the vanguard of implementing environmental management systems in Wales. His was also the first organisation in the UK that took its staff through a programme of training in the challenges of climate change. Roger has been an active board member of European sustainable development bodies and currently spends much of his time working with social and environmental charities.