New Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Library of Wales appointed
Ashok Ahir has been named the new president. Mr. Ahir has been acting president of the National Library since September 2021.
Andrew Evans has been named the new Vice President. Mr. Evans is a consultant specializing in fundraising and business development for start-ups, charities and non-profit organizations, particularly in the cultural sector.
The Library Chair is accountable to the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport for the performance of the Library and the delivery of strategic priorities.
Deputy Arts and Sport Minister Dawn Bowden said:
“I am delighted that Ashok has been appointed to this senior, strategic and influential role in the cultural sector in Wales. He will play a crucial role in ensuring that the Library continues to deliver the findings of the custom review and implement the Library’s five-year strategic plan. He will be an effective ambassador for the Library, drawing on his experience as interim president.
“It is also a great pleasure to appoint Andrew as Vice President. He will be a passionate advocate for the Library and will bring new skills and knowledge to the Board. His fundraising expertise will add great value to the Library.
Ashok Ahir said:
“The National Library of Wales has an ambitious work program to achieve the goals of a new five-year strategy. I look forward to leading a great group of administrators at a time of tremendous opportunity. The library is not only the home of the nation’s memory, it also has an important role to play as we examine, reimagine and celebrate the diversity of the Welsh experience.
Andrew Evans said:
“I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to serve as Vice President of one of Wales’ great cultural institutions. I look forward to working with the Library’s dedicated staff as we seek to care for the Library’s unparalleled collection; one of the great treasures of Welsh heritage and culture. The next few years offer great opportunities for the Library to increase the number and diversity of visitors and readers and I am delighted to be part of this journey.
Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales, said:
“I welcome Ashok’s appointment as President and am already very grateful to him for his leadership and support as Acting President over the past six months. This is an excellent appointment and the Library will benefit immensely from this appointment.
“We also welcome Andrew as Vice-President and look forward to working with him: we know him as a very capable individual with varied skills, competencies and experience in many areas from which the Library will certainly benefit. .