The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion

Recognising the contribution of Wales in contemporary society


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Dr Lynn Williams

A Welsh speaker, Lynn Williams was born in Cardigan and was educated at Cardigan County Secondary School and at the University College of Swansea (now Swansea University), where he read history. He was awarded his doctorate in 1982, following research into 19th century diplomatic history.

Following spells with Swansea City Archives Office, the Overseas Students Trust and the UK Council for Overseas Student Affairs, he took up a career in university administration, beginning in 1988 with the Universities Central Council on Admissions (UCCA). In 1992, following a period as Head of Secretariat at the University of Wales College of Cardiff (now Cardiff University), he joined the University of Wales, where he served until 2010. He held various posts within the federal University’s central administration, including: Assistant Secretary to the Joint Planning and Resources Committee; Secretary to the Vice-Chancellors’ Board; Secretary to the Council; Head of the General Administration Division; Director of Strategic Planning; and Secretary General. On leaving the University, he took up the role of Founding Secretary (from 2011, Chief Executive and Secretary) of the Learned Society of Wales, Wales’s first national scholarly academy, which was launched in 2010.

Since his retirement from the Learned Society at the end of 2014, he has taken up the part-time role of Secretary to the Chairs of Universities Wales (the Committee representing the Chairs of the Governing Bodies of the Welsh universities), as well as that of Honorary Secretary to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.