ColegauCymru appoints new Chair

Sharron Lusher

Sharron Lusher, Principal and Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire College has been appointed as the new chair of ColegauCymru, the post 16 education and skills charity. The appointment of the Chair and Vice Chair Dafydd Evans of Grwp Llandrillo Menai took place at the March meeting of all colleges.

Sharron Lusher commented, “I am pleased to be able to take up the role and continue the work undertaken by my colleague Judith Evans the Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd. Judith has steered the charity through a period of change, which has included the development of a new governance model, a review of our operational priorities, and how we, as a body, meet the ever-changing needs of the post compulsory education sector.”

Iestyn Davies, CEO of ColegauCymru added, “Our Principals meetings and in particular the role of the Chair provides a vital link between the day-to-day experiences of FE colleges as they deliver a wide range of education and skills services across the length and breadth of Wales. Our work in developing creative policy solutions for the future of post-sixteen learning relies on the input of the CEOs, Principals and their staff.”

At its meeting, ColegauCymru also took the first steps towards establishing a streamlined trustee board to assist in the development and oversight of its operational planning. It is envisaged that the new board of governance will include representatives from business and the public sector with a strong commitment to lifelong learning.

Subject to the outcome of an EGM in the summer, the new board will be formed alongside a Principals’ Association. The association will strengthen the link between the organisation and the work undertaken on behalf of colleges in developing responses to the key strategic challenges faced by the sector.

Sharron Lusher concluded, “We have taken the time to review our governance and operational priorities for the sole purpose of ensuring that the work of ColegauCymru is focused on supporting the sector to deliver the highest outcomes for learners in Wales. As a board and as the Principals’ Association we look forward to working with all those who want to see Wales as a nation which promotes world-class skills.