Monmouthshire County Council is delighted to congratulate three Monmouthshire colleagues who have been named on the Future Generations Changemakers 100 list. Cabinet Member for Equalities and Engagement, Cllr Catherine Fookes, Chief Executive, Paul Matthews and Sustainability Policy Officer, Hazel Clatworthy have all been praised for their work in making Wales a better place for the future.
As nominated by Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Changemakers list acknowledges extraordinary people from across Wales who are making the vision of the Well-being of Future Generations Act a reality and inspiring people across Wales to act today for a better tomorrow.
Organisations, large and small, community groups and individuals are part of this movement for change and are helping to create a Wales that is healthier, more equal, environmentally-resilient, globally responsible, prosperous, with cohesive communities and vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language.
Cllr. Catherine Fookes who is also the Director of the Women’s Equality Network (WEN), alongside her responsibility as Monmouthshire’s Cabinet Member for Equalities and Engagement was recognised for launching a mentoring scheme supporting women to move into leadership. Catherine has also been a campaigner on the environment at Sustain – the Alliance for Better Food and Farming and Action Aid.
Cllr Catherine Fookes, said: “I am proud and honoured to be on the prestigious Changemakers 100 List as CEO of WEN Wales. It goes to the heart of why I am a campaigner and a local councillor campaigning for change in my community as I want to change things for the better. At WEN Wales our mentoring programme and our campaigns on equal representation in the Senedd and in local government have made a real impact.”
In her acknowledgment, Sophie Howe described Paul Matthews as: “An inspirational and progressive chief executive, who is pivotal in numerous sustainable development networks.” Paul has been at the helm of Monmouthshire County Council since 2009 and has steered the organisation through a number of innovation programmes, including the Infuse programme, which looks to build skills and capacity for innovative future public services across the Cardiff Capital region.
Upon his nomination, Paul Matthews said: “My recognition is just a reflection of the willingness of the citizens of Monmouthshire and outstanding colleagues to try different things and to care for their place. It’s everyone in this county together that makes a difference.”
Hazel Clatworthy drives environmental well-being projects in her sustainability policy role. This has included leading the council’s work on its Climate Emergency action plan and most recently working with colleagues and partners to put together a plan setting out how the council can contribute to protecting water quality, following the council’s “Motion for the Rivers and Ocean”. As the Chair of Sustainable Development Co-ordinators Cymru+ she works closely with other local authorities and public bodies across Wales to share good practice on how to build social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing into decision making. Hazel also works closely with local community groups promoting more sustainable living by running the Monmouthshire Community Climate Champions network, and has helped to set up a network of Libraries of Things or “Benthygs” and support Fairtrade Town groups.
Hazel said “It has been both humbling and exciting to be nominated as one of the Changemaker 100 list, but credit also has to go to my colleagues as well as the dozens of brilliant volunteers in our local communities who are all helping to build a more sustainable future for people in Monmouthshire”.
Derek Walker, CEO of Cwmpas – a development agency that works for positive economic and social change, will take up the role as Future Generations Commissioner after Sophie Howe’s tenure ends in early 2023.
To see the whole list of Future Generations Changemakers 100 visit: www.futuregenerations.wales/impact/future-generations-changemaker-100/