LEADER Local Action Group

Arwain Sir Benfro Local Action Group

PLANED administers the LEADER Fund and the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, Arwain Sir Benfro. The LAG is made up of representatives from the public, private and third sector.

Stella Hooper, External Funding Manager at the Port of Milford Haven has been a member of the LAG since it was formed in 2015.  Here she shares her experience of being part of the LAG.

“I represent the Port of Milford Haven on the LAG and Sub-LAG.  As a Trust Port and a unique player in the local economy, we are committed to contributing to the local community where we can best add value and improve opportunities for our ultimate stakeholders – future generations.  Representation on the LAG is one example of this.

“The Sub-LAG is one of the most interesting parts of being involved with LEADER, as this is where all the projects are discussed and assessed in detail.

“Over the next few years I’m looking forward to see how the projects progress against targets and want to see a comprehensive review of all projects so that we have a clear picture of what has been achieved together with recommendations for the future.  We have approved many good projects that will leave a legacy of benefits to the county.”

Rural Community Development Fund (RCDF)

The LAG has assisted several Pembrokeshire groups and organisations to submit their RCDF Expressions of Interest (EOI) as well as the Stage 2 Full Applications over 7 Rounds of Funding.

Read more about RCDF in Pembrokeshire here.

LEADER Local Action Group Members



Main Alternate
Independent Nic Wheeler (Chair) Independent

Private sector

Ged Davies Bluestone
Stella Hooper Port of Milford Haven
Tony Baron Federation of Small Businesses
Liz Williams Dennis O’Connor Pembrokeshire Tourism
Mike Plumb NFU – National Farmers’ Union
Rebecca Voyle Brian Thomas Farmers Union of Wales
Third sector  Rhidian Evans Menter Iaith Sir Benfro
Emma Lewis (Vice Chair) Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations
Jonathan Hughes Steve Whitehead National Trust
Ken Murphy Dyfed Archaeological Trust
Mike Neal PLANED
Sue Leonard Vanessa John PAVS – Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services
Public sector Nick Lloyd Job Centre Plus
Gareth Bond Pembrokeshire College
Steven Jones Martin White Pembrokeshire County Council
Robert Phillips Andrea Winterton Natural Resources Wales
Mair Thomas James Parkin Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Steve John One Voice Wales
Iain Robertson-Steel Hywel Dda Health Board