The Reverend Aled Edwards OBE | Chief Executive
Aled comes from Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd. He was a pupil at Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog and a student of History and Theology at St David's University College, Lampeter. He undertook pre-ordination training at Trinity College, Bristol and was ordained a minister of the Church in Wales in 1979. Following his time as a curate in Glanogwen, Bethesda, Aled served as the parish priest of Llandinorwig with Penisa'rwaun, Botwnnog (where he was also the Community Pastor) and Eglwys Dewi Sant, Cardiff. In 1999, Aled became Cytûn's first National Assembly Liaison Officer. During his time in that post, he wrote Transforming Power: A Christian Reflection on Welsh Devolution (2001) edited From Protest to Process: Stories from the National Assembly for Wales (2003) and co-wrote Considering Contrasts and Futures: A Faith Reflection on Devolution (2004). In 2006, Aled became Cytûn's Chief Executive. Aled has a strong interest in issues concerning asylum seekers and refugees, race relations and equalities and human rights. He was Chair of the Welsh Refugee Council (2005-06), a member of the Equal Opportunities Wales Advisory Committee, and was Wales' Commissioner on the Commission for Racial Equality (2006-07). He is Chair of Displaced People in Action, one of Wales's most active asylum and refugee organisations, and is a member of the Wales Committee of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. In June 2006, Aled received an OBE for his charitable services in Wales. Aled is married to Marie and has three children. Among his personal interests are politics, rugby, football, the American Civil War and The West Wing.
The Reverend Gethin Rhys, MA, MPhil, Blitt | National Assembly Policy Officer
Gethin was born and brought up in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, and educated at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen and the Universities of Oxford (where he graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and was awarded an M.Phil. in Politics) and Birmingham (where he graduated in Theology). Following internship ministry in Wrexham and a period in London, he was ordained a minister of the United Reformed Church and has served pastorates in Brecon (jointly with the Welsh Independents), Trefforest, Porth and Penrhys (in Llanfair Uniting Church). He and his wife, Dr Fiona Liddell, have also served as Joint Wardens of Coleg Trefeca (Presbyterian Church of Wales) and in 2003-5 he was General Secretary of the Covenanted Churches in Wales and Assistant General Secretary of Cytûn. He started his work as Policy Officer in January 2015 and is pleased to be able to combine in this post his background in both Politics and Theology. He has a lifelong interest in aspects of the interconnections between Biblical theology and public affairs, and he wrote the chapter on Wales in Belonging to Britain: Christian Perspectives on a Plural Society (Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, 1991).
Mrs Sasha Perriam BA | Bilingual Administrator to the Chief Executive
Sasha was brought up in Groesfaen and studied Welsh and Screen Translation as a Welsh Honours Degree. Sasha has learnt Welsh as a second language from an early age. Sasha joined Cytûn in 2003. Before joining Cytûn she lived and worked in Bourges in France for the Leornado Da Vinci Project, an EU funded scheme, working on community and social projects. She also taught English to French students between 8-11 years and has completed a TEFL course. She has worked for the Church in Wales offices, the Wales Labour Party for the Chief Executive, for Gerald Eve Chartered Surveyor, for Jane Davidson and the 'Academi Gymraeg'.
Sasha loves music, swimming, films and running.
The Reverend Sally Thomas | Ecumenical Officer
Sally Thomas is a minister in the United Reformed Church. Ordained in 1993, the context of her ministry in the Lancashire towns of Nelson, Great Harwood and Burnley from 1993 to 2006 and then in Manchester has placed a high priority on ecumenical and interfaith development. She served on the executive committee for Churches Together in Lancashire and, with Muslim and Christian colleagues, was instrumental in establishing the Building Bridges Interfaith Community Project in Pendle which now has national recognition. As Chair of the Faith Network for Manchester she worked with colleagues to establish the Manchester Multifaith Centre which opened in 2012. In April that year she moved to Cardiff to take up the post of Ecumenical Officer for the United Reformed Church National Synod of Wales with time seconded to the Cytûn staff team. A significant part of her ministry is with the Commission of Covenanted Churches including the Faith and Order Group and as Cytûn’s representative on the national ecumenical faith and order reference group for CTBI. She is also vice-chair of the national ecumenical forum the Churches Funerals Group and, with colleagues, delivers training for lay people on conducting funeral services and ministering to the bereaved.