Dee Valley Trust is run by a board of Volunteer Directors, who are supported by a Trust Manager who oversees the day to day management of the organisation.

Mark Lacey

Trust Manager

Mark joined Dee Valley Trust in 2014 he is an experienced senior manager, with employment experience in a wide range of fields from the oil industry to the charity sector. He has proactive problem solver, and is genuinely interested in people and places. Mark has been instrumental in establishing the Cefn Regeneration Partnership, and has had a real impact in ensuring that the day to day operations run effectively.

CliveClive Austin 

Chair of The Board

Clive has lived in the local area all of his life and has a wealth of practical experience invaluable to the organisation.  After a spell working at the then Monsanto factory in Acrefair, Clive joined the Denbighshire County Architects Department where he worked for the majority of his career.  A sideways move saw Clive become a Senior Maintenance Officer before taking early retirement in 1992, after which he was appointed as Estates Manager for Llysfasi College.

“I retired in 2003 whereupon I took an interest in local events/charities, becoming a School Governor for Acrefair CP School and a member of the original Charitable Trust that is now the Dee Valley Trust.  I am a local lad determined to put back something into our Community to make it better for all in the future.”

SoniaSonia Benbow-Jones 


Sonia is a long standing Cefn resident and a critical link in the development and maintenance of our community partnerships. Along with her role with the organisation Sonia is also a Community Councillor, Chair of Tenantiaid Cymru and Vice Chair of Cefn Mawr County Primary Chair of Governors. Given her involvement in a wide variety of projects the organisation benefits from Sonia’s great local knowledge exceptional networks. With significant business experience gained from running her own successful design company for many years Sonia produces all aspects of our self-funded bi-monthly newsletter and recruits volunteers to help distribute it.

“It’s always great to hear feedback from local residents about how things are going. They will tell me about how they feel about their community, what’s thriving and doing well and sometimes where things need to get better. I really appreciate all comments as they tell me that residents here have a sense of ownership and pride of place in where they live. I too am very proud of that and I celebrate their contribution and commitment to improving our community.”

EmmaEmma Forrest 


Emma is passionate about community regeneration and has worked for some of our leading local authorities, developing strategic plans and making sure that services are effective, innovative and sustainable.  She has experience of leading regeneration projects, as well as developing successful volunteer programmes. Emma plays a role in the strategic development of the organisation, and her experience helps shape its ambition and direction.

“I love volunteering for Dee Valley Trust, my favourite thing is being able to see the impact of the work that we do in the area we live. It’s great to know that some of the services we provide help people gain employment, young people learn new skills, and businesses flourish. We are really ambitious for Cefn Mawr and we are excited about what the future might hold.”