Carole-Anne Davies is Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales. Born in Brynmawr, she was educated at Brynmawr Comprehensive School and the Open University. She is a humanities graduate and passionate advocate of the value of culture and the arts in a variety of settings. A career predominantly in senior management roles followed her time in industry with Thorn EMI and she held roles as Director of Cardiff Bay Arts Trust; Trustee at Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales and consultant to the Scottish Government. In 2015 she was appointed founding Chair of The Gregynog Trust.
Carole-Anne established a co-production business model at DCFW integrating the expertise of outstanding multi-disciplinary private sector professionals with that of the core staff team. She has worked with three chairs and six Ministers in succession, bringing significant expertise and influence to projects in Wales including proposals for Tidal Lagoon Power, BBC Cymru Wales headquarters, Cardiff Central Square, Hafod Eryri, St Fagans National Museum of History, major roads programme infrastructure, the development of Swansea City Centre and most recently ambitious proposals for Cyfarthfa and wider Merthyr Tydfil.
Carole-Anne is an alumna of the CSCLeaders Commonwealth International Study Conference, of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Programme and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is a Fellow of the UWTSD, an Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Life Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and an active mentor specializing in equalities and leadership. She is a very, very keen gardener.