Meet the team

Claire O'Shea - Head of Partnership

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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 was 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.

Emma Beacham - Development Support Manager (North Wales)

Emma joins Hub Cymru Africa after a varied career in International and local community development, mainly working on projects in Asia and Africa. Following a previous career in science, in 2002 Emma completed a Masters in International Social Development at UNSW, and went to Cambodia to volunteer with a local NGO working on a Mine Action project. She also worked with Malteser International in Cambodia and Myanmar, and later returned to Australia as Programme Manager for Austcare managing a portfolio of projects across Asia.

In 2007 Emma relocated to the UK to work for Oxfam’s humanitarian department, coordinating support to crises globally. She subsequently worked in a variety of roles, mainly in Programme Funding before leaving Oxfam in 2016 to work for a small Oxford based organisation, Asylum Welcome, as Funding Coordinator. In 2016 Emma set up a ‘More in Common’ community group in her local area, gaining a Mayors award for her work in building links within the community and meeting some amazing people along the way. She has recently moved to North Wales. 

Beth Kidd - Development Support Manager (South Wales)

Beth Kidd

Beth has 16 years of international development experience, both with a donor, an International NGO and at field level in Uganda. Most recently, she was Development Officer for the Wales for Africa Health Links Network where she worked to build the capacity Welsh health professional to deliver health projects across Africa. She also worked as Concern Universal’s International Programme Coordinator where she supported the Country Directors of 10 overseas programmes to access funding, report effectively and monitor their impact.

Beth also worked for Comic Relief for a number of years, most recently as their International Learning Coordinator. In 2007/8 she worked with Visions in Action Uganda, where she coordinated 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.


Fadhili Maghiya - Diaspora and Inclusion Officer

Fadhili Maghiya

With a background in Human Rights and International Development, Fadhili worked as a legal intern for the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, worked for Royal African Society and various volunteering position before joining Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP). He spearheaded Common Ground Initiative’s, Africa-UK platform in Wales and currently responsible for coordinating and managing SSAP's Inclusion role within Hub Cymru Africa.

Outside the development sector Fadhili is the founder and curator of Watch-Africa; the first Wales African Film Festival. Fadhili is an avid writer/blogger with keen interest in Africa's development and international affairs.

Aileen Burmeister - Fair Trade Wales National Coordinator

Aileen Burmeister

Aileen joined Fair Trade Wales after three years in the third sector, working on Wales wide projects and events for Citizens Advice Cymru.

Since completing her degree in International Politics, Aileen has been involved with two local Fair Trade groups in Wales, in Aberystwyth and Cardiff, with an understanding of different groups and geographies in Wales.

Prior to her degree, Aileen was a personal campaigner and event organiser, raising awareness of Fairtrade products and wider issues around world trade and consumption. Aileen has been doing this since the age of eight, when she first learned about Fair Trade.

When not at work, Aileen enjoys reading, comedy panel shows and playing board games.

Cathie Jackson - Volunteering 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.  After a career break when she was able to focus on re-establishing the Dinas Powys Fair Trade group amongst other activities, she has been working part-time in administrative roles.

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We are currently funded through the Wales for Africa programme of the Welsh Government