Geraint Talfan Davies
Geraint Talfan Davies OBE DL (born 30 December 1943) is chairman of Welsh National Opera. He is also one of the co-founders of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and was its chairman from 1992 to 2014. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council of Wales. A journalist by training, he moved into broadcasting and was controller of BBC Cymru Wales from 1990 to 2000.
Personal life and education
Educated at Bishop Gore Grammar School, Swansea and Cardiff High School for Boys, Davies went on to read Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford, graduating in 1966. In 1967 he married Elizabeth Siân Vaughan Yorath, with whom he has three sons.
Davies' career began in 1966 as a graduate trainee with the Western Mail newspaper in Cardiff, where he became its first Welsh Affairs Correspondent. In 1971 he moved to The Journal newspaper in Newcastle upon Tyne, relocating to The Times in London in 1973 where he worked for a year, before returning to the Western Mail in 1974 as Assistant Editor.
In 1978, Davies moved into broadcasting, as the Head of News and Current Affairs with HTV Wales, becoming assistant controller of programmes in 1982.
He returned to Newcastle in 1987, as director of programmes for Tyne Tees Television. 1990 saw his return to Cardiff, at the start of his ten-year stint as controller of BBC Wales, a position that included overall responsibility for the BBC's television and radio operations in Wales, and the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. Davies retired from the BBC in 2000, at the age of 57. He was succeeded by Menna Richards. His son, Rhodri Talfan Davies, was appointed director of BBC Wales in 2011.
Geraint Talfan Davies has been involved with various arts, media and educational organisations, including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, the Wales International Film Festival, the Artes Mundi Visual Arts Prize, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, the Wales Millennium Centre and Welsh National Opera.
He chaired Welsh National Opera (WNO) for three years, before his appointment in 2003 to the chair of the Arts Council of Wales (ACW). His tenure at ACW was cut short in 2006 when, following the Council's successful resistance to Welsh Government plans to take over responsibility for the main national arts organisations, the Culture Minister, Alun Pugh, did not renew his appointment for a second term.  He was then re-elected to the chair of WNO. He is also a trustee of the Media Standards Trust and of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
In 2000 he was one of a group that formed Glas Cymru Cyf, with the aim of acquiring Welsh Water with a view to turning it into a not-for-profit company. He was a non-executive of Glas Cymru Cyf from 2000 to 2011. he has also been a member of the BT Wales Advisory Forum.
He is an Honorary Doctor of the University of Glamorgan, and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Swansea University, Bangor University, and of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Davies has previously held numerous other positions:
- Chair, Arts Council of Wales, 2003–2006
- Board Member, Wales Millennium Centre (2000–2003, 2006–2009)
- Board Member, Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Prize
- Chair, Newydd Housing Association (now known as Cadarn Housing Association) (1975–1978)
- Chair, Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (1997–2003)
- Chair, Wales International Film Festival (1998–2001)
- Chair, Welsh National Opera (2000–2003, 2006–present)
- Governor, Welsh College of Music and Drama (1993–1997)
- Member of Management Committee, Northern Sinfonia (1989–1990)
- Member, Prince of Wales Committee on the Environment (1993–1996)
- Member, Radio Authority (2001–2004)
- Trustee, Tenovus Cancer Appeal (1984–1987)
- Trustee, British Bone Marrow Donor Appeal (1987–1995)
- Davies, Geraint Talfan (2008). At arm's length : recollections and reflections on the arts, media and a young democracy. Bridgend: Seren Books. ISBN 9781854114365.
- Controller of BBC Wales to retire, September 1999
- ACW chair "sacked" – British Theatre Guide, January 2006
- ACW welcomes new Chairman for Welsh National Opera, September 2006
- "Geraint Talfan DAVIES". People of Today. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
- "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 11.
- Who's Who 2006. A & C Black Publishers Ltd. 2006. ISBN 0-7136-7164-5.
- VIP Wales 1992. Firstspace Limited. 1992. ISBN 1-871600-00-6.
- Biography at Ofcom.org.uk, October 2007
- The IWA's Board of Directors, October 2007
- BT Wales Advisory Forum, October 2007
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