Our People

Who are we?

We’re a group of people committed to trying to design and deliver solutions for the biodiversity and climate crises we face in a way that truly involves local communities and puts people at the centre. Beyond the Tir Canol core team featured below, the wider partnership of organisations and individuals involved in the project is diverse and growing all the time. If you’d like to join the partnership then please get in touch.


Tir Canol Project Team

Heledd wyn hardy

Heledd wyn hardy

Project Manager

I am an ambitious and dedicated person who has had a diverse and successful career in the creative industries. All the projects I have led, managed, and collaborated on have had a positive impact on all participants. Working with the National Trust, NHS, Barry Making Waves, Welsh Women’s Archive, amongst other charities and businesses, and as a Future Wales Fellow most recently, I work in equal partnership with groups, creating an environment where both parties can be honest, show a willingness to grow, learn and challenge ourselves and each other. Through working together on projects my aim and hope is to learn from each other with the ultimate goal of increasing access and enjoyment to community living and the arts through innovative and respectful ways of working. This involved inclusivity, intuition, and inspiration, with all partners working together to develop ideas for how the community can collaboratively improve the area for people and nature. My aspiration is to address the urgent biodiversity, ecological and climate emergency. Together.

Contact details: heledd.wyn@tircanol.cymru


Ben Porter

Ben Porter

Nature Officer

I’m the new Tir Canol ‘Nature Officer’, and will be engaging with local community groups and landowners to look at opportunities for restoring habitats and expanding corridors of biodiverse land across this wonderful area of mid Wales. I’m excited to start working with people on the ground here, as well as building on the amazing work that’s already underway! Get in touch if you’d like to find out more, or if you’d like to enquire about support for restoration work on land that you manage or own. 

I am a passionate wildlife photographer and ecologist from North Wales, and am particularly interested in land management and landscape-scale restoration. I grew up on the windswept island of Ynys Enlli, where my family worked as tenant farmers to manage the island’s diverse habitats – an experience that has propelled me into working in this realm ever since. 

When I’m not at work… you’ll find me out photographing wildlife, running or walking in the mountains, or plunging into the sea and rivers for cold water swims. 

Contact details: ben.porter@tircanol.wales

Ben works 4 days a week, normally Monday – Thursday

Jade Phillips

Jade Phillips

Consultant event leader and guide

I work as a consultant in plant conservation and public engagement, as well as an outdoor instructor. I joined the Tir Canol team in early 2023 to help deliver a series of public walks across the project landscape. These walks aim to engage people with nature and the landscape around them, with a specific focus on ancient trees and woodlands.

I have previously worked in academic research on European projects looking at the conservation of wild plants related to our food. More recently I was involved in the community food growing aspect of the Tyfu Dyfi project based within the Dyfi Biosphere.

When I’m not at work… In my spare time I volunteer for the Aberdyfi Mountain Rescue Team and I enjoy running in the mountains and growing my own veggies.

Siân Stacey

Siân Stacey

Currently on maternity leave from Project Manager role

I’ve been involved with Tir Canol since August 2019, when it was then Summit to Sea/O’r Mynydd i’r Mor. It’s been a huge privilege to be part of ensuring a new project was developed with people locally through the process of co-design. My role has been to ensure the Tir Canol vision and Blueprint is delivered on behalf of everyone who took part in it’s development, working with local farmers, organisations and communities to bring this vision to life. I’m passionate about exploring how we respond locally to the climate and biodiversity crisises in an inclusive way.

I have previously worked in the third sector in Wales, the food and drink sector, and was Warden of Bardsey Island for three years.

On weekends you can find me… running, swimming or surfing along the coastline, or playing football with Aberystwyth Ladies Development Squad.

From September 2023, Siân is on maternity leave from her role as Project Manager, and this position has been taken up by Heledd Wyn Hardy.


Our Partners

Our partnership currently includes the following organisations:

“I’m thrilled to be involved in a project that puts people and nature at it’s heart.  I truly believe that collaboration is fundamental to being able to meet the environmental challenges we all face, and I look forward to playing my part in safeguarding our amazing landscape and the wildlife in it, for everyone living here now and in the future.”

Laura Shewring

Coed Cadw (Woodland Trust)

Tir Canol is also a member of the Co-Production Network Wales