Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd


Many of the Children’s Homes where abuse took place in North Wales were privately owned by one group of people, though the company name changed and some companies were specific to individual homes. These Care Homes could make up to £2,000 per month for each girl and up to £1,000 a month for each boy they housed.

One Director, John Allen was later convicted of child abuse while two of the Directors of these companies that regularly appear Kenneth White (jnr) and David Evans were investigated by police themselves during the 1980s but never prosecuted, as evidenced by this passage from the Waterhouse Report:

50.10 During this same period between 1981 and 1989 allegations against five other residential child care workers in Clwyd were investigated by the police but only one of the five was alleged to have committed sexual offences. The other four were Frederick Rutter (Bryn Estyn, 1983)774, Paul Wilson (Chevet Hey, 1985) 775, Kenneth White junior (Bryn Alyn, 1988) 776 and Y (Ysgol Talfryn, 1989) 777: each was alleged to have committed a physical assault or assaults on a boy in care but none of the four was prosecuted for reasons that have been stated in the cited passages of our report, where known to us.
50.11 The fifth person in Clwyd investigated by the police in this period but not prosecuted was David Evans, who was alleged to have indecently touched two girl residents at Park House in 1989 778. In that case the Crown Prosecution Service advised that there was insufficient evidence to support a charge of indecent assault in respect of either girl.

Over the last 40 years at least 29 former members of staff of Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd and the associated companies listed below have been convicted or accused of sexual or violent crimes against children: Peter Howarth, John Allen, Paul Bicker Wilson, Stephen Norris, Leslie Wilson, Micheal Taylor, David Gillison, Kenneth Scott, Anthony Taylor, John Ilton, Norman Roberts, Ian Roberts, Malcolm Scrugham, Arthur Stephens, Albert Frederick Tom Dyson, Reginald Gareth Cooke (AKA Gary Cooke), Joseph Nefyn Dodd, Frederick Rutter, Huw Meurig Jones, Carl Johnson Evans, Peter Steen, Roger Griffiths, Anthea Roberts, Micheal Andrew John Taylor, Rod Richards, Ian Thomas Muir, David Stanley, Richard Dafydd Vevar.

All of the institutions below were owned by Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd or one of the associated companies and all were the subject of the Jillings Report and the Waterhouse Report though other institutions were also looked at;

Children’s Homes:

Bryn Alyn Hall

Bryn Tirion Hall

Cotsbrook Hall (Telford)

Gatewen Hall

Gwastad Hall

Pentre Saeson Hall

Marton’s camp (Bunbury)

Private Houses:

Poyser Street, Wrexham (film studio)

Erddig road, Highfields, Wrexham
Menai Way, Gwersyllt, Wrexham
Other Properties:
Cottage  in Gloucestershire
Villa in Bordeaux
Wilderness Farm, Wrexham
Again from the Waterhouse Report:
It has not been necessary for us to consider in depth the administrative structure of the Bryn Alyn Community and it would have been difficult to do so in view of the limited documentation available to us. It is necessary, however, to mention that some other directors joined the board from time to time. In particular, Kenneth J White (White junior), the son of White senior, assumed an increasingly prominent role from the early 1990s and he remains active in the affairs of Bryn Alyn (Holdings) Ltd. He became a shareholder (500 shares) in Bryn Alyn Community Ltd, when new shares were issued in 1991, and then joined the board. Similarly, Stephen J Elliott276 became a shareholder at the same time as White junior and subsequently a director for a short period before moving on to run Prospects, the successor of Bersham Hall. He had been a co-ordinator of child care at Blackley before undertaking a university degree course, after which he became part of the Community’s senior management on the child care side. The company secretary for many years was D Russell Evans. He acted also as personnel officer and was director of administration from about 1987, succeeding Frederick Streetly, formerly a probation officer in Liverpool, who was the first holder of the latter position from 1982.
To complete the picture it is necessary to mention also that a number of allegations of alleged abuse were reported by the Community to the Welsh Office in the period between 1988 and 1993. Thus, in May 1988 there was an allegation of assault on a resident made against White junior 297, who was then apparently Director of Bryn Alyn Hall. The Solihull boy involved was 16 years old and was a resident at Gatewen Hall, whilst attending school at Bryn Alyn Hall. The incident was investigated quickly by the Community and Clwyd Social Services Department set in train Child Abuse procedures. The conclusion reached in the Community’s internal investigation was that White junior had “acted excessively”. He had been suspended from duty during the investigation and, after the North Wales Police had informed him that he would not be prosecuted, he was transferred to administrative duties within the Community. He did, however, act as Deputy Head of Gatewen Hall from the summer of 1991 to January 1993 following the resignation of Lynn Williams.
The various companies and their directors are listed below;

Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd

Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Limited was incorporated on 10 Nov 1972 and is located in Cheshire. The company’s status is dissolved, with a team of 2 directors. They have no known group companies.

Directors: Kenneth Henry White (sr), Sandra White, David Russel Evans, Stephen John Elliot , Pamela Jeffries


Bryn Alyn Care Limited

Bryn Alyn Care Limited was incorporated on 07 Sep 1989 and is located in Clwyd. The company’s status is dissolved, with a team of 3 directors. They have no known group companies.

Directors: John Ernest Allen, Director. David Armstrong Hopkins, accountant. David Russel Evans Co. secretarty

Bryn Alyn Community Limited

Bryn Alyn Community Limited was incorporated on 01 May 1996. The company’s status is dissolved, with a team of 3 directors. They have no known group companies.

Directors: Kenneth John White, David Russel Evans (Waterlow Nominees Limited)

Cotsbrook Community Limited

Cotsbrook Community Limited was incorporated on 18 Feb 1997. The company’s status is dissolved, with a team of 2 directors. They have no known group companies.

Directors: David Russel Evans, David Armstrong Hopkins, John Ernest Allen.

Pentre Saeson Limited (home specific)

Pentre Saeson Limited was founded on 19 Dec 1996 and has its registered office in Clwyd. The organisation’s status is dissolved, and they have 5 associated directors – 3 are current, and 2 are former. The company has no known group companies.

Directors: David Russel Evans, Kenneth John White, (Waterlow Nominees)

21.07 Reverting to the history of the company, we cannot be confident of the accuracy of some of the details that have emerged in the evidence, but the general picture is reasonably clear. The company was very much a family concern initially with Allen’s father as chairman, Allen himself as chief executive and his uncle (Askew) the director responsible for estate management. Allen held a majority of the shares with the balance in the hands of his wife, Allen senior and Askew.

Primary Source ‘Lost in Care’ (Waterhouse)

© Crown copyright 2000 First published February 2000  Amendment issued October 2000 HC 201 ISBN 0 10 556660 8

But we haven’t found a company with Askew on the board ……………….or Allen snr

118 responses to “Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd

  1. Tony Carter

    The group is called, Bryn alyn community support group for survivors

  2. Tony Carter

    Speaking to Stephen obrien ,aka, quackers Bryn alyn lad from the early 70s ,we have a catch up regularly in Wrexham, he is a great fella, he recalls a couple of names here.

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