John is a whole systems design and development consultant. John conceived the award winning Talgarth Mill Project. Together with a small team of volunteers he made detailed architectural designs for the build, integrated the small local business project elements, community inclusion and thorough community consultation. This resulted in winning the BBC TV Big Lottery bid and an hour long prime time BBC Program.
The project now mills locally grown flour, bakes artisan bread and provides a hub for the community in Talgarth with its Riverside Café, Craft shop, visitor centre and Riverside Gardens.
John works tirelessly to bring forth into the world not only beautiful buildings and sculpture but a real sense of the heart of world, seeing the best in people and believing passionately in the potential of each of us as humans. Believing that ways can be found so that we can live together within our resources. In this way he inspires the people who work with him. The Bottega Project has been extensively, researched, designed and developed over the past 5 years.
Lynette works as a Creative Agent for Arts Council Wales on the Lead Creative Schools team and has been designing and delivering community arts projects for over 30 years.
She is also financial director and manager for Co-Hydro ltd. which has installed over 15 small hydro schemes across the UK. Lynette is an artist, activist and performer and works as a director and producer of outdoor events.
Rob has worked in the NHS on Health Promotion projects and programmes, including coordinating a Heart Health project in Barry which set up one of the first food cooperatives in Wales back in 2003. He also worked for sustainable travel charity, Sustrans, managing successful active travel to school and workplace projects.
He was national physical activity lead for Public Health Wales, leading the exercise referral scheme, and most recently, Head of Corporate Services for Welsh Athletics where he led on communications, human resources, and organisational governance, as well as driving forward their work on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Aleksandra Nikolajev Jones
She is a choreographer, director and producer. She is founder and co-director of Wales International Documentary Festival and a member of the International Dance Council-CID recognised by UNESCO.
Aleksandra works with professionals, communities, minorities and vulnerable groups to deliver projects that empower through participative art. She has a background of conflict resolution in the Balkans and Forum Theatre and frequently works with refugees, vulnerable adults and young people.
Aleksandra produces for theatre, television, and film. She works with new talents, mentoring, and coaching and also with international and local choreographers, directors, writers,
Aleksandra is the author of GRAVIDA Women In Pregnancy, born out of a 2010. pilot project funded by the Arts Council of Wales. The piece offers a new way of looking at the effect pregnancy has on movement, gravity, and a woman’s career and creativity.