The UW Restricted Endowments Trust (UWRET) is the independent charitable trust and registered charity which acts as the Trustee for certain restricted endowments previously donated to the University of Wales for dedicated purposes or beneficiaries. UWRET was founded in 2015 as part of the University of Wales’ Adduned Cymru (The Wales Pledge).

The Y Werin Cronfa Dreftadaeth Legacy Fund was established by UWRET in 2016 as the name for the scheme under which the UWRET Trustee will make distrubutions and award scholarships, studentships, grants, prizes and awards from the restricted endowments originally donated to the University of Wales as trustee.

The Directors and charity trustees of UWRET are:


Richard (Dick) Roberts – Chairman

As Pro-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Dick has been involved in governance in the higher education sector for over 20 years. His contribution to his profession of optometry has been recognised with number honours including an OBE (in 1998), Life Fellow of the College of Optometrists (in 2004) and a CBE (in 2011). He served as Chief Optometric Officer to the Welsh Government (2000-2012).


Sir Jon Shortridge

A former Chair of Council and Chancellor of Glyndŵr University (March 2012-December 2015), prior to his retirement Sir Jon was for 10-years the leading civil servant in Wales as Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Assembly. Prior to this, he played a major role in the reorganisation of local government in Wales in the 1990’s before being appointed Director of Economic Affairs, with responsibility for establishing the National Assembly for Wales. Sir Jon was knighted in 2002.


Stuart Robb

Since 2018, Stuart has led on establishment of the Collaborative Partnerships Office at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Prior to this, Stuart led in the management of transnational partnerships, quality assurance, institutional policy and regulation, and academic enhancement at the University of Wales. His background is in higher education governance and administration, teaching, and pastoral care. He holds a doctorate in musicology. Stuart joined the Board of Directors of Y Werin in 2021.


Margaret Evans

A former civil servant, Margaret was the Director for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport with the Welsh Assembly Government, having previously held senior roles in the Welsh Office, Department of Health and Social Security and National Rivers Authority. Her background is in human resources, corporate affairs and governance. Margaret’s former roles include: Trustee of the National Dance Company Wales, Vice Chair of the South Wales Baptist College; Director of The Prince’s Trust Volunteers (Wales-Southwest) and a member of the Advisory Committee – Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans.