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We established the BRO partnership in 2014 in the belief that our collective skills and experience of over 60 years created a partnership capable of undertaking the sort of work we wanted to do and to make the real difference we want to make for and with clients and partners.

BRO (also an acronym for Blaengad, a research company owned by David Llewellyn, Rice and Owen) is the Welsh word for a geographical locality, often an area with which people feel a strong affinity; we believe this captures perfectly the spirit of our approach to working with and supporting communities to work with their natural and cultural assets for mutual benefit. BRO became incorporated as a PLC in 2016, with socially-responsible aims. We work with other specialist associates, as appropriate, and equally importantly with key partners to undertake larger studies and projects.

BRO Core Partners

David Llewellyn

BSc (Hons) (Leicester)., PhD (Bath), AMLI, FRSA
PRINCE2® practitioner

A research molecular biologist by training and profession, David deliberately changed careers to become involved in regeneration in his native south Wales valleys. In 2009, he was appointed as Valleys Regional Park (VRP) coordinator, coordinating the 40-strong cross-sector, cross-boundary partnership and part of the team that successfully delivered 39 infrastructure projects and 40 events and interpretation projects, as well as three major umbrella projects. He was overall VRP lead for the Interreg IVB WECAN project, devising several and leading on several key initiatives, was a member of The Valleys marketing team, and the commercial supervisor for a KESS PhD studentship investigating the health benefits of ‘Green Exercise’.

David has a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement and landscape-based research. In 2014, through Blaengad, he undertook the VRP Future Options Study for Welsh Government. An Academic Member of the Landscape Institute, David is a honorary Research Associate at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, having worked part-time between 2014 and 2016 on the AHRC-funded Stories of Change project, and a part-time Associate Tutor in the Cardiff School of Health and Biosciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Key skills and expertise include:

Sue Rice

BSc (Hons)., DipTP,

Managing Successful Programmes Registered Practitioner

Before becoming a consultant, Sue worked at NRW where, for eight years, she was the Programme Manager for the Wales Coast Path, which successfully opened on time in 2012. The Coast Path team captured the ‘Team of the Year Award’ and the Wales Award at the recent 2014 Placemaking Awards, following on from winning the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup in 2013. She also ran the Rights of Way Improvement Plan Funding Programme for a number of years when it was first established.

Sue started her career as a Planning Officer at the Vale of Glamorgan where her responsibilities included writing environment-based planning policy and advice in the form of supplementary planning guidance.

Key skills and expertise include:

Rob Owen

BSc (Hons)., DipTP

Rob was the Isle of Anglesey’s first Coastal Heritage Officer before being promoted to Principal Countryside and Coastal Officer in the Planning Department, which involved extensive liaison with members, communities, landowners, and businesses.

Rob then moved to CCW initially as Recreation and Tourism Policy Officer and then as Head of Landscape and Interpretation. After secondment to the Wales European Centre in Brussels, Rob returned as CCW’s Head of Access, Recreation, and Communication, managing all their access work including Open Access, the Coastal Access Improvement Programme, and National Trails, as well as organising the National Access Forum. He was also the senior CCW advisor to Welsh Government on all access matters.

In 2010, Rob left CCW to become Keep Wales Tidy’s Strategic Development Manager.

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