Hanfod Cymru, Loteri Cymru’s grant-making charity, has announced Siôn Brynach as its new chief executive officer (CEO), taking over the role from interim CEO, Marc Phillips.
Siôn will now lead the charity, which was launched in April 2017 as the vehicle through which funds raised for good causes by Loteri Cymru ticket sales will be distributed. Siôn brings communication, governance and stakeholder consultation experience to the role, having worked for the BBC Trust, British Gas and for the Church in Wales as the Archbishop’s press officer.
A fluent Welsh-speaker, born in Bangor and raised in Gorseinon, Siôn is now working with Hanfod Cymru’s board of trustees to review the first round of applications for its small grants programme (up to £10,000).
More than 65 applications have already been received from charities across Wales with an interest in delivering educational, social and cultural benefit to local communities.
Hanfod Cymru has already announced that its intention is to hand out £5 million over the next five years to help traditionally under-supported grassroots community charities in Wales.
A minimum of 20% of Loteri Cymru gross ticket sale proceeds will be channelled to good causes in Wales through the charity.
Siôn Brynach said: “Having only recently been launched, it’s an exciting time for Hanfod Cymru, and an opportunity for me to shape the future direction of the charity, alongside the Charity’s Trustees.
“A key reason for my joining Hanfod Cymru is because it will provide an important new source of funding to good causes in Wales, many of which are traditionally under-supported by many large UK-wide trusts and foundations.
“These good causes are those charities at the heart of our communities, making a difference up and down the country.
“Marc and the trustees have done a fantastic job in laying the foundations for the charity’s work and I’m looking forward to being able to shape Hanfod Cymru’s next chapter.”
Marc Phillips said: “Since launching in April, we’ve received a considerable level of interest from charities of various sizes and backgrounds across the country.
“It’s clear that individuals in Wales can relate to the idea of a society lottery that’s both in Wales and for Wales – a ‘win-win’ for Welsh people and places. The idea of people trying their luck at winning a life-enhancing jackpot, while helping their local communities, has had strong appeal.
“As interim CEO, my role was to steer the charity through its launch. Siôn was the ideal person to take on the role and is a safe pair of hands, having worked in varied contexts including broadcasting, the voluntary sector, business and politics. I wish him all the best.”
Hanfod Cymru is constituted as an independent charity, with its own Board of Trustees, operating at arms-length from Loteri Cymru, which oversees the weekly draw.
Loteri Cymru offers a weekly jackpot of £25,000, in line with the ceiling allowed under society lottery rules. Tickets cost just £1 and jackpot winners will need to match five of 39 drawn numbers. Other, smaller, prizes will also be up for grabs for matching fewer numbers.
Every ticket – unless it has scooped the jackpot – is entered free into Loto+, a monthly raffle offering 10 guaranteed £1000 prizes.