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Governors

Our team of governors has a remarkable breadth of experience, knowledge and skills that hugely benefit Coleg Cambria and everyone involved with it. They’re responsible for Coleg Cambria’s financial solvency, its effective management and the standard of services provided.

They’re also responsible for the proper use of the public funds entrusted to them. Members of the governing body are an integral part of the work of the college and generously donate their time and expertise. The term of office for members is 4 years, excluding student members who are appointed for one year.

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Prof. 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 assumed the role of Chair of the Board in January 2021.

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Marjorie Thomson Community Member and Vice Chair of the Governing Body

Marjorie is Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee, and a member of other Board committees. She also supports the College in her Link Governor role.

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.

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Yana Williams
Chief Executive

Yana Williams became Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria in 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 rejoining 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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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 she is studying for a CELTA teaching qualification at Blackburn College with a view to graduating in July this year.

Martina is married with two children, one of whom attended Coleg Cambria’s Deeside 6th. She has a particular interest in furthering the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages and wishes to draw on her experience in that field.

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Roger Dutton

His Honour Roger Dutton DL

Judge Dutton was appointed the Resident and SeniorJudge at Chester Crown Court in 2016 and he also became the Honorary Recorder of the City of Chester. In 2010 he was appointed the Chancellor and Consistory Court Judge for the Diocese of St Asaph. After 44 years in law, he retired in 2018 and in 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University of Chester in recognition of his service to the administration of justice in Cheshire and the north-west.

He was born and bred in Wrexham and was educated at Acton Park Primary School and Grove Park Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Kent with a BA (Hons) in Law. He practised locally as a barrister until 1996 when he was appointed one of Her Majesty’s Circuit Judges to sit on the Wales and Chester Circuit. At 44 years of age, he was the youngest appointment to the Circuit Bench.

Among his many other roles, he has served his community with enthusiasm over the years. Judge Dutton has been a Rotarian, governor of Glyndwr University, a church warden in Rossett, and President of the Council of Her Majesty’s Circuit Judges. In 2019 he became chairman of the Chester Cathedral Safeguarding Advisory Group.

In his younger days he was an energetic sportsman but now restricts himself to club golf at Wrexham where he has been a member for over 40 years. He is an avid follower of Welsh Rugby, cricket, and the fortunes of Wrexham Football Club.

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Hugh Evans

Councillor Hugh Evans OBE

Hugh has been a community councillor since 1991 and is a trustee and treasurer of a local consolidated charity. He was elected as an independent councillor for the Llanfair/Gwyddelwern Ward in 2004 and in 2007 was elected as leader of Denbighshire County Council. He has held numerous responsibilities and noticeably led on the improvement of the education service and latterly on economic development and governance.

In 2010 he was awarded the Local Government Politician of the Year at the Wales Yearbook Awards, and in recognition of his services to local government he was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year Honours List.

Hugh is the founder member of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and continues to be a member, and he is a former chair of the North Wales Regional Board. He is presently the Welsh Local Government Association spokesperson for improvement and performance and has been the leader of the Independent Group since 2010.

In 2016, Hugh was appointed to the Board of S4C and is chair of the Audit and Risk Committee which overlooks the relocation and co-location of S4C offices and was the interim chair of the Board.

Hugh is married to Eirlys, has two grown-up children, and lives in Llanelidan near Ruthin and runs a beef and sheep farm.

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Martin Evans
Business Member

Martin is Head of the Industrial Academy for Airbus and is based at Broughton in north Wales. Previously Martin has held senior positions in Quality, Manufacturing Engineering and Performance Management/Improvement and has worked in the aerospace sector for over 30 years across Europe and the US.

Martin is an active member of the Manufacturing Working Group within the ‘Aerospace Growth Partnership’, an Ambassador for ‘Aerospace Wales’, and locally a Governor at Elfed High School, Buckley.

In his spare time, Martin enjoys listening to music, cycling and watching sport, particularly following his local football club Wrexham FC.

