Wales politics

Richard Thomas appointed Welsh Lib Dem chief executive

Richard Thomas
Image caption Richard Thomas said he was "thrilled" to take over as Welsh Lib Dem chief executive

The Welsh Liberal Democrats' former head of communications has been appointed as the party's chief executive.

Richard Thomas takes up the post as the Lib Dems get ready for local elections in all Welsh councils in May.

He takes over from Joanne Foster who now works for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

As well as his previous job with the party, he has worked for Lib Dem MPs and as a public affairs consultant.

Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams said Mr Thomas, 37, who joined the party in 1990, brought a lifetime of commitment as a volunteer, campaigner and councillor.

"His strong professional background in communications and campaigning across all sectors will stand the Welsh party in good stead as we develop and face the challenges ahead," she said.

Mr Thomas said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this role at a very exciting time for both the Welsh Liberal Democrats and for Welsh politics."

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