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Siobhan has worked in the arts, community and heritage in Pembrokeshire for nearly twenty years. Studying at University Sussex, Siobhan moved home to begin her career in the marketing department at Theatr Mwldan. She went on to project manage the regeneration of Newport Memorial Hall and create a new heritage visitor attraction; Newport Medieval Pottery Kiln. Siobhan has most recently enjoyed working at Span Arts as the Volunteer Manager. Working with communities to create something relevant and meaningful has been at the core of Siobhan’s work and she is passionate about what this process can bring; a deep sense of connection, well-being and enjoyment to all involved.
As a certified Project Management and Service Design practitioner, Eoghan comes from a diverse background that links entrepreneurship and the professional world with community development and volunteerism. A lifetime of customer centric focus and bottom-up engagement, from running a family business to working within local government, brings a unique insight to his engagement with local community groups and grass roots involvement in social enterprise. He has led tourism projects such as The Gathering in Waterford, the Waterford Diaspora Strategy and volunteers as a leader in community development projects and local activism in his native Wexford. He is passionate about empowering rural communities with the knowledge, skills and access to services that will help them develop their futures.
Ruth has worked for twenty-five years in the creative arts and has a deep commitment to community and place-based projects. After studying in Liverpool and Belfast, she moved to Pembrokeshire twenty years ago. As well as working for Ancient Connections, she is an artist and filmmaker specialising in documenting community projects and she runs Holy Hiatus, a CIC exploring the themes of ritual, community and creativity. She is passionate about the capacity for rural based communities to produce, access and engage with artworks, events and opportunities of a high quality, in spite of the challenges associated with geographical remoteness, economic disadvantage and the shortage of cultural venues in rural places. Her strategy has been to turn these disadvantages into strengths by exploring directly the power, cultural history and beauty of the landscape through the relationships between places and their inhabitants.
Rowan is a creative project manager with 10 years’ experience in the field of culture and heritage. She has led a wide variety of projects that have community, creativity and discovery at their hearts and is passionate about working with people of all ages and abilities to make culture fun and accessible. Rowan has a broad array of interests and skills, particularly in: heritage, ecology, traditional crafts, storytelling, oral history, poetry, print-making and textiles. To people’s constant surprise, she has a degree in Biochemistry but has always had a love for all things creative and is particularly enjoying learning about Welsh culture, story and mythology since moving here in 2014.