Members of the Board

Rhodri Glyn Thomas (President)

A minister of religion, Rhodri was elected to the National Assembly in May 1999. When Plaid Cymru entered into a coalition government with Labour in July 2007, he was appointed Minister for Heritage but later resigned the position in 2008. He was Chair of the Assembly's Rural Development Sub-Committee. In 2013 Rhodri received the Campaigner of the Year Award for his work in protecting 320,000 households in Wales from having to pay towards Council Tax Benefit. He stood down from the Assembly in April 2016 having served 17 years as AM for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr.

Lee Yale-Helms (Treasurer)

Mr Lee Yale-Helms lives in Holywell, Flintshire, and works as an Associate Director for CIPFA’s Financial Advisory Services; he is also an associate lecturer in accounting, finance and economics at the University of Manchester.  Lee has experience of fundraising, and has helped a number of organisations to obtain funding form the Heritage Lottery Fund. He is also active in his local community in fundraising for the Riding Association for the Disabled, and is Treasurer of a local junior football team.  Prior to working for CIPFA, Lee worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, specialising in corporate governance, and before that, was a Senior Accountant with Cheshire County Council.

Dyfrig Jones

Dyfrig was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015. He is a lecturer in the School of Creative and Media Studies at Bangor University. As part of his work, Dyfrig is interested in the history of the media in Britain and America, and has undertaken archival research in this field on both sides of the Atlantic. Dyfrig is a member of Bethesda Community Council, and represents Plaid Cymru in the Gerlan Ward. Since November 2016 he has been Plaid Cymru’s Policy Director. He is a former member of the Board of S4C.

Elizabeth Siberry

Liz studied history in London and Cambridge and was awarded a PhD in 1982.  She was a civil servant in London, as a departmental HR Director (2003-08) and Director of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (2008-11). She is a trustee of the Brecknock Society and Brecknock Arts Trust, and a member of the Council of the University of Wales.  As a historian, working on aspects of medieval history and the history of Brecknock, Liz uses the National Library regularly and co-edited 'Henry Vaughan and the Usk Valley' (Logaston, 2016).  She contributes regularly to the journal Brycheiniog and is a member of its editorial Board.

Hugh Thomas

Former Chief Executive of Mid Glamorgan County Council, Clerk to the South Wales Police Authority, Clerk of the Lieutenancy and Hon. Secretary for the Assembly of Welsh Counties. He chaired public bodies and voluntary organisations at national level including in the health and higher education sectors. He was a non-Executive Director of Welsh Water and Chairman of the Regulatory Board for Wales. He is an Independent Member of the Standards and Ethics Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Audit Committee of Cardiff Council. Elected President and Fellow of the National Eisteddfod and was Prior of The Order of St John in Wales. Awarded the C.B.E. in 1992 and served as the Honorary Consul of Japan in Wales.

Huw Williams

A Trustee of the Library since 2010, he is a Partner in the firm Geldards LLP and practises as an administrative and public lawyer. He acts for many public bodies and local authorities in England and Wales. Huw served as a trustee of National Museum Wales (2003-2010) and as an independent member of the Museum’s Audit Committee (2010-2015). He is the Joint Company Secretary of the Wales Millennium Centre, the chair of Public Law Wales, a member of the board of the Legal Wales Foundation and a member of the Wales Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Iwan Davies

A native of Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, Iwan Davies was Director of Leisure at two local councils in south-east England. He returned to Wales to ensure Welsh-medium education for his children and became a senior lecturer in Leisure Management at Swansea Institute. He was Head of Culture and Tourism at the City and County of Swansea, responsible for the County’s Libraries and Museums services and the West Glamorgan Archives. He led the Council's input to the development of the National Waterfront Museum and the Wales National Pool, and was Chairman of the Chief Leisure and Culture Officers of Wales group.

Lord Aberdare

Lord (Alastair) Aberdare is an independent member of the House of Lords.  He is strongly committed to promoting awareness of the history and culture of Wales. His other principal interests include:education, skills and employment; the digital economy; the arts, especially classical music; and first aid. He spent 21 years with IBM, before leaving to set up (successively) public affairs and reputation management consultancies, and then a business providing training for unemployed and disadvantaged young Londoners. Alastair is a Trustee of St John Cymru–Wales, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and a Deputy Lieutenant of Dyfed.

Philip Cooper

Philip Cooper is the CEO of Venture Wales, an organisation which provides a range of support and consultancy services aimed at improving the performance of SME’s. Prior to his return to Wales he held a number of senior management positions with several UK and US multinational companies in the educational publishing sector.

Richard Houdmont

Richard was appointed to the Board in December 2015. Until 2015 he was Director for Wales at CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing). He is a Fellow of CIM and Chair of Poetry Wales Press Ltd, which publishes under the Seren imprint. Richard is a member of the advisory board of NetNeutrals EU, which provides Online Dispute Resolution services. He publishes children’s books under the Houdmont imprint. Following the establishment of the National Centre for Teaching Welsh, the Welsh Government appointed Richard to a Scrutiny Committee to advise on such matters as value-for-money and the Centre's response to Welsh Government policies.

Susan Davies

A historian and specialist in archives and manuscripts, her teaching career at Aberystwyth University in training postgraduates to become archivists and external advisory work was recognised by the Archives and Records Association in 2014 by the award of the Ellis Prize. Susan was a: Trustee and Vice-President of National Museum Wales; member of the Advisory Council for CyMAL (now MALD); Expert Adviser and project mentor to the Heritage Lottery Fund; a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and academic adviser to advanced research projects. She became a Trustee in January 2015.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones

Gwilym is a native of Aberystwyth, and was brought up within a stone’s throw of the National Library of Wales. Gwilym is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s with responsibility for the Welsh language and bilingualism. Gwilym has twenty five years’ experience of working within the higher education sector in Wales, and during that time, 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. Prior to that, he spent a period of time in Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr, Swansea, as Head of the Welsh Department.

Steve Williams

Head of Libraries, Archives, Culture and Arts at Swansea University. After leading the development of the Bay Library, on the new £450m Bay Campus, Steve is developing three key areas of service: Swansea University Libraries; Culture and Arts; and Digital Humanities. With a degree in Russian, and master’s in Systems Thinking, Steve 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 Gyfun Gŵyr, a local Welsh medium secondary school.

Eleri Twynog Davies

A native of Lampeter, Eleri manages a children’s theatre company, In Character, which commissions and produces shows for schools and heritage sites based on characters from Welsh history. She is a Director of the Children’s Welsh History Festival – an annual festival which works in partnership with heritage bodies to stage shows and workshops about the history of Wales in heritage sites across Wales.  Eleri worked as Head of Marketing and Events for S4C for twelve years, with responsibility for producing and delivering the marketing strategy, and contributed regularly to the channel’s wider strategy. Eleri has also worked as Marketing Officer for the National Eisteddfod and for National Museum Wales.

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