With a Masters Degree from Aberystwyth University in Library and
Information Science, Rona Aldrich has worked in local government all her
working life, the last 20 years at Senior Management level.
"With money to support individuals and communities becoming
increasingly scarce, the role of Big Lottery is vital in continuing to
finance innovative projects to maintain and grow the society and economy
In addition to being Head of Service for Libraries, Information and
Culture, she was involved in the development of the European Union
Objective 1 plan for Conwy County Borough and managed a £2m multi agency
project under that plan. She served on the Steering Group of Bay Life,
(the programme to regenerate the town of Colwyn Bay), as Chair of the
Rhyl Community Agency and Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
In addition to being an advisor to the Welsh Local Government
Association, Rona has also worked freelance for both the Association and
Welsh Government. She was appointed by the (then) Minister for Heritage
to sit on the original Advisory Council for CyMAL (Welsh Government’s
policy division for museums, archives and libraries) and represented
Wales at UK level.
A first language Welsh speaker, Rona sits on the Executive Committee
of the Welsh Books Council. She has been a member of BIG’s People and
Places Committee for 4 years.