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PRESS RELEASE : Denise Lewis Poulton appointed as Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund [March 2023]

The press release issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 1 March 2023.

The Prime Minister has appointed Denise Lewis Poulton as Trustee and Chair of the Committee for Wales for a term of three years, from 6 February 2023 until 5 February 2026.

Denise Lewis Poulton

Denise Lewis Poulton is an experienced non-executive director, trustee and senior adviser to public, private and third sector bodies.

Currently a Non-Executive Director of S4C, the Welsh language television broadcaster and multi-media channel for Wales. She has served on the Boards of The Wallace Collection and the Welsh National Opera, as trustee of The Wessex Youth Trust and Cadwgan Buildings Preservation Trust and a Vice-President of The Hay Literary Festival.

A corporate affairs and strategic communications specialist, during her career as a consultant Denise advised the Welsh Government and Senedd Cymru and a number of Welsh cultural, media and public sector organisations. Her executive career was spent in leadership roles in multi-national and FTSE telecom companies culminating in her role as Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Orange plc where she launched the brand in 22 countries worldwide and created and built an award-winning portfolio of arts, education and cultural sponsorship.

Born in Adpar, Newcastle Emlyn, Ceredigion, Denise was educated at Llandysul Grammar School and King’s College, University of London. A Welsh speaker, she is passionate about harnessing the power of heritage, culture and the arts in regenerating communities in Wales and across the UK.

Remuneration and Governance Code

This position is remunerated at £20,749 per annum. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Denise Lewis Poulton has not declared any political activity in the past five years.