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National Library appoints Llanerfyl trustee

Created on 10/01/2020 @ 10:02

Three new trustees have been appointed to the National Library of Wales’ Board following open competition, including one local lady.

Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, from Llanerfyl, joins Dr Anwen Jones and Dr Elin Royles who will begin their duties on March 1 for four years.

Meri Huws, the National Library of Wales’ vice president, described the new trustees as “excellent individuals” and said they were eager to see the library look for opportunities to increase the impact of its services and further benefit communities, as well as being innovative in relevant fields in a constantly changing world.

“We are eager to see the library making a constructive contribution to the life of the nation during the coming years,” she added. “Looking to the past is all well and good, however, we must also look to the future and create benefits for future generations.”

Pedr ap Llwyd, the library’s chief executive and librarian, said: “I’m extremely pleased that the board of trustees has appointed three exceptional individuals as trustees and to serve on the library’s board.  The three new members will offer a wide range of experiences and competencies to enrich the board’s membership.”

Dr Davies, who is originally from Bangor, now lives with her husband and four children in Llanerfyl.

She studied French and Spanish at Oxford and worked for a while in Galicia and Brussels before completing a MScEcon and PhD in Political Theory at Cardiff University where she also taught as a politics tutor. After being elected to represent Riverside on Cardiff County Council in 2004, she worked as office manager for Leanne Wood, AM, in the Rhondda before being appointed Plaid Cymru’s chief executive in 2007.

In 2011, she was appointed a publications officer for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at Aberystwyth University where she was also responsible for its research journal, Gwerddon. She became chief executive of Mudiad Meithrin in 2014.

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