Nominations for Council 2019

Below are the biographies council nominees 2019

Andrew Guile

I believe that I have a varied and valuable background and a set of skills that would be useful to support the trust. Firstly, I have an NVQ3 in plastering and worked with a builder for 5 years to gain experience in the industry. I believe that would be an advantage to the trust.

I have also spent 3 years travelling and living in New Zealand. I believe the experience I have gained in the agricultural sector there would be useful, with skills like problem solving and being able to work efficiently would be an advantage. As well as this I have spent about 15 years in and out of the local farming industry I believe this would bring a different outlook and a different solution to any problems that may occur .

Finally, I have a personal interest in seeing the Island succeed, as my employment is with the Bardsey boat service, because of this I am driven to see the island succeed and prosper in the years to come. These are amongst the main reason as to why I believe I would be a valuable addition to the trust council.

Nominated by Ernest Evans and Christine Evans

Dot Tyne

My first experience of Enlli was a rushed 2 hr visit to look at Ty Pellaf with view to making it my home. Tim and I lived on the island from 1994 – 1998, looking after the sheep flock and playing an active role in the island community, getting married and starting a family during that time. Working as a volunteer in recent years, together with my daughters, has revived my contact with the island, and now my children are almost grown up I have more time to pursue my interest in it.

In addition to raising a family and building a viable farm business on the Llŷn Peninsula, for the last 10 years I have worked as Administrator, Company Secretary and Treasurer to several sizeable membership associations and charities. With a combined membership of over 1000 individuals, I have extensive experience of how to run and manage non-profit making organisations.

I was very young when I lived on Enlli and it was a formative time of my life. I gained so much from it and it made me who I am. Now I want to give something back and I feel that serving on the Council is a way to do this, in addition to regular stints as a voluntary. I am passionate that Enlli should continue to have a living, viable, albeit small, community – it is one of the things that make Enlli so special.  Looking at the island in a holistic way and being respectful of all the threads of interest that make up the whole, is, I hope, a positive view which can benefit and assist the Bardsey Island Trust in its work.

Nominated by Bert Dawson and Haf Meredydd.

Lona Williams

I was born and raised in the local area, with a big interest in Bardsey Island. It would be of great privilege to be given the opportunity to support the trust in Bardsey’s future.

I currently work as a Regional Operational Excellence Business Partner for an UK wide holiday organisation in the tourist industry. I have worked for the company for over 13 years in managerial positions and moving into my new role over two years ago. My role involves supporting department of the organisation through a business change by thinking strategically. The business change is in efficiency, individual managers key skills, financial performance through cost and wages control, and building a sustainable productivity in the future of the department. I have experience in site visits and inspections. I also support training, through one to one or holding a workshop training day.

Nominated by Ernest Evans and Christine Evans. 

Siân Stacey

Having been an annual visitor on Enlli since I was 8 years old, followed by regular volunteering weeks and months with the Observatory and the farm, I became the Warden/Island Manager for the Bardsey island Trust from November 2015 until December 2018. During this time, I developed a deep understanding of the everyday workings of the island and the Trust and implemented a number of improvements to a range of processes. 


Before working with the Trust, I was the Development Manager with the Community Foundation in Wales. This organisation managed philanthropic giving across the country (primarily with major donors). I developed and managed existing clients including private donors, businesses, professional advisors and charitable trusts and foundations. This role has given me a wealth of knowledge into donors’ motivations, the third sector and the application process for charities. 


I now work for Menter a Busnes in their Cywain project. I work directly with food and drink producers across Wales to promote their business in a number of ways such as at trade shows, consumer events and other food and drink festivals. 


I have experience in marketing, website development, client management, grant applications, fundraising and strategic planning. I believe my experience as an Enlli resident, former Trust employee and my previous and current professional experience make me a strong candidate as a Trustee of the Bardsey Island Trust.

Nominated by Gwyn Stacey and Medi James.

Elfed Gruffydd

Already a member of the council, Elfed is seeking re-election for a further term of three years.


Born in Llangwnnadl, Llŷn and Head of Ysgol Cymerau, Pwllheli 20 for years before retiring.

  • Member of Pwllheli Town Council and has been the mayor of the town on two occasions. Elfed was the coordinator of the Dwyfor, Arfon and Meirionnydd Green Schools.

  • Has an interest in the cultural life of the area and events such as Ewrosgol, Cynan Festival, Pwllheli 650 and Botwnnog 400.

  • Author of local history books 'Ar Hyd Ben Rallt' and Llŷn (translated).

  • On the request of Llŷn AONB, led projects on the Llŷn Coastal Names, and Llŷn Fields and the Medicinal and Holy Wells of the area along Pen Llŷn during both World Wars

  • Present talks on several topics to local societies.

  • Gathered evidence for Bardsey Island Trust and Llŷn Landscape Partnership for the new Bardsey Island website. As a result, he was asked to take children from Llŷn Primary Schools on day trips to Bardsey Island. Also for the 'Our Heritage' website, located around the Nefyn Maritime Museum, Porth y Swnt, Bardsey Island, Plas yn Rhiw, Plas Glyn y Weddw and Plas Heli.

  • Member Bardsey Island Council and the Welsh Wells Society Committee.

  • Member of Plas Carmel Project committees with particular interest in the cultural / local history aspects.

Nominated by Susannah Robinson and Caroline Jones.

Rod Gritten

Seeking appointment as Chair of the Trust having been acting Chair since May 2018.


I'm Chairman of EcoBro Meirion-Dwyfor, our local Sustainability group and on the Council of Forest School Camps (FSC), an educational charity which camps some 2,500 children each year.  I also run children's camps every year for FSC.  I was on the Environment Agency's Fishery, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee for Wales and the RSPB Advisory Committee for Wales.  I've also had a brief stint as a Trustee of the Snowdonia Society and was a Director of COFNOD, the Local Biodiversity Information service for North Wales.

Nominated by Susannah Robinson and Susan Blagden.




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