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Martin pollard

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Pollard has more than 20 years of experience working in education. He began his career as a secondary English teacher before moving to the Council for Education in World Citizenship, where he organised many conferences, workshops and debates on global issues. He provided CPD training to more than 2,000 teachers, with a particular focus on enquiry-based learning in primary schools.

Martin became Chief Executive of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs in 2009, taking the charity through a period of significant growth and change. This included launching the Welsh Government funded Hub Cymru Africa partnership and Wales for Peace, a major World War I centenary programme. More recently, he was Chief Executive at the Learned Society of Wales, a national scholarly academy for sciences and arts.

Among other previous roles, Martin was a founder member of the Celtic Academies Alliance, Chair of the Wales Alliance for Global Learning, national representative on the World Schools Debating Council, and trustee of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. He was a finalist in the 2018 Leading Wales Awards.


  • Charity leadership
  • Strategic planning and organisational growth
  • Collaborative project development
  • Communication and public engagement
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • CPD delivery
  • Governance


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