Wales’ Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Dawn Bowden has announced the appointment of Kate Eden as the new Chair of Amgueddfa Cymru – Museums Wales.

Eden is currently Chair of the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee and Council Member and Trustee at Prifysgol Aberystwyth University. Prior to her non-executive career, Eden spent fifteen years’ working in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry in public affairs, policy and strategic communications.

Amgueddfa Cymru is a Welsh Government sponsored body that comprises seven museums in Wales. As Chair, Eden will be accountable to Welsh Ministers for the conduct of Amgueddfa Cymru’s affairs and has responsibility for chairing and overseeing the Board of Trustees.

On being appointed to the role, Eden said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to help lead Wales’ family of national museums and collections through the next part of their journey to becoming truly accessible, representative reflections of our myriad Welsh communities and histories.”

Also appointed is Rhys Evans as Vice-Chair of Amgueddfa Cymru. Evans is the BBC Cymru Wales Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, and is responsible for a range of functions, including communications, regulatory and public affairs. He is a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Announcing the appointments, Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Dawn Bowden said: “I would like to welcome Kate and Rhys to their new roles, Amgueddfa Cymru is entering a new and exciting phase and I look forward to working with them to strengthen and build on the fantastic work being done by Amgueddfa Cymru to inspire and inform people throughout Wales.”

Amgueddfa Cymru Acting President, Dr Carol Bell said: “On behalf of Amgueddfa Cymru, I would like to congratulate both Kate and Rhys on their new appointments. This is an exciting time for Amgueddfa Cymru as we widen our compass of engagement and work to deliver our Strategy 2030 for the communities of Wales. We look forward to welcoming the experience and fresh perspectives they will bring to our Board of Trustees.”

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Image: Kate Eden – New Chair for Amgueddfa Cymru