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WJEC Board

Eryl Williams

Cllr Eryl Williams

Councillor Eryl Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd in March 2011 as an Executive Director appointed by the Welsh Local Government Association. He is a farmer by profession, living on a farm on the outskirts of Clocaenog Forest, and is an active member of the Young Farmers Clubs where he has undertaken the role of both Chairman and President of Wales. Since 2012 he has converted the farmhouse into a self catering business.

He became a Councillor in 1990 on Glyndŵr District Council and the old Clwyd County Council. On reorganisation in 1996, when Denbighshire became an unitary Council, he has been Chairman (1997), Leader (2002 -2004), Deputy Leader (2008 – 2017).

He has held the role of lead member for Education, Chairman of Gwe (North Wales Regional Consortium ) and a lead member for Environment, Chairman of North Wales Residual Waste.

His greatest achievement has been to secure funds to build 2 new High Schools in Rhyl and 4 new Primary Schools in the Ruthin area. He is also heavily involved with his community and proud to have built a new Community Centre in 1997 and from 2001 to date has established the Antur Cae Cymro Village Association which is a Community based Shop and Pub in the Village of Clawddnewydd within its own premises.

Edward Thomas

Cllr Edward Thomas

Councillor Edward Thomas was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd in July 2016 as an Executive Director appointed by the Welsh Local Government Association. Councillor Thomas also serves on the Management Group.

Councillor Thomas is an independent councillor representing Llandeilo & Dyffryn Cennen in Carmarthenshire. He is now Vice-chairman of the Education Scrutiny Committee within Carmarthenshire and serves on the Safeguarding Panel.

Prior to his election in 2012, Councillor Thomas worked for a major bank until his retirement in 2010. He has been a school governor since 2010 and Chair of his local primary school and since then has represented the Local Education Authority on his local secondary school.

Councillor Thomas is particularly proud that after having to leave school after his 'O' levels, due to the premature death of his father and the need to bring an income into the family home, and after working 40 years of working full-time that he achieved a BA History (Hons) degree via Swansea University Department of Adult Continuing Education and is enthusiastic that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Alan Lockyer

Cllr Alan Lockyer

Councillor Alan Lockyer was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd in July 2016. He has been involved with teaching since 1974 and has worked full time for West Glamorgan since 1977 teaching Brass, coaching youth Orchestra, Choir. He has also been a composer in residence for West Glam Youth Theatre and a composer for Primary, Junior and Secondary schools in West Glamorgan.

Since 1988, until his retirement four years ago, he has been a full-time lecturer in Neath College and Welsh College of Music and Drama. He developed and wrote the GCSE and HND courses in Popular Music and as Head of Music Technology designed and fitted the recording studios. He has also been a course leader for the Edexcel Advanced Level and National Diploma in Music Technology courses.

Alan has acted as an Advanced level Music Technology Examiner for Edexcel in addition to lecturing in Swansea Metropolitan University and various Media Degree and Nation Diploma courses in Audio.

As a Neath Port Talbot County Councillor, Alan has chaired the Children Young People Education scrutiny committee and Special Appointments committee.

At present, Alan is the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Children Social Services.

Gail Giles

Cllr Gail Giles

Councillor Gail Giles was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd in July 2016 as an Executive Director appointed by the Welsh Local Government Association. Councillor Giles also serves on the Board of Directors for the subsidiary company WJEC CBAC (Services) Ltd and is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.

A retired Senior District Nursing Sister with over 20 years practice, her professional experience has included management of staff, casework and caring for patients in the community from all backgrounds, all ages and with a variety of needs.

She has worked as Constituency Office Manager and researcher for an Assembly Member dealing with a broad range of Welsh Government and Assembly issues, including education and health.

Her current position, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, is a strategic role overseeing all Newport schools and also the provision of support for young people not in education or employment to enable them to gain qualifications, apprenticeships and jobs.

Sarah Merry

Cllr Sarah Merry

Councillor Sarah Merry was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd in July 2016 as an Executive Director appointed by the Welsh Local Government Association. Councillor Merry also serves on the Board of Directors for the subsidiary company WJEC CBAC (Services) Ltd.

Councillor Merry is the Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council and has been responsible for the Council’s education portfolio since May 2015. She was re-elected as a Councillor in 2012 to represent the Cathays ward in the city, having previously represented the ward from 1995 to 1999. She is also Secretary of the Keep Cathays Tidy group.

In May 2017, Sarah was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Council and her cabinet portfolio responsibilities were expanded to include Education, Employment and Skills. She represents the Council on both the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) Council and the Local Government Association (LGA) General Assembly.

