Who we are

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is the national organisation representing all 13 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Created in 1993 as an educational charity and a company limited by guarantee, it was known as "fforwm" until its renaming in 2009.

CollegesWales offices are based in Tongwynlais, Cardiff, where the core staff is based, and a small team of consultants.

Through CollegesWales, colleges are represented on various committees, working parties and other groups that influence and shape policy in post-16 education and life-long learning. In the main, CollegesWales' senior staff serve as the representatives on these groups. Individual board members, principals, and senior staff from member colleges may also be nominated by the CollegesWales board, chief executive, or by a CollegesWales network to represent colleges on particular areas of policy or committees.

Management & Governance

The charity's trustees ensure the financial viability of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales and provides strategic direction.

The board of directors is made up of college principals, one of whom is elected Chair and one of whom is elected Deputy Chair. The board also includes two Chairs of Governing Bodies as observers.

  1. Complaints Policy of ColegauCymru 2017
  2. Financial Statements - Colleges Wales / Colegau Cymru Limited Consolidated accounts 31 July 2015
  3. ColegauCymru’s Articles of Association – 12 May 2014
  4. Board of Directors Declaration of Interests Register 2015/16
  5. Board of Directors Code of Conduct
Sharron Lusher

Sharron Lusher (Chair)

Principal, Pembrokeshire College



Judith Evans

Judith Evans

Principal, Coleg y Cymoedd


Dafydd Evans (Vice Chair)

Chief Executive, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai



Mark Dacey

Mark Dacey

Principal and Chief Executive, NPTC Group


Mike James

Mike James

Principal, Cardiff and Vale College


David Jones OBE

David Jones OBE

Principal and Chief Executive, Coleg Cambria


Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Principal, Gower College Swansea



Guy Lacey

Guy Lacey

Principal, Coleg Gwent


Barry Liles

Barry Liles

Principal and Chief Executive
Coleg Sir Gâr & Coleg Ceredigion

Mark Leighfield

Mark Leighfield

Principal, St David's Catholic College


John O'Shea

John O'Shea

Principal, Merthyr Tydfil College


Simon Pirotte

Simon Pirotte

Principal, Bridgend College



John Clutton

John Clutton (Observer)

Chair of the Governing Body, Coleg Cambria


Kathryn Robson - Chief Executive of Adult Learning Wales

Kathryn Robson

Chief Executive of Adult Learning Wales

Staff

The majority of the staff are based at ColegauCymru's premises in Tongwynlais, Cardiff.

In addition, consultants deliver a range of services, including coordination of networks for senior staff in colleges and undertaking research on projects led by CollegesWales on behalf of external organisations.

CEO Iestyn Davies

Iestyn Davies

Chief Executive Officer

Iestyn is responsible for:

  • overall leadership of CollegesWales as a college representative body;
  • raising the profile of colleges and of CollegesWales with key decision-makers;
  • reporting directly to the Board of Directors;
  • ensuring CollegesWales maintains its financial viability.

Email: Iestyn.Davies@collegeswales.ac.uk

Carolyn Thomas

Carolyn Thomas

Director of Finance

Carolyn is responsible for:

Financial management/control of CollegesWales and fforwm Services Limited.

Email: Carolyn.Thomas@collegeswales.ac.uk


Julie Osman

Julie Osman

Director of Business Administration / Company Secretary

Email: Julie.Osman@collegeswales.ac.uk

Claire Roberts

Claire Roberts

External Affairs Director

Email: Claire.Roberts@collegeswales.ac.uk

Rachel Bowen Director of Policy and Development

Rachel Bowen

Director of Policy and Development

Email: Rachel.Bowen@collegeswales.ac.uk

Sian Holleran

Sian Holleran

International Coordinator

Sian is responsible for ColegauCymru's international arm

CollegesWales (Uk) International

Email: Sian.Holleran@collegeswales.ac.uk

Rob Baynham

Rob Baynham

Sports Coordinator

Email: Rob.Baynham@collegeswales.ac.uk

Gill Barclay

Gill Barclay

Finance Officer

Email: Gill.Barclay@collegeswales.ac.uk


Amy Evans Receptionist/Administrator

Amy Evans

Receptionist/Administrator

Email: Amy.Evans@collegeswales.ac.uk

Our members

All of Wales' 13 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales are members of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales.

Throughout our website, the terms 'college' and 'FE college' are used to cover all types of FE colleges and FE institutions.

Find a college

Introduction to the colleges