25 years ago David Lort Phillips, owner of the Cymbrogi HQ site, dreamed of creating a learning centre to inspire a next generation of Charles Darwins.
Today, we want to build on that legacy and take it further: to inspire next generations of learners and educators to take on their futures with confidence.
People Purpose Place
Cymbrogi Companions come from all walks of life; they are educators, entrepreneurs, experts in sustainability, well-being, creative skills and collaborative activity; adventurers, poets and storytellers. What brings them together is the belief that learning must be done differently.
Our Core Crew
Liza Lort -Phillips
She has also co-created poetry pop-ups and teen theatre workshops, and volunteers as a mentor to young asylum seekers for the educational charity Refugee Support Network (RSN).
Inspired by The UN Global Goals, Wales’ Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and a desire to put her skills to work for the next generation of learners, she is committed to building the heart of Cymbrogi on one of the most iconic natural sites in Wales. Her co-founder Jamie Burdett, himself a long-time sustainability expert and co-creator of a closed loop innovation in the fashion industry (Worn Again), remains a close friend and advisor.
CEO & Founder
Pembrokeshire born, Liza has worked in sustainability and emerging markets for over 20 years. She has lived and worked in China, Africa and Latin America and worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, charities and social enterprises, many at Board level.
A farmer's daughter, she has a particular interest in sustainable food systems. Time spent in farms and factories around the world has taught her much about the inter-connectedness of local livelihoods, global consumer choices and the need for systems change.
Director & Lead Educator
Ian is our lead on all things Curriculum for Wales. With 20 years teaching & senior leadership at secondary level under his belt, Ian is passionate about putting the new curriculum for Wales to work - for both learners and educators.
A former Maths teacher and Assistant Head at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire, Ian left mainstream education to pursue his passion for a different way of teaching and learning…(We like to think his visit to Cymbrogi helped him make that decision..-)
When he’s not working with us, he is part-time College Lecturer at Gower College, Swansea, putting his passions to work with young adults, though garden and landscaping projects.
Beth has worked in education for 12 years She is passionate about learning done differently - STEAM and outdoor learning in particular.
She loves experiential research and investigating the benefits of outdoor and beach-based activity and its links to physical development and wellbeing.
More recently she has explored the importance of non-verbal communication in the context of non-mammalian animals and young children in educational settings. Beth leads our Young Changemaker programmes.
Cymbrogi is shaped by a collective of smart, compassionate and future-orientated individuals and organisations. We call them our Champions. We've harnessed their knowledge, skills and passion to bring you Cymbrogi Learn.
Together we are working towards becoming a certified UK B Corp.
We want to connect educators and learners with the fast-emerging realities of their world
and inspire them to take on the challenges.
'Empowering today's learners to shape tomorrow's sustainable world.'
Cymbrogi's home sits at the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park, in the upper reaches of one of the country's treasured ‘hidden waterways. This former castle site has been inspiration and home to explorers past and present.
Situated in the village of Lawrenny, the site overlooks the River Cleddau, an estuary teeming with marine life and rich in ancient woodland, with a working organic dairy farm on its doorstep.
At the heart of three natural ecosystems - an estuary, ancient woodland, and an organic farm - we challenge you to find a more inspirational place to learn!