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WEA YMCA CC Cymru's Council

WEA YMCA CC Cymru is governed by a Council of 20 people – 16 appointed and 4 elected governors. Those elected are 2 staff governors and 2 learner governors. The Council’s role is to provide overall leadership and scrutiny, ensuring that the organisation meets its mission and purpose while retaining its principles and values, at the same time as it abides by the stipulations of its funding bodies.

For Council meeting minutes, please see here.

Appendix   /  Development of WEA YMCA CC Cymru’s Strategic Plan   /   Stage 2 - Focus Group Report v3

The Council has eight committees to which it delegates some of its authorities – audit and corporate governance, finance and general purposes, staffing, curriculum, quality and learner experience, Welsh language and Welshness, voluntary movement, and search. These committees, formed of governors and co-opted members with specific expertise, decide and provide recommendations to Council on the development of our strategic direction and policy. They try to ensure that the learners’ voice is central, that WEA YMCA CC Cymru is meeting its targets, is financially sound and is compliant with legal and financial regulations, and that the views of the organisation’s wider membership are reflected in our work.

WEA YMCA CC Cymru Council Members

Chair John Graystone

Executive Chair, Agored Cymru and former Chief Executive of Colleges Wales

Vice Chair Gerry Jenson

Former Vice Principal of Coleg Llandrillo

Vice Chair Rob Humphreys

Director, The Open University in Wales and former Director of NIACE Dysgu Cymru

Appointed Steve Drowley

Youth and Community Work consultant and Vice Chair of Education and Training Standards Wales

Appointed Julie Cook

National Officer, Wales TUC Cymru

Appointed David Elis-Williams

Former Corporate Director of Finance, Isle of Anglesey County Council

Appointed Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Appointed Alison Hill

Director of the Caia Park Partnership, Wrexham

Appointed Catrin James

National Training Officer, Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Appointed Cerys Furlong

Director, NIACE Cymru – The National Voice for Lifelong Learning

Appointed Viv Davies

Former Head of the Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Wales, Newport

Appointed Chris Franks Former Member, South Wales Central Region, National Assembly for Wales
Appointed Val Williams

Tutor and Community Development Worker, Sylfaen Cymunedol Cyf.

Appointed Toni Schiavone

Welsh Government Education Specialist and former Director, Basic Skills Agency

Elected Learner Governor Cathy Clark

Blackwood and Oakdale Branch Learner

Elected Learner Governor Rhys Barfoot

YMCA Wales CC Learner

Elected Staff Governor June Jeremy

Payroll Officer for WEA YMCA CC Cymru,
based in Cardiff (Coopers Yard)

Elected Staff Governor Becky Watson Stubbs

Curriculum Support Officer: Youth, Community and Play Work,
for WEA YMCA CC Cymru, based in Cardiff (Llanishen)

Chief Executive and ex officio Governor
Mark Isherwood

Former Head of College, YMCA Wales Community College

Stephen Thomas



If you have any queries please contact:
Cath Dawkes, Assistant to Chief Executive, 029 20 235277, email
Stephen Thomas, Clerk, Cardiff site, email