Ned Thomas is a man of very wide horizons who has spent his life presenting Wales and its cultural vitality to the wider world as a journalist, author and scholar.
After graduating, he spent a period as a journalist with the Times Newspapers Company in London, and was editor of ‘Angliya’, the Government’s Russian periodical. In 1970, Ned established ‘Planet: The Welsh Internationalist’ which offered a most important platform to develop a Welsh discourse on current affairs, politics and literature. He spent time lecturing at the University of Salamanca in Spain, Moscow University in Russia, and then at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Between 1990 and 1998, he served as Director of the University of Wales Press. He was also chairman of the company, Dyddiol Cyf., which staged a major campaign to establish a Welsh-language daily newspaper.
Ned has also been a very influential campaigner for the Welsh language and other minority languages. He acted as Director of the Mercator Institute for Media, Languages and Culture at Aberystwyth University between 1988 and 1998, and he is now its president.
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is very much indebted to Ned Thomas as an author, scholar and campaigner. Ned campaigned to establish the Coleg, and served on many of the early committees regarding the establishment of a ‘Coleg Cymraeg Cyfun’ before initiating the campaign for a Federal College. Since the establishment of the Coleg Cymraeg in 2011, Ned has remained a regular benefactor and has led several national projects under the auspices of the Coleg, such as the Welsh Translations Fund project.