Aberystwyth University Representatives:
Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan
Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan is Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Welsh Language and Culture, and External Engagement at Aberystwyth University. As a member of the University’s Executive, Dr Morgan will be responsible for developing and articulating the University's strategy in respect of Welsh language and culture, promoting the use of the language and advising on ways in which Welsh culture and language can be further embedded into the academic life of the University.
Originally from Ceredigion, he graduated in History and has a Diploma in Librarianship from Aberystwyth University, an MA in Early Celtic Studies and a doctorate in Historiography from Cardiff University.
Dr Morgan was previously Head of Policy Support for Ceredigion County Council which included the management of the Library Services, Ceredigion Archives, Ceredigion Museum, community education, Welsh for Adults, Ceredigion Training, community teaching and the Schools Language Strategy, Schools Music Service, Theatr Felin-Fach and support for the Arts, and CERED. More recently, his portfolio included Policy and Strategy, Partnerships and collaborative arrangements, the Welsh Language, equalities, Communications and Council relations. Prior to this he worked for the Welsh Language Board, Cardiff University and BBC Wales.
Prof Tim Woods
Biog to follow
Aberystwyth University Council Representative
Janet Davies, originally from Carmarthenshire, is the founder of one of the largest Welsh-English translation companies in Wales. Janet initially practised as a teacher, gaining her first teaching post as Head of the Welsh Department at Howell’s School, in Llandaff, Cardiff. She left teaching in 1989 to pursue a career as an entrepreneur, with the setting up of Prysg Translation Services.
Initially running the firm single handed from her home village of Prisk, she has since seen the business flourish from being a one-man-band to a being company employing over 30 people, with an impressive client list incorporating a variety of public and private sector organisations. In her youth Janet and her sister Glenda were well known figures on the eisteddfod circuit in Wales, winning many distinctions for their singing. She was honoured as a member of the Gorsedd of bards at the National Eisteddfod in Newport in 2004.
Arts Council Wales Representative
Alun Bond M.A., B.A. Dip Dram
Alun Bond grew up and was educated in North Wales. He has an M.A. in European Cultural Policy and Administration from Warwick University and worked for ten years in the professional theatre, latterly as Artistic Director of Pentabus. Alun is a partner in Artservice, a specialist arts and cultural research and planning consultancy that works with national arts funding bodies, arts and cultural sector organisations, local authorities, universities and other public and private agencies.
Alun worked for ten years in the arts funding system latterly as Assistant Director for Northern Arts and Head of Performing and Combined Arts for West Midlands Arts. He represented the English regions on Visiting Arts, the Theatres Advisory Council; and on various Arts Council Panels and Committees and served as Drama Secretary for the Council of Regional Arts Associations. Alun served on the Arts Council of Wales Capital Lottery Committee for nine years and previously as an Arts Council England Lottery Advisor and Drama Advisor. He is currently a National Adviser to and Capital Lottery Assessor for the Arts Council of Wales.
Ceredigion County Council Representative
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council
Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn is the first woman to lead Ceredigion County Council and has been Leader of the Plaid Cymru Group on the Council since 2006.
Born in Scotland and raised in Borth-y-gest near Porthmadog, Ellen ap Gwynn has been a County Councillor for the Ceulanamaesmawr ward in the north of the County and a Community Councillor for 14 years. She holds the WLGA Equalities and Ageing Well portfolio and she chairs both the Local Service Board and the Aberystwyth Strategic Regeneration Board.
A past National Chair of Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales she stood for parliament in the Montgomeryshire constituency in 2005.
She worked professionally in arts management, a founder of Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch she also served as Director of CYD and as General Manager of Radio Ceredigion.
A past member of the Arts Council of Wales, she led on the setting up of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and was Chair of Arts Training Wales. She is a past member of the boards of eco-dyfi, Tai Ceredigion and of the Council of the University of Aberystwyth from where she graduated.
She has also served as a Governor of Coleg Ceredigion and of Tal-y-bont and still serves on Llangynfelyn Primary School Boards of Governors. She is also a member of the Ceredigion 14-19 Strategic Education Board.
Aberystwyth Town Council Representative
Dorothy Wilson MBE FRSA
Image credit: Hugo Glendinning
Dorothy is Chief Executive and Artistic Director of mac (midland arts centre) in Birmingham. Before taking up her role at mac she spent 14 years at West Midlands Arts, including seven years as deputy director, working across a range of art forms. For 7 years till late 2009 she chaired the West Midlands regional Arts Council and served on the national board of Arts Council England. She is currently Chair of the boards of a number of charitable organisations, including the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Artrix - Bromsgrove’s Arts Centre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry. She is a Council member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and a Board member of Dancefest Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Dorothy is an associate of The Leisure Consultancy Ltd, and UK, Ireland and Scandinavia representative for the Alexander String Quartet (San Francisco). In 2005 she was made ITV Central's Midlander of the Year in the Arts and Media category and received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University, then UCE. She has appeared in The Birmingham Post Power 50 every year since its inauguration. Dorothy was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006 and received an MBE for services to the arts in the New Year’s Honours list 2011.
Elan Clos Stephens CBE
Elan Closs Stephens is Emeritus Professor at Aberystwyth University. She has provided strategic leadership to cultural bodies as Chair S4C (1998-2006), Governor of the BFI (2001-2007) and as Chair of the Report on the Arts in Wales (Stephens Report 2006) for the Welsh Assembly Government. She remains on the Board of the Imax Waterloo on behalf of the BFI.
Her past roles include being a UK Trustee of Arts and Business, and Trustee of the British Council, chairing the Wales Advisory Committee. She is a Non Executive Director of the Welsh Assembly Government's Strategic Delivery and Performance Board. She also chairs the Board's Corporate Governance Committee. She chaired the Recovery Board for the Isle of Anglesey County Council. As National Trustee of the BBC in Wales she is a member of the S4C Authority.
Elan was born in the Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd, and was educated at Somerville College, Oxford. She has two grown up children. In 2001, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and the Welsh language.
Gwawr Martha Lloyd is the Drama Commissioner at S4C and oversees a drama slate including detective series Y Gwyll/Hinterland which is broadcast across Europe, America and Australia. Her commissions also include many award winning series and films such as Y Gwyll/Hinterland, 35 Diwrnod, Y Streic a Fi and Tir.
Gwawr joined S4C as commissioner in 2012 from the BBC where she was a drama producer and worked on many popular drama series’. She was assistant producer for BBC 1 series Mistresses. S4C's slate includes returnable drama series, mini series, single dramas, films, multi-lingual projects, co-productions and online drama content. Current productions include the next series of Y Gwyll/Hinterland the hit thriller 35 Diwrnod and the policial series Byw Celfwydd.
Lisa is Executive Producer of National Theatre Wales. Prior to this she worked for leading physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, where she was Executive Producer for seven years. Before that, she worked at the Young Vic and Lyric Hammersmith, in London. Her work as an independent producer includes projects with the Manchester International Festival and The Work Theatre Collective.
Mari is Director of Marketing - Tourism & Business for Visit Wales.
Henry Rees, Arts Council Wales
Amanda Loosemore, Arts Council Wales
Kath Williams, Manager, Institute of Arts and Humanities
Arts Centre Director
Louise Amery, Arts Centre Deputy Director
Rhian Linehan, Arts Centre Trading Accountant