Governors

The Governing Body (also known as "The Corporation") is accountable for the financial solvency of Coleg Cambria, its effective management and the quality of the service it provides.

It is also accountable for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to it. Members of the Governing Body play a key role in the work of the college and give their time and expertise freely. The term of office for members is 4 years, with the exception of the Student Members who are appointed for a one year term of office.

The Governing Body meets at least four times during each academic year and the governors also attend an annual residential planning event. There are four committees – Audit, HR, Finance & Estates, Learner Provision & Outcomes, Leadership, Performance and Improvement.

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John Clutton

Business Member and Chair of the Governing Body

Governor

Ray Wells

Business Member and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body

Governor

David Jones OBE, DL

Chief Executive


Governor

Dr Garth Higginbotham

Co-opted Governor

Governor

Cllr. Tony Sharps

Local Government Member

Governor

Cllr. Rhys Hughes

Local Government Member

Governor

Cllr. Michael Williams

Local Authority Member

Governor

Geoff Lang

Business Member

Governor

Rees Roberts OBE

Business Member

Governor

Gareth Davies

Business Member

Governor

Rachel Clacher

Business Member

Governor

Professor Timothy J Wheeler DL

Business Member - Higher Education

Professor Timothy J Wheeler DL

Terry Garner

Co-opted Member

Governor

Jane Tilston

Co-opted Member

Governor

John Leece Jones

Community Body Member

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Marjorie Thomson

Community Member

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Simon Parker

Staff Member

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Jane Wilkinson

Staff Member

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Jack Baker

Student Member

Zöe Frawley

Student Member



John Clutton

Business Member and Chair of the Governing Body

John was the former Director of Education and Children's Services and Recreation for Flintshire with vast experience in education. During his tenure he was chair of the Flintshire Local Safeguarding Children's Board, chair of the Children's and Young People's Framework Partnership and an Estyn schools Inspector. Following retirement in 2007, he was appointed by the Welsh Assembly Government as a member of the Denbighshire Independent Education Recovery Board. At the invitation of Wrexham Council, he chaired the Wrexham Learning Partnership Board and served as a local education authority appointed governor at a local high school. John has been elected by Chairs of FE Colleges in Wales as an observer onto the ColegauCymru Board.

John is the chair of one of the Board's committee, namely the Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee and is also a member of the HR, Finance and Estates Committee. He is the Link Governor for leadership at the College.

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Jane Tilston

Co-opted Member

After undertaking degrees as a mature student, Jane forged a career working in the legal sector as a locum court Duty Officer, representing the probation service in court hearings, advising on sentencing and submitting reports to court. Jane has worked extensively in the community which includes being a member of the Community Health Council and is chair of the local committee. She is chair of the local Community Council and a Governor of Elfed High School, Buckley.

Jane is a member of the Board committees namely, Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee and Vice-chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also the Link Governor of the College's Equality and Diversity Group and attends their meetings.

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John Leece Jones

Community Body Member

John is a retired solicitor, who has over the years been engaged with the community in various roles. He is chair of the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham [AVOW], a governor of two primary schools having had over twenty years of experience as chair. He is also a trustee and company secretary of Maes y Pant/Hollowfield Action Group Ltd, a charity which owns and manages a 70 acres of woodland as a public amenity. John has recently retired as chair of Wrexham and District CAB and served as a community councillor in Gresford for over twenty years.

John has had a considerable interest in health issues. He was a NHS complaints chairman, a CHC member and a former chair of the Welsh association of CHCs and a NHS Trust non-executive director. He served for six years as the lay member for Wales on the Nursing and Midwifery Council where he was Vice-chair of the Investigating Committee and of the Nursing Committee.

John is a member of Board committees namely, the Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee and chair of the Human Resources, Finance and Estates Committee. He is the Link Governor for the College’s Health, Safety and Sustainability Group and attends their meetings.

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Roland Fuchs

Business Member

Roland initially worked as a Secondary Level teacher in South Africa. He has significant experience in industry, having been employed in logistics warehousing as well as in the petro-chemical and aerospace industries.

Roland is currently employed as Training Co-ordinator by a Wrexham based manufacturing company.

He has been a governor of Yale College since March 2011.

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Terry Garner

Co-opted Member

Terry has an extensive background in services to children and young people. During his career he has been a teacher, Head Teacher, senior lecturer in a teacher training college, Chief Inspector/Advisor for Clwyd and Ofsted and an Estyn schools Inspector. Formerly the Strategic Director for Children's Services and Deputy Chief Executive for Wrexham County Borough Council, Terry was responsible for all education and children's social care provision. As Director of Education and Leisure Services, he had oversight of all aspects of school provision, the public libraries, the youth service, heritage and the leisure services. When Terry was Chief Inspector/Advisor for the Clwyd Education Authority, he focussed on school improvement and language development.

