Susie Ventris-Field - Chief Executive

Susie Ventris-Field

Susie is responsible for fundraising, communications and establishing systems, policies and processes to help underpin continuing success of the WCIA.  She is also developing membership, communications and our volunteers and internship programmes.

Susie previously worked for Chwarae Teg in North Wales, supporting women with career progression and employers to implement best practice in equality and diversity, as part of a broader aim to narrow the gender pay gap in Wales. She has worked in Kenya and Eritrea in primary and secondary education teaching students and helping teachers to implement regional improvements to education processes.

Emily Williams - Venue Manager

Emily Williams

Emily is an experienced event manager and marketer dedicated to building capacity and improving knowledge within the third sector.

She loves events and has been an event’s organiser for festivals for many years, including Greenman and Glastonbury, of which she still organises. Emily also has great experience in organising music events.

Emily has a beautiful dog and is a massive advocate for organic food and spiritual healing.

Philip Kitchen - Finance Director

Philip KitchenPhilip is the Finance Director of WCIA. Supporting the different project teams in their work for WCIA. In addition, he is responsible for the financial reporting to the Trustees to support them in the development of their plans for the work of WCIA.

Philip moved to Wales to join his wife in semi-retirement in 2014. His previous role was Finance Director of a London based international charity. Prior to that he worked in international reinsurance with major financial organisations and has extensive experience of the financial management of growing businesses.

Philip has an interest in the similarities between different cultures - notwithstanding their apparent economic differences. He is also interested in the impact faith based initiatives can have in shaping those cultures. 

Shaela Ismail - Finance and Administration Officer


Shaela has a background in finance, having previously worked for the University of Leicester as a Project Finance Officer supporting the financial management of large research grants and as finance assistant at Tenovus Cancer Charity.

At the WCIA Shaela is part of the creation of a Finance Office, establishing procedures, and helps identify how the finance office can support the WCIA and the other projects.

Shaela is currently studying her AAT Accountancy qualification Certificate in Accounting to further develop her accountancy skills and knowledge.

Shaela took a career break to raise her two children and spend time travelling and cooking. She loves to explore different cultures and cuisines and firmly believes in educating yourself about different cultures and traditions to break down barriers that exist within society.

Jennie Murphy - Events and Venue Assistant

Jennie Murphy

Jennie worked for the Civil Service (Companies House) for 40 years, starting as an Admin Assistant and finishing as a Team Leader before retiring.  As a Team leader she led a Mortgage casework/quality assurance team, and for the last few years of her career, was a training advisor.

Jennie has a passion for road and mountain bike riding.  She took part in the 2017 Velothon raising money for the British Heart foundation.  Jennie’s also completed various other charity bike rides in aid of Tenovous.  She has a massive soft spot for dogs, her current one being a very lively playful English bull dog called Boris.

Hannah Westwell - Volunteer and Communication Officer

Hannah Westwell

Hannah is studying at Cardiff University for a Human Geography degree. She became a volunteer at WCIA when working on the Human Library Festival project and continued to volunteer here after the event.

Hannah has always been interested in the world and global issues, enjoying travelling and volunteering abroad in Bangladesh and Namibia.


Amber Demetrius - Education Coordinator

Amber DemetriusAmber is responsible for ensuring that the WCIA’s educational programmes are running smoothly. Her role includes designing and running projects to improve Global learning, evaluating their impact and developing learning partnerships across Wales. She is also developing our existing projects in schools.

Amber has a background in Education and previously taught across the Primary sector for fifteen years. She has also worked with Theatre in Education and Global Learning Groups to provide innovative approaches for students in primary and secondary settings, helping individuals who are disengaged with learning to rebuild their confidence within it. Amber is a zealous reader and a lover of crime dramas and cats.


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