The Elan Links Team

Eluned Lewis, Scheme Manager

Eluned Lewis will manage the delivery of the Elan Links scheme.  Eluned has been part of the scheme since 2014, having worked for the Elan Valley Trust during the application and development phases.

Eluned, a Geography Graduate from Aberystwyth University is from Capel Bangor in Ceredigion.  She has been successful in obtaining considerable amounts of grant funding for community regeneration projects with the Elan Links scheme her biggest success to date.


Esther Wakeling, Assistant Scheme Manager

Esther Wakeling is the Assistant Scheme Manager for the Elan Links Scheme and took up this role at the beginning of 2022.  Esther spent the last 5 years working for the Cambrian Mountains Initiative and grew up on a farm in rural Ceredigion.

Esther is enjoying this new challenge and is pleased to have the opportunity to put her BSc in Rural Resources Management and MA in Local Economic Development to good use.  She is enjoying working in this dynamic team on such an exciting and beneficial project.


Fiona Gomersall, Natural Heritage Officer

Fiona Gomersall joined Elan Links as Natural Heritage Officer in December 2020.  She will be responsible for managing projects related to enhancing nature and wildlife. 

Fiona worked for Shropshire Wildlife Trust as their Conservation Officer for 15 years and more recently as a Farm Adviser for Severn Rivers Trust.  She has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Environmental Science.  She lives in Felindre, near Newtown.  Fiona is looking forward to carrying on with the range of nature and farming projects which her predecessors set up and to working with the people who helped to create this wonderful landscape.


Gayle Atherfold-Dudley, Volunteering and Training Officer

Gayle Atherfold-Dudley is the Volunteering and Training Officer for Tir Coed, based within the Elan Links team.  Gayle will be delivering the training projects within the scheme, as well as overseeing volunteers.

Before starting at Tir Coed, she predominately worked in third sector, with families undergoing change.  Gayle has also worked for the NHS and Police, as well as working as a freelance photographer. 


Gary Ball, Engagement, Education & Events Officer for Archaeology and Heritage

Gary Ball joined the team in 2022 and is responsible for the delivery of heritage projects that engage and educate, alongside the creation of events that tell the stories of Elan Valley's past.

Gary has worked in the third sector for over 20 years combining his passion for archaeology, historical reenactment and community engagement.  A recent MSc graduate in Sustainable Heritage practice, he has worked on projects from searching for lost medieval battlegrounds to recording quarries and wells, involving volunteers from around the globe.


Rosie Slay, Engagement, Education & Events Officer


Michelle Thomas, Finance Officer


Ben Flynn, Powys Mentor

Ben is the mentor covering Powys, working with the Elan Valley Links project for Tir Coed.  His role is to help and support all attendees prior, during and after attending the Tir Coed Courses, to enable them to get the most out of their experience.


Matt Rose, Project Archivist

Matt Rose is the Project Archivist with responsibility for assessing, recording and making accessible heritage material relating to the Elan Valley.