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Meri Huws, Vice President of the National Library of Wales, today announced the names of new Trustees appointed to The Library’s Board following open competition. Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Dr Anwen Jones and Dr Elin Royles will begin their duties on 1 March 2020 for a period of four years.

Meri Huws said:

“The Library is pleased to have successfully appointed excellent individuals as Trustees and to serve on the Library’s Board. They are not strangers to the Library and I know that they, like me, are eager to see the Library not only continuing to deliver its core services but also to look for opportunities to increase the impact  of our  services  and further  benefit our communities, as well as being innovative in relevant fields in a world which is constanly changing. We are eager to see the Library making a constructive contribution to the life of the nation during the coming years. Looking to the past is all well and good, however we must also look to the future and create benefits for future generations.”

Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian said:

“I’m extremely pleased that the Board of Trustees have appointed three exceptional individuals  as Trustees and to serve on the Library’s Board.  The three new members  will offer a wide range of experiences and competencies to enrich the Board’s membership.”


Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies is originally from Bangor but now lives with her husband and four children  in Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire. She studied French and Spanish at Oxford and worked for a while in Galicia and Brussels before completing an MScEcon and PhD in Political Theory at Cardiff University where she also taught as a politics tutor. After being elected to represent Riverside on Cardiff County Council in 2004, she worked as Office Manager for Leanne Wood AM in the Rhondda before being appointed Plaid Cymru’s Chief Executive in 2007. In 2011, she was appointed as a Publications Officer for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at Aberystwyth University where she was also responsible for its research journal, Gwerddon. She became Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin in 2014.

Dr Anwen Jones

Anwen Jones was brought up in Lledrod, Cardiganshire, and still lives locally on a farm in Llanon. She was educated at Tregaron High School and studied for an undergraduate degree in English Comparative Literature and French at Bristol University. After graduating in 1992 she returned home to marry and raise three girls. Anwen has a PhD in the field of European national theatres and has published books and scholarly articles including edited volumes on Wil Sam, the dramatist from Cricieth, and Hywel Teifi Edwards, the well known cultural historian from Ceredigion. She is a Justice of the Peace, and Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Aberystwyth University and an editor of the Welsh multidisciplinary e-journal Gwerddon.

Dr Elin Royles

Elin Royles is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching at the International Politics Department, Aberystwyth University where she has worked since 2003. She’s a member of the Centre for Welsh Politics and Society multidisciplinary centre – WISERD@Aberystywth.  Among her main research interests are territorial politics and devolution in the UK, sub-state diplomacy, civil society and language planning and policy. She is part of the research projects funded by ESRC and Horizon 2020 and is developing a research agenda which contributes to policy development in Wales. She has undertaken key leadership roles on Welsh matters within the department, and also as the Chair of the university branch of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Originally from Flintshire, Elin is married, a mother to two children, and lives in Aberystwyth.


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