Cadw Draw On Experience And Expertise To Appoint Board Members

Cadw Draw On Experience And Expertise To Appoint Board Members


Sunday 17th Feb 2019


Wales’ historic environment service, Cadw, has moved to appoint a new Chair and three non-executive members to its new Board.

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The Board has been created as part of a series of business improvements that are being taken forward following the recent review of Cadw that concluded it should remain within Government. 

The role of the Board is to support the Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism and senior team at Cadw in providing effective leadership, defining and developing strategic direction and setting challenging objectives.

Candidates were sought who have experience and expertise in the following fields:

• commercial and marketing
• historic environment protection and public engagement
• historic properties and estates management

With the ability to:

• develop an in-depth insight into the issues facing the historic environment with a focus on adding value for the people of Wales
• constructively challenge decision-making, assumptions and processes
• interpret a wide range of financial and performance information to evaluate performance and continually question the value of activities against strategic priorities

Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Lord Elis-Thomas said:

“All the external board members bring with them a raft of experience and energy both in the public and private sector, which bodes well for the future of Cadw. I am sure that they will bring enthusiasm and challenge to the table.

Jason Thomas, Director of Culture, Sport and Tourism for the Welsh Government, said:

“I am confident the new Board members will bring significant expertise and energy to the role. They will provide invaluable support to me as Additional Accounting Officer and to the senior team at Cadw.”

Further details of the new board members are set out below.

Jane Richardson has been appointed Chair. Strategic Director for Economy & Place with Conwy County Borough Council, she leads on a number of key strategic projects including the County’s Economic Growth Strategy. Jane spent ten years working with the National Trust in a variety of roles across Wales. She was part of a small team which turned around the Trust’s £2.6million annual operating deficit in Wales within two years. She has managed visitor attractions including Plas Newydd on Anglesey where she increased visitor numbers by over 50% and delivered the property’s first operating profit in its 30 year history.

Liz Girling is Assistant Director, Consultancy with the National Trust, Wales.  For the last four years she has been leading a team of internal experts ensuring consistency and quality spanning all visitor- facing areas: membership, volunteering, participation, fundraising, marketing, external affairs, commercial, visitor experience and curatorship.  

Dr Peter Wakelin is an independent consultant and curator and has written several books on the heritage and art of Wales. After working for Cadw in the 1990s as its first specialist in industrial heritage he was appointed Secretary/Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, then Director of Collections at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales. He assisted with the successful nominations for Blaenavon and Pontcysyllte aqueduct to become World Heritage sites.

Michael Davies is an accredited conservation architect with more than 40 years’ experience in private practice. He has been Newport Cathedral Architect for 15 years where he is managing a major restoration and was named ‘Welsh Architect of the Year’ in 2014 by the RIBA. He has worked on a broad range of historic buildings for the public and private sectors such as The National Trust, Cadw, English Heritage and Building Preservation Trusts, and regularly gives advice on buildings at risk. He is a ‘specialist advisor’ to the National Trust and has been working on the restoration of Tredegar House & Park since 2011.