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New Chairman for National Centre for Learning Welsh Advisory Board

New Chairman for National Centre for Learning Welsh Advisory Board

The National Centre for Learning Welsh is pleased to announce Rheon Tomos has been appointed the new Chairman of the Centre’s Advisory Board.  Rheon Tomos will succeed Dr Haydn E Edwards who has chaired the Board for the past three years. Rheon Tomos

Rheon Tomos is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in both public finance and policy.  During his career, he has specialised in education and has been a member of S4C’s Board, Estyn and Cymwysterau Cymru: Qualifications Wales.  He is a current member of the Audit Committees of Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales and the Welsh Language Commissioner.  He is also a Trustee and Vice Chairman of Urdd Gobaith Cymru.

Rheon is a native of Gwynedd and graduated from Bangor University.  During the 1980s he lived in Carmarthen, but he and his family are now settled in Cardiff.

Rheon and other members of the Advisory Board will work to ensure the Centre achieves its strategic objectives by transforming the provision for Welsh learners as well as agreeing on national targets for the Learn Welsh sector.

Rheon Tomos said: “I’m looking forward to taking on this new role in the New Year.  It will be a privilege to build upon the Centre’s current work and support adults to learn Welsh in order to contribute to Welsh Government’s aim of creating a million Welsh speakers by 2050.”

The Centre is also seeking new members to join the Board as some current members are coming to the end of their terms.  The Centre welcomes applications from individuals who are eager to promote teaching Welsh to adults or who have learnt Welsh themselves.

The successful candidates will be required to attend three meetings a year and the closing date for applications is Friday, 11 January 2019.  Further information can be found here.

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh added:

‘‘We look forward to welcoming Rheon to the Centre, as well as other new Board members who will support him in his work.  Rheon has a strong understanding of the sector as well as extensive experience of chairing meetings, and I’m certain the Centre will be in capable hands as we start the next phase of our work.

“I would also like to thank Dr Haydn E Edwards for his work as the Advisory Board’s first Chairman.  Haydn gave strong leadership and excellent advice in guiding the Centre’s first years.”