Meet the team

Claire O'Shea
Claire O'SheaHead of Partnership
Claire is a Communications, Campaigns and Policy professional with extensive experience working in membership organisations and the third sector in Wales. The majority of her career has been spent working on social justice and rights issues within health and education.

Prior to working at Hub Cymru Africa she worked as Campaign Manager for the Campaign to End Loneliness in Wales, working to develop a strategic response and awareness of the issue of loneliness for older people in Wales. Immediately before this and at the other end of the age spectrum Claire managed the External Affairs for NUS Wales, supporting young people to achieve a fairer and more accessible higher education system in Wales.

She has worked and studied in Wales since 2001, graduating from Cardiff University with a BA in Communications. Since then studied for her diploma in Public Affairs with the CIPR, focussing her research on the effectiveness of the Third Sector in Wales in lobbying and advocating on behalf of vulnerable people.

Alongside her role at HCA Claire is currently Chair of the Sustrans’ Wales Advisory Group and Co-Chair of Wales Overseas Agency Group.

Contact Claire today to find out how she can assist your organisation.

Peter Gilbey
Peter GilbeyCommunications Manager
Peter is the Communications Manager at Hub Cymru Africa. He leads on and delivers on the organisation’s communications such as engaging with the public, the media and policymakers.

He was born in Swansea and brought up in Ystradgynlais and have attended Aberystwyth, Swansea and Cardiff universities.

Following completing an MA in European politics at Cardiff University, Peter joined the team at Wales Stronger In Europe – the official ‘Remain’ campaign in Wales for the 2016 EU Referendum. He then partnered with the Chair of the campaign, Geraint Talfan Davies, to set up Wales for Europe – a campaign and lobbying organisation that initially aimed to secure Wales’ best interests in Brexit negotiations. Peter has extensive experience in campaigns, volunteer management, public affairs and communications.

Peter has also spent the last 10 years also supporting the Josef Herman Arts Foundation, dedicated to promoting the legacy of Jewish refugee artist who settled in Ystradgynlais, Powys, with their communications on a pro bono basis.

In his spare time, Peter volunteers at Cardiff Dogs Home where he met his best friend (and dog) Sidan!

Fadhili Maghiya
Fadhili Maghiya Diaspora and Inclusion Officer
Fadhili leads the Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel, one of the partners within HCA, working on the areas of diaspora and inclusion. His diaspora work involves working with African communities in Wales by providing development support, organising specific training and events for the community and connect them with the development sector.

Having graduated in Social Sciences and then an MA in Human Rights, Fadhili has 10 years of experience in the development sector, previously working as a legal intern for the United Nation International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) and at the Royal Africa Society and Film Africa. He joined SSAP in 2013, leading the organisation in its Wales/UK and Africa programs.

He is interested in connecting organisations and individuals interested in diaspora communities in Wales, as well as advising and supporting them on their work with communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially focusing on areas of inclusion. He can assist your organisation on topics as diverse as starting a community group or an organisation, registration processes, developing organisation strategies, impact reports and connecting with stakeholders in both Wales and Africa.

Contact Fadhili today to find out how he can assist your organisation.

Beth Kidd
Beth KiddSenior Development Support Manager
Beth supports a team of four Development Support Managers to build the capacity of groups supporting International Development projects in Africa. She works with groups to trouble shoot challenges in programme design, implementation, fundraising and other identified areas, helping to develop action plans together and providing links to training and other opportunities.

Beth has 17 years of international development experience, both with a donor, an International NGO and at field level. Before working with Hub Cymru Africa she was Development Officer for the Wales for Africa Health Links Network. She also worked at Concern Universal (now United Purpose) as their International Programme Coordinator, and at Comic Relief in a number of roles including as their International Learning Coordinator. In 2007/8 she worked with Visions in Action Uganda, where she supported colleagues to coordinate an Information, Education & Communications campaign, encouraging war affected youth in the Internally Displaced People’s camps of Kitgum and Gulu in Northern Uganda to access HIV testing, treatment and counselling.

Beth can help support organisations by helping them to think through what would be of most benefit to their organisation, and helping them access the support they need to become better at the work they care so much about.

Contact Beth today to find out how she can assist your organisation.

Emma Beacham
Emma BeachamDevelopment Support Manager (North Wales)
Emma Beacham is the Development Support Manager for North Wales working with groups to give advice, build networks, and offer training and learning opportunities for the Wales Africa community.

Emma has over 18 years’ experience in International and local community Development. Following a previous career in scientific research, in 2002 Emma completed a Masters’ degree in International Social Development, and has since worked in a variety of roles in organisations such as Austcare, Malteser International, and Oxfam GB.

Before joining the Hub, Emma worked as Funding Coordinator for a small organisation, Asylum Welcome, and also set up a More in Common community group in her local area.

