The members come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Committee members

Prof. Richard B Davies.

Professor Richard B Davies

Chair Wales Advisory Committee & Vice Chancellor, University of Swansea

Professor Davies has been the Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University since 2003.  Since then the University has adopted an agenda for change, building on strengths and attracting substantial investment to accelerate the pace of development. As an applied statistician, he has worked extensively with industry and has also undertaken contract research for government ministries.  He was previously head of an RAE 5* department and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University.

Ashok Ahir

Ashok Ahir

Director, Mela

Ashok is Director of Mela communications agency, and was previously Executive Editor, Politics at BBC Cymru Wales and worked on the Six O’Clock News. As a visiting expert on media and elections for the Council of Europe, he worked on missions and seminars across Eastern Europe. He has an interest in education sector and is a co-chair of a leading Welsh-medium primary school in Cardiff. As a fluent Welsh-speaker he was a finalist in the Welsh Learner of the Year Competition in 2012.

David Anderson

David Anderson

OBE, Director General, National Museum of Wales

David Anderson is Director General at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, a board member of the Museums Association and Co-Director of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. He published a report A Common Wealth: Museums in the Learning Age and managed the creation of the V&A’s new £4 million Sackler Centre for Arts Education, which opened in 2008. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to museums and education.

David Hughes

Head, Office of the European Commission in Wales

David became Head of the Office of the European Commission in Wales in June 2012. He has spent 22 years in the European Commission, mostly in Brussels, working in a range of posts, including in the fields of transport, audio-visual policy and education. Before joining the EC, he worked as a civil servant in London, as a further education lecturer and as an English teacher in Germany. A history and politics graduate, he holds Master degrees in EU Law and in European Languages and Literature.


Eluned Hâf

Director, Wales Arts International

Eluned Hâf is Head of Wales Arts International, the international arm of Arts Council of Wales and a partnership with British Council. Eluned sits on the management board of the Arts Council. Eluned is also one of the directors of Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales. A journalist by training, Eluned has worked for BBC Wales, Reuters, ITV regions and S4C. She speaks five languages and worked as a press officer in the European Parliament. 



Huw Morris

Director for Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, Welsh Government

Biography being prepared

Ifona Deeley

Head of International Relations, Welsh Government

Biography being prepared

Judith Evans

Judith Evans

Principal, Coleg y Cymoedd

Judith has worked in the further education sector for 26 years. She started as a lecturer in Rhondda College, before holding several senior management positions.  In 2008, she was appointed principal of Coleg Morgannwg.  Then, in 2013, she was made principal of Coleg y Cymoedd (the result of the merger of Coleg Morgannwg with Ystrad Mynach College). In 2015, Judith was elected Chair of Colleges Wales – the representative body for Wales’ further education colleges and institutions.


Karl Napieralla

Karl Napieralla OBE

Education Consultant

Karl was formerly director for education, leisure and lifelong learning at Neath Port Talbot Council and more recently a senior Welsh Government civil servant. He's been chair of the Association of Directors of Education in Wales and acted as adviser to the Welsh Local Government Association. He was instrumental in the founding of the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership and was the first lead director of the ERW consortium. He was awarded an OBE for his services to education in Wales.

Lleucu Siencyn

Lleucu Siencyn

Chief Executive, Literature Wales

After a successful career in television, included her beating 15,000 applicants to co-present a RTE/The Travel Channel production, Lleucu joined the Arts Council of Wales and was appointed Deputy CEO of Academi in 2002. As CEO of Literature Wales from 2010, she has been key in leading the celebration of Dylan Thomas’ centenary. She is interested in developing global links via live spoken word/hip-hop and writes a column for the Western Mail magazine.