NATIONAL LIBRARY SEEKS FOURTH CHIEF IN JUST FIVE YEARS

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Cambrian News photographer - The search is on for a new chief executive at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth is searching for its fourth chief executive in just five years.

Cambrian News reported “The library has advertised the up-to £92,025-a-year post with a closing date next month after incumbent Linda Tomos announced her decision to retire.

Whoever takes over the role will be the fourth person to lead the famous institution since 2013.

Long-serving Andrew Green retired as chief executive and librarian early in 2013 after filling the role for 14 years.

He was succeeded by Aled Gruffydd Jones.

Mr Gruffydd Jones’s tenure was dogged by financial issues which saw jobs cut to balance the books and a row over his management of the library which ultimately forced his resignation.

He stood down in 2015 days after a highly critical report said he had mishandled disciplinary action brought against two of the library’s senior staff members.

An earlier employment tribunal ruled the library had unfairly dismissed Arwel Jones, its director of public services and Elwyn Williams, who headed its promotion and interpretation section.

Mr Gruffydd Jones’ successor in 2015 was Linda Tomos, who this month said she is planning to retire.

A spokesperson for the library said that there was no “definite date as yet”, for when she will leave her post.

The library has undergone several job-shedding exercises in the past five years in an attempt to balance the books amid a backdrop of real terms cash funding stagnation and falls, and rising costs.

A major restructuring exercise was carried out, placing dozens of jobs at risk as the library consolidated departments and roles in a bid to cut costs” here.

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