• Professor Tim Wheeler – Business Member and Chair of the Governing Body

    Tim was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester in 2005 from which he retired in 2020. He was educated at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. During his career, he has held posts at universities in England, Ireland and Scotland, and a period as a Senior Visiting Research Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford. Much of his work has involved academic and industrial consultancies, in addition to experience in Europe, America, China and Australia. He has published over 120 articles, books and research reports in a diverse range of areas including dyslexia, psychopharmacology, communications and safety. He has been a school governor and FE corporation governor for over 30 years. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire and is actively involved with Chester Cathedral as a Lay Canon. He is a freeman of the Cities of London and Chester. He will assume the role of Chair of…

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  • Marjorie Thomson – Community Member and Vice Chair of the Governing Body

    Marjorie has worked in the field of education for over 35 years. Initially as a primary school teacher, then as a Head Teacher and latterly as an associate tutor/link tutor for both the University of Chester and University of Cumbria. Marjorie has built and maintained strong relationships with her community over many years. She is a Community Councillor for Gwern-y-Mynydd representing them on the One Voice Wales Committee for Flintshire and she also represents Flintshire on the One Voice Wales National Executive Committee of which she is Vice Chair.  In addition, she is Chair of Age Connects North East Wales and is one of the trustees for both Home-Start Flintshire and the Flintshire Local Voluntary Council as well as a member of the Flintshire committee for the Rural Development Partnership. She formerly acted as General Adviser for Flintshire Citizens Advice Bureau. Marjorie is Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk…

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  • Yana Williams – Chief Executive

    Yana Williams became Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria on January 2020. She was educated at both primary and secondary school level in Mold, and completed her A level studies at the former Deeside College. An alumnus of Cardiff Metropolitan University, her first teaching role was at Knowsley Community College in Liverpool. She later moved to Runshaw College in Lancashire before re-joining Deeside College in a management role, overseeing the curriculum in a wide range of areas from construction to catering. It was then on to a Vice Principal role at Blackburn College and later Hugh Baird, Liverpool where she was CEO/Principal for 8 years.

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  • Rachel Clacher – Business Member

    Rachel is the Co-founder and Director of Moneypenny, the world market leader in telephone answering and outsourced reception services. From a standing start in 2000, with her brother Edward and a mere £10,000 investment, today the company looks after ten million calls a year on behalf of over 8,000 businesses across the UK, employs over 500 people, has just moved into a new flagship HQ in Wrexham and has expanded into the US market. The company has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and is recognised as one of the Best Companies to Work For in the UK. Today, Rachel focusses on the company’s strategic direction and runs Moneypenny Foundation: a charity that brings new opportunities in life and work to disadvantaged young women. Such has been the success of this approach in the Wrexham area that 2017 will see traineeships running in other towns and cities in the North…

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  • Gareth Davies – Business Member

    Gareth is the Chief Industrial Architect for all Airbus wing programmes and is based at Broughton in North Wales. Previously Gareth has held senior positions in Operations, Quality and Engineering and has worked in the aviation sector for over 30 years across Europe and in the US. He is a former pupil at Deeside College and has lived locally in the area for over 20 years with his wife and children. Gareth is the Link Governor for the College’s Institute of Technology.

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  • Martina Davies – Governor

    Martina has been involved in the Education sector in various roles since 2014 when she became a Governor at a primary school in Flintshire and currently holds the position of Vice Chair. She has also been a member of the Wrexham Education Services School Appeals Panel for 5 years and participated in both School and Exclusion Appeals for Wrexham, Flintshire and Cheshire West. Martina became a Lay Inspector for Estyn in 2018 and has participated in a number of inspections. Martina was born and raised in Germany and graduated from the University of Cologne with a degree in English and French. She has worked as an interpreter for the British Army of the Rhine before spending a year in Kampala/Uganda as a project administrator for the GTZ (German Aid). Following her move to the UK, she worked in aviation as a language tutor and cabin crew until very recently. Currently…

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