Child Welfare Champion Dies At 84

The former chairman of the NSPCC in Wales Dr Jim Davies has died, aged 84. He chaired the children’s charity in Wales for 13 years before his retirement in 2002.

He was principal of Normal College in Bangor for 16 years, and chaired the fund-raising committee for the cancer unit in Ysbyty Gwynedd, and other NHS services in Gwynedd and Anglesey.

Pembrokeshire-born Dr Davies was a member of RAF bomber command in World War II and was awarded the OBE in 1989. He wrote a book about his experiences in occupied Europe, including as a prisoner of war.

Dr Davies in his early career served as a deputy director of education in his home county before becoming director of education for Montgomeryshire in 1958.

He was responsible for the establishment of the College of Further Education, later called Coleg Powys.

After leaving his post at the Normal College in Bangor he took up a role with the NSPCC. He received numerous fellowships from Welsh colleges and was also a freeman of the city of Bangor.