Meet The Team

An introduction to the Brecon Beacons YAC Leaders and Assistants;

Sue Ware: Branch Leader

Sue is now retired, but she used to run narrowboat hire company. She is a mother and a grandmother. Sue has been involved in community archaeology for 10 years and has excavated a number of sites. Sue is Secretary of Llangynidr Local History Society, is on CBA Wales Committee, is an archive volunteer with National Trust as well as leader it is her responsibility to manage the overall running of the club – it makes us feel tired just thinking about it all! Here is Sue (on the left) from the Llanelli Road Run.



Janet Bailey: Branch Assistant

Jan works for Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, but began her working life as an industrial chemist and then spent fifteen years as a secondary school teacher. Over the past decade, before taking the plunge and becoming a ‘proper archaeologist’ she has been involved in community archaeology mostly in mid Wales as a volunteer. Jan has a master’s degree in Archaeology from University of Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. When she is not at work Jan can be found at fundraising and organising events and excavations for Llangynidr Local History Society. Jan is also Community Archaeology adviser for Clwyd Powys Archaelogical Trust and on the Committee for CBA Wales.


Paul Bailey: Branch Assistant and Membership Secretary

Paul spent over 40 years working in the Chemical Industry, mainly in a manufacturing role ultimately becoming a Managing Director. He retired in 2011 and is now re-kindling old interests and finding new ones like Archaeology. Paul is Joint Membership Secretary for Brecon Beacons YAC, taking care of all our membership lists, ensuring we have correct contact information and keeping all the forms up-to-date. Here he is on site, taking a well earned break from shovelling.


Menna Bell: Branch Assistant and Treasurer

Menna is Brecon Beacons YAC Treasurer, and holds the purse strings. Menna is an Archaeologist at the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, and before this worked as a Community Archaeologist for the Dyfed Archaeological Trust. Growing up with a fascination with dirt and old things, Menna decided that she wanted to be an archaeologist at the age of 10 and eventually started digging at 15 as a volunteer! Since then Menna went to university in London and she also managed to work on some pretty exciting digs in Spain, Turkey and Jordan. Nowadays she prefers stomping around Wales in her wellies with her dog Merlin, and her trowel, helping other people get involved in archaeology. Merlin is quite a keen digger himself!


Dai Evans: Branch Assistant

Dai works in Research and Development at the Forestry Commission Wales, now Natural Resources Wales. He has been involved with Llangynidr Local History Society for many years and has helped out on many of their archaeological excavations. Dai also has many years experience as a Scout Leader and is heavily involved every year in organising Llangyndir Show. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a photo of Dai so here is Norman the YAC worm instead.




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