Learning Disability Wales welcomes our new Chief Executive, Martyn Jones

Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, and Mark Isherwood, Chair of the Cross Party Group on Disability, have congratulated Martyn Jones as he takes up his role as Chief Executive of Learning Disability Wales.

Learning Disability Wales is delighted to welcome Martyn Jones, who took up his role as our new Chief Executive this week.

A passionate supporter of human rights, Martyn has extensive experience within the field of equality  in Wales.

Martyn is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Wales Committee, and joins Learning Disability Wales from the housing equality charity Tai Pawb where he was Head of Policy and Communications. Prior to this he was CEO at Diverse Cymru where, amongst other things, he chaired the Welsh Government's Tackling Poverty Practitioner Group.

Mark Isherwood AM, Chair of the Cross Party Group on Disability, said:

"My congratulations go to Martyn Jones on his appointment as the new Chief Executive of Learning Disability Wales. I wish him every success and have already bumped in to Martyn at a number of events which he attended in order to familiarise himself with his new role before formally taking up his post on 30 April.

"The Secretary of the Assembly Cross Party Group on Disability, Zoe Richards, is provided by Learning Disability Wales, and, as its Chair, I look forward to working with Martyn in the future."

Vaughan Gething AM, the Welsh Government  Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, said:

"I've known Martyn Jones for a number of years. I think that this is a positive appointment and I wish him well."

Strong and clear voice

Phil Madden, Chair of Learning Disability Wales, welcomed Martyn as he joined our team:

"On behalf of the trustees of Learning Disability Wales, I am delighted to welcome Martyn as he takes up his role as our new Chief Executive. Martyn has significant skills and experience that 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 his first day in his new role, Martyn said:

"I have been truly overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome I have received from my new colleagues at Learning Disability Wales. I am now keen to meet all our partners and stakeholders as soon as possible and to start making a meaningful change in the lives of all people with a learning disability 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 Taff 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 a Presiding Justice and sits on the domestic violence panel.

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