Dr Cen Williams hails from Anglesey. Following a career as a teacher he joined the staff at the Normal College in Bangor and was promoted to Deputy Principal of that institution by the time it amalgamated with the University of Wales, Bangor in 1996. He was appointed the first Director of Canolfan Bedwyr, an innovative institution within the university which continues to provide services to students at Bangor and leads national projects within subject areas such as terminology and language technology. He retired from the University in 2007.
For two years, from 2000 to 2002, he was seconded to the University of Wales to establish a Welsh Education Development Unit. The unit evolved in due course into a Welsh Medium Higher Education Centre that was linked to the entire higher education sector, and in 2011 it was incorporated into the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. During Cen Williams’ period in this role, many initiatives were launched which have been further developed over the years, including promoting collaborative provision, establishing Welsh medium subject panels, and planning Welsh medium research scholarships. Cen Williams is also a recognized poet and won the Crown at the Meirion National Eisteddfod in 1997. This fellowship is awarded to acknowledge Dr Cen Williams’ contribution towards preparing the foundations for establishing the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.