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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!


Gary Brown


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


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


Gareth Venn


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

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 Moss Valley, in Ty Pawb, in schools, in colleges, on youtube, and foraging amongst the trees!

I'm on


Leon Bowen


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

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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.


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.

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