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Management Board

Kate North
Chair
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Jacob Dafydd Ellis
Deputy Chair
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Craig Austin
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William Ayot
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Eric Ngalle Charles
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Annie Finlayson
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Elizabeth George
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Radhika Mohanram
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John O'Shea
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Delyth Roberts
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Owain Taylor-Shaw
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Angharad Wynne
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Kate North
Chair

Kate North is a writer and academic. She writes poetry and fiction. Her latest collection is The Way Out (Parthian, 2018). She is interested in applications of writing practice in healthcare and community environments. She teaches at Cardiff Metropolitan University where she runs the MA Humanities programmes.

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Jacob Dafydd Ellis
Deputy Chair

Jacob Dafydd Ellis is the Public Affairs Advisor at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. He is a former BBC Cymru Wales journalist and has worked with several cultural and educational organisations. Jacob has served as Chair of the Trustee Board at Aberystwyth University Students’ Union and Trustee at Cardiff Third Sector Council.

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Craig Austin

Craig Austin is a London-based writer and arts critic and a long-standing associate editor of Wales Arts Review, for whom he continues to be a senior contributor. He is also a highly experienced HR professional with a functional specialism in employee relations and employment law which has been gained across a range of major companies and sectors. Aside from the arts, Craig pursues a passion for modernist and post-war architecture, the latter having been influenced at an early age by his brutalist concrete hometown of Cwmbran.

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William Ayot

William Ayot is a poet, playwright, coach and social entrepreneur. Having worked in rehab and prisons, he led men’s rites of passage retreats in Snowdonia before teaching leadership in organisations and business schools around the world. In 2009, he set up the poetry series, On the Border in Chepstow, and later founded NaCOT, (National Centre for the Oral Tradition) which celebrates story, poetry and public speaking, while putting them to work in the community. Writing includes the play Bengal Lancer and three collections of poetry.

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Eric Ngalle Charles

Eric Ngalle Charles is a poet, dramatist and novelist, originally from Buea in Cameroon. He runs Black Entertainment Wales, an arts organisation that provides a platform for artists in BME communities to showcase their work. His work explores the links between literature and trauma to look at how creativity can be used as a means of overcoming trauma.

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Annie Finlayson

Before joining Gambit Corporate Finance as Partner in 2016, Annie Finlayson headed up PHS Group’s programme of mergers, acquisitions and divestments as Director of Corporate Development. In 2012 Annie was named the Insider Dealmaker of the Year in Wales, the first woman and first in-house advisor to win the award. She has also been acknowledged by the Leading Wales Award Programme and Welsh Woman of the Year Awards.

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Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George is Head of Business and Development at GISDA, a charity which provides shelter and support for vulnerable young people in Gwynedd. She is a law graduate from Aberystwyth University and has extensive volunteering and governance experience in the arts in Wales including Criccieth Memorial Hall, Criccieth Arts Festival, OPRA Cymru and The Lloyd George Museum Trust.

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Radhika Mohanram

Radhika Mohanram teaches in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy in Cardiff University where she is Professor of English. She specialises in postcolonial and gender studies, Cultural studies and South Asian Fiction. In recent years she has published articles or monographs on race, whiteness, and Imperial rule in Britain. She is currently working on the Indian partition of 1947 and its impact on the creation of contemporary India.

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John O'Shea

John O’Shea studied politics at Swansea University and worked in a variety of educational settings. His most recent appointment is Principal of the College Merthyr Tydfil. John brings experience in Board and Charity governance, as well enthusiasm for enabling all of the people of Wales, no matter what their background, education or outlook, to prosper and develop their creativity – especially through participation in literature in all its forms. John is a past Chair of Grow Enterprise Wales, a Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chapter, and has a passion for overcoming deprivation.

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Delyth Roberts

Originally from Rhoslan in Eifionydd, Delyth Roberts has recently retired from her role as General Education Program Area Manager with responsibility for A Level at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Llandrillo Menai Group. She taught A Level Welsh on site in Pwllheli since 1997, and before then in secondary schools in Gwynedd. She has been a peer assessor for ESTYN and is a Senior A Level Welsh Examiner for WJEC. She is the Chair for the Park-Jones trust and is interested in the world of literature, music and drama.

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Owain Taylor-Shaw

Owain Taylor-Shaw was raised on the Llŷn Peninsula before moving to Cardiff to study Business Management at Cardiff University. He co-founded the magazine publishing company Conroy Media Ltd shortly after graduating, where he launched lifestyle publication RedHanded Magazine. He has since gained a broad experience of the arts, culture, media and third sector. He works at Wales Millennium Centre where he heads-up the Business Development department – leading on strategic partnerships, growing commercial income, commercialising IP and new product development.

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Angharad Wynne

Angharad Wynne has worked on cultural projects including the foundation of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the Millennium Celebrations and the UKinNY festivals in New York. Angharad was also part of the founding team of Wales Millennium Centre where she worked as Head of Media and Communications. For the past seven years, Angharad has run a successful marketing and communications consultancy specialising in the music, tourism and cultural sectors.

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