Martin Pollard - Chief Executive

Martin PollardMartin has led the WCIA since 2010, having previously been our Deputy Director and Education Officer. He oversees our strategy and manages other senior WCIA staff, as well as developing project plans and funding proposals for the charity.

Martin is a qualified teacher, and has trained thousands of colleagues in ESDGC and the Philosophy for Children method. He is also a trustee of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, a member of the Climate Change Commission for Wales, and former chair of the Wales Africa Community Links grants panel.

Susie Ventris-Field - Deputy Chief Executive

Susie Ventris-Field

Susie is responsible for fundraising, communications and establishing systems, policies and processes to help underpin continuing success of the WCIA.  She is also developing membership, communications and our volunteers and internship programmes.

Susie previously worked for Chwarae Teg in North Wales, supporting women with career progression and employers to implement best practice in equality and diversity, as part of a broader aim to narrow the gender pay gap in Wales. She has worked in Kenya and Eritrea in primary and secondary education teaching students and helping teachers to implement regional improvements to education processes.

Emily Williams - Venue Manager

Emily is an experienced event manager and marketer dedicated to building capacity and improving knowledge within the third sector.

She loves events and has been an event’s organiser for festivals for many years, including Greenman and Glastonbury, of which she still organises. Emily also has great experience in organising music events.

Emily has a beautiful dog and is a massive advocate for organic food and spiritual healing.

Catrin Wager - Education Officer

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Catrin joins the WCIA from a background in research and education within the Heritage Sector.  She is passionate about global issues, and over the past 18 months has played an active role in  grassroots efforts to support refugees from the UK.  She has volunteered in the 'Calais jungle’ and on the Greek islands, and is  founder member and Chair of Pobl i Bobl – Cefnogi Ffoaduriaid/Refugee Support.  

Catrin is based in Bethesda, North Wales and is an active member of the community there, including being a volunteer ‘Energy Champion’ for Energy-Local/Cyd-Ynni, a ground breaking community energy project. Catrin firmly believes in the power of individuals and communities to instigate positive change, and looks forward to working with children and young people to encourage understanding of and positive engagement with global issues.

Shaela Ismail - Finance and Administration Officer


Shaela has a background in finance, having previously worked for the University of Leicester as a Project Finance Officer supporting the financial management of large research grants and as finance assistant at Tenovus Cancer Charity.

At the WCIA Shaela is part of the creation of a Finance Office, establishing procedures, and helps identify how the finance office can support the WCIA and the other projects.

Shaela is currently studying her AAT Accountancy qualification Certificate in Accounting to further develop her accountancy skills and knowledge.

Shaela took a career break to raise her two children and spend time travelling and cooking. She loves to explore different cultures and cuisines and firmly believes in educating yourself about different cultures and traditions to break down barriers that exist within society.


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