CCW Structure and People
CCW is directed by its Council which consists
of a Chair and up to 10 Members. They are appointed by the Welsh
Government, which also provides CCW’s annual budget. The Council is
responsible for providing strategic direction, setting policy and
ensuring that CCW meets its objectives.
The day to day running of CCW is the responsibility of a Chief
Executive supported by a Directors Team:
- Roger Thomas, Chief Executive
- Dr David Parker, Director Evidence and Advice
- Adrian Williams, Director Planning and Resources
- Dr Maggie Hill, Director South and East Region
- Dr David Worrall, Director West Region
CCW operates throughout Wales. There is a Headquarters in
Bangor, three Regions (North, South and East, and West) and two
Directorates comprising eleven Groups.
Meet the Directors Team
Roger has been the Chief Executive of CCW for the past 7 years
where he has overall responsibility for managing the organisation.
A biologist by training, he has spent his career in the water
industry and environmental management. Before coming to CCW, he was
Director of Environment Agency Wales.
Roger is the Secretary Treasurer of the EEAC (the European
Network of environment and sustainable development advisory
councils), a founder member of ENCA (the European network of heads
of conservation agencies). He is the chair of the Coed Cymru
partnership as well as a trustee of both the Pond Conservation
Trust and Tir Coed and a Board Member of Cynnal Cymru.
Dr David Parker
David joined CCW some twelve years ago following a career as an
environmental consultant in the private sector. He joined initially
as Director, Operations but the role moved on to include leading
CCW’s science and evidence strategies. David now leads the
organisation in providing specialist technical and scientific
advice in support of CCW’s work and in advising Government. He is
also CCW’s Chief Scientist.
David is Chair of the National Wildflower Centre in Liverpool
and is Trustee of Plantlife, the wild plant conservation charity.
He is a past-President and Fellow of the Institute of Ecology and
Environmental Management (IEEM). He also finds time to be a field
naturalist and has been a WeBS bird recorder on the Dee Estuary for
over 30 years.
Adrian Williams, Director of Planning and Resources
Adrian has the lead role for business planning, partnerships and
grants in CCW as well as the lead Director for a number of support
services that are provided to CCW as a whole, which include
procurement and financial management, facilities management, HR and
Adrian joined CCW in 2009 from the RAF where he has held a
number of senior positions and attaining the rank of Air Commodore.
He is a Graduate of both Bangor University and King’s College
London. He was also awarded the OBE in 1997 for his work in support
of the RAF.
Dr David Worrall, Regional Director West
David began his CCW career as a District Officer for Gwent in
1991, just after the organisation was created. He then moved to
work in Pembrokeshire and became CCW’s Regional Director West in
He is now responsible for all CCW's work in West Wales -
balancing people's enjoyment of the countryside with the
conservation of what is special in West Wales, and there is some
fantastic countryside, coast and wildlife. He is a member of CCW's
Director's Team and has a particular interest in practical
conservation, chairing both the Special Sites Project Board and the
NNR Strategy Group.
Dr Maggie Hill, Regional Director South and East
Maggie is responsible for all CCW’s work in South and East Wales
- protected sites and species, regional policy, development
casework, outdoor recreation, grants and building partnerships. She
is a member of CCW’s Director’s Team.
With a background as a marine and coastal ecologist, she worked
as an environmental consultant in Liverpool for 10 years before
joining CCW in 1997 as its Head of Marine and Earth Sciences Group.
She has a particular interest in energy and infrastructure
developments. She has been the Regional Director South and East