Martyn will take up post on 30 April 2018 and joins Learning
Disability Wales from the housing charity Tai Pawb, where he is
currently Head of Policy and Communications.
Martyn is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's
Wales Committee and was previously CEO at Diverse Cymru where,
amongst other things, he chaired the Welsh Government's Tackling
Poverty Practitioner Group.
Announcing Martyn's appointment, Phil Madden, Chair of Learning
Disability Wales, said: "On behalf of the Trustees of Learning
Disability Wales, I am delighted to announce that Martyn Jones has
been appointed as Chief Executive for the organisation. Martyn has
significant skills and experience which will be invaluable for
Learning Disability Wales in meeting the expectations of our
members and the challenges that lie ahead.
"We look forward to this new chapter in the work that Learning
Disability Wales undertakes and to its continued role as a strong
and clear voice for people with a learning disability, their
families and those working in the sector."
Commenting on the appointment, Martyn Jones said: "This is an
incredibly exciting opportunity and I am really looking forward to
working with my new colleagues and all our stakeholders and
"Promoting the well-being, rights, protection and interests of
people with a learning disability is a challenge we can never shy
"I am passionate about empowering choice and control, and
supporting individuals to live as independently as possible. We
must all play our part in contributing to the creation of a Wales
that values every child, young person and adult with a learning
"Leading an organisation that has fought tirelessly for so long
to protect these rights is a massive responsibility. However, I
know the values and commitment of the team at Learning Disability
Wales has laid a solid foundation of incredible work on which we
can build even greater success in the future."
Equality and human rights
A passionate supporter of human rights, Martyn has extensive
experience within the equality field in Wales.
Martyn is the former Equality and Human Rights Lead for the
Older People's Commissioner for Wales, and has worked across the
third and public sectors on these issues. His extensive experience
in criminal justice includes management of a community safety
partnership and diversity work with the Probation Service. He also
chaired the Strategic and Race Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs)
and the Rhondda Cynon Taf Community and Race Relations group for
South Wales Police.
Currently the Chair of the Cwm Taf Community Cohesion Group,
Martyn has been an Independent Member of the South Wales Police and
Crime Panel since its formation. He is also a member of the Mid
Wales Bench where he is Chair and sits on the domestic violence
Martyn has BSc (Hons) in Behavioural Sciences and an MSc in
Equality and Diversity. He lives in Aberdare with his wife and two