Meet the team
Helen Pitt - Phoenix Co-ordinator
Helen joined North Wales Fire and Rescue Service in 2007 on completion of her probation as an operational firefighter in Dorset. Most of her career has been spent operationally at Rhyl Fire Station, in the role of Firefighter and Crew Manager.
Helen has spent time in the Fire Safety Department and working with partnerships in risk reduction and managing the distribution and servicing of equipment in the Operations Department.
More recently in 2020, with changes brought in due to the coronavirus, Helen took over the coordination of the Phoenix team, working to ensure the project continues to grow in step with the challenges faced by our young people.
Gillian Roberts - Assistant Phoenix Co-ordinator
Gillian's career has been in administration until deciding to complete a teacher training course which led her to joining North Wales Fire and Rescue Service in 2006. She initially worked within the Community Fire Safety department delivering fire safety in the workplace and schools throughout North Wales; she was then appointed Assistant Phoenix Coordinator in June 2009.
Born and brought up in North Wales, Gill lives in the Conwy Valley. Gill is a huge animal and nature lover, with ambitions of travelling far afield to encounter wild life such as the Polar Bear on the Artic Tundra, the Orangutans in Borneo, and the migration across the Serengeti. She is also a keen scuba diver, but only tropical seas!
Elenid Roberts, Phoenix Instructor
Elenid lives in Llangwm near Cerrig-y-Drudion, and is a fluent welsh speaker. She graduated Bangor University with a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Social Policy before joining the North Wales Fire & Rescue Service in the summer of 2017 as the Phoenix Administrator.
She would very much like to further her career within the Fire and Rescue Service over the years to come.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, going for walks in the countryside and spending time with family, and friends.
Brian Drawbridge - Phoenix Assistant
Brian lives in Conwy having moved to the area at the age of 11. He joined the Phoenix team in September 2017. Brian joined North Wales Fire And Rescue Service in January 2010 as a Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighter at Conwy fire station and still continues his operational duties alongside his role as Phoenix Assistant.
Before joining the Fire and Rescue Service Brian was a driving instructor and ran his own driving school for 10 years.
Outside of work he enjoys motor sport, both taking part and attending and also family time.
Olwen Griffiths - Phoenix Administrator
Olwen's career was initially in Finance. After having her children, she trained as a Beauty Therapist and owned and ran a Beauty Salon in Ruthin.
Most recently, Olwen worked as an Exams Officer in a Welsh High School before joining North Wales Fire and Rescue Service in 2019.
Olwen lives in Llanarmon Yn Ial and is a fluent welsh speaker. She is a member of her local Community Choir and enjoys spending time walking her dogs with family and friends.