CULT Cymru (Creative Unions Learning Together) was established in 2008 and is supported by the Welsh Government’s Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF). It is hosted by Bectu working in partnership with Equity, the Musicians’ Union, the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain and the Wales TUC.
CULT Cymru works with a broad range of partners within and outside of the creative industries to support thousands of creative workers to reach their potential by offering learning opportunities that are relevant, accessible and affordable.
Meet the Team
Siân Gale – Skills and Development Manager
I started my career in production at HTV Wales followed by 10 years as a freelance Production Manager/Line Producer. Over the last 20 years I’ve pursued a portfolio career including managing a £13m European funded business start-up programme empowering under-represented groups to set-up in business; managing a broadcast charity and as a consultant, trainer and project manager working across the public, private and third sectors. I am a PGCE qualified trainer and a Mental Health First Aid Wales licenced tutor.
As a lifelong trade unionist I am passionate about fairness, equality, diversity, the Welsh language and environmental sustainability and aim to mainstream these into CULT Cymru’s provision. My role is to work in collaboration with our sister unions, and stakeholders to design and identify high quality, affordable, tailored and accessible learning and development opportunities that will enable those in the creative sector throughout Wales be they freelance, casual or employed workers, to reach their full potential.
Siwan Jones – CULT Cymru Co-ordinator
After studying Drama at John Moores University, I returned to Wales to embark on a career as a freelance actress. The work ranged from Theatre in education, Theatre, Television, Radio and Voice Work. For several years I enjoyed travelling the length and breadth of Wales with a host of innovative Theatre companies. My work was also seen on numerous TV programmes broadcast on ITV, BBC and S4C. As well as being an actor, the need to add strings to my bow urged me to take up various administratives roles at organisations such S4C, Arts Council of Wales and the Education Workforce Council.
In 2018 I decided to take the leap out of self employment and into full time employment and joined the team of CULT Cymru as project Coordinator. My role entails co-ordinating with trainers, employers and other organisations to help arrange learning activities throughout Wales. I am very proud of my work with CULT Cymru and hope that my experience of working as a freelancer across the Arts and Creative Industries makes me ideally placed to help CULT Cymru’s participants.