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.
Revd Gethin Rhys, MA, MPhil, Blitt | National Assembly Policy Officer
Gethin was born and brought up in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, and educated at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen and the Universities of Oxford (where he graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and was awarded an M.Phil. in Politics) and Birmingham (where he graduated in Theology). Following internship ministry in Wrexham and a period in London, he was ordained a minister of the United Reformed Church and has served pastorates in Brecon (jointly with the Welsh Independents), Trefforest, Porth and Penrhys (in Llanfair Uniting Church). He and his wife, Dr Fiona Liddell, have also served as Joint Wardens of Coleg Trefeca (Presbyterian Church of Wales) and in 2003-5 he was General Secretary of the Covenanted Churches in Wales and Assistant General Secretary of Cytûn. He started his work as Policy Officer in January 2015 and is pleased to be able to combine in this post his background in both Politics and Theology. He has a lifelong interest in aspects of the interconnections between Biblical theology and public affairs, and he wrote the chapter on Wales in Belonging to Britain: Christian Perspectives on a Plural Society (Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, 1991).
Mrs Sasha Perriam BA | Bilingual Administrator to the Chief Executive
Sasha was brought up in Cardiff and studied Welsh and Screen Translation as a Honours Degree. Sasha has learnt Welsh as a second language from an early age. Sasha joined Cytûn in 2003. Before joining Cytun she lived and worked in Bourges in France for the Leornado Da Vinci Project, an EU funded scheme. She has worked for the Church in Wales offices, the Wales Labour Party for the Chief Executive, for Gerald Eve Chartered Surveyors and the 'Academi Gymraeg'.