Kath Davies is Director of Investment and Funding Services, Arts Council of Wales.
Originally from the Swansea Valley, Kath graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in history and Welsh history. She then went on to complete a PhD in early American history – also at Aberystwyth but including study periods in Boston, Massachusetts. Kath also spent a year studying French history and literature at Strasbourg University.
Following a year’s apprenticeship with the National Museum of Wales, Kath took up a post with Anglesey County Council as Research and Museums Officer. She was involved in the establishment of Oriel Ynys Môn and was responsible for the exhibitions programme. During this time, Kath completed an MA in Museum Studies at Leicester University and also gained a diploma from the Museums Association in social history curatorship.
After 5 years in Anglesey Kath moved to Cardiff and took up a post with the Council of Museums in Wales as a Development Officer. This was a national brief which involved working with museums and galleries throughout the country and helping them meet national (UK) standards set by the then Museums and Galleries Commission. During this period she also contributed regularly to a range of museum publications and lectured in women’s history for the WEA.
Kath then took up her first role with the Arts Council as Senior Capital Projects Officer and during her first 5 years in post led on some ambitious schemes including the Wales Millennium Centre, the Riverfront in Newport, Theatr Mwldan and Galeri. She also went on to work on the redevelopment of Ruthin Craft Centre, Oriel Davies, Valleys Kids and Sherman Cymru.
Kath’s role has evolved and broadened considerably since she first joined the Council and she now heads up the Investment and Funding Services team which includes responsibility for Grant Funding Programmes, our RFO portfolio, Research and Evaluation, Information Services and Capital. She lives in Cardiff but relishes the opportunities to travel and work across Wales with a wide range of diverse organisations.