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Dr Carl Clowes

Founder of Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn (Trust) in 1978 when he was a medical practitioner in the Bro`r Eifl area. Chairman during the formative period and now President of the trust.

Founder Chair of Antur Aelhaearn, the first Community Cooperative in the UK in 1974.

Founder Chair, Dolen Cymru, the special country to country link between Wales and Lesotho established in 1985. Now the organisation`s Life President and Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Lesotho in Wales. In 2009, he was awarded with the country`s highest civilian honour as a Member of the Most Loyal Order of Ramatseatsana.

Member of the Gorsedd of Bards of the National Eisteddfod of Wales when he was made a member of the Druidic Order for services “locally, nationally and internationally”.

Honoured as a Fellow in Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians

In 2015 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners for his contributions to medicine.

Huw Jones

During his varied career, Huw Jones has been a pop singer and TV presenter and producer. He co-founded Sain Record Company, Barcud and Teledu’r Tir Glas before becoming Chief Executive of S4C between 1994 and 2005. He has been a Board member of organisations including the Welsh Language Board, the Wales Employment and Skills Board, the RSPB and Cyfle and was Chair of S4C between 2011 and 2019. He is at present also Chair of Portmeirion Ltd. He lives in Llandwrog, Gwynedd. His autobiography “Dwi Isio Bod yn…” was published by Y Lolfa in 2020. Huw has been a member of the Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn board of directors since 2007 and was appointed Chairman in July 2018.

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Originally from Alltyblaca, Ceredigion Menna has settled in Llanwnda, Caernarfon with her family Idris, Mabon and Caradog. She worked for a short period for Dr Carl Clowes, at the Gwynedd Health Authority and then for Dafydd Wigley MP at the Plaid Cymru Office, Caernarfon and Cymdeithas Tai Eryri as a project development officer – before starting as Chief Executive at Antur Waunfawr over twenty five years ago. She is a Board member of Menter a Busnes, Wales Co-op, and Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig. She believes that social enterprises are crucial in providing creative and innovative solutions to provide local  services and develop local businesses. Menna has been a member of  Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn board of directors since October 2017 and was appointed vice-chair in July 2018.

Phyllis

Born and bred in Gwynedd – on a farm during the early years. Having spent some time teaching in a school outside London, I then returned to Caernarfon. Now a retired School Head, Community Councillor, Chair of my local Community Centre and Eisteddfod, and Chair of Cefn. Member of the Court and Council of the National Eisteddfod and Deputy Chair of the Learners’ Section at the Eryri Eisteddfod. Qualified as a language tutor and enjoy meeting Learners at the National Eisteddfod.

Clive

Clive joined the Board in July 2003, having attended the Centre in the course of his Welsh language studies.

He has been Chief Executive of CAIS, the Wales substance misuse charity, since September 2009, and also chairs its subsidiaries, CAIS Social Enterprises Ltd and the Jigsaw Organisation Ltd.

Previously, Clive was Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales Police, having transferred from the Greater Manchester Police where he had served for twenty six years. Throughout his police career he was active in developing new approaches to community engagement, diversity and professional standards.

He is Company Secretary of the DACW (Developing a Caring Wales) consortium. He is also a trustee of the charities Hafal and Adferiad Recovery.  He has served on Welsh Government corporate governance committees for Finance, Education and Skills. He is an independent member of the Conwy County Borough Council Standards Committee.

Clive is a keen amateur musician, directing the Llandudno Swing Band.  He is a Vice President of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod committee, and a member of Cyfeillion Cerdd William Mathias.

A graduate of Manchester Business School and Cambridge University, Clive is now firmly established within public life in Wales.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Gwenda was one of the leading independent television producers in Wales for more than thirty years. She founded her company Fflic in 1982 at the start of S4C. Fflic produced programmes for children, Welsh learners and lifestyle programmes for the general audience and has won many industry awards. Fflic is now one of the Boom Cymru group of companies. She contributed to two books that were published to accompany her series on Welsh architecture and Welsh homes. In 2002 she received the prestigious award for Welsh Woman of the Year in Media and in 2012 was made an honorary member of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales in recognition of her work raising the profile of  Welsh architecture. Gwenda was raised in Corwen, went to Bala Girls’ Grammar School and graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She has two children – Dylan and Beca. Gwenda has been a member of the Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn board of directors since November 2014.

Ifor

Ifor Gruffydd joined the Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn Board in 2017. He is Director of the North West Wales Teaching Consortium since 2016 and before that he was Director of the North Wales Welsh Language Learning Center for ten years. He began his career in language policy and worked in that field for 15 years in local government and higher education sectors before moving into the Welsh for Adults field. He lives in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey.

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A native of Llanrwst, raised in a Welsh bookshop and followed in the footsteps of the family by setting up Gwasg Carreg Gwalch in the town in 1980. He won the National Eisteddfod Chair twice and was the first Bardd Plant Cymru in 2000-01. He is the Archdruid of Wales since 2019. He lives with his family at Llwyndyrys, has established the Tonnau gallery with his wife Llio in 2006 and he is one of twelve directors of local craft brewery, Cwrw Llŷn in Nefyn. He is also a director of Tafarn y Fic, Llithfaen and has held poetry evenings for learners at the Nant. Myrddin has been a member of the Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn board of directors since October 2017.

Ann

Ann, a familiar face in many magazines and TV programmes , has been a successful commercial and residential interior designer since 1992. She grew up in Llanllwni, Camarthenshire, moving to Cardiff in 1983. A serial property renovator, she has since spent spells in Pentyrch, Aberdyfi and more recently Aberaeron with husband Gareth and children Gwilym, Seren and Brennig in train. As well as  interior design, recent years have seen her create Llety Bodfor (2001 – 2015), a 5 star hotel  in Aberdyfi as well as SELD, a shop and online store in Aberaeron. She also designs and retails a range of  Welsh homeware  products .

Having previously been an active member of Meithrin, school governors and Urdd/Eisteddfod committees, she is now proud to be a member of the Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn Board.

Jo Iwan

Jo grew up in Waunfawr near Caernarfon, learning Welsh at Ysgol Feithrin and at school, before moving to Cardiff to study and work in the media industry. She also worked in a marketing role with innovative theatre company Brith Gof and developed creative projects of her own in textiles.

She moved to London where she worked at Sky Sports and Sky Movies heading creative promo teams and as a multicam director, travelling to America to work on the Oscars and project managing a Tokyo multimedia fashion show with the DJ-led collaborative Acid Casuals.

She  now lives  in Cardiff with her family. After working with Granada Advertising Sales within S4C International making bilingual TV adverts she worked as a producer at Wordley Creative where she is now creative director and owner, creating TV ads and developing brand positioning for national and international brands.  She has been a member of  the Board of Trustees since 2019.

Education Department

Our Education Department provides intensive courses across the whole range of national Welsh-learning levels; from three-day Taster courses to five-day Entry, Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency level courses. We specialise in providing intensive residential courses, giving learners a comprehensive language-learning experience in one of its natural heartlands, Pen Llŷn. We’ve recently developed virtual intensive courses, too, enabling us to share our unique learning experiences with learners from all corners of the world.

We have a team of experienced tutors who have successfully introduced the language to thousands of learners, using unique teaching techniques that provide a special learning experience.

The team is also responsible for delivering ‘Using’ Work Welsh project courses on behalf of the National Centre for Learning Welsh – these are fully-funded residential / virtual courses that aim to increase the use of Welsh in workplaces across Wales and contribute to the Welsh Government’s target of having one million Welsh speakers by 2050.