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 Board of Trustees are collectively responsible for the charity’s long-term success. The Board sets its strategic aims, monitors the performance of management against the strategic aims, ensures good governance, assesses its risk appetite and ensures that robust processes are in place to challenge information and make informed decisions on the charity’s performance and viability.

Following a strategic review of ColegauCymru, Members approved at an EGM on 18 July 2017 changes to the charity’s constitutional structure and its governing document which came into effect on 1 August 2017.

The changes comprised of a new representational group structure within the charity, with its own terms of reference, focused on policy and issues affecting the post-compulsory education sector, namely the CEO/Principals’ Forum.

Under the revised Articles of Association, the Chair and Deputy Chair of the CEO/Principals’ Forum are appointed the Chair and Deputy Chair of the newly constituted charity Board. The Board comprises of a minimum of five and a maximum of six Trustees. Up to two Chairs of Governing Bodies and a maximum of two independent external professionals maybe appointed Trustees. The Chair and Deputy Chair serve concurrently for two years whilst the other Trustees may serve for an initial three years, with the option to seek re-appointment for a further three-year term.

Under the newly constituted model, membership has been widened to include Associate Membership. If you are interested in becoming an Associate Member of CollegesWales, please contact Julie Osman E : julie.osman@collegeswales.ac.uk DL : 02920 528385.

  1. CollegesWales/ColegauCymru Ltd Consolidated Financial Statement 31-07-17
  2. CollegesWales/ColegauCymru Ltd Articles of Association 2017
  3. Register of Interests 2017-18
  4. CCCW Board Code of Conduct 2017
  5. Complaints Policy of ColegauCymru 2017

Dafydd Evans (Chair)


Dafydd took over as Chief Executive Officer of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai in September 2016, having previously been Principal of Coleg Llandrillo (August 2014 - August 2016) and Principal of Coleg Menai (July 2009 - August 2014). He is a qualified CIPFA Accountant, having graduated in Statistics at University of Wales Aberystwyth. As an Associate Assessor for ESTYN, he has undertaken inspections on several colleges and has also in the past been seconded to work for the Welsh Assembly Government to undertake developmental work on resources allocation and reconfiguration of the post-16 sector in Gwynedd and Anglesey.



Guy Lacey

Guy Lacey (Deputy Chair)                


Guy was appointed CEO/Principal of Coleg Gwent in August 2015. Guy graduated from Oxford Brookes University and has post graduate qualifications in Secondary Education from Bath University.  Guy has spent the last 25 years in a number of UK schools and colleges and has gained knowledge of a wide range of approaches to the delivery of skills and training to meet the needs of young period and adults.  In addition Guy worked as a GCSE examiner for the University of Cambridge examinations syndicate and worked as a peer Inspector with Estyn for over ten years.
John Clutton

John Clutton 


John is Chair of Coleg Cambria and a member the college’s Leadership, Performance and Improvement Committee, HR, Finance and Estates Committee, Director of Cambrian Training Services and also Novus Cambria.  John has a vast experience and understanding of education and senior management having formerly been Director of Education and Children’s Services and Recreation for Flintshire. During his tenure as Director, 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 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 Clutton

Paul Croke


Paul graduated from Kent University and has post graduate qualifications from Oxford University, Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan (now USW). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a former College Principal at Gorseinon in Swansea and latterly at Yale College Wrexham. Paul has spent the whole of his professional career (38 years) in further education having worked at Crosskeys, Pontypool, and Swansea colleges before becoming a principal. Paul is currently Chair of governors at Bridgend College.


John Clutton

Iestyn Morris


Iestyn graduated with First Class Honours in law and leads the education team. Iestyn advises on all aspects of employment law and has particular experience in relation to corporate restructures, collective agreements, industrial relations and TUPE. He also provides legal advice in relation to pensions. A fluent Welsh speaker, Iestyn provides advice in Welsh to many high profile organisations in Wales.


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


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.

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