Martyn Phillips Named Chairman of GlobalWelsh Board



Cardiff, 4th July 2017 – Martyn Phillips, CEO of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has been named board Chairman of GlobalWelsh, an initiative that is engaging and building a community based on the estimated 3 million Welsh diaspora and connecting them back to their homeland. The WRU has also become a Founding Partner of GlobalWelsh.

Diaspora engagement can have a profound impact across a broad spectrum of activity across private, public and third sectors.  Moreover, by increasing Wales’ engagement with its diaspora community, GlobalWelsh can facilitate strategic opportunities that benefit Wales in terms of international trade and inward investment including agriculture, sport, arts, tourism and philanthropy.  It can also contribute to the alleviation of poverty.

Rugby is one of the areas that a lot of people consider synonymous with Wales.

“With rugby being such an important part of Welsh national identity, we at the WRU feel we should support initiatives that complement the WRU’s growth ambitions and that go beyond rugby,” commented Martyn Phillips, CEO, WRU. “I want to see Wales strive to do better at promoting itself and I believe that supporting GlobalWelsh is crucial to our goal of enabling a wider engagement with our global audience.”

“GlobalWelsh is about creating a community of people from many different locations, all with a passion and identity with Wales,” added Walter May, Founder of GlobalWelsh. “Wales has a population of three million within its borders, and an estimated three million Welsh people living abroad, we are therefore a global nation of six million people. GlobalWelsh is about engaging with that diaspora, wherever they may be in the world.”

The GlobalWelsh initiative defines its purpose as “helping Wales and Welsh people be successful, individually and collectively, at home and wherever they are in the world.” The initiative is constantly looking to widen its outreach and team.

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