Presenter Profiles 2018
Sarah is chair of the National Training Federation for Wales’ Executive Board, a member of the Wales Employment and Skills Board, a Council member for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and a Director of Cardiff-based apprenticeship provider ALS Training.
Having been involved in work-based learning for more than 20 years, she has worked with many agencies and stakeholders to deliver apprenticeship programmes at all levels and multiple sectors.
She is focused on ensuring that the NTfW network engages with employers and learners to deliver learning solutions linked to Welsh Government priorities. A key Welsh Government objective is to deliver a minimum of 100,000 high quality apprenticeships during the current administration.
Eluned Morgan AM
Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning
Eluned Morgan was elected to the National Assembly in May 2016 as regional member for Mid and West Wales.
Born in Cardiff, her political career began in 1994 at the age of 27 when she became the youngest Member of the European Parliament and only fifth woman elected to a full time political position in the history of Wales.
Representing Wales for the Labour Party from 1994-2009, she was spokesperson on industry, science and energy and Socialist Group spokesperson on Budget Control matters.
Made a peer in 2011, she has served as Shadow Minister for Wales in the House of Lords and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Earlier in her career, she was a television researcher and SSE (SWALEC) director.
Director of Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (SHELL), Welsh Government
Huw Morris is Director of Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning within Welsh Government. In this post he is responsible for the oversight of higher education, further education and Government funded work based learning provision.
Before taking on this role he held a variety of posts in universities including: Bristol Business School (UWE), Imperial College, Kingston University, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. Huw has helped to develop networks of college and private provider provision including higher level apprenticeships and in-company degree programmes for companies including: Bank of New York Mellon, BBC, Bombardier, Coop, McDonalds and Tesco. In addition to working in higher education, Huw has also held management and board level positions in a range of public and private sector organisations.
Director, CBI Wales
Ian became Director CBI Wales in January 2017 after 11 years of being Assistant Director for both Wales and South West of England. Ian joined the CBI as Assistant Director in September 2005; Ian’s role initially in the CBI involved supporting Welsh and South West businesses with local and national government interface. Ian represented the CBI public sector procurement issues, he also specialises in HR and Employment, and he also headed up SME work for Wales and the South West of England. He commentates on behalf of the CBI in the media and writes a regularly for business magazines, local and national press on business related issues.
Prior to joining the CBI Ian worked in recruitment for a number of year and was a Director of Acorn Recruitment, he helped build up the Acorn brand into one of the UK’s leading recruitment companies.
Ian was in the Royal Air Force for 9 years and served in the Falklands during 1982 and received the South Atlantic Campaign medal. Ian has 1 daughter and lives in Mumbles, he is and enthusiastic runner and runs numerous half and full marathons and is a lifelong Swansea City fan.
Professor Karel Williams
Professor of Accounting and Political Economy, Alliance Manchester Business School
Karel Williams is a professor at Alliance Manchester Business School who originally comes from Llanelli where his father was vicar and he started work at Steel Company of Wales, Trostre.
After a long academic career, which includes ten years as director of an ESRC funded centre, Karel’s recent work is on the foundational economy. This grows out of research on Wales and two key reports: What Wales Could Be (2015) and What Wales Can Do (2017) which are both available on the foundationaleconomy.com web site.
Regional Programme Manager – Skills & Employment, North Wales Economic Ambition Board
Iwan Thomas is the ‘Regional Programme Manager – Skills and Employment’, for the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, which forms one of the three, Welsh Government adopted, Regional Skills Partnerships (RSP) in Wales.
Managing the Regional Skills Partnership, Iwan leads work that includes managing the ongoing engagement, consultation, and coordination with regional and cross-border partners, providers, employers, and beneficiaries, on supporting a sustainable regional economy, based on a developing and flexible skills base.
Programme Delivery Lead, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal
Karen Higgins is the Programme Delivery Lead for People within the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal, which includes responsibility for the Cardiff Capital Region Skills Partnership (formerly LSkIP).
Karen started her career in the private sector undertaking both operational and management roles, before returning to full time education to achieve an MSc. Karen has held positions across skills, HR and workforce development since 1995, initially in education and later in public sector organisations, such as the Tourism Training Forum for Wales (TTFW), People 1st and the WLGA. Often working with stakeholders or developing partnerships to deliver projects, support development and influence education and skills provision to meet employer needs.
Regional Partnership Manager,South West and Mid Wales Regional Learning and Skills Partnership
Jane Lewis has Managed the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership since 2015. She is also leading on the Skills and Talent Intervention of the Swansea Bay City Deal.
Jane, previously managed Regional European projects to support the development of Social Enterprises; her own Marketing business; a Charity and worked within various Local Authorities.
Senior Apprenticeships Policy Manager, Welsh Government
Christopher currently takes the lead on the development of apprenticeship policy in Wales; aimed at improving the alignment of the apprenticeship model with the needs of the Welsh economy. He also has responsibility for the implementation of the Welsh Government’s plan to re-focus apprenticeships and to strengthen employer input.
