National Library of Wales Governance

Charter of the National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales was established by Royal Charter on 19 March 1907.  Supplemental Charters were granted in 1911 and 1978, which amended the Library's constitution slightly.  On July 19, 2006 a new Supplemental Charter was granted by Her Majesty the Queen. The Supplemental Charter of 2006 revoked the Supplemental Charter of 1978 and substantially changed the Library's constitution and government.  Whereas the Library previously had a Court and Council to govern over it, it now has a Board of Trustees.

Legal status

The National Library of Wales is a body incorporated by Royal Charter and is also a charity (registered number: 525775) and a Welsh Government Sponsored Body (WGSB).

Funding the Library

The Library receives an annual grant in aid from the Welsh Government. This grant is the main source of the Library's income.

Board of Trustees

Since the second half of 2006 (and following the receipt of a new Supplemental Charter from the Queen) the Library has a Board of Trustees known as the 'Board'. The Board has 15 members. 8 members are appointed by the Welsh Government and 7 by the National Library.

The Library has its own officers and the Charter gives the Board the right to delegate any of its functions to them, with the exception of the ability to make regulations and to appoint and dismiss the Chief Executive and Librarian (the Chief Executive and Librarian is employed and he / she is the Library's Accounting Officer).

The Trustees, including three Board Officers, are appointed in accordance with the Revised Statutes 2013. The three officers are the President, Vice President, and Treasurer. The Library's business is also managed and regulated in accordance with the Revised Statutes 2013 and the Regulations organised by the Board.

Board Members

The Trustees, including the three Officers (namely the President, Vice President, and Treasurer), are appointed in accordance with the Revised Statutes 2013.

Current members are:

  • Rhodri Glyn Thomas (President; Welsh Government appointment)
  • Lee Yale-Helms (Treasurer)
  • Susan J Davies (Welsh Government appointment)
  • Lord Aberdare (Welsh Government appointment)
  • David Hugh Thomas
  • Philip Cooper (Welsh Government appointment)
  • Elizabeth Siberry (Welsh Government appointment)
  • Dyfrig Jones
  • Iwan Davies
  • Richard Houdmont
  • Gwilym Dyfri Jones
  • Steve Williams (Welsh Government appointment)
  • Eleri Twynog Davies

Board Meetings

Papers for Board meetings are outlined here.

Agendas and minutes of Board meetings, by year, are available below. The Board usually meets in the National Library. Dates of meetings in 2018 are shown below.