The future of BWT

Chairs’ Update for Members on the Merger of Brecknock Wildlife Trust and The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

In my previous update for members I discussed the proposal the BWT Board had put to the Board of Wildlife Trust of
South and West Wales that BWT merge with WTSWW. The WTSWW board has now discussed the proposal and
together the two Trusts have worked through a process of due diligence. This has been successfully completed and
on 11th December the WTSWW Board voted to proceed with the merger; with the aim to complete this process by
31st March 2018. At this stage a memorandum of understanding was signed by myself and Rob Pickford, WTSWWChair.

The focus is now on working with our respective legal teams and HR experts from the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts to ensure that the merger proceeds smoothly and effectively, and that the staff of both organisations are well
supported; enabling them to continue to deliver and meet the conservation needs of our wider area.

Since my last update we have had some good consultation with our members and some useful feedback. Mark Brian,
our Treasurer, presented the outcome of The Members Questionnaire at the AGM in November. The questionnaire was completed by more than 80 people and 84% were either strongly in favour or in favour of the merger; with 15%
either strongly opposed or opposed. The remaining 1% had not definite opinion. When asked about renewing membership the results were similarly encouraging with 14% more likely, 74% about the same and 12% less likely.
Looking at what aspects were most important: field conservation and the reserves came top, followed by education, awareness and training; retaining the Brecknock name was ranked lowest.

We are, of course, very keen to keep you all as members, we value your interest and support, and hope that when the merger becomes a reality all our members will see the benefits to both our conservation work and what membership of the combined Trust brings.

As you may be aware, Phil Sutton our CEO, has left the Trust. We are very grateful for all the work he has done for the Trust over the 13 years he was with us and wish him well in his new job. The rest of our staff team continues as before and are busy with both conservation work and with putting in funding bids to secure funding for our continued work. Over the next few months running up to the merger they will start to work more closely with staff
from WTSWW. Our respective teams of staff already know each other quite well, as all the Welsh Wildlife Trustshave a close, mutually beneficial working relationship.

The Trust has engaged Geldards Law Firm to support us through the merger; based in Cardiff they have a particular expertise in charity law. They have advised us that we do not need to hold an EGM as part of the merger process.

However, the trustees really want to keep you informed and involved as we join with WTSWW. With this in mind, I hope you can join us at a Meeting and Party on Monday 12th March at 7pm, at Bishop Bevan Hall, Lion St, Brecon
LD3 7HY. You can also access the hall via the Coop car park.This will be an opportunity to ask questions; to help shape Brecknocks’ ongoing conservation work by contributing ideas, enthusiasm and expertise and, importantly, to celebrate BWT’s conservation endeavours – past, present and future.

If you would like any more information or have any comments I can be contacted by email: or by letter via the BWT Office.
Monday 12th March 7pm Meeting and Party RSVP form
I can attend the meeting and party

I cannot attend the meeting and Party

Please return to BWT, Lion House, Bethel Square LD3 7AY by Friday 23rd February; Alternatively reply by email: