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Meet the Trustees

The Trustees of The Golden Grove Trust have taken on the responsibility of maintaining the special parkland and arboretum with beautiful views, as well as preserving the stunning gothic historic buildings.

Golden Grove Trust is a non-profit, charitable organisation.


Henk Smit (Chair of Board of Trustees)
Henk moved to the UK in 1994 from The Netherlands, and after an Academic career as a Researcher

Scientist in the area of Nutrition & Behaviour lasting over 25 years, has now been in private practice as a Counselling Therapist for several years.  When first visiting Gelli Aur, Henk felt drawn to the dramatic and green space that is the estate. Having moved to the locality in 2022, Henk is determined to help the Gelli Aur estate become the viable business and social hub it was meant to be, providing a much-needed service to the local and wider community, and having been a member of National Trust for many years, he is aware how important it is that we contribute to help preserve the rich heritage of the Gelli Aur Estate.


Daljit Singh (Trustee)

Daljit was born and bred in Bristol and has always been passionate about Wales as a country with its amazing landscapes, castles and rich heritage. 

Daljit has many years of experience in both Operational Management and Business Transformation/Change, and sees inclusion and diversity as key elements which enable us to harness the skills and experience of the local community. Since moving to the locality in 2022, Daljit has been keen to see the Gelli Aur Estate resurrected, and reopened, for the benefit of the local and wider community.  Daljit has been an active member of the National Trust for decades and thus appreciates the importance of preserving historical buildings and estates for the benefit of current and future generations


Debbie Ince (Trustee/Treasurer)
Debbie became the Trust’s Treasurer in February 2024 and Trustee in May 2024.  Debbie has a wealth of experience in finance and business.

Debbie has a passion for woodlands and wildlife preservation, in addition to her love of historic buildings, and thus is keen to ensure the Trust is able to achieve its stated objectives for the benefit of the local and wider communities.

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