WNO appoints new chair as Davies steps down

Almost 50 years on from attending his first Welsh National Opera (WNO) performance on his 13th birthday Mark Molyneux has been appointed chair of its Board of Directors. He succeeds Geraint Talfan Davies, who steps down in July after nearly 10 years service.

Molyneux has deep roots in Wales, having studied at Pontypridd Grammar School before graduating from the London School of Economics (LSE). His previous roles include chair positions at Penn Pharmaceutical, Davies Loss Adjusters and Aldermore Bank. He is currently a non-executive director at LSE, where he chairs the Finance Committee.

‘WNO is a great opera company with an outstanding global reputation thanks to the quality of its people and the excellence of its productions,’ said Molyneux. ‘It is an organisation with which Wales can be justifiably proud.’

‘With his roots in Wales, love of opera and his extensive knowledge of the business world, Mark is ideally equipped to lead the company through the coming years,’ commented the outgoing Davies. ‘WNO is a jewel in our culture. It will be in good hands.’

WNO is currently staging a Figaro trilogy, which includes new opera Figaro Gets a Divorce. Later in the season it is staging In Parenthesis by Iain Bell and La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc.