Bio
Angharad Jones Leefe
Angharad Jones Leefe Executive Director

I joined Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in January 2015 after working for Carmarthenshire County Council for many years. Working in the Theatre is a new experience for me, and one that I’m enjoying immensely. I was born and bred in Carmarthenshire and studied for BA and MA degrees at the University of Wales Trinity St David. I love spending time with family and friends, especially Osian, my young son. I enjoy travelling and good food, and hate keeping fit!

ANGHARAD.LEEFE@THEATR.COM +44 (0)1267 643215 | +44 (0)7903 842554
Angharad Mai Griffiths
Angharad Mai Griffiths Marketing & Communications Officer
Shwmae! I’m Angharad Griffiths, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Marketing and Communications Officer.
I’m originally from Cardigan, but now live in Llanelli with my little rescue cat, Beti. I studied Media Production at the Atrium in Cardiff and graduated in 2016. Since then, I have worked on live television programmes and dramas before moving on to working in theatre. I enjoy working in an exciting and lively environment, and theatre definitely provides that!
In my spare time, you can find me in charity shops, with animals and in nature and spending quality time with family and friends.
ANGHARAD.GRIFFITHS@THEATR.COM
Angharad Mair Davies
Angharad Mair Davies Head of Production

Hi! I’m Angharad Davies, the head of production. Since graduating at the College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, I have been busy working as a stage manager on several productions. I have thoroughly enjoyed the work and have had lots of fun! I love spending time with my husband, Alun, our daughter Elsi Cêt and Sioni the dog, and my hobbies are shopping and cooking.

ANGHARAD.DAVIES@THEATR.COM +44(0)1267 643210 | +44(0)7903 842564
Arwel Gruffydd
Arwel Gruffydd Artistic Director

I now live near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, but I’m originally from Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Over the years I’ve worked as an actor, film director, literary manager, car park attendant and barman – as well as a theatre director and artistic director! I love the peace and quiet of the Welsh countryside, but also love to travel… oh, and good food!

+44(0)1267 643204 | +44 (0)7903 842 545
Ceri Williams
Ceri Williams Marketing and Communications Manager

Hiya! I’m Ceri and I’m the Marketing and Communications Manager at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in English Literature, I worked in a variety of marketing, communications and fundraising roles at Wales Millennium Centre before joining the team at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in March 2019. 

I grew up in Llangennech, just outside Llanelli, and the arts have always been close to my heart. I’m happiest on the beach with my husband Steve and our young daughter Efa, or enjoying a (rare!) quiet moment curled up with a good book and a cup of tea.

CERI.WILLIAMS@THEATR.COM +44 (0)1267 643187 / 07903 842617
Elin Cain
Elin Cain Marketing & Communications Officer

Hia! I’m Elin Cain and I’m a Marketing and Communications Officer for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

I’m from Bethesda, but moved to Cardiff a couple of years ago to study. I graduated last summer with a BA in French and Spanish from Cardiff University. Before and since graduating, I’ve worked in a variety of different jobs, including a marketing and coordinating role with a creative agency, radio presenting and community engagement. I’m new to the Theatr Gen team, and I’m so excited to be here!

The arts have always been a part of my life, and I’ve grown up in the theatre in Wales. When I’m not working, you’ll either find me shopping, singing, listening to music or going out with friends and family. I’m passionate about languages and love discovering new cultures. I enjoy travelling and spent time living Spain and France. I love music and enjoy going to festivals. My favourite festival is Primavera Sound as it combines two of my favourite things: music and my favourite city where I used to live, Barcelona!

ELIN.CAIN@THEATR.COM
Ffen Evans
Ffen Evans Techincal officer

Ffen is currently on maternity leave.

Hi. I’m Tryffenna (Ffen for short) and I’m the Technical Officer for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. I’m originally from Pwllheli in North Wales. I moved to Llanelli four years ago and I love it here. Before working for Theatr Gen, I worked for Theatrau Sir Gâr as an In-house technician at their three venues Ffwrnes in Llanelli, The Lyric in Carmarthen and The Miners in Ammanford. I enjoy going to the theatre, to see all kind of shows. In my leisure time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and camping when we have nice weather.

FFEN.EVANS@THEATR.COM
Fflur Thomas
Fflur Thomas Producer

I was brought up in the seaside village of Borth-y-Gest, near Porthmadog, Gwynedd, but I’m currently living in Newport, Gwent. I have always loved the theatre, and my dream as a little girl was to be a world-famous actress! One of my favourite pastimes is walking along the beach at Tenby with my husband Gary and daughters Erin and Mali. A cwtch on the sofa with the children always lifts my spirits, and chocolate, a glass of wine, and watching the film Dr Zhivago is better than any medicine when I’m not feeling well!

