The members of the ColegauCymru Board serve as the trustees of the Charity and Directors of the Company Limited by Guarantee. The membership of the board is independent of the representative body the ColegauCymru CEO and Principals’ Forum but works closely with it to achieve the charities strategic mission, promoting world-class education, training and skills and outcomes for all learners in Wales. All Trustees and Directors appointed shall hold office for an initial period of three (3) years and use their personal and professional experience to support the CEO and staff of ColegauCymru Ltd.
CEO/Principal, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
Dafydd Evans, Chair
About Dafydd Evans, Chair
Joined: September 2016
Dafydd took over as Chief Executive Officer of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai in September 2016, having previously been Principal of Coleg Llandrillo (August 2014 - August 2016) and Principal of Coleg Menai (July 2009 - August 2014). He is a qualified CIPFA Accountant, having graduated in Statistics at University of Wales Aberystwyth. As an Associate Assessor for ESTYN, he has undertaken inspections on several colleges and has also in the past been seconded to work for the Welsh Assembly Government to undertake developmental work on resources allocation and reconfiguration of the post-16 sector in Gwynedd and Anglesey.
CEO/Principal, Coleg Gwent
Guy Lacey, Deputy Chair
About Guy Lacey, Deputy Chair
Joined: July 2018
Guy was appointed CEO/Principal of Coleg Gwent in August 2015. Guy graduated from Oxford Brookes University and has post graduate qualifications in Secondary Education from Bath University. Guy has spent the last 25 years in a number of UK schools and colleges and has gained knowledge of a wide range of approaches to the delivery of skills and training to meet the needs of young people and adults. In addition Guy worked as a GCSE examiner for the University of Cambridge examinations syndicate and worked as a peer Inspector with Estyn for over ten years.
Chair, Coleg Cambria
About John Clutton
Joined: November 2014
John is Chair of Coleg Cambria and a member the college’s Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee, HR, Finance and Estates Committee, Director of Cambrian Training Services and also Novus Cambria. John has a vast experience and understanding of education and senior management having formerly been Director of Education and Children’s Services and Recreation for Flintshire. During his tenure as Director, he was chair of the Flintshire Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, chair of the Children’s and Young People’s Framework Partnership and an ESTYN schools Inspector. Following retirement in 2007, he was appointed by the Welsh Government, as a member of the Denbighshire Independent Education Recovery Board. At the invitation of Wrexham Council, he chaired the Wrexham Learning Partnership Board and served as a local education authority appointed governor at a local high school.
Chair, Bridgend College
About Paul Croke
Joined: August 2017
Paul graduated from Kent University and has post graduate qualifications from Oxford University, Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan (now USW). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a former College Principal at Gorseinon in Swansea and latterly at Yale College Wrexham. Paul has spent the whole of his professional career (38 years) in further education having worked at Crosskeys, Pontypool, and Swansea colleges before becoming a principal. Paul is currently Chair of governors at Bridgend College.
Head of Legal and Business, S4C
About Iestyn Morris
Joined: August 2017
Named as a leading individual in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500. Specialist in employment law, pensions law and education law. Iestyn worked as a partner for Capital Law advising on all aspects of employment law and has particular experience in relation to corporate restructures, collective agreements, industrial relations and TUPE. He joined S4C in September 2018 and is a fluent Welsh speaker.
Director, The Open University Wales
About Louise Casella
Joined: August 2019
Louise Casella is an experienced leader in higher education in Wales and beyond with particular expertise in the strategic development of organisations. Since January 2018, she has been Director of The Open University in Wales, leading the strategic management, development and growth of the OU in Wales and supporting strategic change in the OU across the UK.
Prior to joining the OU in Wales, Louise worked as a consultant and interim manager and assignments included periods at Stirling University, and at Wrexham Glyndwr University for 18 months, where she was Pro Vice Chancellor. Louise built her career at Cardiff University, where she held posts as Head of Planning, and Senior Executive & Head of the Vice Chancellor’s Office, before becoming Director of Strategic Development between 2004 and 2012. She has also held a wide range of non-executive and board positions with a variety of organisations in education, sport and media.
Chair, Learning and Work Institute
About Jeffrey Greenidge
Joined: August 2019
Jeff Greenidge is an experienced senior education leader, with a reputation for independent and strategic thinking. Jeff has taught at all levels of education from Primary, Secondary, Adult Education and Post Graduate teaching at Swansea University. He then worked for the Welsh and UK Government on the design and implementation of the National Curriculum before spending 3 years developing European vocational training programmes. Then followed 17 years at learndirect where he was first Director in Wales, then Northern Ireland and ultimately responsible for the delivery of education and training to circa 70,000 adults per annum across the UK. Since leaving learndirect in 2015, Jeff has supported education and community organisations to assure their impact. The impact approach moves people and organisations quickly to insight and helps them stay focused on their breakthrough thinking so that real sustainable change takes place. In his spare time he walks and cycles in the mountains of South Wales.
Jeff brings over 25 years of experience of senior level strategic leadership and management in large complex education organisations within the public, commercial and not for profit sectors in UK and wider Europe.