The Reverend Aled Edwards OBE | Chief Executive
Aled comes from Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd. He was a pupil at Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog and a student of History and Theology at St David’s University College, Lampeter. He undertook pre-ordination training at Trinity College, Bristol and was ordained a minister of the Church in Wales in 1979. Following his time as a curate in Glanogwen, Bethesda, Aled served as the parish priest of Llandinorwig with Penisa’rwaun, Botwnnog (where he was also the Community Pastor) and Eglwys Dewi Sant, Cardiff. In 1999, Aled became Cytûn’s first National Assembly Liaison Officer. During his time in that post, he wrote Transforming Power: A Christian Reflection on Welsh Devolution (2001) edited From Protest to Process: Stories from the National Assembly for Wales (2003) and co-wrote Considering Contrasts and Futures: A Faith Reflection on Devolution (2004). In 2006, Aled became Cytûn’s Chief Executive. Aled has a strong interest in issues concerning asylum seekers and refugees, race relations and equalities and human rights. He was Chair of the Welsh Refugee Council (2005-06), a member of the Equal Opportunities Wales Advisory Committee, and was Wales’ Commissioner on the Commission for Racial Equality (2006-07). He is Chair of Displaced People in Action, one of Wales’s most active asylum and refugee organisations, and is a member of the Wales Committee of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. In June 2006, Aled received an OBE for his charitable services in Wales. Aled is married to Marie and has three children. Among his personal interests are politics, rugby, football, the American Civil War and The West Wing.