FFLUR.THOMAS@THEATR.COM +44(0)1267 643203 | +44(0)7903 842 613
Gavin Richards
Gavin Richards Creative Development Assistant (Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary)

Hello! My name is Gavin, the company’s Creative Development Assistant – a new role created by Theatr Gen and Weston Jerwood for 2021.

My main role will be to establish a new group of associate artists, and develop as a producer.

I’m originally from Treharris, a small village near Pontypridd but I now live in London.

I love travelling the world, eating out and socialising with friends in my free time!

GAVIN.RICHARDS@THEATR.COM +44(0)1267 643208
Meinir James
Meinir James Finance Manager

I was born and bred in Carmarthen, and I’m delighted to be back living and working in the county. I have always enjoyed watching plays and shows, and I now enjoy the experience of seeing all the work that goes on in the background in order to produce and perform a play! I love all kinds of music – listening or singing in a choir – and there’s nothing to beat enjoying good food in the company of friends and family . . .

MEINIR.JAMES@THEATR.COM +44(0)1267 643216 | +44(0)7989 830128
Melangell Dolma
Melangell Dolma Creative Development Coordinator

I was bought up in Llanfrothen, in Gwynedd. I’ve been living in Cardiff since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I’m a playwright, theatre producer and actor working on stage, TV and radio.

I’m so excited to be working with and supporting other artists as they develop new work in my role as Creative Development Coordinator. Apart from being in a theatre, I’m happiest climbing mountains, cooking and eating, or watching live music.

MELANGELL.DOLMA@THEATR.COM
Nesta Jones
Nesta Jones Administration and Finance Officer

I’ve worked for the company since it was formed in 2003. I’m pleased to be a part of it, and proud of working for a national company through the medium of Welsh.  I love living in the countryside, I enjoy walking and cooking, and appreciate spending time with my family.

NESTA.JONES@THEATR.COM + 44(0)1267 233882
Nia Wyn Skyrme
Nia Wyn Skyrme Producer

I’m Nia, a Producer at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. Since graduating from Aberystwyth with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, I’ve been very lucky to work within the arts sector in Wales. I worked with Night Out, Arts Council of Wales for 10 years taking professional shows to the heart of communities. I’ve worked as a freelance Producer and Promoter for several years, and have worked with a number of talented individuals and great companies such as Motherlode, We Made This, and Taking Flight.

Originally from Pencaerau on the Llŷn Peninsula, I now live in Cardiff with my husband Jason and children Adam and Gethin. I’m happiest catching up with friends and family, watching a piece of theatre and having a boogie on the dance floor.

NIA.SKYRME@THEATR.COM +44 (0)1267 643196 | +44(0)7903 842 562
Rhian A. Davies
Rhian A. Davies Executive Producer

I’ve been a part of the team since March 2016. I’m the Executive Producer and I’m responsible for all the productions and also the participation work, which includes working with the wider audience. My door is always open and if you have ideas or comments, I’d be very happy to hear them and to talk them through.

Before working here, I worked with BBC Cymru as part of the Pobl y Cwm Scripting team, with Tinopolis in Llanelli as a Producer and Director on programmes which included factual shows, children shows, light entertainment, animation, music and arts, and most recently I worked with various projects with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

I live in Ammanford, and I’m very pleased to be a part of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, based in Carmarthen.

RHIAN.DAVIES@THEATR.COM +44(0)1267 643192 | +44(0)7903 842604
Sarah Bickerton
Sarah Bickerton Creative Development Coordinator

Sarah is currently on maternity leave. Please contact Melangell Dolma in her absence.

I was brought up on a farm near Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Montgomeryshire before going to Aberystwyth University to study drama. Since then I have worked in the theatre industry, and have thoroughly enjoyed working on a variety of productions with many inspiring artists. I also enjoy being by the sea or on top of a mountain, travelling, playing the piano and harp, and being amongst family and friends.