Martin is the Link Governor for Work Based Learning and Employer Engagement.

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Maria Giannasi

Maria Giannasi
Business Support Staff Governor

Maria Giannasi is an Additional Learning Needs Support Coordinator in the Inclusion Team.

She currently coordinates transition, learning support and reasonable adjustments for learners with disabilities and learning differences at the Deeside and Bersham Road Campus.

Maria has a long history of working with learners in education and training settings as trainer, teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Prior to working at Coleg Cambria, she worked for Cheshire West and Chester Council in the Special Educational Needs team as Post 16 Manager for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and was instrumental in the 2014 SEN reforms.

She believes that every learner should have access to an education in their local community that fully meets their individual needs and prepares them for adult life, regardless of the type of need or the adult pathway they aspire to follow. She welcomes the Welsh Government commitment to creating a fully inclusive education system where all learners are inspired, motivated and supported to reach their true potential with the introduction of the new Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code 2021.

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Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones
Governor

Gareth is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and is past Chair of the Welsh Panel of CARAS (Council for Awards of the Royal Agricultural Societies) and has been Chair of the Welsh Region for The Moredun Foundation for the past nine years.

Gareth is originally from Caernarfon and studied Agriculture at the Welsh Agricultural College in Aberystwyth gaining an HND in Agriculture. After a period milking cows in New Zealand he spent time managing beef, sheep and arable farms in Mid Wales, followed by a couple of years working as a beef specialist for the Meat and Livestock Commission.

Since June 1993, Gareth has been employed by Lord Newborough as the Estate Farm Manager at Rhug in Corwen. The farm was converted to organic production in 2000 and has an on-site meat cutting plant together with a farm shop and a drive through outlet. The in-hand farming operation now extends to over 6,000 acres.

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Jill Jones

Jill Jones
Governor

Jill is an experienced board member, business leader and advisor, acting as a non-executive for a diverse range of organisations.

A Chartered Accountant, she is well networked, regarded and respected in the business community. Until 2020 she was the Regional Managing Partner of RSM, the 7th largest firm of accountants in the UK, and a member of the firm’s National Leadership Team, a Main Board Director and Acting Chief Operating Officer.

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Geoff Lang

Geoff Lang
Business Member

Geoff is employed as Assistant Chief Executive at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CIPFA). He has been employed in the NHS since 1985 in various roles and has held senior management positions since 1996.

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Jayne Moore

Jayne Moore
Business Member

Jayne is a Barrister at Law for the Crown Prosecution Service and a member of Gray’s Inn, London.

She read Law at Liverpool and, following a commendation in her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, began her 25 year legal career working a breadth of casework for Allington Hughes Solicitors. Jayne followed her passion and today specialises in crime working at one of the UK’s largest prosecution areas in Merseyside and Cheshire.

Jayne has a keen interest in the development of others working as pupil master, mentor and has assisted in the training of newly qualified barristers at Gray’s Inn. She recently featured on BBC’s documentary The Prosecutors as well as BBC North West news discussing the recent pandemic and effects on the criminal justice system.

Jayne was born in Wrexham and is a former pupil of Yale Sixth Form College. She is an advocate for social mobility, equal opportunities and raising the aspirations within North East Wales. Jayne resides in Wrexham with her husband and two children.

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David Stephens

David Stephens
Co-opted Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

David is a retired local government officer with a career spanning over 40 years. A qualified auditor and IT auditor, he spent the majority of his career as an internal auditor but also had a spell as an accountant.

David chaired the north Wales regional IT audit Group for many years building up an extensive network of IT auditors.

In his spare time, David enjoys playing golf, exercising, and spending time with his grandchildren.

David is a co-opted member of the Audit Committee.

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Anna Sutton

Anna Sutton
Governor

Anna retired from her role as Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Chester at the end of September in 2020 and has worked in education for 47 years.

