Head of Tŷ Newydd: Leusa Llewelyn
Leusa took up the position of Acting Head of Tŷ Newydd in July 2015, after relocating to Llanystumdwy from Cardiff, where she worked as an Events and Projects Officer for Literature Wales for four years. She is now the Head, and responsible for the smooth running of Tŷ Newydd’s operations. Her main responsibilities are organising the annual programme of courses, creating partnerships, and ensuring that each participant’s experience of Tŷ Newydd is enjoyable and rewarding. Leusa has published two novels for young people in the Welsh language, and enjoys cycling and going on local and far away adventures in her spare time.
Venue Manager: Ceri Collins
Ceri has been working at Tŷ Newydd since January 2014, after returning home to Eifionydd from Canada, where she worked for two years in the Rockies and Whistler. She loves meeting people from all over the world as part of her job, and enjoys chatting over a paned with guests in the kitchen. She is responsible for organising course attendees’ visits, and ensuring that their stay at Tŷ Newydd is comfortable and enjoyable. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys relaxing with a glass of red wine in front of soap operas, and going to music gigs and Everton games with her partner.
Community Officer: Gwen Lasarus James
Gwen works as the Community Officer for Gwynedd and Anglesey, and her work takes her to wonderful places – from Cwm Pennant to Din Lligwy. Her responsibilities include developing local partnerships, organising literary tours, running a Young People’s Writing Squad in Gwynedd, and overseeing the Literature for Health and Wellbeing project. Gwen has written many novels and plays for young people, she is also a yoga teacher, and tutors Welsh for adults. Gwen enjoys hiking, and has walked most of the Anglesey coastal path. She likes swimming in the sea, but not without her wetsuit!
Catering and Hospitality Coordinator: Anthony Cannon
Born across the border in Liverpool, Tony has lived in Wales for 25 years. A chef for 33 years, he has worked in a huge variety of kitchens during his career – from a British Gas factory to a Michelin-starred restaurant. He now works at Tŷ Newydd, catering for and looking after groups and their particular dietary needs, guiding volunteers in the kitchen, and sharing a few of his culinary secrets. Tony is a Welsh learner and specialises in specialist diet catering (e.g. gluten free, vegetarian, vegan etc.) A fun fact about Tony: he has competed internationally for Wales and Great Britain in Gallery Rifle Shooting.
Office Administrator: Lleucu Jones
After working as one of Tŷ Newydd’s Wardens for four years until the summer of 2014, Lleucu returned to the centre in 2015 to lend a hand in the office on a part time basis. She is responsible for organising the Welsh-language day courses and other various events, as well as marketing the residential Welsh courses. Lleucu gained a Masters Degree in Welsh and Creative Writing from Bangor University, and won the Urdd Eisteddfod’s Crown in 2009 with the short novel she wrote as part of her studies. She published her first novel in the summer of 2013, and is in the process of writing her second, to be published in 2017.
Marketing and Programming Officer: Miriam Williams
Miriam joined the Tŷ Newydd team in June 2016 as our Marketing and Programming Officer. Originally from Trefor, she left the area in 2011 to study International Politics at Aberystwyth University. After graduating she was elected president of UMCA, Aberystwyth’s Welsh language students’ union, before moving to Builth Wells to work as an Operations Officer with Wales Young Farmers Clubs. Having returned home, Miriam is now responsible for marketing the centre and organising Tŷ Newydd’s programme of courses. When she has any spare time, you’ll most likely find her sleeping.