SARAH.BICKERTON@THEATR.COM +44(0)1267 643191 | | +44(0)7903 842 575
Sian Elin Williams
Sian Elin Williams Participation Co-ordinator
Hello! My name’s Sian Elin, the company’s Participation Co-ordinator. I’m originally from Pencarreg, a small village outside Lampeter but now live in Cardiff with my boyfriend Ynyr and our dog, Heti. I love theatre especially the power that the arts have to educate and entertain. I have a degree in Drama from Aberystwyth University and a MA in Directing from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. To me, nothing’s better than connecting with people and participants and making work in a creative way.
I love travelling the world, mountaineering, spending time with family and drinking coffee in a cafe. One interesting fact: you can usually find me being myself (Sian Elin) but on occasion I’m in dungarees as a character called Siani Sionc visiting schools and nurseries across Wales.
SIAN.ELIN@THEATR.COM +44(0)1267 643209
Bio
Efa Gruffudd Jones
Efa Gruffudd Jones Chair

Having previously worked for the Welsh Language Board and the Arts Council of Wales, in 2000 Efa joined Urdd Gobaith Cymru, the largest youth movement in Wales, as their Director of Development. She was responsible for fundraising from various sources and for policy development. In 2004, she was appointed Chief Executive of the organisation. The number of staff employed, and the Urdd’s turnover, doubled during her period in the post. In 2016, Efa was appointed Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, the body funded by the Welsh Government to provide a strategic leadership for the field of Welsh for Adults in Wales. The Centre has developed a new curriculum and resources and has set up several innovative projects, including the ‘Work Welsh’ Scheme. In the past, Efa has been Vice-Chair of CWVYS, a trustee of the WCVA, and a member of the Welsh Language Partnership Council. Currently, Efa is a member of the Interim Youth Work Board, Wales. Read about Efa’s appointment as Chair here.

Dr Nia Edwards-Behi
Dr Nia Edwards-Behi Board of Trustees

Nia is S4C’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Whilst she was a post-graduate student at Aberystwyth University, Nia began her career as a member of the team at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. During the decade she spent there – in roles as varied as Ticket Office Assistant, Cinema Technician and Marketing and Communications Assistant – Nia was responsible for bringing matters relating to accessibility and inclusion to the fore. Nia has a doctorate in Film Studies, and she is the Co-director of Abertoir, the Horror Film Festival. She joined S4C in December 2020.

Jacob Dafydd Ellis
Jacob Dafydd Ellis Board of Trustees

Jacob is the Lead Change Maker: Public Affairs and International for the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales. In his work from day to day, his main responsibilities include working with the Welsh Government and other public bodies to ensure they adopt the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. His wider responsibilities include promoting the Act on an international level, and taking the lead on the cultural brief. In 2019 he established the Future Generations Leadership Academy to support young people in gaining the necessary skills to enable them to face future challenges. Jacob was brought up in the Vale of Glamorgan; he studied Welsh and International Politics at Aberystwyth, followed by an MA in Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff. Jacob is also a member of Literature Wales’s Board of Trustees, and of Scouts Cymru.

Siôn Fôn
Siôn Fôn Board of Trustees

Siôn is a lawyer who originally comes from the Nantlle Valley. He studied at Aberystwyth University, graduating with a BA in Drama and Theatre, Film and Television, before going on to work in the media sector as an actor and production assistant. He has experience of working on several theatre, film and television productions in all parts of Wales. Having made a decision to change careers, Siôn returned to Bangor University to study for a LLB degree in Law, before going on to the Chester University of Law (LLM LPC). Following a period of training with a company in Manchester, he now works for the Darwin Gray company as a commercial lawyer specialising in resolving disputes and matters pertaining to property. In his spare time, he is a keen supporter of the Wales football team and enjoys skiing, golf and the arts.

Arwel Gruffydd
Arwel Gruffydd Artistic Director

I now live near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, but I’m originally from Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Over the years I’ve worked as an actor, film director, literary manager, car park attendant and barman – as well as a theatre director and artistic director! I love the peace and quiet of the Welsh countryside, but also love to travel… oh, and good food!

+44(0)1267 643204 | +44 (0)7903 842 545
Elwyn Jones
Elwyn Jones Board of Trustees

Originally from Bala, Elwyn contributed to the local drama scene before studying Drama at Trinity College, Carmarthen. Later, he settled in Aberystwyth where he worked for Urdd Gobaith Cymru as the Eisteddfod organiser before joining the public relations company, Stratamatrix; he was with the company for 14 years and was promoted to Director. Elwyn joined the Welsh Books Council Marketing Department in 1997, and following a period as the Head of Administration and Public Relations, he was Chief Executive of the organisation from 2009 to 2017.

