Nominations for Council 2021

Below are the biographies council nominees 2021

Alwyn Jones

I am 67 years of age and from Llanuwchllyn. I was born into a farming community and originally trained as a mechanical engineer. I joined Gwynedd Council’s Highways Dept. in 1975. In 2002 I was appointed as Head of Human Resources with responsibilities for all the Council’s staffing matters. In the past I have presented numerous TV programmes including the first live broadcasts from The Royal Welsh Show. I am a JP, a governor at Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn, a board member of Theatr Bara Caws, Cwmni Pum Plwyf Penllyn and a member of Llanuwchllyn Community Council.

Since my retirement in 2018 I have been able to visit Ynys Enlli on several occasions and fallen in love with the island. I am aware of the significant challenges associated with running, maintaining and developing the island. I believe that I have a range of skills and experience that would be beneficial to the Trust’s Council if I was fortunate enough to be selected.

Nominated by Gareth Roberts and Meriel Roberts

Dilwyn Morgan

My name is Dilwyn Morgan and I am 63 years old. I was born in Garnfadryn where I grew up on a small farm. Following a period in the Merchant Navy as Deck Officer I became deputy head of the Urdd Camp at Glan Llyn and then Llyn Tegid Warden for Snowdonia National Park before moving on to various posts all involving management.

I am a member of Gwynedd Council and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and family support. I am also trustee of Bala Children’s Centre and Governor of Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn. I am chair of the third sector liaison Group in Gwynedd. My interests are sailing, walking cycling and travelogues. Enlli has been very important to me for many years and recently have been accompanied by my 9 year old grandson who has a great interest in wildlife.

It would be a huge privilege for me to contribute to ensuring a sustainable prosperous and secure future for the community in Enlli.

Nominated by Gareth Roberts and Meriel Roberts

Robert Townsend

Vicar of Beaumaris currently a trustee and Chair of the Spirituality Committee, also the Bardsey Island Trust Vice-Chair. 

Nominated by Eryl Parry and Helen Wilcox

Eryl Parry

Eryl describes herself as a Welsh Scouser, having grown up in a Welsh speaking family in Liverpool – and has a great command of Wenglish!  As well as dual nationality, she very much straddles the two worlds of being a regular chaplain on Enlli and someone with a commercial background in the retail, conference and tourism industries.  She now lives in Conwy and works as a ‘Pioneer Priest’ in the Church in Wales, beginning new initiatives.

She says, “Like many others, I feel a sense of ‘homecoming’ on Enlli whether there’s been a lifetime of association, or like me – an immediate connection made at a great time of change in my personal life.  Despite all the challenges that times like this brings, it’s a great honour and life-giving experience to be working alongside all those with a passion for the island’s heritage, life and development.”

Eryl loves music, hill-walking and hospitality.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Nominated by Robert Townsend and Allan Wilcox.

Helen Wilcox

Helen Wilcox would be very happy to continue as a Trustee at this exciting time in the life of Enlli. She is secretary of the Trust's Spirituality Committee, and assists Caroline with the editing of the newsletter and yearbook. She also organised the Trust 40th anniversary exhibitions on the island and at Storiel in Bangor. Having recently retired, she is Professor Emerita of English Literature at Bangor University.

Nominated by Robert Townsend and Eryl Parry

Rod Gritten

I have been on the Bardsey Island Trust Council since 2012 and, until recently, served as the Chair for two and a half years.  I am passionately interested in the running of the Trust Council and have a lot of skills to offer.  I am also the Chair of the Scientific Committee.  I am particularly interested in the energy sustainability of the island and the conservation of its unique range of wildlife features.  I know and understand the dynamics of a small island and feel my being able to remain on Council for a further period would be beneficial for the Trust.

12 supporting nominees required as trustee has been in post more than two terms.

Nominated by Dianne Charles, Haf Meredydd, Helen Wilcox, Jacquie Hughes Jones, Jane Kenny, Jo Porter, Margaret Dunn, Peter Lockyer, Richard Farmer, Susan Blagden, Perdita Dawson, Meg Gritten. 

Jacquie Hughes Jones

My home is on the Llŷn, where my family have lived for over a century.  Like many around me, I feel a special affinity, respect, and fascination with Enlli. Having visited the island several times, I believe strongly that it is important to protect and sympathetically develop the island’s natural beauty and its spiritual, artistic, cultural, and economic life.

My background is in the tourist industry which I worked in for just over 16 years holding several senior positions. After a career break to bring up my family, I returned to work locally but this time in the charity sector. I currently manage the fundraising across Wales for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

My current role is to think strategically to ensure that we raise sustainable income.  I manage an extensive fundraising group network (20 groups with around 300 volunteers) and am responsible for initiating campaigns, recruiting, training, and mentoring. I also monitor and respond to financial performance and ensure that we follow correct governance. We work as an effective team and have fun. As well as managing the groups, I develop and maintain good working relationships with other existing and new supporters, local organisations, businesses, community groups, and schools.

In my spare time I continue to enjoy travel, am very interested in the visual arts, dance and reading. I am Secretary for the Nefyn group of churches and help with the youth section at Pwllheli sailing club. I am happiest sharing a meal with family and friends.


Nominated by Susannah Robinson and Caroline Jones




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