Our Team


Alan Armstrong

Training and ideas

Most of my work is either designing workshops and training, or working out how to use images to explain text when we do Easy Read.

I am a co researcher which takes me all over Wales and the UK.

I like football, watching rugby and walking. I’m the one in the Carmarthen office with the odd pie or pot noodle on my desk.

Nicky Gilbert

Project lead and organiser

The member of the team most likely to say: “Get those snacks away from me” only to be found later rummaging through office drawers for a stray muffin! A background in the 3rd sector focused mainly on information, advice and advocacy. I came to Barod from Carmarthenshire People First and now work on elements of most of our services. My greatest loves include volunteering at Skanda Vale Hospice and walks in the woods and nearby mountain.

Mal Cansdale

Graphics design and

running Barod

I spend most of my time in the office in Carmarthen, mainly doing all the boring back room stuff that makes all the fun stuff happen. When I can I get out and about to do the training and facilitation. My laptop is the one with the Cyberman on it!

Simon Rice

Research and photography

I am a co researcher for Barod. I do most of Barod’s media work, photography and film making. You more likely to find me behind the camera than in front of it.

When I’m not at work or volunteering for Carmarthenshire People First I’m shopping for clothes or at a Peaky Blinders convention.

Anne Collis

Research and information

I come to the Carmarthen office when we need the full Barod brain but otherwise I work from home.  I usually meet people in an independent coffee shop – but happy to meet fellow Crossfitters for a workout then work.  I’m half-time seconded to a sociology PhD until March 2020.

Bryan Collis

Action researcher and Director

I  work from home on Barod’s research projects. My main focus at the moment is the Bridge project, collecting evidence and guiding the action research process. As a Barod Director I make sure Barod is working well and has good plans for the future. When I’m not being Barod, I’m walking our dog, making paper from wild plants in my shed, doing a crossfit workout or advising organisations about monitoring and evaluation. I am a co-chair of All Wales People First.