Rhian Huws Williams comes from Llannefydd. She was educated at Ysgol Glan Clwyd before studying at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, between 1976 and 1979. She then studied a postgraduate course in Social Work.
Rhian was appointed Chief Executive of the Care Council for Wales in 2001, and since then she led the way as regards investing in a sustainable, qualified and secure workforce for social care services in Wales. She played a leading part in developing that workforce into a bilingual one.
Rhian has over 30 years’ experience of working in social services in Wales, and as a social worker and trainer, she has developed policies and strategies in relation to workforce development and regulation in Wales and beyond.
Her influence on the field of Social Services and training workers in this area through the medium of Welsh has been significant and far-reaching. The Care Council has been among the most innovative in setting robust conditions in relation to bilingual and Welsh-medium education as part of validating University courses.
She has worked hard to ensure that the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol invests its time and resources in the most appropriate manner for its future students. Her period as Chief Executive of the Care Council comes to an end this year, and this fellowship is awarded to her in recognition of her leadership in that post in addition to her commitment to the Welsh language in higher education and in the field of adult education generally.