Meet the Interns 2021-22

Aled Rosser and Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (CGWM)

Arts Mentor:                Andy Healy
Business Mentor:        Kathy Brown, former Vice President, Barclays plc
Line Manager:             Meinir Llwyd Roberts, Director, Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias

Aled graduated from Bangor University in 2020 with a first in Music. He went on to complete a successful Strand 1 internship at Cwmni’r Frân Wen. He raised £24k in funding independently and made significant contributions to a vital Garfield Weston Foundation application which secured £250k for Frân Wen. These impressive achievements were vital as part of the ongoing £3.8m capital project to fund Nyth: a new purpose-built creative hub for children and young people in North West Wales.

At the end of his placement, Frân Wen offered Aled a role as Development Officer, 2 days per week. This allowed him to apply for a part-time Strand 2 placement, which he will complete at CGWM.

Aled hopes to gain experience in corporate sponsorship for CGWM’s prestigious International Harp Festival and secure long-term funding for Canfod y Gân, a cross-organisation programme that delivers inclusive music sessions to people with and without learning disabilities.


Chieh-Ju Yang and NoFit State Circus

Arts Mentor:                Bethan Touhig-Gamble, Head of Development, NoFit State
Business Mentor:        Deborah dePaola, Leadership Development Manager, Admiral
Line Manager:             Ed Priest, Development Officer, NoFit State

Chieh-Ju completed her Master’s in International Journalism at Cardiff University in September 2021. Her studies focussed on documentary film and she hopes to transfer her knowledge of story-telling into the realm of fundraising for the contemporary circus NoFit State. Chieh Ju loves drawing, music and the way arts events can help us to “explore different aspects of life and feel illuminated.” Her experience as a news writer for DaAi TV in Taiwan has prepared her working to tight deadlines – a useful skill for any fundraiser.

Chieh-Ju will work on corporate partnerships, individual giving and Trusts & Foundations applications during her placement.

Eve Woods and Ruicon Dance

Arts Mentor:                Kathryn Williams, Director, Rubicon dance
Business Mentor:        Shone Hughes, Chief of Staff, University of Wales Trinity St. David
Line Manager:             Tracey Brown, Mentoring, Training & Development Leader

A Cardiff Metropolitan University Fine Art graduate from Cwmbran, Eve is passionate about how the arts can make an impact in the community. She has worked as a volunteer delivering creative workshops in mental health wards and was inspired by how the arts could improve the wellbeing of patients. She is placed in Cardiff with Rubicon Dance.

Eve’s placement will see her develop community fundraising, explore the potential of further fundraising through Rubicon’s website and work on Trusts & Foundations applications for a capital project which will renovate the former Roath Library into a state of the art dance centre.

Rosie Morgan and Wales Millennium Centre (WMC)

Arts Mentor:                Cecily Morgan, Individual Giving Manger, Wales Millennium Centre
Business Mentor:        Karen Welch, Former Community Affairs Manager, Western Power Distribution
Line Manager:             Esyllt Williams, Trusts and Foundations Manager, WMC

Rosie is a music graduate from Cardiff University who is passionate about increasing access to the arts. She has worked as tutor and coordinator for Chordis Caerllion, an independent orchestra helping young aspiring musicians access orchestral training. Her experience inspired her to apply for the CIP because “without fundraising, the organisation would not be able to provide the services to the extent they do.”

She will be placed at WMC, where she will support the development team across a range of activities from membership and individual giving to  fundraising events, research and grant proposals.

Suzy Knott and National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW)

Arts Mentor:                Marie Wood, Head of Fundraising, RWCMD
Business Mentor:        Evan Williams, Business Coach, Evan Williams Consultancy
Line Manager:             David Hopkins, Fundraising and Developent Manager, NYAW

Suzy completed her undergraduate degree in Music at Cardiff University, which included a year at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She first became interested in fundraising while completing a placement with Music in Hospitals & Care as part of her degree, where she gained valuable insight into the scope of work involved in arts fundraising. She was also inspired by seeing first-hand the impact of their concerts in care-settings.

NYAW will host Suzy’s placement. She will work on applications to Trusts & Foundations, fundraising events and revising the organisation’s fundraising strategy in light of changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tilly Scott and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD)


Arts Mentor:                Lucy Stout, Director of Development, RWCMD
Business Mentor:        Paula Morris, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Atamis
Line Manager:             Louisa Turner, Development Manager, RWCMD

Tilly has a Master’s in Arts Management from RWCMD, where she will also undertake her internship. She believes that fundraising is key to help the Welsh arts sector thrive and enabling full access to the arts. She first became interested in fundraising as an undergraduate. In her role as treasurer for Bangor University Brass Band, she was successful in applying for some small grants.

In a landmark moment which is testament to the success of the CIP, Tilly’s line manager is Louisa Turner, an Alumni of the programme who completed her placement in 2014.  Louisa is really looking forward to introducing Tilly to lots of aspects of fundraising, including corporate partnerships, Trusts & Foundations applications and fundraising events.