Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills, has announced seven appointments to the new Welsh Language Partnership Council.
These appointments will run from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015.
The Partnership Council was established under Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. The Partnership Council is responsible for giving advice and making representations to the Welsh Ministers in relation to the Welsh Ministers’ Welsh language strategy adopted under section 78 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 and in relation to the Welsh Ministers’ annual action plans under the strategy.
The newly appointed members are: Dr Lowri Angharad Ahronson, Efa Catrin Gruffudd Jones, Owain Siôn Gruffydd, Catherine Baldwin, Sali Burns, Hywel Jones, Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan. The Minister for Education and Skills will Chair the Partnership Council.
Members of the Partnership Council are not paid, but are reimbursed for reasonable travel and subsistence costs. They have a time commitment of at least three days per year.
Mr Andrews said:
“The establishment of the new Welsh Language Partnership Council represents another example of this Government’s commitment to supporting and developing the Welsh language. In the first year of this Assembly we have introduced swift and meaningful change on the Welsh language agenda.
These appointments will provide further fresh ideas, support and challenge to Ministers as we begin to implement the new Welsh Language Strategy and as we implement our Action Plan for 2012-13.”
Although these appointments do not come within the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ remit, the Nolan principles were taken into account in making the appointments.
All appointments are made on merit.
Member #1: Dr Lowri Angharad Ahronson – Welsh Language Scheme Director, Bangor University
Member #2: Efa Catrin Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive, Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Member #3: Owain Siôn Gruffydd – Chief Executive, Menter Bro Dinefwr and Trywydd
Member #4: Catherine Baldwin, Welsh Language Officer, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Member #5: Sali Burns, Registered Mental Health Nurse, Psychological Services, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Member #6: Hywel Jones, Chief Executive, Mudiad Meithrin
Member #7: Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Assistant Director, Education and Community Services, Ceredigion County Council