Gwyn Jones
Gwyn Jones Board of Trustees

Gwyn was brought up on a farm in Tregaron, Ceredigion. Educated at Ysgol Gynradd Penuwch and Ysgol Uwchradd Tregaron, he graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

He started working with Dyfed County Council in 1976 as a Trainee Accountant. In 1979 he was appointed Internal Auditor with Ceredigion District Council in Aberystwyth, and in 1996 he was promoted to the post of Chief Internal Auditor.

When Local Government was restructured in 1996, he was appointed Chief Internal Auditor to Ceredigion County Council, and promoted to the post of Ceredigion Director of Finance in 2002. In 2013, as part of the County Council’s internal restructuring, he was appointed Strategic Director – Corporate Resources, a post he held until his retirement in 2015. Between 2001 and 2015 he was also Honorary Treasurer to the Welsh Books Council.

In the past, his main interests were playing rugby and an occasional round of golf, but nowadays he enjoys playing bowls in Aberaeron, cycling, walking, and enjoying the company of his grandchildren.

Fiona Phillips
Fiona Phillips Board of Trustees

Fiona was brought up in west Wales, in a community which is a hive of Welsh-language arts activities. She studied for a LLB degree in Law and Welsh, together with the diploma course in legal practice (LPC), at Cardiff University. Having trained and qualified with the legal company Morgan LaRoche, Fiona now specialises in corporate law and work pertaining to businesses. As this year’s chair of Penybont Young Farmers Club, Carmarthenshire, and one of the leaders of Aelwyd Hafodwenog, Fiona delights in being at the centre of the social life of her community. As she had studied for her degree through the medium of Welsh, Fiona was made a member of the Gorsedd of Bards at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod.

Catherine Rees
Catherine Rees Board of Trustees

Catherine Rees is Senior Manager for Corporate Affairs and Human Resources with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Her fields of expertise are Human Resources and Governance, and in 2017 she won the Wales Human Resources Award for the best use of the Welsh language in the field of Human Resources.

Catherine was brought up in Pwll, a village near Llanelli, and graduated in Welsh from Bangor University. Following periods working as a Careers Officer in Newport, and as a producer of radio programmes with BBC Radio Cymru in Swansea, Catherine and her family emigrated to live in the Netherlands, and later the USA. Having returned to Wales, she started working for Menter a Busnes, the economic development company, as a researcher, project manager, director, and eventually as Deputy Chief Executive, focusing in particular on Human Resources and project management. She has worked with several companies and organisations to help them in developing their business and was a member of the Welsh Language Board until 2012. She now lives in Carmarthen, but retains a foothold in Llanelli.

Rhys Miles Thomas
Rhys Miles Thomas Board of Trustees

Having been brought up in the Carmarthenshire village of Alma, Rhys now lives in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. Rhys has worked in the creative field for over twenty years – as an actor, dancer, choreographer, author in both Welsh and English, and director. With his company GlassShot, Rhys has produced, directed and toured Welsh and English plays throughout Wales. Previously, Rhys was Head of the Digital Department for the training company, Cyfle. He specialises in the digital field – particularly in transmedia work, which entails telling a story across different platforms – and he has been a guest speaker at a number of international conferences. He takes a particular interest in the way in which disabled people and characteristics are represented in ‘mainstream’ works for theatre.

Gwyn Williams
Gwyn Williams Board of Trustees

Gwyn Williams is S4C’s Director of Communications. After working at Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Centre for a year, Gwyn started his career in the media by working for BBC Radio Cymru in Bangor. Later, he worked on the programmes Newyddion 7 and Hel Straeon before starting his own company. He was one of the founder members of Cwmni Da, and later the chief executive of Barcud, the resources company based at Caernarfon.  He has been a Communications Director with the Welsh Language Commissioner, and joined S4C as Communications Director in 2015.

Meilir Rhys Williams
Meilir Rhys Williams Board of Trustees

Meilir Rhys Williams is an actor from Llanuwchllyn. He was educated at Ysgol Gynradd O. M. Edwards, Llanuwchllyn, and Ysgol Uwchradd y Berwyn, Y Bala. He decided to follow a career as an actor after attending a summer course arranged by National Youth Theatre Wales in 2006. He studied for a diploma in Performance Studies at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2007, before graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010 with a BA in Acting.

Since graduating, Meilir has performed with several theatre companies in Wales and beyond, including with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in ‘Y Storm’ and ‘Deffro’r Gwanwyn’. He has also appeared on television in various programmes, and he can now be seen regularly in the popular television series ‘Rownd a Rownd’, playing the part of Rhys.