Ashok Ahir appointed Acting President of the National Library of Wales

The Welsh government has announced the appointment of Ashok Ahir as chairman and acting administrator of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Mr Ahir, 52, is Deputy Director of Communications at the Cabinet Office for the UK Government. He joined the UK government in Wales in July 2018 as Director of Communications, having successfully run a bilingual communications agency based in Cardiff.

Prior to that he worked for the BBC as a journalist, editor and program maker in London and Cardiff. For over a decade he was head of the BBC Cymru Wales political team, overseeing coverage of Welsh politics on television, radio and digital services.

Pedr ap Llwyd, Director General and Librarian of the National Library, welcomed the “excellent appointment” and thanked Meri Huws, the former Acting President, for her contribution to the library.

“We are really looking forward to Ashok joining us, benefiting from his vast experience and knowledge and working with him over the next few months.” he said.

“In welcoming Ashok, I would like to thank Meri Huws, the former interim president, for the tremendous contribution she has made to the library over the past two years and I wish her and the organizations she serves, good luck going forward.

“Ashok joins us at the start of an exciting new chapter in our history as we launch our new 2021-2026 Strategic Plan – A Library for Wales and the World – in a few weeks.

“Regardless of the significant progress made in recent years, we enter this new chapter with hunger and determination to do even more.

“Our plan points to a future where we will continue to use our unique range of skills and expertise to cultivate and preserve the memory of the nation, lay the foundations for a knowledge economy, strengthen learning and research, be central to national life and supporting the public policy objectives of the Welsh Government.

“Ashok’s appointment will help us achieve our goals and strengthen relationships with our partners around Wales for the benefit of all we serve. Today is certainly a day of celebration at the National Library of Wales.

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