Working alongside our volunteers, trustees and specialist practitioners

Melanie Newton

Project Lead

Mel joined The Family Place Foundation in February 2024 as our project lead. Mel has over 30 years of experience leading many cutting-edge projects across England and Wales, working across a variety of sectors including charity, education and environment. This includes raising substantial amounts of money for Cancer Research UK and more locally Black Mountains College in Talgarth. She is also Founder and Director of the Hay Festival’s Beacons Project, which seeks to nurture sixth form students showing talent in creative writing. Mel is a first language Welsh speaker and loves to get off the beaten track in her campervan.