Welsh by birth but an internationalist in work and outlook, Jenny was born in Brecon and has degrees from the University of London. During a career with the British Council, she worked promoting British education, science, culture and collaborative links with postings in London, Nigeria (Lagos), Mexico (Mexico City) and Burma (Rangoon). She travelled extensively for work and leisure during that time.
Jenny moved to Atlanta GA with her husband in 1993, a temporary assignment for him which became long standing. She learned Welsh as an adult, taught English as a second language and volunteered with a variety of organisations. These included Northside Community Hospital, the Atlanta Celtic Festival and the Salvation Army and she held board positions with them all.
Her greatest commitment was to a number of organisations active in promoting Welsh language and culture. She worked on their boards, respectively President of the Georgia Welsh Society, President of Cymdeithas Madog (the Welsh Studies Institute in North America), Trustee and then Secretary of the WNGGA, now known as the Welsh North American Association (WNAA). She was a member of the NAWF in North America.
Jenny returned to the UK in 2015 and is an active member of the London Welsh Centre.
We are delighted to welcome Abbie Wightwick to the Foundation's Wales Board of Trustees.
Abbie has travelled extensively as a journalist working in the UK and overseas before becoming the Education Editor of WalesOnline and the Western Mail, a post she has held for more than a decade. A graduate of Queen Mary University, London, Abbie has a wide interest in the arts. She lives in Penarth near Cardiff.
She brings experience and energy to our work and we look forward to her contribution in the coming months and years.
We are delighted that David Melding has joined the Wales Board of the Foundation.
Born in Neath, David has degrees in politics from Cardiff University and in government from the College of William and Mary, Virginia USA (where he has returned frequently as a visiting lecturer).
Between 1989 and 1996 he was Deputy Director at the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.
Since 1999 he has been a member of the National Assembly for Wales where he has served as Deputy Presiding Officer. He is currently on the Board of Gorwel, an independent non-party Welsh think tank. This reflects his long-standing interests in governance and policy issues.
In 2018 David was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to political and public life.
David brings a wealth of experience to our Board and we look forward to his contribution to our work.
The National Welsh-American Foundation has changed its name to the North America Wales Foundation.
President of the North America Board, Stacy Evans, said the decision had been taken jointly by the American and Wales Boards to reflect the growing role played by Canadian members. “It was time we recognised the importance of Canada to our movement, especially this year with the North America Festival of Wales takiing place in Calgary."
Prof. Jon Roper, Vice-President, Wales, said the Wales Board was unanimous in its support. “Significant numbers of Welsh people migrated to Canada as well as the USA and it is important the Foundation reflects this as well as the support it receives from members in Canada.”
North America Wales Foundation
Protect, promote and enhance our history and culture in Wales and North America.