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Meet the team

Kirsty Davies-Warner

Kirsty Davies-Warner

Head of Oxfam Cymru

Kirsty joined us in 2014 from being a Deputy Director at one of Wales' leading think tanks, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Kirsty was a local councillor in Cardiff from 2008 to 2017; and she has previously served as a cabinet member for Health Social Care and Wellbeing. In 2010 Kirsty chaired a Cardiff Council Enquiry into Trafficking for the Purposes of Sexual Exploitation and was founding Chair of the Women's Equality Network in Wales from 2010 - 2014.

As Head of Oxfam Cymru, Kirsty shapes and leads an integrated programme challenging poverty in Wales. Kirsty oversees Oxfam's policy, advocacy, campaigns and communications in Wales, as well as our programme activity. Kirsty is also plays a leading role within the Disasters Emergency Committee in Wales. With her strong background in Welsh politics and local government, Kirsty brings a strong commitment to social justice to Oxfam Cymru's work to end poverty and suffering, locally & globally, making this central to public & political life in Wales

Ben Lloyd

Ben Lloyd

Campaigns and Advocacy Manager

Ben is currently our Campaigns and Advocacy Manager. Ben has previously work in both the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly as a policy and political advisor to political parties. This has included working with politicians on a broad range of policy areas and task including drafting legislation, analysing policy and providing research briefings. As well as this political experience, Ben also worked on several national and grassroots election campaigns

Hayley Richards

Policy and Advocacy Officer

Hayley works part time and shares the role with Rachel. Hayley's job is to get Oxfam's voice heard in the corridors of Welsh power, especially the National Assembly. Hayley writes policy papers, contributes evidence to government enquiries and extends the influence of our project partners to bring about positive change and work with other organisations to lobby for amendments to relevant upcoming legislation, such as the Wellbeing and Future Generations Bill.

Vicky Leech

Education and Youth Advisor

Vicky is passionate about supporting young people to develop their knowledge, values and skills so they are able to actively contribute to building a better world as informed and empowered global citizens. Vicky joined Oxfam Cymru in January 2012. Her role involves supporting teachers and schools in Wales to embed global citizenship in education.

Wendy Morgans

Wendy Morgan

Office and Business Support Manager

Wendy started working for Oxfam in 2003 and is currently job sharing the Office and Business Support Manager role at Oxfam Cymru. Wendy's role involves the management and administration of the office finances, systems, facilities, stock and HR functions, as well as many other things.

Julie Cole

Office and Business Support Manager

Julie has worked for Oxfam for over 11 years and is currently job sharing the Office Manager role, with her colleague Wendy Morgans, at Oxfam Cymru in Cardiff. Julie's role involves the management and administration of the office finances, systems, facilities, stock and HR functions, as well as many other things. Julie works Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Vicky Goodban

Project Manager

Vicky started as Programme Manager in June 2015, and prior to that has been with Oxfam since 2011 coordinating two multi-partner projects supporting sanctuary seeking (refugee and asylum-seeking) women across Wales. Vicky's role is to develop Oxfam's domestic programme by working with new and existing partners from a range of sectors to find lasting solutions to poverty in Wales as well as working with colleagues in England and Scotland to develop projects across the UK.

Antonina Mendola

Livelihoods Training Project Coordinator

Antonina's experience spans over 27 years within the voluntary sector within Wales in the area of social exclusion and poverty. Her passion for people and development has resulted in a portfolio of experience rooted in community. She has worked in environmental regeneration, devised a number of in house education programmes for young people and adults and been a senior manager within the supported housing sector. She has advised a variety of organisations on strategy and operational delivery including health and social care. Antonina was the Project Lead for Oxfam's Access to Work and Enterprise Lone parent project during 2012 - 15. She recently re- joined Oxfam in April 2016 and is currently leading on the unique DWP/Oxfam Livelihoods Training Partnership Project which she had a key role in developing.

Deio Gruffydd

Deio Gruffydd

Media Officer (Maternity cover)

Deio is responsible for generating positive coverage about Oxfam Cymru's campaigns and work, both domestically and internationally, from print to radio and television. Deio is also responsible for Oxfam Cymru's social media sites. Before working at Oxfam Deio completed a Master's degree in Sustainable Environmental Management at Bangor University.

