Cambrian Mines Trust

    Preserving our mining heritage.

Our Board

As a charitable trust our directors are not legally allowed to draw any benefit for the work that they do running the trust.

Managing Director and Secretary: Roy Fellows

A long time mine explorer I have always viewed the deterioration and loss of our historic mining heritage with dismay, likewise the loss of underground access. I believe that one has to fight this at every level, I also believe that preservation is as important underground as at surface. My perception of the Trust, of which I was the founder, is that it will provide a suitable vehicle to achieve these aims long after I have passed on.




Director and Chairman: Prof David James

David James is a sedimentary geologist and former geophysicist who followed an international professional career  in oil and gas exploration and research. A graduate of Oxford and the University of Wales, Swansea and a Chartered Geologist, he is now retired from salaried employment but is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University specialising in basin analysis, fluid flow and seismic interpretation. He has served on the Council of the Geological Society of London and is a trustee of the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme. He lives much of year in Ceredigion where he has long-standing research  interests in the sedimentology and mining geology of Central Wales on which has published extensively, including the first modern geological evaluation of the Cwmystwyth Mines.


Director: Hugh Ratzer

Hugh Ratzer, now retired, has a lifelong active interest in mines, mining and archaeology including exploration and prospecting in Wales, England, Ireland, Germany and Alaska. He has been active in many local projects and has firmly supported the aims of the trust from the outset as a local resident.


Director: Dr Simon Timberlake

Dr Timberlake is as archaeologist and Excavations Director of the Early Mines Research Group. He has 30 years experience of excavation, field survey and geo-archaeological research at sites of early mining. His work has been in mid-Wales, principally at Cwmystwyth (1986-2003) but also at Alderley Edge in Cheshire (Chief Surveyor: Alderley Edge Landscape Project 1997-1999) and Ecton in Staffordshire (English Heritage funded 2008-2012).

He has worked at Bangor, Manchester and Coventry Universities on early mining-related research projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He has an interest in experimental archaeology and the reconstruction of prehistoric mining processes, together with the smelting of copper, tin and lead using primitive furnaces, and has published (either singly or jointly) more than 40 papers and two books on early mining related subjects.


Director: Ioan Lord

Ioan is a local mine explorer with a great depth of knowledge on the mid Wales mines and their history. He is a history and Archaeology student at Bangor University and a Director of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust, an author on local mining, industrial and social history,  and an industrial archaeologist. He also does work in museums with mining/industrial exhibitions


Friends and Associates

Original subscriber and co founder: Maureen Burns

Maureen was a faithful companion of many years on my visits to our historic mining areas, and indeed often accompanied me on my underground trips. She is very proud to be one of the original subscribers to the Trust and hopes to see the work of the Trust conserving places that she used to visit.


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