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The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) will tomorrow welcome Mr Geraint Talfan Davies as its new Chair. Mr Davies, who was officially appointed by the Welsh Assembly Government following an open competition, will succeed Sybil Crouch, when he takes up the role for a three-year term from 1 April.

Mr Davies, who now lives in Cardiff, has had an illustrious career in the arts and cultural sector within and outside of Wales. Most notably, as Controller of BBC Wales from 1990-2000, he was responsible for all BBC output across Wales. In 2001 he was appointed a Member of the Radio Authority, with special responsibility for Wales. This Ministerial appointment by the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government will come to an end when responsibility for the Radio Authority is delegated to OFCOM later this year.

Until taking up this new role as Chair of ACW, he has been Chair of Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (CBAT), and a Board Member of the Wales Millennium Centre, from both of which he has now withdrawn. He will also step down from his present role as Chair of Welsh National Opera, although he has agreed to retain this responsibility until a successor is found.

ACW Chief Executive Peter Tyndall says: "We are delighted that Geraint Talfan Davies will be joining ACW as the Council's new Chair. Throughout a distinguished career he has made an outstanding contribution to culture and the arts in Wales, and we are confident that with his extensive experience and understanding of the issues affecting the arts, he will provide the necessary foresight to take forward ACW's work across Wales."

"I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Sybil Crouch's tremendous contribution as Chairman for the last four years. She has led us through challenging times, and the advances in recent years owe hugely to her passion, drive and commitment. She has made an incredible contribution to ACW and the arts in Wales, and she will be leaving ACW in a substantially better condition than that in which she joined it."

Geraint Talfan Davies says: "I am enormously pleased to be joining The Arts Council of Wales at this challenging and exciting point in its development. A great deal of hard work has been undertaken in recent years, particularly since the Council's restructuring, and significant progress has been made. I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to doing all I can to maintain the momentum of development in the arts in Wales and ensure that we all fulfill the potential that is so clearly there."

ACW's First Annual Conference in Swansea in May, will provide Mr. Davies' first opportunity to deliver his vision for the arts in Wales.

Jenny Randerson AM, Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language said, " I am confident that Geraint Talfan Davies with his vast experience and track record in culture and the arts will provide the Council with clear and energetic leadership. He has a clear understanding of the challenges that face the arts in Wales. I am sure he will build on the excellent foundation which Sybil Crouch has put in place."
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