Terry is also a member of the Board's committees, namely the Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee of which he is Vice-chair, and a member of the Human Resources, Finance & Estates Committee. He is also a Link Governor member of the College's Safeguarding Group and attends their meetings.

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Geoff Lang

Business Member

Geoff is employed as Director of Strategy at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, and he is a member of Flintshire Public Service Board. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CIPFA) and has been employed in the NHS since 1985 in various roles and has been in senior management positions since 1996.

Geoff is Vice-chair of a committee of the Board, the Human Resources, Finance & Estates Committee and is the Link Governor for general education at the College.

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Cllr. Mr Michael Williams

Local Authority Member

Michael spent 35 years in education, teaching secondary school science in Wales and East Africa.

Following early retirement, he was appointed Chief Officer of the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW). He has represented Gwersyllt North Ward as a Community Councillor and County Councillor for a number of years and is presently the authority's Lead Member for Children Services and Education. He is a member of Wrexham Council's Executive Board and serves on a number of external bodies. He is Vice-chair of the North Wales School Improvement Body (GwE), is a governor of two local schools and a panel member of the Wrexham Community Endowment Fund.

Michael is a member of the Board’s committee, namely the Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee and isLlink Governor for Bersham site's Students' Council meetings.

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David Jones OBE

Chief Executive

David Jones became Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria on 1 August 2013

His current external appointments include chairing the Deeside Enterprise Zone Board, membership of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Wales Council, the Landex (Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence) Board and the Colleges Wales Board. He is also a member of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and Business Council.

David is a champion of fund raising with over £500,000 being raised at the college in recent years. David was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Clwyd in March 2010, and was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours List, in recognition of his contribution to Further Education in North East Wales.

David is a member of the Board's committees namely, the Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee, the Human Resources, Finance and Estates Committee, and the Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee.

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Dr Garth Higginbotham

Co-opted Governor

Starting his career as a lecturer in physics in Northern Ireland, Garth then moved into school-teaching. After briefly working in a private school in England, Garth moved to work in a large comprehensive school in an Education Priority Area in South Wales. Following a year as a teacher trainer in a polytechnic in England, he became one of Her Majesty's Inspectors, completing his career inspecting schools and colleges across Wales. Since retiring, Garth has worked as an education consultant. He is a Welsh learner and sings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.

Garth is a member of the Board's Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee and the Link Governor for Welsh at the College.

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Ray Wells

Business Member and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body

Ray had a long career in the steel industry in a variety of management roles in the United Kingdom and Europe. In the latter part of his career he managed the Shotton works Total Quality/Business Excellence programme. For many years he was a team leader for the European Excellence and Wales Quality Awards, assessing ‘blue-chip’ organisations across Europe; in Wales he has assessed several further education colleges in North Wales as well as high schools in the region. He is a member of the all Wales IiP Recognition Panel since 1998, he is also a past chair of the 14-19 Employer Forum. He is now employed by Governors Wales to work with local authorities in North Wales and Powys to improve the effectiveness of school governance. He is chair of Governors of Elfed High School, Buckley and an active contributor to conservation and preservation initiatives.

Ray is chair of the Board's committee of Learner Provision and Outcomes, and a member of both the Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. He is the Link Governor for quality assurance at the College.

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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 West. Rachel is also a regular speaker at corporate and industry events on the areas that she is passionate about: people, culture change, customer service, entrepreneurship and social responsibility.

Rachel is a member of the Governing Body's HR, Finance & Estates Committee and the Link Governor to Work Based Learning and Employer Engagement.

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Marjorie Thomson

Community Member

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 is currently chair of the Flintshire Local Voluntary Council and a member of Compact. She is a Community Councillor for Gwern-y-Mynydd representing them on the One Voice Wales Committee for Flintshire. She is also a member of the Flintshire committee for the Rural Development Partnership.

She is a Trustee of Home-Start and also of Age Connects North East Wales. She formerly acted as General Adviser for Flintshire Citizens Advice Bureau.

Marjorie is chair of the Board's Audit and Risk Committee, a member of the Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee and the Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee. She is also Link Governor to services to people at the College.

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Cllr. Tony Sharps

Local Government Member

Tony who represents the Northop Hall electoral division, has been a member of Flintshire County Council since its creation in 1996. He was previously a member of Clwyd County Council and Delyn Borough Council. He has over 40 years of public service experience. Tony is chair of both the Licensing Committee and Licensing Sub Committee. He is former chair of the TAITH Consortium and the Merseyside Dee Alliance. He is an active member of the community with vast experience in local government including community councils.

Tony is a member of the Board's Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee and the Link Governor for the Northop Site Student Meetings.

