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New Chief Executive

New Chief Executive

National Centre for Learning Welsh appoints new Chief Executive

Dona Lewis has been appointed Chief Executive at the National Centre for Learning Welsh.

Dona is currently the National Centre’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Planning and Development.  She will take up her new role in January, following Efa Gruffudd Jones, who has been appointed Welsh Language Commissioner.

Dona grew up near Abergele and studied History at Aberystwyth University.  She worked for Early Years’ specialists, Mudiad Meithrin, for 16 years in a variety of roles, including Director of Administration, Deputy Chief Executive and Acting Chief Executive.

Dona was among the first members of staff at the National Centre when it was established in 2016, and was responsible for introducing corporate services. 

Later, Dona headed up a number of special projects, including ‘Work Welsh’, a scheme to strengthen Welsh language skills in the workplace, and ‘Welsh at Home’, which enables parents and carers to learn Welsh in order to enjoy the language with their children.

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, said: “Llongyfarchiadau to Dona on her appointment as Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh. Cymraeg has been central to Dona’s career and she brings with her a wealth of relevant skills and experience from her work in the Learn Welsh sector.

“The National Centre is central to our efforts to increase both the number of Welsh speakers and the numbers using the language in their everyday lives.  I look forward to working with Dona as we pursue these goals.”

Dona Lewis added: “There are positive signs in the Learn Welsh sector that more and more people wish to learn and enjoy the language, and I’m looking forward very much to leading the Centre through its next exciting phase.”