The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has announced the appointment of four new members to the Coleg's Board of Directors.
Meri Huws, Gareth Pierce, Nia Elias and Angharad Lloyd-Williams will start their positions at once and will remain in post for a period of four years.
As Welsh Language Commissioner from 2012 to 2019, Meri Huws is a familiar name in Welsh public life. Before her time as Commissioner, Meri Huws worked for a number of years in higher education, and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University and the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. She also played an active role in the establishment of the Coleg. She has extensive experience of operating within public bodies including the Welsh Language Board and the Care Council for Wales.
Gareth Pierce served as Chief Executive of the Welsh Joint Education Committee between 2014 and 2018. He has a background in higher education, having been a lecturer in the University of Glamorgan and Director of Resources for Trinity College (as it was at the time) before joining WJEC. He was a member of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's first Board of Directors in 2011 and has been a co-opted member of the Coleg's Audit Committee since then. He's now a consultant and a freelance statistician, and serves as Chair of the British Mountaineering Council.
Nia Elias is Deputy Director of Business Operations at the Wales Millennium Centre. She has extensive experience of leading strategic matters and corporate events, working for some of Britain's most prominent arts organisations, such as the Tate Gallery, London, Somerset House Trust, London and the Imperial War Museum. She served as director on the Board of Trustees for Unique Venues of London.
Angharad Lloyd-Williams comes from a Further Education background and is currently working as Head of Bilingual Development and Learning Resources at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. She was Head of Sgiliaith and a member of the Welsh Government's National Digital Learning Council. She is currently a member of the Government's Welsh Language Partnership Council which provides advice to Ministers in relation to the Welsh Language Strategy. Angharad is also an A Level examiner for Psychology.
Dr Haydn E Edwards, Chair of the Coleg's Board of Directors said: "We are very pleased to have appointed Meri Huws, Gareth Pierce, Nia Elias and Angharad Lloyd-Williams to the Coleg's Board of Directors. The four have already provided extensive service of high quality to public life in Wales and we look forward to their contributions to the Coleg's governance. I look forward to welcoming them to the next Board meeting and to working with them for years to come."