The Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, has accepted her resignation from 1 February next year, to allow her to take up the role of Commissioner designate and help with the preparations for the establishment of her new office. She will officially become Welsh Language Commissioner on 1 April, 2012.
Long serving Welsh Language Board member Marc Phillips will take up the position of interim Chair of the Welsh Language Board during February and March 2012.
Mr Andrews said:
“I would like to thank Meri Huws for her work as Chair of the Welsh Language Board and am delighted she will be to start early on her work as Commissioner. She can now have an early input into the important work that lies ahead and help us with the remaining work for the establishment of her office.
"I am also glad that Marc Phillips, an experienced and long-standing member of the Welsh Language Board, will take on the role of interim Chair during February and March next year. Mr Phillips will provide leadership in a time of change, ensuring that the activities of the Board are wound up in an appropriate way.”
Ms Huws said:
“I look forward to starting work on this important role in February - and to get more closely involved in the setting-up of my office. I look forward to working with the Welsh Government and other organisations in Wales, and beyond, to develop the new system of Welsh language standards.
“I will look to build on the good work that has been done by the Welsh Language Board and others to strengthen the Welsh language and to ensure that it continues to thrive.”
The Welsh Language Commissioner will play a pivotal role in the development of a new regulatory system, based on Welsh language standards, to ensure the delivery of Welsh language services to the public. The Commissioner will also advise the Welsh Government and others on language policy and will be able to conduct inquiries into a wide range of matters relating to the Welsh language.