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.

Chris Meredith – Restoring river habitat programme manager

Chris grew up within the Dee catchment and joined the Welsh Dee Trust having already carried out a lot of work on the English catchment.

Having completed a Biology degree at Cardiff University, Chris went on to study for a Masters of Research in Ecology at Bangor University, before starting a career in wildlife conservation. He spent time working in Africa before moving back to the UK where, as his career progressed, he spent more time working on rivers, whether habitat creation, pollution prevention or invasive species control.

Chris joined the Welsh Dee Trust in July 2021 from Cheshire Wildlife Trust and brings with him a wealth of experience in practical conservation across a wide range of habitats.

Holly Jenkinson – Programme manager

Holly grew up in the catchment around Chirk and the Ceiriog Valley. She developed a passion for the environment from a young age and completed a bachelor’s degree in Geology & Geography then a master’s in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management both at the University of Manchester.

Holly started her career as an ecologist and specialised in ecosystem pollution impacts working in both consultancy and for England’s statutory nature conservation body Natural England.

Holly joined the Welsh dee Trust in 2023 and brings with her experience of experience of ecosystem pollution impacts including the development of science and evidence, policy and development planning work, and training and engagement.

 

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. 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 an interest to maintain water quality and river health in the area.

Sara has studied Agriculture at Harper Adams University graduating in 2018.

Dylan Roberts – Project officer

Dylan was born and bred in the Corwen area as a first language Welsh speaker. After over three decades of working in the meat trade, Dylan had a change of career and joined Welsh Dee Trust as a project officer on the Restoring River Habitat programme in January 2023.

As a keen fly fisherman from a young age, Vice Chairman of Corwen and District Angling Club, and one of the organisers of the Hanak International Grayling Festival, the River Dee and its fish are very close to his heart.