She has also recently taken on the role of Chair of the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service Joint Committee and is a board member of Cardiff and Vale College and the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC).

Originally from the Midlands, Sarah moved to Cardiff to study English at Cardiff University and has lived and worked in the city ever since, including in political support roles for several AMs and MPs.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Mike Evans was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd as one of the first independent Non-Executive Directors in 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Board. Mike also Chairs the Management Group and the Governance and Nominations Panel and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Mike has held various senior roles within Local Government as well as Director of Finance and Business Support Services/Clerk to the Governing Body at Coleg Sir Gar, and FD within the Housing Sector. Whilst at Coleg Sir Gar he established and Chaired the Welsh Further Education Purchasing Consortium which delivered annual savings of over £5m to the FE Sector within Wales.

Mike also chaired the Welsh FE Finance Director’s Group, and was appointed by Value Wales to Chair a number of regional Public Sector committees and working parties. He has also been active within the accountancy profession serving on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and was President of the South Wales and the South West of England Region.

In 2013-14 he was elected President of the Association of Accounting Technicians one of the UK’s leading qualifications and awarding bodies, and represented them at a number of regional and international events. During his year in office he led on the appointment of a new Chief Executive, and in 2016 he was appointed Chair of their Governance Review group.

David Llewelyn

David Llewelyn

David Llewellyn was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Limited as a Non-Executive Director in February 2017 having been co-opted as a member of the Audit Committee in May 2016. Following a Governance restructure, the Audit Committee became the Audit and Assurance Committee, which David now Chairs.

Born in Swansea, David was educated at Llandovery College and Cardiff University where he studied economics. On graduating he trained as a chartered accountant and has spent the majority of his career in the higher education sector where he now holds the position of Director of Finance at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

David has a keen interest in education and educational standards; and has long experience as a secondary school governor.

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd as one of the first independent Non-Executive Directors in 2011 and in 2016 was appointed Vice-chair. Liz also chairs the Board of Directors for the subsidiary company, WJEC CBAC (Services) Ltd and is Vice-Chair of the Management Group and the Governance and Nominations Panel.

Liz has been involved in policy development for children and young people for more than 20 years. She retired in 2010 after 10 years leading on children and young people’s policy in the Welsh Government, working closely with Ministers and practitioners across Wales to contribute to the distinct policy agenda in Wales. She played a leading role in the development of 14-19 Learning Pathways. Prior to this she was a primary teacher, headteacher and education adviser in Gwent and then Assistant Director of Education and Chief Adviser for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council in South East Wales.

Liz currently teaches the Mindfulness in Schools Project programmes for primary and secondary pupils, and trains teachers to teach the programmes in their schools. She is also an active member of Mindful Schools Wales and an associate of Mindfulness in Action and the Mindfulness Initiative in Wales.

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd as a Non-Executive Director in September 2016. Andrew also serves on the Board of Directors for the subsidiary company, WJEC CBAC (Services) Ltd, and is also a member of the Audit and Assurance Committee.

Andrew is the Director of Dexter Claw Ltd, a company offering consultancy and interim management services in the Higher Education sector. He has twenty years’ experience in the HE sector working in policy, planning and management roles for number of different UK universities and sector agencies, mostly in England. He has particular expertise in strategic planning, data governance and data management.

His relevant experience in the Higher Education sector includes time as Academic Registrar at London South Bank University, where he was responsible for academic policy, exams and assessments.

He has a PhD in medieval English military administration and lives in Hampshire.

Peter O'Sullivan

Peter O'Sullivan

Peter O'Sullivan was appointed to the Board of Directors for WJEC CBAC Ltd as a Non-Executive Director in 2016. Peter is also a member of the Management Group and Remuneration Committee. He is a retired IBM executive and has held senior positions in KPMG and the public sector.

Peter has a Master’s degree in Science & Social Science from Cambridge University, and an Open University degree including Information Technology. Peter spent much of his career in the public sector - in teaching, youth and community work, and social services. He had a leading role in introducing the information technology into Social Services, and in establishing the role of The Information Commissioner’s Office. Through his consulting company 'Transforming Education International ', Peter has advised on sustainable change in education, and capacity building, with governments, NGOs and schools in England and overseas.

In England, Peter played a leading role in the government’s school workforce modernisation programme and the establishment of academies; and is a co-founder of TKAT (The Kemnal Academies Trust). He also worked with the Teacher Training Agency to establish ‘iTeach’, a programme to train experienced mathematicians and scientists as teachers, to address the shortfall in the STEM teaching workforce. In 2013 Peter led a project to develop digital resources for the new 2013 history curriculum.

Born in Barry, in the Vale of Glamorgan, Peter now lives with his family in Hampshire.