The board will support Huw Evans OBE who was appointed as Chair of the Review in October. It will be made up of people with established reputations in the fields of education and employment, and draws on the best available expertise and current thinking in the area. The review will be strongly based on evidence and will listen to the views of a wide range of stakeholders.
The external Board members will bring their own individual thoughts to the Board rather than act as representatives of any organisation or sector. An additional four members will come directly from the Welsh Government.
The role of the Board will be to provide advice to Ministers on how to ensure Wales has qualifications that are valued and understood and meet the needs of our young people and the Welsh economy.
The Project Board, which will have its first meeting on 7 December, will be made up of:
- Huw Evans, Principal of Coleg Llandrillo, Chair of Project board.
- John Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University and Chair of Higher Education Wales.
- Nick Bennett, Principal of Gower College Swansea.
- Jackie Pearson, Mill Controller at UPM Shotton, the UK’s largest producer of 100% recycled and recyclable newsprint paper.
- Roger Evans, Plant Director at Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, the precision bearing and automotive manufacturer.
- Ann Evans, Chief Executive of Careers Wales Mid Glamorgan and Powys.
- Katherine Davies, Headteacher of Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Swansea.
- Arwyn Watkins, Chair of the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) and Managing Director of Cambrian Training Company.
- Michael Griffiths. Michael has recently retired from his role as Headteacher of Cardiff High School.
- Kate Crabtree, Deputy Director, Qualifications and Learning Division, Welsh Government.
- Jo-Anne Daniels, Deputy Director, Curriculum Division, Welsh Government.
- Andrew Clark, Deputy Director, Further Education Division, Welsh Government
- Cassy Taylor, Head of General Qualifications Monitoring, Qualifications and Learning Division, Welsh Government.
In addition, Ann Keane, Estyn, Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, has been appointed as observer on the Project Board.
Commenting on the appointments, Huw Evans, said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the participation of such a knowledgeable group of people from a wide range of backgrounds. As the role is unpaid, I think it is a testament to their commitment to the learners and the economy of Wales that they are prepared to undertake this work.”
The review will be wide ranging but centred around three themes:
- Identifying the most relevant qualifications and ensure they are available to learners.
- Ensuring qualifications are trusted and understood.
- Ensuring qualifications remain fit for purpose.
The Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert, said:
“The individuals that have been appointed are all highly impressive. The range of their backgrounds reflects the breadth and depth of this Review. I am confident this Project Board, will help us ensure that we have Qualifications for 14 to 19-year- olds that meet the needs of learners and Wales, and are understood and valued.
"I want to ensure public money is focused in the right direction to help provide the skilled workforce our economy needs. And equally, I want to make sure that the choices available to learners will actually make a difference in allowing them to progress to work or higher education.”
The Project Board is expected to submit its final report to the Deputy Minister for Skills in November 2012.