Meri joined the Board in 2019. Her early career as a community social worker in North Wales led her into higher education and a long career as a welfare law lecturer, head of various university departments and responsibility for civic engagement and widening participation at senior university level in two Welsh universities, throughout this time Meri sought to nurture active operational links with further education providers, third sector bodies and business. Effective lines of communication with individuals, communities, public and private organisations and national bodies operating at both Welsh and UK level have been critical throughout her working life.
Meri was appointed Chair of the statutory Welsh Language Board in 2004 and in 2012 was appointed to the role of first Welsh Language Commissioner, a statutory position held until 2019. Whilst seeking to operate as an effective regulator across the public sector in Wales and beyond, she was as interested during her time as Commissioner in securing positive engagement with the challenges and opportunities of being an officially bilingual country with a multilingual population.
Meri is an independent member of Board of Community Health Councils Wales; and an independent member of Welsh Government Health and Social Care Audit and Risk Committee.