Emma is a trained coach, and can offer groups a sounding board to discuss and work through issues they may be encountering in their projects. She has broad experience of project management and the programme cycle, funding, monitoring, evaluation and learning, gender and vulnerability, volunteering and governance, and has worked across a variety of sectors. Having access to the broader Hub Cymru Africa network she can also signpost groups to technical support and resources.

Contact Emma today to find out how she can assist your organisation.

Catherine Moulogo
Catherine MoulogoDevelopment Support Manager
Cath is a Development Support Manager, with additional project management responsibility for “A Springboard for Learning” our digital learning scheme. Through one-to-one support and organising Shared Learning Events, Cath supports groups to gain knowledge and skills in developing, delivering and funding great projects.

As well as working for Hub Cymru Africa part time, Cath has also worked for Dolen Cymru (Wales Lesotho Link) since 2017 as WASH Project Manager. With a qualification in Integrated Water Resource Management, she lived for four years in Tuvalu, South Pacific, and worked as National Assistant Project Coordinator on a UNDP/GEF funded water management project. She has previously worked for environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy and as Programme Manager for PONT, she managed Wales for Africa’s International Learning Opportunities programme.

Her past volunteering roles include in-country facilitator for Alofa Tuvalu, a South Pacific based Climate Change resilience charity, and as Trustee for Blossom Africa in Uganda.

She specialises in helping groups to work through challenges, develop fundraising and organisational strategies or simply share tips and hint on getting the most out of your work – sometimes a second pair of eyes to proof read that project plan or funding application is all you need.

Contact Cath today to find out how she can assist your organisation.

Hannah Sheppard
Hannah SheppardDevelopment Support Manager
Hannah mentors small charities to help them reach their goals. She also works with the Head of Partnership to showcase and represent the Welsh sector, its impacts and needs, to elected members, other development agencies in Wales and the UK, Welsh Government, DfID and funders.

Hannah began her career at the BBC, working in press and PR in Bristol, London and Birmingham. After supporting the creation of a prison radio pilot, she wanted something more socially responsible to focus upon so moved to Ethiopia and used her communication skills to support transparency and governance projects with big donors such as DfID and the World Bank, to small HIV AIDs community projects with Save the Children. Back in the UK she has worked for Sustrans on community development projects before completing an MSc in Social Development Policy and Manageme¬nt at Swansea University.

She joined the WCIA in 2011 to manage the International Development Hub which has now been merged into the current Partnership model for Hub Cymru Africa.

Hannah can help you to solve challenges your organisation may be facing, as well as providing ad hoc advice about anything from fundraising, to partnership working or governance.

Contact Hannah today to find out how she can assist your organisation.

Cathie Jackson
Cathie JacksonVolunteering and Support Coordinator
Cathie joined the team in June 2018, following many years campaigning and raising awareness of international development issues as a church rep for Tearfund. She has been involved in two local Fair Trade groups and is currently Chair of the group in Dinas Powys.

Cathie has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics and a PGCE (HE/FE) as well as a masters in library and information studies which she used to pursue a career in university librarianship for over 20 years.

Cathie heads up the volunteering programme at Hub Cymru Africa and can help those thinking about volunteering to find the ideal placement, as well as finding volunteer support for organisations based in Wales. If you are looking to donate your skills to international development groups or gain experience at a development organisation, she can help to connect you with the right opportunity.

Contact Cathie today to find out how she can help you.

Aileen Burmeister
Aileen BurmeisterFair Trade Wales National Coordinator
Aileen is the National Coordinator for Fair Trade Wales, one of the partner organisations in Hub Cymru Africa which aims to support, grow and promote Fair Trade in Wales by working with local communities across Wales.

Aileen joined Fair Trade Wales after three years in the third sector for Citizens Advice Cymru, after a variety of jobs in education. Before working at Fair Trade Wales, she was a member of two local Fair Trade groups, in Aberystwyth and Cardiff; and during her International Politics degree studied wider issues around world trade and consumption, with a specific focus on cotton.

Aileen can help organisations in a variety of ways; through expert knowledge sharing and guidance on many aspects of Fair Trade, group support and campaigning, and also providing resources and ideas for Fair Trade events and projects.

Contact Aileen today to find out how she can assist your organisation.

Emina Redzepovic
Emina RedzepovicFair Trade Wales Events and Support Coordinator
Emina works with Aileen to promote the work of Fair Trade Wales through events, communications and the promotion of local groups.

She has worked as a communications professional in the charity sector for several years for environmental, health, education, volunteering and homelessness organisations. She also works as a freelance PR and Communications specialist mainly in the creative sector and has a passion for women’s rights, equality and global justice.

Emina can help you learn more about Fairtrade, help you to get involved in your local community or facilitate involvement in events or campaigns around Fairtrade.

Contact Emina today to find out how she can assist your organisation.

We are currently funded through the Wales for Africa programme of the Welsh Government and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government.