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Bangor University joins WRU and Development Bank of Wales as a GlobalWelsh founding patron

31 Oct, 2017

Bangor University has been announced as a founding patron of GlobalWelsh, alongside the Development Bank of Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union, Philanthropist Bernard Jones and Admiral’s CEO David Stephens.

The University is now a sector lead for education, representing the sector’s rich links with institutions across the globe. The new addition to the line-up of founding patrons for GloblWelsh is part of a drive to attract a total of 24 founding patrons.

"As an international university with a strong Welsh identity, we recognise the value that Global Welsh can bring to creating stronger networks between people and organisations in Wales and overseas.”

WRU have become a founding patron

The University’s Vice Chancellor Prof John G. Hughes said:

“We at Bangor University look forward to developing a greater engagement with Wales’ diaspora. As an international university with a strong Welsh identity, we recognise the value that Global Welsh can bring to creating stronger networks between people and organisations in Wales and overseas.”

Speaking of Bangor’s place as a founding patron of GlobalWelsh, founder Walter May said:

“With Bangor University as sector lead for education, we are delighted to have gained the perspective of one of Wales’ leading Universities, who have strong international links with many prestigious universities. With David Stephens and Bernard Jones also now on board, I have no doubt our mission will go from strength to strength.”

Giles Thorley, CEO of the Development Bank

Speaking of their support for GlobalWelsh, Giles Thorley, CEO of the Development Bank of Wales said:

“GlobalWelsh’ implementation of a broad based diaspora engagement initiative offers huge potential for synergies with (the Development Bank of Wales). In particular, a systematic and sustained effort of identifying and building relationships with the Welsh diaspora will allow us to provide value to GlobalWelsh objectives and help extend our already substantial pipeline of investment opportunities in the Welsh Economy”

David Stephens, CEO of Admiral 

Admiral CEO David Stephens added that he joined the GlobalWelsh mission because

“Increasing mobility has resulted in many talented people leaving Wales and achieving great things in all corners of the globe. Many of them want to help their home country prosper and realise its full potential. The GlobalWelsh community building approach is an important part of helping them achieve that ambition”

If you are interested in becoming a patron or partnering with GlobalWelsh then please get in touch