Who are we?

Current members of the GPG committee are:

Gideon Calder (Chair). Gideon joined the GPG committee in 2018, having attended many of its events.  He directs the Social Policy programme at Swansea University, chairs Newport City Council’s Fairness Commission, and co-edits the journal Ethics and Social Welfare. He has written on various social issues, and has a longstanding interest in how environmental priorities fit alongside other political and moral concerns. He’s also a member of the steering group for Plastic Free Penarth.

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Eurgain Powell. Eurgain joined GPG in 2019 after supporting Penarth to achieve Plastic Free status. She is currently supporting ‘Penarth Growing Community’ to develop growing spaces across the town. Eurgain has worked in sustainability roles for almost 20 years and is passionate about the natural environment. She enjoys spending time outdoors, walking and cycling in her spare time!

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Keith Howells. Keith is a retired teacher of the deaf who finished his career as Advisory Teacher of the Deaf in St. Cyres Comprehensive School. He is a Deacon in Stanwell Baptist Church and a past Chairman of Penarth Cytûn Council of Churches. He is an avid sports fan and has been a Patron of the Scarlets for decades.

Marianna Marchesi. Marianna joined GPG in 2020. She is a lecturer at Cardiff University interested in urban sustainability. She came to Wales in 2018 to implement an EU-funded research project with the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) on resource efficiency and circularity in urban communities. Before moving to the UK, she worked in the north of Italy as an architect and a researcher for 15 years on the development of sustainable energy-efficient architectures.