Our people


Our people

North Wales Wildlife Trust employs over 30 staff

Bringing the wild back to life. Together.

We are a grassroots movement of people working together for wildlife.

The Wildlife Trusts cover the UK to improve places for wildlife and influence governments to ensure a future for wildlife. Our members are our lifeblood - with your support we can direct funds to tackle the challenges faced by wildlife.

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Our volunteers

Join a network of over 350 like-minded people helping to protect North Wales's wildlife and countryside.

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Our local groups

Wherever you live in North Wales, there is a local Wildlife Trust Branch near you.

These are run by volunteers who help to raise the profile of the Wildlife Trust in their local communities.  They organise lots of wildlife-themed events and activities all throughout the year including guided walks, family fun days and talks by local experts.  Why not go along to one of their meetings and get more involved?  You’ll connect with local people who share a common interest in wildlife.  Whether you’re a walk-leader, face-painter or a cake-baker, you may be just what your local Branch is looking for. 

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Our staff

Our staff are based at our head office in Bangor and our office at Aberduna Nature Reserve, near Mold. Our nature reserve staff are knowledgeable about the wildlife of their local patches, and our education and community engagement staff are keen to pass on their infectious enthusiasm for local wildlife. Our support staff, based in Bangor, are happy to help with membership, finance, fundraising, communications and general enquiries.

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How we're run

Our Trustees are a group of volunteers who hold the financial and legal responsibility for everything the Trust does.

Our Trustees bring a wide range of knowledge, expertise and experience to the charity and are responsible for approving our strategic plans, annual budget and Annual Report & Accounts. 

Trustees are appointed from our membership base at the Annual General Meeting of the Trust each November.

Our mission

Roger Thomas (Chairperson)

My career was in in environmental management, including positions as Director of Environment Agency Wales and then CEO of Countryside Council for Wales. Now I am retired, I am following through my conviction that we must increase public understanding of the importance of nature to people if we are to reverse the loss of biodiversity. Wildlife Trusts, being close to people, have a central role to play in engaging with them, and I want to apply my skills, experience and enthusiasm to help with this challenge.

Ian Dunsire (Treasurer and Company Secretary)

As soon as I moved to North Wales from the Isle of Wight I responded to a plea for help in Natur.  I use my business background in banking, IT and as an interim executive covering merger, acquisition and turnaround to support the Trust.  With my wife, Barbara, we have thrown ourselves in at the deep end with a project to re-wild our 9 acre smallholding above Penrhyndeudraeth, with welcome advice received from the Trust. Now just over two years into the restoration, the meadows, copses and ponds are attracting a notable diversity of wildlife and we hope that the trend will continue.

Simon Mills, Chair of Finance Committee

My wife and I started our interest in wildlife with bird-watching, but the arrival of children severely limited that, so our interest turned to things more immediately accessible with young children - such as butterflies, and their wildflower food sources. Our involvement with The Wildlife Trusts started in Essex as we really related to the Wildlife Trusts’ values, and we’ve been members ever since. I have no formal ecological training, but hope that I can bring alternative experiences, such as a financial career to help the Trust as it moves forward.

Gillian Coates

I have a lifelong interest in nature and the environment, with a broad range of experience which I use to support the Trust.    I have academic experience in pharmaceuticals and mammal biology, and spent my working life mainly as an advisor in Citizens Advice Bureau.   With my late husband, an academic specialising in underwater acoustics we ran training for people (working in the military, oil & gas and environment) in underwater acoustics and the impact of industrial noise on the marine environment. I am especially keen to ensure marine developments that may take place off the North Wales coast are not detrimental to wildlife. 

Frankie Hobro

My background is in island biodiversity and hands-on endangered species monitoring, conservation, research and education. I worked internationally for over 10 years on island nature reserves and in remote field camps overseeing projects as an independent consultant and for the World Bank. Now I am more focused on marine conservation as owner and director of the Anglesey Sea Zoo.  As a trustee I can use my experience to support the Trust, particularly in its work to protect the seas round North Wales, and enable others to share my passion for spending active time outdoors, especially in hands-on wildlife activities such as bird ringing.

Lyndell Williams

A lifetime interest in nature, the environment and biology led me to a fulfilling career as a secondary school teacher in biology.  As well as the usual curricular requirements, I considered it essential that pupils and students be encouraged to become interested in the environment and appreciate the dangers posed by global warming and man’s influence upon it.   The number of students leaving school to follow biological based courses and careers was a measure of my success, and now as a trustee I am able to maintain that influence particularly through the Trusts’ educational work.        