Previously in the Welsh Government, Christopher was instrumental in developing the planning component of the post-16 funding system, the Review of Higher Education delivered in Further
Education Institutions published in 2015 and post-16 transformation policy, resulting in the rationalisation of further education colleges across Wales.
Before joining the Welsh Government, Christopher worked in the education sector in both England and Wales.
Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council
Having joined the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) at its inception in 2000, Hayden held the posts of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Executive, before the body was renamed (to become the EWC) and its remit extended in April 2015.
Hayden has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and has also worked in further and higher education, the health service, policing and for a multi-national retail company. He is a governor at Bridgend College.
Hayden holds a BSc Honours Degree in Statistics from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and Masters degrees in both Business Administration from Aberystwyth and Applied Statistics from Sheffield Hallam University.
Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Reform Bill Manager, Welsh Government
Karen is currently leading the PCET Reform Bill team which is working towards the Cabinet Secretary for Education’s ambition to bring forward legislation to establish the Commission during the lifetime of this government.
The team is focused on ensuring the PCET system takes forward the Welsh Government’s overarching priorities for education in Wales, as set out in Our National Mission.
To raise standards for all; to reduce the attainment gap and to deliver an education and training system that is a source of national pride, and enjoys public confidence.
Within Welsh Government Karen previously dealt with legislation relating to student finance and free prescriptions.
Assistant Director, Estyn
Jackie is an Assistant Director at Estyn. She is responsible for further education, adult community learning and work-based learning.
Jackie leads on the delivery of Estyn’s advice to the Welsh Government and other stakeholders, including survey reports and policy advice. Jackie also has overall responsibility for the cross-cutting themes of knowledge management and building capacity including best practice.
Her Majesty’s Inspector, Estyn
Mark Evans joined Estyn as an HMI in 2004 having worked previously as an inspector with Ofsted and the Adult Learning Inspectorate. He is currently the Estyn Lead Officer for work based learning.
Mark has particular expertise in engineering and manufacturing technologies and construction, planning and the built environment.
He has significant experience in further education and has extensive management experience in delivering work-based learning and further education programmes.
Mark has extensive inspection experience and leads many inspections. He regularly inspects training providers, colleges, secondary schools, adult community learning and offender learning.
Skills and Employability Manager, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)
Angela is the Skills and Employability Manager at The Higher Education Funding Council Wales, HEFCW. Angela has specific responsibility to develop Degree Apprenticeships in Wales, as set out in the Welsh Government’s Apprenticeship Policy and five year action plan.
Angela has over 20 years experience of managing widening participation and work-based learning in the post 16 sector, with a focus on developing academic and vocational learning pathways to higher education.
Angela has a BA Hons in Education and Training, and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Post compulsory Education and Training (PcET) from University of Wales, Newport, concentrating on strategies for professional practice.
Chief Executive, Career Choices Dewis Gyrfa
Nikki is currently Chief Executive for Career Choices Dewis Gyrfa (CCDG) and has worked within Careers Wales for over 14 years.
When the Careers companies joined together to form CCDG she became the Head of Finance progressing to Director of Corporate Services over the last few years.
Nikki is a qualified Accountant (ACMA) with over twenty years’ experience in a senior position working in both the public and private sector.
Head of Digital Solutions/Services & Communications, Gyrfa Cymru | Careers Wales
Leon has worked for Careers Wales for 14 years, 10 as part of the management team. Leon has had a lead role in post education and work-based learning, working closely with providers and the NTfW for several years and was involved in the development of the 5 tier model.
Recently Leon moved into the role “Head of Digital Solutions” leading on transforming and modernising the delivery of Careers Information, Advice and Guidance.
Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications), Qualifications Wales
Cassy joined Qualifications Wales in 2015, having played a lead role in its establishment.
She has worked in education and training for many years, including in further and higher education and work-based learning. She was a Qualifications Manager for NVQs at OCR in the late 1990s and lead the regulation of general qualifications in Wales between 2008 and 2012.
Since joining Qualifications Wales Cassy has lead three ground-breaking sector reviews of vocational qualifications.
Principal, Programmes, Strategy and Business Planning (Wales)
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Wayne is passionate about promoting equality and human rights and works with Welsh Government, employers and a wide range of stakeholders to build capacity, encourage good practice and drive improvement.
Wayne is a chartered fellow of the CIPD. In his spare time, Wayne has a passion for music and theatre and is a member of Everyman Theatre Management Board.
Head of Employability Policy Branch, Welsh Government
Edwyn is Head of Employability Engagement in the in the Employability and Skills Division in Welsh Government. He is currently working on the Skills and Employability priorities identified in “Prosperity for All” and the cross Welsh Government Employability Plan.
His team leads on overseeing the co-ordination of employment programmes with UK Government, in particular the Department for Work and Pensions. Starting with the design and implementation of the DWP Work and Health Programme in Wales.
Edwyn’s team also lead on offender learning in the Welsh adult prisons and on adult essential skills provision including WEST.
Edwyn has extensive experience of working with the post-16 sector. He is a qualified secondary school teacher having taught for 18 years before becoming General Secretary of Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru (UCAC). He worked for Dysg before joining the Welsh Government in 2006. Edwyn is also a qualified Estyn inspector.