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.

Alison Sola
Finance & Administration Officer
Alison joined Penllergare in November 2015.  She has worked in finance for the previous eight years, after moving-on from a career in marketing. She worked for two charities before joining Penllergare, and Read More
Brian Richards
Living in Morriston, Brian has walked in Penllergare Valley Woods for over 20 years. He started his career as a cost and financial analyst at Ford motor company in South Read More
Colin Richards
Growing up in Llangyfelach, Colin explored Penllergare Valley Woods and surrounding areas extensively and says that the changes made by the Trust and volunteers is truly inspirational.  Colin worked in Read More
Dai Whitelock
Woodland Warden
Born in Blaenymaes, Dai Whitelock has long been associated with Penllergare as a volunteer and employee and brings a wealth of expertise and sensitivity to the work. He has a Read More
David Connick
Estate Manager
Originally from Pontlasau, David has previously worked on the construction of the Swansea Valley Liner Project, a long distance footpath/cycle route. He then joined Forestry Commission Wales as Head Ranger and Read More
Hal Moggridge
Emeritus Trustee
One-time Professor of Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University; past President of the Landscape Institute and commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission, Hal was a member of the Architectural Panel Read More
Hedley Jones
Volunteer Co-ordinator
After taking early retirement from the steel industry, Hedley lectured part time in IT skills in the community in Swansea College.  He started volunteering at Penllergare in 2009 and has since gained chainsaw and Read More
Helen Thomas
After qualifying as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1983, Helen spent nearly 30 years working as an accountant within the NHS, primarily at Singleton Hospital but also at other Read More
John Childs
John has been volunteering and campaigning for the environment for many years – in particular with the local Friends of the Earth group. Over the last six years, John has Read More
Leanne Howe
Leanne has had a varied career in industry working in the capacities of Human Resource Management and Environmental Management as well as developing Point of Sale marketing materials.  She took Read More
Lee Turner
General Manager
Lee 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. He has most recently been working Read More
Meryl Thomas
Coffee Shop Manager
Meryl has been a treasured member of our volunteer team for a number of years, before joining the staff team in 2016 as Coffee Shop Supervisor.  Meryl is now the Read More
Paul Baker
Deputy Chair & Managing Director
Paul is married with three grown children – all of whom have fond memories of the PVW as they grew up. Prior to his retirement, Paul had worked for 35 Read More
Ray Butt
Operations Director (Non-staff)
Following a career in sales and marketing Ray was responsible for 16 years for the management of Margam Park, before becoming Head of Operations at the National Botanic Garden of Read More
Richard Morris
Emeritus Trustee
Richard Morris was  a founding member of The Penllergare Trust. Sadly, he passed away early in 2019 and will be missed by all at Penllergare. Richard Morris’s commitment to the Read More
Wendy Fitzgerald
After a spell of teaching, Wendy worked in Human Resources with the British Airports Authority, followed by a period with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in Wellington and then a Read More
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