Nerys Evans has been appointed Head of BAFTA Cymru, who starts in the role on 14 September.
5 September 2022: BAFTA has today announced the appointment of Nerys Evans in the role of Head of BAFTA Cymru, the arts charity’s branch in Wales.
Nerys will begin her new role in September with a remit to drive BAFTA's presence in Wales. She will oversee delivery of the organisation’s charitable aims and objectives, bringing the best in Welsh film, games and television to public attention and identifying and supporting talent in Wales.
Angharad Mair, Chair of BAFTA Cymru, said: “I am delighted that Nerys Evans has come on board as the new Head of BAFTA Cymru. Nerys will be at the forefront of highlighting the breadth and success of our booming production industry in Wales, inspiring and nurturing the next generation of talent and bringing the very best work in Welsh film, games and television to public attention globally. I am sure that the next chapter for BAFTA Cymru is set to be an incredibly exciting one.”
Nerys Evans said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to serve as Head of BAFTA Cymru to represent the BAFTA brand and the growing screen industries of Wales. The film, games and television sectors are key drivers of economic and social prosperity for the nation, which can offer opportunities to new and existing talent from across Wales’ diverse cultural and geographical landscape. I am looking forward to working with the Committee, the BAFTA team, and the wider BAFTA network in delivering a new strategy in and for Wales, driving sustainable inclusivity and accessibility in and for the industry.”
Nerys Evans’ 23 year career working in and for the creative industries spans across TV screen production, education, regional and national policy, innovation, and investment, with a particular understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges found in creative industry clusters across the UK. Her stakeholder and strategy experience includes both industry and policy, including central Government departments (e.g Department of Culture, Media and Sport), devolved Governments, the Creative Industries Council, higher education across the UK, as well as independent screen, broadcasters, and related technology companies.
In her previous position as Strategy Executive at Innovate UK, Nerys worked closely with the Challenge Director for ISCF’s Audience of the Future and Creative Industries Clusters Programme in delivering the £120m UK Government investment into creative industries innovation, which has generated £210m co-investment in three years. Previously, Nerys worked with the senior management of University of Wales Trinity Saint David in setting the strategic vision for securing investment into Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, a groundbreaking bilingual building that unites the creative industries of rural west Wales; it is now home to S4C and a series of independent TV and digital companies. In her 10 years in the screen industries, Nerys worked in current affairs and factual content for S4C, ITV and BBC for both regional and network productions.
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Nick Williams, Communications Manager, BAFTA
BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit www.bafta.org. BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).
BAFTA Cymru extends the charity’s charitable mission across the UK in support of Wales’ creative communities. The highlight of BAFTA’s events calendar in Wales is the annual BAFTA Cymru Awards, an independent platform showcasing the work that truly reflects the best of the country across film, television and games, making a difference to those producing creative work as well as those watching it www.bafta.org/television/cymru-awards.