Learning Disability Wales appoints Martyn Jones as new Chief Executive

Learning Disability Wales is delighted to announce the appointment of Martyn Jones as our new Chief Executive.

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 partners.

"Promoting the well-being, rights, protection and interests of people with a learning disability is a challenge we can never shy away from.

"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 disability.

"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 panel.

Martyn has BSc (Hons) in Behavioural Sciences and an MSc in Equality and Diversity. He lives in Aberdare with his wife and two daughters.