Ifor ap Dafydd

Mid and West Wales

YesCymru’s appeal for me is that it isn’t party political, it is an opportunity to bring people together to work for the same aim: an independent Wales, which will be a better Wales. Values such as inclusivity, accountability, transparency and anti-racism are crucial to the way in which we operate, and how we build the new Wales.

I was born in Cardiff, raised in Flintshire, and now live in Aberystwyth. I read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and did research on the work of Saunders Lewis at Aberystwyth University. I am a Digital Archivist at The National Library of Wales. Before joining the Library I taught at the Department of Welsh, Swansea University and worked on www.dafyddapgwilym.net.

For several years I have been an active member of YesCymru, and am currently the chair of our Aberystwyth branch. In 2018-19 I was a member of the Central Committee and may have met several of you on our stands at the marches around Wales or in the Eisteddfod at Llanrwst.

I have considerable experience as a Trade Union Representative in my workplace, and have acted as Negotiating Officer in pay talks, represented members in personal cases, and contributed to successful campaigns to ensure the Real Living Wage and funding for the Library. Outside work, I served two terms on the Publishing Grant Panel (Welsh), Welsh Books Council which is responsible for distributing public money to support the publishing sector and authors in Wales. I have also served on the board or contributed to the activities of organisations or societies, including Tŷ Tawe, Gwyl Lyfrau’r Morlan (book festival), and The Peoples’ Assembly. I have written articles for Barn, Taliesin, The Western Mail and others.

I believe that my previous experience of YesCymru’s work, and the others noted above, will all contribute well to the diversity of experience and expertise that is needed to guide the movement in its next steps. I welcome the opportunity to bring these experiences to the Board, to contribute to YesCymru’s success, and win independence for Wales.

Political affiliations: None