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New appointments as the Authority’s Chairman and Deputy-chair

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23 September 2020

At the Snowdonia National Park Authority Meeting today, (Wednesday, 23 September) Cllr. Wyn Ellis Jones was elected as the Authority’s new Chairman, with Cllr. Annwen Hughes elected as deputy chair.

Cllr. Wyn Ellis Jones is a Conwy County Borough Council appointed Member and has been an Authority Member for 3 years.

Cllr. Ellis Jones was raised and still lives on a hill farm in Nebo near Llanrwst. He has been a Councillor since 2001 with 9 years’ experience as an education cabinet member and also the Chair of the Finance and Resource scrutiny committee. He runs a coffee roasting company and has a keen interest in mountaineering and mountain biking.

As well as electing a new Chairman of the Authority, Cllr. Annwen Hughes was elected as Vice Chair. Cllr. Hughes is the first woman to be appointed to the role and is the Gwynedd Councillor for the Llanbedr & Llanfair ward.

Welcoming the new Chairman, the Authority’s Chief Executive, Emyr Williams said,

"This is a pivotal time for us here in Snowdonia like many other public sector organisation due to the current pandemic. Now more than ever is the time to continue with strong leadership and I am confident Cllr. Wyn Ellis Jones and Cllr. Annwen Hughes will thrive in their respective positions as the Authority’s Chairman and Deputy-chair.

They step into their positions at a time when we have exciting projects to look forward to seeing being fulfilled such as the Carneddau Landscape Partnership, LIFE Celtic Rainforest project and various other schemes that are currently underway as well as the launching of our new National Park Partnership Plan: Cynllun Eryri”.

Cllr. Wyn Ellis Jones said:

"Being appointed as Chairman of the Snowdonia National Park Authority is a great honour and I thank the Members who have placed their trust in me by electing me to the position. I would like to thank Owain Wyn for his successful tenure as Chairman and I hope to bring as much to the role as he has done in the last three years.

I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and working with all our partners to ensure we protect the stunning environment in this truly special part of the world, in particular with a new-found focus on sustainable tourism, that we encourage the respectful enjoyment of what Snowdonia has to offer and that we do this with the well-being our communities at the core of our thinking”.

Cllr. Annwen Hughes said:

“It’s a real honour to be the first woman to take the role of deputy-chair. National Parks in the UK ar living, breathing landscapes and the landowners, communities and culture of the area form a fundamental part of what makes this area so special. I look forward to being able to work to support the Authority in achieving its purposes, and through this help to protect and support the local communities and farmers of Snowdonia”.

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For more information contact Ioan Gwilym, SNPA’s Corporate Services Communications Officer on 01766 772253 or ioan.gwilym@snowdonia.gov.wales