Green Man is a Welsh festival all about opportunities – from supporting emerging artists and offering real-world training to getting people engaged with science and inspiring positive change.
We like to make good stuff happen, so the Green Man Trust was created to give these opportunities a life of their own, at the Festival and all year round.
It’s the positive energy created from people connecting happily together at Green Man, which is a motivator to spread that good stuff even further. The Green Man Trust was created to do just that, and I am delighted to see the positive opportunities it has produced for so many people and very grateful to the many individuals and organisations who have helped to make that happen.
Fiona Stewart, Founder Green Man Trust
In 2013, Stewart founded the Green Man Trust to support the development of the arts, science engagement and create opportunities for disadvantaged people in Welsh communities. Similar projects had been supported by the Green Man Festival for many years but had grown to a point where they needed their own space to flourish further. Since then many thousands of people have been supported by the trust and the ‘good stuff’ is spreading all the time. Stewart has worked in all areas of the entertainment and music industry for 30 years. She is listed as number 24 in the BBC Woman’s Hour Music Power list. In 2013 she was the first woman to be the recipient of the top festival accolade of ‘Outstanding Contribution to UK Festivals Award,’ previously awarded to John Peel, Peter Gabriel and Michael Eavis. She is the only woman in the UK to have the controlling ownership of a large independent music festival. Stewart is an Executive Board Director of the Concert Promoters Association (CPA) – the leading lobbying body representing UK live music entertainment.
Joanna became a Trustee in May 2018. She lives in London but grew up near Bristol and had many happy childhood outings to Wales. And, with her surname of Owen, she has a strong affinity with Wales.
Joanna served as the Chair of the Disability Law Service for 10 years until 2015. She works as a lawyer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is passionate about social justice. She is particularly interested in the work the Green Man Trust does to mentor and train young creative people in the arts and the work with vulnerable groups such as Oasis Cardiff and The Salvation Army as these are causes very close to her heart.
Carmarthen-born actor and songwriter Iwan Rheon became our Ambassador in 2017. Iwan’s role sees him involved in the Green Man Trust’s many and varied projects including arts development, training and Welsh community development.
Iwan is known for his performance in the global phenomenon Game of Thrones as well as Misfits, Inhumans, Riviera and his recent West End appearance in Dawn King’s award-winning play, Foxfinder. In 2015, Iwan released his first album, Dinard, following a series of well-received EPs – Tongue Tied, Changing Times, and Bang!
There’s nothing like it [Green Man] in the world. Unusually it uses its success to help people; from developing community and sports projects, showcasing artists, training disadvantaged people, engaging with science to supporting small Welsh businesses. The ethos of creating opportunities runs right through the heart of Green Man.
Iwan Rheon, Green Man Trust Ambassador
Green Man Trust Patrons are a very special group of people who are helping us make the good stuff happen, a massive thank you to:
- David & Karen Broadway
- Chris Nott
- Colin Riordan & Charlie Robinson
- Lady Victoria Conran
The Green Man Trust would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful people who have made donations, funded our projects and supported our activity. Thank you to Green Man Festival, Arts Council Wales and Arts Council England whose support makes our work possible.