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.
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 Cricieth Memorial Hall, Cricieth Arts Festival, OPRA Cymru and The Lloyd George Museum Trust.
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.
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.
Cathryn Charnell-White is Head of Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University. Her research focuses on Welsh identity, women and poetry, and weather writing in Early Modern Wales. Cathryn is a Council Member for the Books Council of Wales as well as co-editor of Honno Welsh Classics. Cathryn was also a member of the 2019 Wales Book of the Year Awards Judging Panel.
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.
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.
Natalie Jerome was born and brought up in Newport and has has over 10 years’ experience as a Publisher working at some of the UK’s most prominent publishing houses including Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, Bonnier Books and HarperCollins. Included in the 2018 publishing trade magazine The Bookseller’s Industry top 100, she was described as a ‘brand publishing wizard’ having acquired and published books that have sold, during the course of her career, six million copies driving revenue of £30m. Natalie is a specialist in Non-Fiction with a specific focus on entertainment and lifestyle.
As one of the few editors of BAME background in the UK, Natalie has worked to improve diversity within the publishing industry. She is a founding trustee and advisory board member of Creative Access, a mentoring and graduate trainee scheme for BAME candidates looking for paid internships across the creative industries and media sector. In 2016 Natalie was highly commended for her work at the National Business in the Community Race Equality Awards.
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.
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.
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.
Cathryn re-joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She established an eclectic list of clients at WME, where she worked for ten years. Prior to that she worked at a number of other British literary agencies and at Colman Getty PR – where she worked on a number of high profile book events including the Man Booker Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize.
She also works in the production office at Port Eliot Literary Festival and is actively involved in both Hay and Edinburgh International Festivals. She was shortlisted for The British Book Awards’ Agent of the Year in 2016 and her clients include Dr Adam Kay, Mark Watson, Naomi Wood, Kirsty Logan, Susan Fletcher, Johanna Basford, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Lucy Foley, Polpo’s Russell Norman, Mark Hix and Clemmie Hooper.
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.
Christina Thatcher is a writer and a lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her current research explores how creative writing can impact the lives of people bereaved by addiction. Christina is also a Poetry Editor for The Cardiff Review and a freelance workshop facilitator. Her poetry and short stories have featured in over 40 publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine and The Interpreter’s House. Her first collection, More than you were, was shortlisted in Bare Fiction's Debut Poetry Collection Competition in 2015 and published by Parthian Books in 2017.