Elisabeth Elias MA DL
Elisabeth Elias read Law at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and qualified as a barrister. From 2000-2007 she was Chairman of the Council of the Girls’ Day School Trust, an organisation responsible for 26 independent girls’ schools and one of the largest charities in the UK. Until recently she sat as a Chairman of the Residential Property Tribunal for Wales and was a member of the Board of the University of Glamorgan from 2000 to 2010. She served as a member (nominated from Wales) of the Social Security Advisory Committee from 1996 to 2005, has been Chairman of a Local Research Ethics Committee and was a non-executive member of the Board of the Welsh Health Common Services Authority from 1995 to 1999. She served as a magistrate for 18 years until 2000.
J. Peter W. Morgan M.Sc. FCA
Former Chairman & Chief Executive of the world’s largest steel lintel manufacturer, Peter was appointed a Trustee on 1 January 2007 assumed the role of Treasurer in October 2007.
Born in Penarth, Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and, after taking an MBA, his career included merchant banking, North Sea oil servicing and textiles. In the late 1970’s Peter returned to Wales to join Catnic Lintels and, following its acquisition by Rio Tinto Corporation, became Chief Executive and latterly Chairman of the Catnic Group of companies.
During his career Peter has been a non-executive director of a number of trade bodies and the Building Research Establishment during its privatisation. He has also served as a Trustee of the Community Development Foundation, a director of the Mid Glamorgan TEC, Garden Festival Wales, Business in the Community and has been a member of the Wales Committee of the National Playing Fields Association since 1997. He became a Freeman of the City of London in 1997. Peter has been a member of the Museum's Audit Committee since 2001 and Chairman since 2005.
Dr Haydn Edwards
Trustee (Vice President)
Dr Haydn E Edwards has a background in education and science and for 24 years was the Principal and Chief Executive of several further education colleges, retiring in 2009 after leading Coleg Menai for 15 years. His doctorate and research interest was in radiation biochemistry and he was a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Notre Dame, USA before becoming a Senior Research Scientist at the North East Wales Institute. Dr Edwards is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Glyndŵr University.
He currently holds a number of public offices: a Non-Executive Director with Estyn and was recently appointment by the Welsh Government to Chair the Food and Farming Sector Panel. He also chairs the Board of Directors of Rheilffordd Llyn Padarn (a narrow gauge railway), is President of Llangefni Rugby Club and is a member of the Association of Colleges’ Beacon Awards Committee. Dr Edwards also brings extensive knowledge of education in Wales and a wide range of interests relevant to the Museum’s work.
Professor Robert Pickard
Professor Robert Pickard is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Cardiff, Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural College and a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Medicine. Formerly, he was Chairman of the NGO Forum for the Royal Society for Public Health and the UK Department of Health, Chairman of the UK Consumers' Association, Which?, Director-General of the British Nutrition Foundation and Chairman of the UK Government’s Foresight Task Force, Food's Contribution to Health in the Future. He has also served on the Welsh Ministerial Task Group, Food and Fitness for Children and Young People, the Expert Panel for School Meal Guidelines at the Caroline Walker Trust and the EuroFIR Council. Professor Pickard provides scientific advice for the communications media and a wide range of institutions, reports to the UK Minister for Energy in Westminster and the Ministers for the Environment in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is an Independent Adviser to the Welsh Assembly Commission. He is also an international authority on the biology of honeybees and President of the Cardiff Beekeepers’ Association and the Central Association of Beekeepers.
Following a successful thirty-five year career in retailing and service industries in the UK, USA and the Middle East, including CEO and director positions, Gareth and his wife retired to their native south Wales in 2002. Gareth is managing a portfolio of Chair, Non Executive Director and advisory roles. These include Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Welsh Scout Council, Chairman of Netalogue plc, member of the Wales Management Committee of the Institute of Directors and Governor of the University of Glamorgan.
Gareth was born and brought up in Cardiff and educated at Cardiff High School and Exeter University.
Carole-Anne Davies is currently Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales. Before this, she was the Director of the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, and previously the Trust's Commissions Officer. In addition to her immediate professional activities, other interests include positions as Founding Chair of mes:a (the organization that acts as a resource for independent artists in the performance arena), Life Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and member of the advisory panel for the School of Art and Design at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Passionate about the significance of popular culture, she won the Welsh Woman of the Year: Arts and Media Award in 2005.
Christina Macaulay is Executive Producer, Commissioning at BBC Wales where she works on English language programmes for Wales. She has lived in Wales since 1993 and has been responsible for series such as Weatherman Walking, Welsh Towns, Cardiff Singer of the World, Welsh Greats amongst many others. From 1999 to 2007 she served as a Trustee for National Museums Scotland. With an academic background in history and archaeology – and a young family – she is a keen museum visitor.
