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Today, Ashok Ahir, President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Wales, announced the appointment of Gronw Percy as the Library's next Treasurer.

Gronw started his duties on 1 April 2023, for a period of four years.

The Library's Board of Trustees has 15 members, with 8 of the members being appointed by the Welsh Government and 7 by the National Library. He will join the President and Vice-President as one of the three officers of the Board.

The Treasurer's role is to be the lead trustee on all matters relating to the Library's finance and its accounts, and the Treasurer is responsible for presenting the Annual Accounts to the Board.

The Board's responsibility is to ensure that the Library achieves its statutory objectives, maintains high standards of governance, and determines the overall strategic direction of the Library.

Biography of Gronw Percy

An economics graduate of Cardiff University Gronw is a chartered accountant with over 30 years experience in advising and delivering on a wide range of projects. Gronw is skilled in fundraising, business planning, investment appraisal, commercial negotiation, PPP and other strategic initiatives.

Gronw currently works as Director of Finance for Orbis Education and Care UK, but prior to that, he was chief financial officer for Open Genius Ltd, with responsibility for finance, finance raising and operational data reporting. He has also worked as development funding director for Castleoak Group, with responsibility for finance and funding, and also spent 10 years as Associate Director with PwC in Cardiff and London, as a key member of the PwC Government and Infrastructure business leading the Wales based team, and with responsibility for a number of large scale mandates covering outsourcing, franchising, strategic partnerships, finance raising, outcomes based commissioning and strategic consulting.

Gronw is also a member of the Wales Millennium Centre Audit Committee, and Board Advisor to both Drop Task, a software company based in Cardiff Bay, and Right Now Digital, a smart phone applications business focused on the sports and leisure sector.

He lives in Llantwit Fardre near Pontypridd, and is fluent in Welsh.

Ashok Ahir, President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Wales said:

"The Library is proud to have appointed an excellent individual as Treasurer and Trustee to serve on the Library Board. Gronw will bring a wide range of experiences and skills to enrich the membership of the Board and I very much look forward to working with him. Thanks also to Lee Yale-Helms, the previous Treasurer, for serving the Board excellently during his time as Treasurer"

Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian said:

"I welcome this special appointment and am very much looking forward to welcoming Gronw to the Library. At the same time, I wish to thank the previous Treasurer, Lee Yale-Helms for his support not only to the Board of Trustees, but to me personally at a challenging time for the Library".

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Read more about the Board of the National Library of Wales and its membership on our website.

About the National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is one of the great libraries of the world. Located in Aberystwyth, it is the home of the story of Wales.

Opened in 1907, the Library is the centre of research into the culture and heritage of Wales and the Celtic nations.

The purpose of the Library is to make our culture and heritage accessible for everyone to learn, research and enjoy.

We are a legal deposit library, which means we are entitled to a copy of every print publication in Britain and Ireland, but our collections also include the following

  • 7,000,000 feet of film
  • 250,000 hours of video
  • 6,000,000 books and newspapers
  • 40,000 manuscripts
  • 1,500,000 maps
  • 150,000 hours of sound
  • 950,000 photographs
  • 60,000 works of art
  • 1,900 cubic meters of archives

You can search the collections online and can find further information along with a list of resources on our website.