Geraint Talfan Davies has had a long and distinguished career in journalism and the media, and more recently as chairman of public bodies, including the Arts Council of Wales and Welsh National Opera.
Geraint was educated in Swansea and Cardiff and at Jesus College, Oxford. He worked as a journalist from 1966 until 1978, which included two periods with the Western Mail where he was deputy editor from 1974 until 1978. He moved to HTV Wales in 1978, and after a brief period in Newcastle from 1987 until 1990, he returned to Wales as Controller of BBC Wales. He remained in this post until his retirement in 2000.
Geraint has been involved with a range of organisations in the field of the arts and education over the years, including the Royal College of Music and Drama, Artes Mundi, the Wales Millennium Centre and the Welsh National Opera. In 2000 he was a member of the group who set up Glas Cymru Cyf.
Geraint’s contribution to the establishment of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol was of key importance. He chaired the executive board responsible for implementing the vision of Robin Williams’ report, and was one of the Coleg’s first directors.
This fellowship is awarded to Geraint Talfan Davies as a mark of the Coleg’s appreciation of his vital contribution to the establishment of the Coleg, a contribution the length and breadth of which will become clearer when the time comes to record formally the history of the Coleg’s establishment.