Anna has had a varied career spending the majority of her time in higher education. She trained as a teacher at St. Mary’s College Bangor qualifying in 1973 and for the first ten years of her career taught in primary schools in Flintshire/Clwyd. This period culminated in Anna becoming headteacher of St. Asaph Infants school.

Anna went on to take up a post at the then North East Wales Institute (NEWI) in teacher education. She remained at NEWI for eighteen years. During these years she progressed to lead primary teacher education as a Principal Lecturer.

In 2002, Anna moved to take up a post at the University of Chester. She became Dean of the Faculty of Education and Children’s Services and relinquished this post after fifteen years to take up the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor, she also became Provost of the new University Centre Shrewsbury. She has worked abroad in Palestine, America and Sweden.

Anna has worked with Estyn and has considerable experience as an external examiner of HE programmes. She has always retained her interest in schools not least through her experience as a school Governor.

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Jane Tweedie

Jane Tweedie
Co-opted Member on the Audit and Risk Committee

Jane is a chartered accountant who has worked as an education and charity specialist for over 25 years focusing solely on advising clients in these sectors.  During this time she has worked with a number of  Welsh Futher Education colleges, academy trusts and independent schools together with a variety of charities and other not for profit organisations. She is currently a senior manager in the Charity and Education team at WR Partners, a local accountancy firm.

Jane lives in Wrexham and is a former pupil of the former Yale 6th Form college. She is married and has four children, three of whom attended Coleg Cambria before moving on to University.

In her spare time Jane enjoys walking her border terriers,supporting Wrexham FC and is currently learning how to play golf.

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Lorraine Westwood
Governor

Lorraine has over twenty years of experience in higher education and is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President International at Bangor University. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Lorraine began her career in the steel industry before moving into the public sector. Her first management role was as Marketing Manager at a large further education college in the West Midlands, in addition she was a part-time lecturer on their franchised Business Studies degree.
Her higher education experience at Director level has ranged from large inner city institutions to small specialists, and from single campus to multi campus. She has built and led award winning teams and in 2019 was awarded the prestigious Marketer of the Year award by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Lorraine has also held a number of voluntary posts within the higher education sector. This has included being a Trustee of a Students Union and most recently supporting the work of CASE Europe (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).

With a passion for widening access to higher education, Lorraine was a founder member of the highly successful widening access network in Birmingham, led one of the largest National Collaborative Outreach Programmes in England and is now Chair of the North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Programme.

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Annesley Wright

Annesley Wright
Business Member

Annesley is a member of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and Link Governor on the Learner’s Campus Council Meetings at the Bersham Site and attends the meetings.

Annesley’s primary career has been as managing director of Japanese manufacturing companies in North Wales initially with Hoya Lens in Wrexham and latterly with TRB, a Toyota manufacturing subsidiary, in St Asaph. His background is in finance and accounting and evolved to general management in which he rapidly developed a reputation for success in managing change and growing companies.

Annesley is a fluent Japanese speaker and was honoured by the Japanese Government in 2008 for service to Japanese corporates and the Japanese community in the UK. In 1998 he was awarded the Achievement Wales Business Person of the Year, and in 2006, the University of Bangor sponsored Wales Business Person of the Year, both in association with the Welsh Government.

He currently holds Welsh Government Board appointments in Careers Wales, Deeside Enterprise Zone and, locally, Cefndy Healthcare. He also holds board appointments on the University of Chester Business Advisory Council, National Youth Advocacy Service, Adoption Matters, Advance Brighter Futures, Wrexham Foyer and Q3 Academy and sits on several charitable trusts as a trustee.

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Meilu Zheng
Student Governor

Meilu is currently studying A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Welsh Baccalaureate at the Deeside 6th site. She has been part of the College’s Student Voice since starting at Coleg Cambria in September 2021 and has previously held the position of Ethnic Minority Officer as well as being a Campus Council Representative and a Student Representative. 

As a student governor, Meilu is supporting the college to be a welcoming, encouraging and an inclusive learning environment by contributing a student’s point of view to the Governing Body of Coleg Cambria.

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