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Cllr. Rhys Hughes

Local Government Member

Rhys is an experienced farmer with first-hand understanding of land-based industries and the needs of those who live and work in the countryside. He enjoys and appreciates the importance of safeguarding the rural community and has over the years devoted a large amount of his time supporting the local community. He is a Councillor for Denbighshire County Council, serving the Llangollen town and the Llantysilio community for over twelve years. He is Vice-chair of the Council’s Communities Scrutiny Committee and a member of the Planning Committee. Rhys is also a member of the Llantysilio Parish Council, the Pentredwr and District Community Association, and a Governor at Dinas Brân Secondary School, Llangollen.

Rhys is a member of the Board's Human Resources, Finance and Estates Committee. He is the Link Governor on the Llysfasi Site Student Meetings.

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Rees Roberts OBE

Business Member

Rees is a farmer at Efailwag, Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Powys. Rees has worked on the family farm throughout his life, which is an upland farm concentrating on rearing beef and sheep. His vast knowledge and expertise of the farming industry, together with the respect he has generated from the farming community contributed greatly to his appointment by the Welsh Assembly Government to the post of chair of Meat Promotion Wales from 2003-2010. He was appointed by the WAG's Rural Affairs Minister to chair the Glasdir Review Group. In 2003 Rees was presented with an OBE for his services to agriculture in Wales. He was also awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Society (FRAgS) in 2004.

Rees is a member of the Board's Committee of Audit and Risk and the Link Governor for land-based courses and independent learning skills at the College.

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Gareth Davies

Business Member

Gareth is Head of A350 wing programme at Airbus Broughton and has over 15 years of senior leadership experience in different companies across several European locations.

He is a volunteer with the Marford and Gresford Junior Football club, and through his wife with the volunteers of Home-start Wrexham.

Gareth is a Link Governor for engineering and construction at the College.

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Simon Parker

Staff Member

Simon teaches at Llysfasi and is responsible for the Level 3 land-based engineering courses as well as the construction plant maintenance apprenticeships. This follows a successful career as an engineer during which time Simon has worked for John Deere both in the UK and abroad and Gunn JCB in Rhuthin. While at Gunns Simon won the national accolade of JCB Engineer of the year.

Simon started his teaching career at Reaseheath college in 1996 where he set up and ran their successful construction plant maintenance program for 11 years. He then returned to North Wales as a lecturer at The Welsh College of Horticulture prior to its merger with Deeside College. He has represented FE colleges on numerous steering committees, working with industry, awarding bodies and funding councils these include City & Guilds and the Construction Industry Training Board.

Simon is a member of the Board’s Learner, Provision and Outcomes Committee and he is the Link Governor for Llysfasi Site Student meetings.

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Jane Wilkinson

Staff Member

Jane is the External Funding Coordinator at the College and is responsible for the funded projects that are supported by the European Social Fund and other bodies. She has been employed at the College since 2006 and has enjoyed previous roles in human resources and administrative roles prior to this current role. This follows a successful career in the catering and hospitality industry where Jane achieved a BA Honours Degree in this field before a change in career due to family commitments.

Jane is a member of a Board committee, namely the Learner, Provision and Outcomes Committee and the Link Governor for the Deeside Site Student meetings.

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Jack Baker

Student Member

Jack is a second year student at the Llysfasi site studying Animal Management level 3. His aspiration is to study Zoology at university. Jack has been elected as Vice President for students at the Llysfasi site. He has been employed at various organisations which has resulted in gaining valuable experience in animal management. His interests include caring for his animals, reading, listening to music, spending time with family and friends.

Jack is a member of a Board Committee, namely the Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee. He is also the Link Governor for the Llysfasi Site Student Meetings.

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Zöe Frawley

Student Member

Zöe is a second year A Level student at the Yale site studying Economics, Law and the Welsh Baccalaureate. Her aspiration is to study law at university and become a barrister.

Zöe has been elected Vice President by students at the Yale site. Last year, she co-ordinated a Bake Off competition in order to raise funds for the College's charity. She has undertaken several voluntary roles in the community and her interests include shopping, baking and travelling.

Zöe is a member of a Board committee, namely the Learner Provision and Outcomes Committee. She is also the Link Governor for the Yale Site Student Meetings.

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Professor Timothy J Wheeler DL

Business Member - Higher Education

Tim was appointed the Vice-chancellor of the University of Chester in 2005. He was educated at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. During his career he has held posts at universities in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland which includes Professor and Head of the School of Social Studies at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 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 and Australia. He has published over 120 articles, books and research reports in a diverse range of areas including psychopharmacology, dyslexia, communications and safety.

He chairs the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) and has been a school governor and FE corporation governor for over 25 years. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Cheshire and is actively involved with Chester Cathedral as a Lay Canon.

Tim is a member of the Board's Audit and Risk Committee.

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