Liz Siberry grew up in Llandaff; her father worked in the Welsh Office between 1963 and 1973 and then chaired the Working Party on the Fourth Television Channel in Wales and her mother was a teacher. Liz went to Howell’s School Llandaff and then studied history at the University of London and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in 1982.
After a career working as a civil servant in London and filling a variety of roles, including as a departmental HR Director and Director of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, Liz retired in 2011. She was awarded an OBE in 1997.
Whilst working, Liz continued her research and writing as a medievalist and post retirement she has published several articles on the history of Breconshire and co-edited Henry Vaughan and the Usk Valley (Logaston, 2016). Other research interests include the history of Welsh art, with contributions to books on Artists of the Llanthony Valley and Visitors to Crickhowell.
Liz is currently on the Council of the University of Wales Trinity St. David and the Board of the National Library of Wales. She is also a Trustee of the Gregynog Trust and the Brecknock Arts Trust and a member of the editorial Board of the journal Brycheiniog.
She splits her time between London and Breconshire.