Welsh Government Minister and MP welcome the new Chief Executive of Diverse Cymru
Commenting on the appointment of Martyn Jones as the new CEO at Diverse Cymru Welsh Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM remarked:
“Diverse Cymru has grown to be a very widely respected and important part of the Cardiff landscape. That is due in no small part to the contribution made by the retiring Chief Executive, Dr Charles Willie. Both Kevin Brennan MP and I look forward very much to continuing our relationship with Diverse Cymru and to working with Martyn Jones. We would like to extend our congratulations to him on his appointment.”
Diverse Cymru, Chair, Keith Dewhurst said:
“On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to announce that Martyn Jones has been appointed as CEO of Diverse Cymru. We had a significant number of excellent applicants, and after due process Martyn showed himself to be the best person for the job. We wish Martyn all the very best in his new appointment. I would also wish to take this opportunity to express the great gratitude felt by the Board for all that Charles has achieved. Charles has done an outstanding job as Chief Executive and I would like to pay tribute to his commitment, enthusiasm, passion and particularly his foresight in leading Diverse Cymru for the past 4 years”.
Martyn Jones said:
“It is a huge privilege to be offered the opportunity to build on the robust foundation laid by Charles, the Board, staff and volunteers and I eagerly anticipate working with all my new incredibly talented, passionate and committed colleagues. I know I will be leading an organisation established on the basis of a commitment to the principles and values I hold dear – promoting equality, embracing diversity and protecting individual rights”.
“I am also very proud to become one of a very small number of visible minority ethnic male leaders in Welsh civil society. I take the responsibility of being a role model very seriously and see this as an important aspect of being the CEO of Diverse Cymru.’
Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth Vaughan Gething, welcomed the appointment of Diverse Cymru’s new Chief Executive Martyn Jones saying:
“Having met Martyn several times already I know that he will bring constructive challenge to the way that Diverse Cymru works with stakeholders and decision makers. I look forward to working with him to help make our country a fairer place to live for all of our communities.”
Retiring Chief Executive Dr Charles Willie welcomed the appointment:
“I‘m delighted that Martyn has agreed to take up the position as my successor, Martyn takes over the leadership of Diverse Cymru at a time of expansion, having just recently extended our office premises which will allow us to reach even more people, supporting those affected by inequality.
“I look forward to welcoming Martyn to Diverse Cymru and ensuring a smooth and steady handover. Then it will be time for me to move on to other adventures.”
Martyn has worked extensively on equality and diversity across the public and third sectors in Wales and was the Equality and Human Rights Lead for the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales before joining Diverse Cymru. He has an MSc in Equality and Diversity from Cardiff University and a BSc (Hons) in Behavioural Sciences from Glamorgan University.
Martyn chaired the South Wales Police Strategic and Race Independent Advisory Groups and the Rhondda Cynon Taff Community and Race Relations Advisory Group. He is currently an independent member of the South Wales Police and Crime Panel responsible for scrutinising the work of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael.
Martyn has been a Magistrate since 2004 and is a member of the Glamorgan Valleys Bench where he is a Chair and sits on the domestic violence panel.
Martyn Jones will commence his duties as Chief Executive of Diverse Cymru on 31st March 2015.