Meet Our Staff

Our work calls for a staff team that is diverse in terms of its knowledge, skills, experiences, attitudes, specialisms and connections. It means we have more staff than some people might expect, but this is because all but one of the staff (Tim) are part-timers, job-sharing roles and working elsewhere for the rest of the week. This gives the Trust a huge amount of flexibility and agility to ensure we can always deploy the right skillset to the task in hand.

Read on, and get in touch!

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Gary Brown

Management

Hello. I’ve worked in training and community development in Wrexham since the early 1990s, and I’ve been at the heart of BHT since 2013, helping the trustees to develop and realise the community-led vision for our heritage.

 

I've driven the fundraising and strategic planning approaches, and I work with the staff team, volunteers, our partners, and the various specialist consultants/advisors alike to try to keep it all pushing ahead. 

You can reach me at gary.brown@brymboheritage.co.uk

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Lynze Rogers

Volunteering & Participation

Great to meet you! I’m Lynze – I leapt at the chance to join BHT in 2018 – where I’ve been one of the Trust’s activities coordinators for a few years, focussing mainly on volunteering.

 

The pandemic and the limited site access have made it difficult to keep momentum, but we’re coming through it now and people are coming back. Give me a shout and see how you can get involved in the way your community works.

I'm on email at lynze.rogers@brymboheritage.co.uk

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Gareth Venn

Play

Hey, I’m Gareth, a play worker and forest schools deliverer, and after volunteering with the trust for many years I joined them as an employee in 2017.

 

I’m part of the team who put on facilitated and open access play across the community, and I’m working to expand this. I also lead the trust’s work on Forest Schools, and so currently run weekly sessions with class groups at St Mary’s School.

Email me via

gareth.venn@brymboheritage.co.uk

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Gary Jones

Self-build

Hello, I’m the other Gary! I came to the trust in 2019 to help structure and guide the plans that were developing for some of the landscape and building works to be done by volunteers, trainees and apprentices - 'self-build' as it were.

 

The pandemic has got in the way, but I’m now getting busier again as the various Roots to Shoots projects start to progress again. I’m a plasterer and further education lecturer by background, and I love the challenge of involving people in making physical changes on a community scale.

You can email me via

gary.jones@brymboheritage.co.uk

Dr. Tim Astrop

Dr Tim Astrop

Natural history 

Hi, I joined BHT in 2018 to lead the fossil forest project. I’m a paleontologist, with years of experience across the world, and I work with an amazing team of volunteers and students, partner organisations and the public to bring our local natural history to life.

 

You’ll find me in Ty Pawb, in schools, in colleges, on youtube, and foraging amongst the trees!

I'm on

tim.astrop@brymboheritage.co.uk

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Leon Bowen

Events

Hiya – I’m Leon, one of the activities coordinators who is now focussing on Roots To Shoots, where you’ll find me helping communities to plan and run events, build community art into their thinking, and looking at how our network of local paths, cycleways and bridleways can be linked through their shared natural and industrial heritage.

I’m also the main person behind Brymbo Rocks…which WILL be back soon! Oh, and I’m a keen photographer – so watch out!

Email me via

leon.bowen@brymboheritage.co.uk

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Tom Taylor

Learning

Hi, I’m Tom and I got involved back in 2015 to look at the scope for the heritage project to be a major centre for heritage skills training. I’ve pursued that idea ever since, and continue to make sure that learning opportunities are built in to as many of our activities as possible.

 

Like Gary B I’m a community developer by background, and committed to helping communities to help themselves – whether through heritage or other routes to wellbeing.

Drop me a line at

tom.taylor@brymboheritage.co.uk

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Victoria Davies

Administration Officer

Hi, I’m Vicky and I joined BHT in 2018 to provide admin support to the trust. I get involved in the events and look after our equipment and resources. I’m an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to both our natural and industrial heritage, and its fab being part of such an exciting project.

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Emma Newton

Finance Officer

Hello, I’m Emma, I’ve been with the trust since 2017, where I’m the finance officer. Working with Gary and our treasurer Bernard, I keep track of the budgets, of the funding we secure and how it gets spent, making sure the claims are made and the evidence is all there to support them. I look after payroll and make sure we pay our suppliers and contractors. They occasionally let me out – so you might see me at an event checking it’s all going the right way!

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James Boardman

Grounds Maitenance

Hi, I’m James, and I work a few hours per week to help the trust to maintain the planted areas at Brymbo Enterprise Centre. I'm also a keen volunteer with the trust - both as part of the orchard group and helping out with events, landscaping and general project development. Our heritage is so important to our communities around Brymbo, and it's great to be part of it.