Rhys David

Writer and Editor

Writer and editor. Honorary Fellow, Institute of Welsh Affairs, Cardiff. Associate director of policy forum, Institute of Welsh Affairs, 2001-2007, Author of numerous articles and reports on regional economic issues, with particular reference to Wales. Council Member Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (since may 2018), secretary Cardiff and SE Wales branch, Friends of Welsh National Opera. Formerly staff journalist with Financial Times covering at various times fibres, textiles, clothing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and aluminium industries. Northern Ireland correspondent 1973-4, and North of England correspondent 1977-1981. Also editor of FT surveys section 1991-2001. Other posts have included publisher and managing director Business Magazine, a joint subsidiary of Financial Times and Conde Nast. 1988-1991; and chief leader writer, industrial editor and Welsh Affairs editor, Western Mail, Cardiff. Author, Tell Mum Not to Worry: A Welsh Soldier's World War One in the Near East. (Deffro, 2014) [email protected]

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Wales Coalfield Bond - Helping Valley Talent

Rhys David explains how the Wales Coalfield Bond launched five years ago has helped talented young people into creative careers Not everyone will have heard of them but Aberdare...


Wales and Benefits: A tale of two towns

Merthyr Tydfil, the railway viaduct. Wales's biggest town at the start of the Industrial Revolution, it is now one of the poorest.


Confidence needed to shape our future

Rhys David looks at the work to date of the Welsh Government's sector panels "Welsh bio-technology company sold to world's biggest pharmaceuticals giant in multimillion pound...

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Wales European Funding

Rhys David reports on a recent seminar that examined how we are faring within the European Union


Vague aspirations will not work

Rhys David finds the work of the sector panels set up by the Welsh Government to advise on new economic directions disappointing. We would not say it ourselves and we would not...

Institute of Welsh Affairs

Roaring Dragons: Entrepreneurial Tales from Wales

While Government reports and academic research still point to some reluctance on the part of Welsh people to start their own enterprises, the voice of those who are running...


Merthyr's Progress

Rhys David measures the gap between vision and reality in the contemporary development of the first town of the industrial revolution Is Merthyr Tydfil getting there? For those...

Agenda, the Journal of the Institute of Welsh Affairs

Economy: Business Backbone

Rhys David argues we should focus on promoting medium-sized companies to build our economic base

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A monument to the industrial era

Rhys David says a national memorial to those killed in industrial accidents could help draw a line under an iconic era in Welsh history

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Leipzig to Abercynon

Keith James and Rhys David look back at the life of Henry Kroch, the IWA’s founding chairman and a giant of the post-war industrial scene in Wales

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Skills the only answer

Rhys David discovers that where Wales stands in economic terms is much more complicated than would first appear

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Wales can do better in 2012

Rhys David looks back on how the country met the challenges he set for it in 2011 0


Cardiff Metro

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Riot Reflections for Wales

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Welsh airing for the Euro crisis

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Hacked off by the press

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Wales must stay internet conected

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Welsh shares hold their own

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Wales and Venture Capital