James Robertson

My interest in anything to do with wildlife started early, but my career began as a warden with the National Trust, and then developed with the Nature Conservancy Council, and the much missed Countryside Council for Wales. Career and personal interests have focussed on nature conservation policy, management practice, and writing about the environment. In 2001 I helped to establish Natur Cymru magazine, which ended this year, and I write a regular column for British Wildlife. I served on NWWT Council from 2007-2014, was a founder and board member of Plantlife and its newsletter editor, and have been actively involved with several other nature conservation organisations. I have a small organic farm and manage a wildlife site.

Steve Palin

I’ve been passionate about wildlife and nature since childhood, supporting various Wildlife Trusts for all of my adult life in different places where I’ve lived - Merseyside, Lancashire, Norfolk and now North Wales.

I hope that my career in Education (including 17 years as a head and currently as a school adviser) has given me a range of relevant skills to be a Trustee, including inspiring youngsters, strategic planning, managing people and change, and public engagement.

There’s surely nothing more important than protecting the future of our natural world and all of its multifarious life forms. I believe the North Wales Wildlife Trust is an immensely important vehicle to do that and feel privileged to help support its work through my role.

Sarah Bird

I am Biodiversity Officer at Chester Zoo, and have been responsible for the development of the Zoo’s UK conservation activities since 2005, including creation of a nature reserve from concept to current operation. I have worked closely with NWWT on numerous projects, and as a trustee look forward to becoming more involved with the organisation, and its invaluable work. I have lived in North Wales for 20 years and have a strong emotional connection to its special landscapes and wildlife. I have been actively involved in the governance of many local groups which aim to progress nature conservation, which is my driving force, given the ecological challenge we all face.

David Wynn Davies

I am a Welsh Speaker born in Dyserth having lived in Tremeirchion for the past 22 years looking across the Vale to the Trust’s Graig Nature Reserve. I retired in 2017 as Denbighshire County Council’s Community Engagement Manager with responsibility for the Council’s relationship with the Third Sector.  I have long been a local magistrate, am a school governor, a member of Sustainable Denbighshire, and a trustee of Denbigh Museum.  I have a love of the countryside and its species and a deep concern that as an interested individual we all have a role to play in protecting our natural habitat.  

Emily Davies

I am a recent graduate of Bangor University in Zoology with Animal Behaviour, following my lifelong enthusiasm to understand and protect natural landscapes and wildlife. I have a keen interest in how our urban landscapes can be handed over as a space for nature through wildlife gardening, and currently volunteer with the student-led Bangor University Healing Garden, Treborth Botanic Garden and the North Wales Wildlife Trust garden at the Llys Garth office. After completing the Wildlife Trust Conservation Ranger Traineeship I joined the Our Wild Coast Youth Forum, which creates community events and aims to increase local youth engagement in nature. I am now settled locally in the Bangor area, and enjoy volunteering on our fantastic NWWT nature reserves, whilst enjoying some wild swimming, rambling and painting in my free time. 

How to become a Trustee

Any member of North Wales Wildlife Trust may become a Trustee, provided they are eligible to stand for election under both company law and charity law. No fixed qualifications are needed, but a wide range of skills and experience are required in order for our Board of Trustees to be effective.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, please contact Frances Cattanach, CEO, frances.cattanach@northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk Trustees are elected at our Annual General Meeting, held each November.

Marine Advisory Group

Our Marine Advisory Group (MAG) was established in May 2007 and provide guidance and context to North Wales Wildlife Trust's coastal and marine conservation work. The Group is responsible for pulling together position statements, responses to development plans, planning cases and reviewing our response to impacts on the marine environment.

Prof. Gina Mills (Chair)

An environmental scientist specialising in air quality impacts and science to policy, with a life-long interest in intertidal ecology. Gina retired from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in 2018.

Jenny Bond

A marine ecologist at Bangor University undertaking research using novel technology and methods into the potential interactions between tidal energy devices and marine mammals and fish.

Gillian Coates

A Trustee of NWWT, with specialist knowledge of underwater acoustics in marine environments.

Angus Garbutt

A coastal ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, with specialist knowledge of saltmarshes including managed re-alignment and impacts of coastal energy developments.

Frankie Hobro

A Trustee of NWWT, focussing on marine conservation as owner and director of the Anglesey Sea Zoo.

Dr Rod Jones

A coastal ecologist with specialist knowledge of impacts of environmental change on coastal processes.

Dr Ivor Rees

A marine ecologist with extensive experience of surveying the benthos of several parts of the Irish Sea, including assessing the effects a wide range of activities from dumping at sea to impacts from fisheries.

Meetings of the Marine Advisory Group are attended by representatives of the NWWT, including Nia Hâf Jones (Living Seas Manager), Adrian Jones (Living Landscapes Manager) Dawn Thomas (Living Seas Awareness Officer) and Eve Grayson (Living Seas Awareness Officer).