Lord Aberdare began his term of appointment on 1 November and it will last for four years.
The Board of Trustees, led by the President and Vice President, holds the National Library of Wales’ collections in trust for the people of Wales and provides strategic direction for the work of the Library.
The position of Trustee demands a minimum time commitment of up to 12 days per year on Library business and Trustees are unpaid. Seven Board meetings are held annually at venues around Wales attended by Trustees. Trustees may also attend other events and meetings on behalf of the Library.
Lord Aberdare’s interests include education and employment, Welsh history and culture, the arts (especially classical music), pancreatic cancer and corporate responsibility issues.
He is Director of WALTZ Programmes Limited, a small social enterprise which helps disadvantaged young Londoners gain skills and employment. He previously worked as a consultant in corporate public affairs and reputation management, following 21 years with IBM, including postings in the United States and Belgium.
Lord Aberdare is a Deputy Lieutenant of Dyfed, where he has a home. He is a Trustee of St John Cymru – Wales, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University, an international patron of Rhino Ark, a conservation charity working in the Aberdare Mountains in Kenya, and a Trustee of the Berlioz Society. He holds no other Ministerial public appointments.
Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, President of the Library said:
"On behalf of the Board of the National Library I am delighted to welcome Lord Aberdare as a member. He has already been a generous and enthusiastic supporter of the Library and his expertise, long experience in corporate relations and his strong family connections with Wales, will greatly enhance the Board's work in the future."
Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage said:
"I congratulate Lord Aberdare on his appointment and look forward to working with him in the future. I am certain his enthusiasm and experience will prove invaluable in the development of the important work of one of our national institutions."