Meet the Team

With over 100 volunteers, we are a local charity with volunteering and community spirit at its heart. Staff are employed to drive forward objectives, to manage projects and to help maintain the woods.

Board of Trustees

The governing board is made up of 8 Trustees (volunteers) – most of whom are local. The Board of Trustees has the responsibility to effectively guide the Penllergare Trust to success. Trustees are guided by the Chairman and supervise our operations to ensure that Penllergare Valley Woods is well managed and is operates within agreed policies, the law, and its budget.  Trustees meet bi-monthly.

Executive Group

Day-to-day management and operations are delegated to the executive group. Guided by our Managing Director, the executive group (also made up of volunteers) reviews all operational matters and works with staff and volunteers to deliver strategic and operational objectives. The Executive Group meets monthly.


Currently there are 8 members of staff, some of whom are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a limited period of time. Contractors are also appointed from time to time to undertake additional works. Where possible, these are drawn from the surrounding communities. The General Manager is the senior on-site manager with responsibility for the overall operational management of Penllergare, as well as for supporter and volunteer development and revenue generation.


We have an amazing team of volunteers from all backgrounds who work tirelessly to protect and revive Penllergare Valley Woods for everyone to enjoy. We, as volunteers, breathe life into the place and we come together because we care about Penllergare’s history, wildlife and people. Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do – from decision-making and managing our budgets to woodland management and ambassadorship – and we wouldn’t be able to survive without them. See our Volunteering section for further information.

Read our profiles below to find out more. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact or to have a chat with us at any time.

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