Meet Our Trustees
Trustee & Chair
Hi, I'm Nick and I chair the trust and lead on strategy and direction. I got involved with Brymbo Heritage Group over 16 years ago, and have always had a strong interest in history. I put together the first successful 'Our Heritage' bid to NLHF in 2013 - our first step on the fundraising journey. I've also led the establishment of the Trust itself.
Outside of the Trust I'm an Apple Professional Learning Specialist supporting schools in the development of their vision, ICT strategy and Continued Professional Development. I have over 40 year’s experience in the ICT industry working in senior management, sales, marketing, development and finance. This broad experience helps me to keep a general overview as a trustee on all aspects of the Trust's work.
Trustee & Treasurer
I've been involved with the Heritage Group and now Trust since 2013. I'm the Treasurer, and its been a delight to be part of the trust's work to secure the funding our community needs to preserve and celebrate its fantastic history.
Managing the money is great, but better still is the feeling of being part of something, and my most precious memories of being involved with the heritage project are all concerned with the team work, camaraderie and sense of satisfaction that comes with achieving simple improvements at the site - be it vegetation clearance, laying stone for new pathways, or helping set up the bar for an event.
I'm originally from a farming family in Bolton, and my family settled in Brymbo in the 1980s, where I was postmaster at the village's Post Office for more than 30 years. I was also one of the founding trustees that brought the Enterprise Centre project to life.
Trustee & Vice-Chair
An enthusiastic member of the Heritage Group (and now Trustee with the Heritage Trust) for some sixteen years, amassing many thousands of volunteer hours, working on the former iron & steelworks site and planning for its future.
I have a passion for Industrial heritage and nature preservation, which helped me put together the original “Vision” for the Heritage
Site, on which the current “Stori Brymbo” project is based, and II successfully campaigned to have the old link road named “Heritage Way”, hoping this would eventually help guide visitors from far and wide to sample our wonderful history.
Apart from an engineering apprenticeship, I spent most of my working life at Vauxhall Motors, at their Ellesmere Port plant, with responsibilities for the overall site layout and the installation of production facilities and equipment.
In 1997 I received an award for my work from the General Motors Presidents' Council.
Prof. Barry Thomas
I'm Barry, a lifelong academic with a love of learning! My main reason for joining the board of trustees back in 2018 was to help to develop the Fossil Forrest as a world class visitor attraction and site for academic investigation. I've been involved in developing the vision for this aspect of the Trust's work for more than 17 years, and I'm passionate about seeing its development as part of the whole site.
Outside of the Trust, my main areas of research have been Carboniferous palaeobotany especially the taxonomy, geographic and stratigraphic distribution and ecology of the lycophytes and calamites. I lecture at Aberystwyth University and am a research fellow at the National Museum of Wales. I'm also involved with the Wildlife Trust and the British Institute for Geological Conservation.
I joined the Trust in 2020 to help try and resolve the land issues the trust was facing. For the last 30 years I've been Regeneration Director at Sigma Capital Group, where I've worked closely with many local authorities, investors and developers to enable them to realise large scale, long-term, partnership regeneration projects.
I was instrumental in setting up Sigma’s successful local authority partnerships, including with Solihull, Salford and Liverpool. I've previously held a number of other senior development roles working with local authorities, including Director of City Development in Coventry and as Chief Executive of the property and investment arm of the City of Edinburgh Council. I've been a member of the Boards of British Waterways and Scottish Canals.
Trustees are volunteers and do not receive payment for their work with us. We're seeking additional trustees to join us - is this something you'd like to get involved with, and do you think you could contribute? Get in touch directly with our chair Nick Amyes for an informal discussion and to register your interest via email@example.com