Meet The Staff at The Welsh Dee Trust
Peter Powell – CEO
Peter grew up on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Welshpool on the banks of the River Severn and this is where he developed a passion for the natural world.
Peter completed a bachelor’s degree in Ecology at Cardiff University and a master’s degree in Advanced Wildlife Conservation at the University of the West of England. Peter joined the Welsh Dee Trust in August 2019 having previously worked at the Severn Rivers Trust and Wye and Usk Foundation.
Tarik Bodasing- Programme Manager
Tarik Bodasing is Programme Manager for Restoring River Habitats and joins the Welsh Dee Trust fresh from working on river restoration projects in the Midlands region. Tarik was born and raised in South Africa, where he obtained a Masters in Applied Ecology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, working primarily with large mammals in savanna ecosystems.
He is committed to landscape-scale conservation efforts and has worked as an ecologist in several countries for state, NGO and charity sectors. Since moving to the UK, he has worked on conservation projects for both North Wales and Warwickshire Wildlife Trusts. Tarik currently resides in the Ceiriog Valley within the Dee River catchment with his wife and two children.
Gareth Jones- Project officer
Gareth Jones is a project officer for our Restoring River Habitat Programme. Following years of working as a Biology teacher, he changed career and followed his passion for nature and wildlife conservation. Starting with volunteering with various wildlife organisations he moved on to working as a countryside contractor involved in habitat management projects, drystone walling and footpath maintenance.
His interest in rivers and its wildlife started at a young age, growing up fishing along the River Alun in Mold. I and he enjoys various aspects of wildlife including birdwatching, fishing, studying moths and plants. Gareth lives right beside the river Llynor in Llandrillo with his wife and two daughters.
Gareth has a wealth of experience in hands on experience and will be working to identify and restore areas of river habitat across the Dee to help wildlife and local people.
Sara Mault- Project Officer
Sara Mault is the Project officer for our Water Wise Farming programme.
Sara grew up on a beef and sheep farm just outside of Corwen. The farm has a contributor river to the dee running through the middle of the farm which has sparked interest to maintain water quality and river health in the area.
Sara has studied Agriculture at Harper Adams University graduating in 2018.