Who’s Who

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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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Garffild has extensive experience in a number of areas including Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Training and Strategic Project Management. He was a journalist, trainer and manager with BBC Wales for 25 years before setting up his own company in the fields of strategic consultancy and training. He then joined S4C in 2009, first as Director of Communications and Marketing and then as Director of Projects and Relocation. Garffild was the Director of the project to relocate the S4C headquarters to the Egin creative centre in Carmarthen.

In 2017 after leaving S4C he joined his wife’s consultancy company, Sian Eirian Cyf – a company that specializes in the fields of the Welsh language, the Arts, the Media and Events. In 2017 he was also elected as a Councillor on Conwy County Borough Council and was a member of the Cabinet for two years – responsible for Education, Skills and Employability and the Welsh Language. He was also Chairman of the County’s Welsh Language Strategic Forum, and Leader of the Authority’s Skills Board.

He stepped down as a County Councilor in May 2022 in order to focus on the company’s work.

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.

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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 has just started a new position as Ynys Enlli Development Manager. She is a board member of Menter a Busnes, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig. She is convinced that social enterprises are key to providing creative and progressive solutions to meet services and develop local businesses. Menna has been a member of the Nant Gwrtheyrn Trust Board since October 2017. She was appointed Vice Chair between 2018 and 2022.

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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.

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.

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Originally from Kidderminster, Martyn moved to Llŷn in 2009 after coming to the area on holiday throughout his childhood. He now lives in Llannor near Pwllheli with his family. He started learning Welsh before moving to Wales and after successfully passing the A-level Welsh second language exam and completing the PGCE qualification, he started working as a Welsh tutor in 2012. He won the Learner of the Year award in 2013 at the Denbigh National Eisteddfod. He loves teaching Welsh classes at all levels and helping other people to become Welsh speakers.

Rhiannon was brought up until the age of 9, in the village of Llanaelhaearn, a stone’s throw from the Nant, before moving to Rhoscefnhir in Anglesey.

She specializes in art and design. After receiving a degree in Textiles (knitting and weaving) from John Moores University in Liverpool, she moved to Cardiff and settled in Grangetown with her family.

She started her career after graduating working for ‘Gad-y-Gwlân’ as a designer and manufacturer. She then worked for Theatr Brith Gôf in the costume department and then as Stage Manager.

Towards the end of the 90’s and throughout the 2000’s, she was with Ankst Management Company working with a variety of bands from Wales and beyond, giving her the opportunity to travel as part of the management team to Japan and Europe and work closely with partners in the field across the world.

She is now a freelance practitioner and has worked for a period as Art Director for a Cardiff production company.

Currently, she acts mainly as a designer with an interior design company. This allows her to enjoy opportunities to work with people from all aspects of interior design, from architects to project managers, to employees on site as well as suppliers from Wales and all corners of Europe.

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.