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.

Matthew Allmark, Natural Heritage Officer

Matt Allmark became the Natural Heritage Officer for Elan Links in October 2017 and moved to live in Elan Village.  He will be responsible for managing projects related to enhancing nature and wildlife. 

Matt has worked for a number of conservation organisations including National Trust in the Lake District, Chester Zoo and most recently at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. He is looking forward to implementing a range of projects with the people who have helped create this amazing place.

Beth Rees, Project Officer

Beth Rees is the Project Officer for Elan Links.  Her role will be to co-ordinate the communication and community engagement aspects of the scheme.  She will also be responsible for the delivery of projects relating to events, interpretation and engagement.

After studying Physical Geography at Swansea University, Beth volunteered for National Trust and worked for two National Parks in Wales before moving to Scotland. For the last two years she has been a Field Tutor and Activity Instructor teaching geography to students on the Isle of Arran.

Jen Newman, Access and Recreation Officer

Jen Newman is the Access and Recreation Officer for the Elan Links scheme. She also works for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water as a Ranger in the Elan Valley.

Originally from Dorset, Jen has worked as a Coastal Ranger on the West Dorset section of the South West Coast Path National Trail, a lecturer and apprenticeship co-ordinator at Kingston Maurward College, and an Area Ranger in North Dorset, where she managed 750 miles of Rights of Way and 24 Nature Reserves.

Anna Georgiou, Volunteering and Training Officer

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

Anna is a former Countryside Ranger and current resident of the Elan Valley. She has a Masters in Conservation and Land Management from the University of Wales, Bangor.  She has worked in various conservation roles over the last 15 years including the Wildlife Trust and the Local Environmental Records Centre in Brecon.

Stephanie Kruse, Cultural Heritage Officer

Stephanie’s role is to work with the local community and others to discover, record and celebrate all the many and unique aspects of cultural heritage in the Elan Valley.

She has had a variety of roles including leading an interpretation project in Seaham, Co. Durham, coordinating the building of the gardens at the National Garden Festivals in Ebbw Vale and Gateshead, developing the Cotswold Way as a national trail and being the regional advisor for the Local Heritage Initiative in the South West and South East. 

She is looking forward to talking to everyone who knows this special place and recording the stories, traditions and features of Elan Valley so others can enjoy them too.

Rebecca Pursch, Finance Officer

Rebecca Pursch is the finance officer for the Elan Links scheme.

Rebecca has a background in administration, project work and accounts in private sector organisations, as well as volunteering in conservation organisations.  Originally from the Cotswolds, Rebecca now lives locally in the Elan Valley.