The Board of Directors of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol have today announced that Dr Haydn E Edwards will be the new Chairperson of the Coleg’s Board of Directors from 1 April 2017.
He will succeed the current Chairman, Andrew Green, who is coming who will be coming to the end of his term at the end of March 2017.
Haydn Edwards has a background in further and higher education. He was the Chief Executive of Coleg Menai between 1994 and 2009 where he was responsible for extending and developing the educational provision at the College.
After graduating in Chemistry and Physiology, he completed a doctorate at the University of Salford. He has worked in a number of higher education institutions and universities in Britain, the United States and Japan and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Recently, Haydn has been a non-Executive Director with Estyn and a Trustee and Vice President of the National Museum Wales. He led a number of policy reviews for the Welsh Government including a review of Welsh for Adults which has led to the establishment of the National Centre for Learning Welsh.
He said, "The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has made a very important contribution to the development of Welsh-medium higher education over the last six years and this is a credit to everyone who has been involved with the work. I'm looking forward to taking on the new responsibilities in a few weeks with the aim of developing the work further in the years to come ".
Dr Hefin Jones, Dean of the Coleg and a member of the Board of Directors said: "It is a pleasure to appoint Haydn as the new Chair of the Coleg. He has extensive experience in the field of governance and leading a large organisation. We look forward to working with him during this exciting period in the history of the Coleg.”
Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg said: "I welcome the appointment of Haydn. He has a broad understanding of post-compulsory education in Wales broader government policies within and beyond the field of education. Everyone associated with the Coleg is looking forward to working with him over the next few years."