Director of Enterprise and Regeneration
Sian Tomos is the Director of Enterprise and Regeneration for the Arts Council of Wales. The role involves balancing the artistic aims of the sector with the need to be resilient, innovative and collaborative – particularly around business models, skills and training and entrepreneurship.
She also plays a wider role in the Arts Council of Wales senior management team and is the strategic lead for local government and sustainable development.
Having studied at the School of Art and Design in Coventry and trained on newspapers and as an advertising copywriter, Sian took up a very successful career in public affairs for some years working for, amongst others, the National Trust and The National Museum and Galleries of Wales.
She joined Arts Council of Wales on its inception in 1994 in order to return to her first passion which was the arts. During her career she has undertaken many varied roles including being the strategic lead for arts marketing in Wales, leading a review of music provision in North Wales, planning officer, senior capital projects officer.
She was the Regional Director for North Wales, Arts Council of Wales, for 10 years. During this time, the arts provision in the region was transformed with the opening of major capital re-developments such as Ruthin Craft Centre, Mostyn, and Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre. Sian was also a major champion for Galeri Caernarfon during its development journey as a social enterprise.
She is currently responsible for a team which is working on a number of innovative arts partnerships and collaborations including a pioneering regeneration programme Ideas: People: Places that uses the arts and creativity as a means of improving the spaces where people live, work and play. Other key responsibilities of the Enterprise and Regeneration Team include Music Industry Development, Broadcast Partnerships, Digital Arts, Collectorplan, Skills and Training, Business Development and Arts and Business.
Sian has served on numerous committees and groups and is a former independent Chair of the Standards Committee of Cyngor Gwynedd. She is passionate about the Welsh language and environmental issues and sits on both the Arts Council’s Welsh Language and Sustainable Development Monitoring Groups. She was also recently appointed to the Climate Change Commission for Wales and has pioneered a leadership approach in this area in the arts sector.
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