Meet WNO

Yvette Vaughan-Jones

Chair

Yvette has a long career in the arts starting in commercial publishing and then moving to community arts and the subsidised sector.  She has worked for independent arts organisations, the Arts Council of Wales - where she set up Wales Arts International - local authorities and Welsh Government. She spent three years working in Brussels as the Policy Manager for the Wales Centre and played a key role in Cultural Policy debates within the EU before returning to Cardiff to write the city’s bid for City of Culture 2008. She then took up the post of Chief Executive of Visiting Arts.

She has always focused on international work and at Visiting Arts set up the global Square Mile project as well as the World Cultures Connect project. Visiting Arts has worked across the world with targeted professional development programmes in India, China, the Middle East, Africa Caribbean and Pacific. She is a former member of the UK Cultural Diplomacy group and former Lead adviser on the UK Cultural Leadership Programme.

Her work in Europe has included Chairing the working groups on Artists Residencies and on The Impact of the Digital Shift on Audience Development across Europe.

Yvette is an experienced trainer and moderator most recently for the EU Presidency conference in Estonia. She is a regular guest teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.