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New Trustees Appointed to The National Library of Wales’ Board


Three new appointments to the The National Library of Wales’ board of trustees have been announced by Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates and the library’s president, Rhodri Glyn Thomas.

The Welsh Government has appointed Steve Williams and the library has appointed Gwilym Dyfri Jones and Dr Tomos Dafydd Davies for the next four years.

Mr Skates said: 

“I look forward to the new trustees beginning their four-year term of office and welcome the strong commitment and enthusiasm that I am sure they will bring to their new roles.”

Mr Thomas added:

“Each of our new trustees brings invaluable experience and expertise to the board as well as a demonstrable commitment to the values and aspirations of the library.”

Both Hugh Thomas and Lord Aberdare were also re-appointed for a second term of office from November 1, 2016.

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Mr Jones is a native of Aberystwyth and was brought up within a stone’s throw of the National Library of Wales. He is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s with responsibility for the Welsh language and bilingualism.

He has 25 years’ experience of working within the higher education sector in Wales and has worked as head of the Welsh department in Trinity College and later as dean of the Education and Training Faculty in Trinity Saint David’s. He was previously head of the Welsh department in Gower Secondary School.

Mr Davies is an associate partner at Newgate Communications, a major corporate PR firm in the city of London, which advises some of the biggest brands in the UK on their corporate messaging. Before joining Newgate, he served as a special adviser to two Secretaries of State for Wales.

His in-tray in government included steering major constitutional legislation through parliament as well as supporting the UK Government’s response to the steel crisis. Prior to that, he was a senior policy official in the Welsh Language Commissioner’s office, where he was seconded to Whitehall to lead a review of the UK Government’s Welsh language services.

Mr Williams is Swansea University’s librarian and head of libraries, archives, culture and arts.  After leading the development of the Bay Library on the new £450 million Bay Campus, his particular focus now lies in developing three key areas of service: Swansea University Libraries, culture and arts and digital humanities.

With an honours degree in Russian and master’s in systems thinking, he is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, an executive board member and trustee of the Society of College, National and University Libraries, a member of the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum and sits on various university committees and project groups.  He is a governor of Ysgol Gyfyn Gwyr, a local Welsh medium secondary school.


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