The members come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Committee members

Ashok Ahir

Ashok Ahir

Director, UK Government Wales

Ashok is Director of Communications, UK Government Wales, he was previously Director of Mela communications agency and before that Executive Editor, Politics at BBC Cymru Wales. 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 the education sector and is a co-chair of a leading Welsh-medium primary school in Cardiff. He was Chair of the Organising Committee of the 2018 National Eisteddfod.

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.

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

Huw Morris is Director of Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning within Welsh Government. In this post he is responsible for the oversight of higher education, further education, student finance and government funded work based learning provision. Before taking on this role he held a variety of academic posts from research assistant to  deputy vice-chancellor at universities in the UK.  

Ifona Deeley

Head of International Relations, Welsh Government

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.

Michelle Carwardine-Palmer

Michelle Carwardine-Palmer

Managing Director, National Theatre Wales

Michelle is the managing director of National Theatre Wales (NTW). Prior to joining NTW she was the joint chief executive of the Salisbury Playhouse and has been working within theatre management for more than 20 years. She currently sits on the board for UK Theatre, is part of the What Next? movement, sits on the UK Parents in Performing Arts and Welsh National Companies consortiums and is an RSA Fellow. She graduated from University of Wales Trinity St Davids in Theatre and English.

Rhiannon Wyn Hughes

Rhiannon Wyn Hughes MBE FRSA

Acting Chair, Wales Advisory Committee / Festival Director, Cidwm Cymru/ Wicked Wales

Rhiannon has spent 19 years creating opportunities for young people through arts and film festivals. She's a founding member of  Wicked Wales, an international youth film festival. In 2017 she joined a team of volunteers to launch Wicked Cinema a community run mobile cinema. She is a former vice chair of Arts Council Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales, trustee of National Museums Wales, chair of the Scala Cinema Trust and former Leader of Denbighshire County Council. She recently joined the Hijinx Board.