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Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas has announced the appointment of two new Trustees to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

First published:
24 March 2021
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Cai Wilshaw (he/him) is a communications consultant currently working at The Economist, The Fourth Angel communications agency, and TNW (a Financial Times company). He was previously Head of External Affairs for the world's most-read LGBT+ publication, PinkNews, and is a regular commentator for BBC Cymru on US politics having worked in the US Congress. In his current roles he has a particular focus on diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and forging innovative global partnerships.

Freya Stannard is an experienced cultural heritage professional. She is currently the Head of National Programmes at the Natural History Museum, and a former manager of national partnerships at the Tate Gallery. Her work has a particular focus on building partnerships to engage with diverse communities across the UK and she has experience of working closely with several Welsh cultural organisations.

Roger Lewis, President of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales said:

“These two new appointments emphasise our ambition to create a diverse and dynamic board for Amgueddfa Cymru.

"Both professionals join a deeply committed board which has a breadth of experience in a wide range of areas and a passion for culture, science and the arts.

"Freya and Cai will help to grow our ambitions for digital communications and support the Board’s commitment to sustainability, an international Wales, income generation, and greater diversity.

"Looking ahead, we will continue our work to develop new voices on our boards, which further represent the people of Wales.”

The newly appointed members will serve terms from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2025.

These appointments have been made in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

All appointments are made on merit. In accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for political activity of appointees (if any has been declared) to be published. Ms Stannard has not undertaken any political activity during the last five years. Mr Wilshaw is a member of the Labour Party and and is a member of the Labour Party’s LGBT group. He has campaigned for the Labour Party during the 2017 and 2019 UK Parliamentary general elections. He has also commentated for Radio Cymru on the Labour Party on occasion. Neither Mr Wilshaw or Ms Stannard hold any other Welsh ministerial public appointments.

The appointments are for an initial term of four years and are unremunerated, based on a minimum time commitment of 12 days per year.