Trustees

Bob DaimondBob Daimond
As a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and former Director of Highways for Gwynedd, I have been interested in the Menai bridges for many years. My current activities include raising awareness of the importance and sustainability of infrastructure heritage and assisting the education sector to acknowledge the contribution of engineering to modern society.

 

David HallDavid Hall
I am a graduate in Civil and Structural Engineering from Sheffield University and a Chartered Civil Engineer. I have spent my whole working life with local authorities, the first 25 years in Highway Design and Management in both England and Wales, then, briefly in general Municipal Engineering. For the last 12 years I have been involved, on a part time basis, in Coastal Defence works.
I was introduced to Anglesey in the late 1960s by my wife, an Anglesey girl, and my fascination and admiration for the bridges dates from then. I have sailed and raced on the Menai Straits for the last 15 years and moved to live on the Island in 2010.

 

Gareth Jones

 

Jean BakerJean Baker
After an initial career in music and theatre with the Royal Manchester College of Music and the Welsh National Opera, I qualified as a Cardio Thoracic Nurse at Brompton Hospital, London.
I then became Head of School at both Glan Clwyd hospital and Ysbyty Gwynedd. I have an Advanced Diploma in Adult Education. I restarted the Menai Bridge Civic Society with a group of friends and was then asked to take on the ‘project manager’ role for the conservation of buildings and in particular the waterfront in the town.
Following a community consultation, the Menai Bridge waterfront protection group was founded and in 1997 it became the registered limited company, Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust. I am its Company Secretary.

 

Joanna Robertson
I became a Trustee in 2010. I moved to North West Wales in 1991, with a young family and a job in natural resource conservation. I trained as a tourist guide with Menai Heritage and have helped the Trust with events and promotion. I am keen to see engineering achievements celebrated. Our two spectacular bridges and the heritage and natural features along the Menai Strait, are part of our Island’s history. I became Chair of the Trust in November 2016.

 

John ColeJohn Cole
I was brought up in Newport, south Wales and studied history at Aberystwyth and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. I managed libraries in Newport before moving to Rochdale, Greater Manchester where I ran the local archives service. I was responsible for cultural services and tourism in Rochdale when the new lottery funded museum and art gallery opened in 2001. I have written several books on local and social history including Conflict and Co-operation, Down Poorhouse Lane and Suspicions Deaths in Rochdale (!). I produced a number of historically orientated films and videos before relocating with my wife Sue to Anglesey. I have since been involved in community archives and joined Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust in 2015. My interests include historical research, walking, jazz and American comic books.

 

Julie StoneJulie Stone
I came from Yorkshire to live on Anglesey in 2006 and am a trained teacher and counsellor. I have worked in schools and Adult Education, in the community, the voluntary sector and the Health Service. I have researched my own family history and that of others, gaining experience using archive materials in various locations in the UK.
I have published several articles and two books. My particular interests are social and industrial history and recently I have enjoyed giving talks to local groups.

 

Nia JonesNia Rhys Jones
I am currently employed as Programme Area Manager for Travel & Tourism at Coleg Llandrillo. I am a graduate of History and Welsh History from Bangor University. I worked for the Wales Tourist Board in London and Cardiff before returning to North Wales in the early 1990s. I am currently a Board member with the Tourism Partnership North Wales and the Anglesey Tourism Association. I am a qualified Wales Blue Badge Guide and I enjoy working with the cruise ships coming into Holyhead. In my spare time I enjoy visiting Italy where my brother lives and meeting up with friends. I have been a Trustee since 2008.

 

Shaun McLoughlinShaun McLoughlin
I have been involved with MBCHT since about 1996. I graduated from Manchester University in Botany & Zoology and taught for six years at St. Joseph’s College, Stoke on Trent, before gaining an MSc in Oceanography at Southampton University. I then taught in Basingstoke and Farnham, as Head of Department and Deputy Head, before becoming Headmaster of Oswestry Boys High School. I retired in 1992 and was Associate Director for Wales on the Engineering Education Scheme until 2000.
Interests are house building, furniture restoration, gardening and sailing. I am Development Officer for the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club and am now Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the Menai Straits Regatta Committee.

 

William DayWilliam Day
My career in Civil Engineering began in 1965 when I left school, working initially on tunnelling and infrastructure projects within London, including the Underground and Blackwall Tunnel. I became a chartered engineer in 1977. I have worked on bridge design and construction in the UK and overseas, including the long span box girder Pont Cleddau. Between 1995 and 1997, I undertook an extensive assessment and investigation of the Britannia Bridge for Network Rail. I moved to Bangor in 1999 and worked on the Menai Suspension Bridge from 1999 until 2007. I currently work for Hyder Consulting. I am a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

 

Warren Kovach
I was born and raised in Ohio, USA, but have been living on Anglesey since 1992. I was originally a researcher and lecturer in biology, ecology and palaeontology, but later moved to developing scientific computer software. After moving to Anglesey I soon set about exploring its history and landscape. I developed the popular Anglesey-History.co.uk website, and recently published the book Anglesey Through Time, a photographic tour of the history of Anglesey illustrated by pairs of old and new images.
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