Governance Arrangements 

The Books Council of Wales has had charitable status since it was established in 1961 and our governance arrangements are in line with the requirements of the Charities Commission.

On 1 April 2021, the Books Council transferred from being an unregistered charity to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with a new Board of Trustees.

There are 11 members on the Board of Trustees, including the four Chief Officers who transferred from the Council’s former Executive Committee and seven new appointments which were announced on 1 April 2021 following an open recruitment process.  

The Trustees are responsible for the governance of the Books Council and oversee the strategic direction of the charity, supporting the work of the specialist in-house team of experienced professionals serving the book industries of Wales in both Welsh and English.

The Board holds full meetings four times a year and ensures the Books Council meets and maintains its objectives as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Board of Trustees

Professor M. Wynn Thomas (Chair)

Rona Aldrich (Vice-Chair)

Professor Jane Aaron (Honorary Secretary)

Alfred Oyekoya (Honorary Treasurer)

Rajvi Glasbrook Griffiths

Alwena Hughes-Moakes

Lowri Ifor

Professor Carwyn Jones

Linda Thomas

Professor Gerwyn Wiliams

Dr Caroline Owen Wintersgill



The aim of the Books Council is to promote, encourage and develop the public’s appreciation and interest in books, literature and reading in Wales without limiting the overall objectives identified but rather to further those aims and not otherwise:

  • to support and assist the book industry in Wales through grant awards and other means;
  • to support, promote and assist the production and distribution of books and other literary and artistic material, in whatever form it may have been recorded (whether known or as yet unknown) in the two official languages ​​of Wales, Welsh and English, or relating to Wales;
  • to organise events supporting book promotion, reading and the book sector as a whole;
  • to support the promotion and publication of such books and other material in Wales.

The Books Council’s Council

Under the new constitutional arrangements which came into effect on 1 April 2021, all other members of the Executive Committee and members of the Books Council’s Council – which includes representatives from the county councils and other organisations – transferred on 1 April 2021 to become ‘Council’ members of the charity. 

An Annual General Meeting of the Council, which includes all members of the charity, is held once a year in July. The meeting is public and open to all.


All Members of the Board of Trustees (see details above)

Honorary Counsel
Gwydion Hughes

Honorary Solicitor
Alun P. Thomas

Local Authority Representatives

Cllr Paul Rowlinson

Cllr Pat Hebron

Cllr Tony Thomas

Cllr Ian B. Roberts

Cllr Beverley Parry-Jones

Cllr Edwin Roderick

Cllr Lynford Thomas

Cllr John T. Davies

Cllr Emlyn Dole

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies

Neath Port Tablot
Cllr Rhidian Mizen


Merthyr Tudful
Cllr Ernie C. Galsworthy

Rhondda Cynon Taf
Cllr Rhys Lewis

Cllr Veronica Crick


Blaenau Gwent

Other Representatives

Chief Librarians
Richard Bellinger
Gareth Griffiths

Dr Meilyr Rowlands

Arts Council of Wales

Dr D. Mark Smith

National Library of Wales
Pedr ap Llwyd

Dr Amy Staniforth

Friends of the Books Council
Ion Thomas / Bethan Gwanas
Marian Delyth

Books Council Sub-Committees
Lorna Herbert Egan
Robat Arwyn
Professor Daniel G. Williams

Co-opted Members
Jonathan Adams

 The Books Council has three sub-committees which make decisions on the allocation of grants for publishing and reading promotion. Members of the Sub-Committee are appointed as part of an open recruitment process and are independent.

All members of the Board of Trustees, the Council of the Books Council and the Sub-Committees carry out their work voluntarily and do not receive payment except for relevant expense claims.


Robat Arwyn (Chair)
Nia Gruffydd (Vice-Chair)
Dr D. Russell Davies
Carys Mai Lloyd
Esyllt Maelor
Dr Llion Pryderi Roberts
Dorian Morgan
Glenys Llewelyn
Mirian Elin Jones


Prof Daniel G. Williams (Chair)
Alan Watkin (Vice-Chair)
Philip Gwyn Jones
Dr Alice Entwistle
Cheryl Hesketh
Dr Katherine Stansfield
Yr Athro Emeritws Ian Gregson
Lee Coveney
Nasia Sarwar-Skuse
Akousa Darko


Dr Siwan M. Rosser (Chair)
Jocelyn Andrews
Delyth P. Huws
Menna Beaufort Jones
Gwawr Maelor
Simon Fisher
Jo Bowers
Carly Gray
Kate Cubbage
Carys Dawson
Amanda Bennett
Ela Parri Huws
Dr Amy Staniforth
Rajvi Glasbrook Griffiths


Prof Jane Aaron (Chair)
Bethan Mair
Angharad Morgan
Elinor Wigley


Avril E. Jones (Chair)
Dafydd Thomas