Melanie Hawthorne

Melanie Hawthorne

Policy and Advocacy Officer (Maternity cover)

Melanie works part time and shares the role with Hayley. Melanie's job is to get Oxfam's voice heard in the corridors of Welsh power, especially the National Assembly. Melanie writes policy papers, contributes evidence to enquiries, and extends the influence of our project partners to bring about positive change.

Melanie has over ten years' experience of developing and managing a range of complex programmes and projects that have a social, cultural and economic impact. Melanie has been an active board member for the Welsh Screen Commission and BAFTA Cymru and is currently Trustee for the Arts Council of Wales and Chair of its Well-being Future Generations Monitoring Group.

Marilyn Coward


Marilyn became an admin volunteer in Whitchurch Road in 1983 and (with breaks for employment) carried on in this role until she was recruited into the education department in 1991 - she has worked in this area ever since. A native of Cardiff, Marilyn is married with two grown-up sons who have families of their own. When not doing her regular Wednesday stint at Oxfam, she practises yoga and goes to the gym. She loves nothing better than travelling abroad with her husband.

Fanta Bamba


Fanta has been volunteering at Oxfam Cymru since 2012. Fanta is here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday, and her responsibilities include manning the the reception desk, and she also helps her colleague with a number of projects. 

Miriam Merkova

Miriam Merkova

Skills for Life Project Training Manager

Miriam moved to Wales 17 years ago to volunteer with elderly mentally ill patients and has since worked with asylum seekers, homeless families and BME women. Her passion is promoting the rights of underrepresented groups with a particular focus on women and gender based violence. In 2009 she set up the Diogel Project, the first service in Wales for women trafficked to the UK, before going on to work with the five Olympic Boroughs to ensure that women involved in prostitution were treated fairly when London hosted the Olympic Games. In her role as Project Training Manager she leads on the development and delivery of Oxfam's Skills for Life project that supports BME women to progress towards a decent life free from poverty. In partnership with South Riverside Community Development Centre, the project offers person-centred support using the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach, giving participants opportunities of practical work experience, professional coaching, peer to peer networking and group training.

Matthew Hemsley

Campaigns and Advocacy Manager (on secondment to the Syria Crisis Response)

Matt is the Campaigns and Advocacy Manager for Oxfam Cymru, ensuring our policy work impacts on key decision-makers and engages with the public. Prior to that he worked for transport charity Sustrans, both in Wales - where he worked on world first legislation on walking and cycling - and in the UK, where he delivered high profile media coverage for the charity's Transport Poverty report, including first time appearances on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky News. Matt has also worked for a Liberal Democrat MP, as a key member of staff running a constituency General Election campaign in 2010. Outside of work, Matt likes watching sports, and is a season ticket holder at Southampton FC. He also enjoys drinking the odd pint of real ale with friends and making contrarian comments on twitter.

Casia Wiliam

Media and Communications Officer (on maternity leave) 

Casia generates positive coverage about Oxfam and Oxfam Cymru's work and campaigns in the Welsh media, from radio and tv to print and online. Casia also deals with all media enquiries and is mainly responsible for Oxfam Cymru's social media activity and for communicating with Oxfam Cymru's many supporters across Wales. Casia's background is in press and events organising, she used to work for the Welsh language Broadcaster S4C and before that Literature Wales, the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting literature in Wales. 

Rachel Cable

Rachel Cable

Policy and Advocacy Officer (on maternity leave)

Rachel works part time and shares the role with Hayley. Rachel's job is to get Oxfam's voice heard in the corridors of Welsh power, especially the National Assembly. Rachel writes policy papers, contributes evidence to enquiries, and extends the influence of our project partners to bring about positive change. Prior to this role, Rachel worked for Universities Wales, as well as sitting on the Board of Trustees of the University of South Wales Students' Union. Outside of work, Rachel is passionate about Cardiff, and led the campaign to save Cardiff's Vulcan Hotel, which is now being rebuilt at Wales' National History Museum at St Fagan's.