Emeritus Professor Richard Gareth Wyn Jones FLSW
Gareth Wyn Jones has held the positions of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor in the Schools of Biological and Agricultural and Forest Sciences at the University of Wales, Bangor and was for many years Director of the CAZS-NR (Centre for Arid Zone Studies - Natural Resources). Previous positions include Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science and Policy Development at the Countryside Council for Wales and Manager, Chair and International advisor to the UK Department of International Development. He has also served in various capacities with the British Council and the European Commission, as a member of the National Trust’s Committee for Wales and as Chair of Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust and the Wales Rural Forum. His academic background is the natural and earth sciences, and he is an author or joint author of some 180 scientific papers in Welsh and English.
Miriam Hazel Griffiths MA
Miriam Hazel Griffiths is an independent researcher and consultant in the education field and has worked with clients in Wales, the UK and beyond. Previous positions include Director of the Open University in Wales, Head of the Department of Continuing Education at University of Wales, Bangor and Director of Learning Development at ELWa. She has served as elected honorary Chair and board member of a number of charitable bodies. She has worked in the voluntary sector and has 25 years of experience in higher, further and adult education and has a keen personal interest in exhibitions and collections.
Professor Jonathan Osmond
Professor Jonathan Osmond was recently appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University after being Head of the School of History and Archaeology there for ten years. Through the work of colleagues he gained insight into many aspects of the history and archaeology of Wales. His own research area in recent years has been the visual arts of modern Germany, which has given him familiarity with contentious issues relating to collection and display. He has extensive knowledge of museums and galleries in Europe and North America, which will be of help to Amgueddfa Cymru with the plans to create a National Museum of Art on the first floor of National Museum Cardiff and the longer-term aspiration to see a new National Gallery for Wales.
David Beresford Vokes
David Beresford Vokes is a solicitor and commercial lawyer by training and for the last 15 years of his professional life was involved in the establishment and management of the law firm Eversheds. Mr Vokes is a governor of Atlantic College and has been a council member of the Arts Council of Wales since 2004. This post, which comes to an end on 31 March 2010, is unpaid and he holds no other Ministerial public appointments. He has recently been appointed as a Trustee of Age Cymru.
Professor Tony Atkins
Professor Tony Atkins grew up in Cardiff, and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He studied at Cardiff and Cambridge, worked in industry and taught at Oxford and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, he is Visiting Professor at Imperial College and an Emeritus Professor of Reading University, where he served on the Board of the Museum of English Rural Life. He is very interested in industrial archaeology and the history of engineering. Married with three children, he is a Churchwarden of St Michael’s & All Angels at Inkpen (Berks). He holds no other Ministerial public appointments.
Victoria Mary Provis
Victoria Mary Provis is a native of Cardiff. After an early career in corporate communications and professional services marketing, Victoria moved into executive search in 1993. She has been a Partner at Odgers Berndtson in London since 1995 and specialises in leading corporate communications and board-level appointments (both executive and non-executive) across the UK and Continental Europe. She opened the firm’s Cardiff office in 2005 and remains a Non-Executive Director. Dividing her time between London and St Davids, Victoria is also a member of the Council of Prince’s Trust Cymru and a Member of Glas Cymru. She is also a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Atlantic College.
Mr Keshav Singhal is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon working at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend and the Neath Port Talbot Hospital. He initially trained in India and subsequently finished his specialisation in the Midlands after which he took up his current job in Wales in 1996. He is the Chair of the HCA (Wales) and India Centre, Cardiff and is actively engaged in promoting and introducing arts and culture from the Indian Subcontinent to Wales and finding synergies and similarities between the two cultures. He is involved in promoting intercultural and interfaith dialogue and harmony. He is married with two sons.
Dr Glenda Jones
Dr Glenda Jones is a graduate of Welsh literature from UCW Aberystwyth. She went on to study Medieval Welsh at Aberystwyth and for a period at St John’s College Cambridge gaining her PhD in 1991. Having worked in broadcasting for over 20 years she spent 15 years working for the BBC in Cardiff in their Television Production Department, starting as a television researcher, and then 10 years as Executive Producer for the Corporation, being responsible for its flagship daily drama series Pobol y Cwm. In 2000 she ventured into the freelance media and communications market and worked on a variety of production projects within the independent sector supplying material for S4C. Over the past 8 years she has spent an increasing amount of her time working in the field of training and facilitation for both public and private sector clients. Dr Jones is an Estyn lay inspector and was appointed member of the S4C Authority in April 2010.