Who we are
Chair - Mark Langshaw MBE
Mark was appointed as Chair of the Corporation in August 2018, having served as a Governor since 2016. He is Managing Director of Continental Teves UK Ltd, a significant employer in the Ebbw Vale area which specialises in the manufacture of high-performance engineering components for the automotive industry.
Mark has extensive managerial and business experience and provides the Board with a useful insight into the training needs of the mechanical engineering and automotive industries, as well as the economy of the Blaenau Gwent area. He also serves on the Board of the Welsh Automotive Forum and is Chair of both the Blaenau Gwent Enterprise Board and the Tech Valleys Strategic Advisory Board. Mark also sits on the Welsh Apprenticeship Advisory Board and was previously a member of the European Advisory Group reporting to the Counsel General and Brexit Minister.
Vice Chair - Sue Ball
Sue is passionate about the importance of education, training and effective collaboration to address the skills needs of employers. After a long career in the NHS (which included both clinical and non-clinical roles), she recently retired from her role as Assistant Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. She is continuing to engage in consultancy work but is looking forwarding to having more time to spend with her family and supporting Coleg Gwent.
Principal/Chief Executive - Guy Lacey
Guy has over 35 years’ experience of teaching and management in both the secondary and further education sectors and was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive of Coleg Gwent in April 2016. In his previous role as Deputy Principal (External Engagement), Guy was responsible for developing the College’s external partnerships and commercial activities, making strong, strategic relationships across the sector. Guy has worked as an examiner for the University of Cambridge examinations syndicate and has been a peer Inspector with ESTYN for over ten years. He is Chair of Colegau Cymru and serves as a Governor at a secondary school.
Baz has over 30 years’ experience in electronic engineering. He served for 17 years in HM Forces, joining as an Apprentice Electronics Engineer and rising to the rank of Warrant Officer. Baz joined VMWare as Director, Solutions Engineer in 2019 following several years as Head of Systems Engineering at CISCO UK Enterprise. He has completed his MBA and is a Chartered Manager. He also sits on the Board of the Power Network Demonstration Centre, which is part of Strathclyde University. Baz Chairs the Board’s Finance & Resources Committee.
Liz gained her own qualifications in the workplace after leaving school at sixteen and recognises the importance of choice in education and training. She worked her way up into management roles in the financial services sector and spent time as a civilian officer with the Police National Computer Bureau. Having achieved her MBA, Liz is now Director of Qualifications, Registration and Fitness to Practice at the Education Workforce Council. She lives in the Newport area and her children have studied at Coleg Gwent.
Andrew brings to the Board a detailed understanding of the FE sector in Wales. With a background in finance and accounting, he had long career in Welsh Government where his responsibilities included leading on employability, careers, apprenticeships, and FE policy. He is also a member of the Careers Wales Board and sits as the independent member of the Audit Wales, Audit & Risk Assurance Committee. Andrew is a Governor with responsibility for Information Governance.
Jamie served for 23 years in the RAF as an aircraft mechanic, technician and training coordinator. He retired from the forces in 2020 and is now Founding Director of YourNorth Ltd. The company delivers mental health and wellbeing training to a range of different organisations. Jamie has also established YourNorth Veterans, a CIC providing free mental wellbeing training to veterans across South Wales. Jamie has recently taken on the role of Governor responsible for Safeguarding.
Chris Freegard OBE
Chris first joined the Board of Coleg Gwent in 2010 and served two terms of office. Following a change in circumstances he re-joined the Board in 2020. He retired from his role as Managing Director of Newport City Council in 2009 and has held a number of Board roles since. Chris retired as a Governor of the University of South Wales in July 2020 and is currently a Trustee of Kaleidoscope, a substance misuse charity.
Following a long career in senior management in the pharmaceutical industry, Ray is now owner/director of Bluebird Care Newport. The successful franchise provides domiciliary care services to clients across the city. He volunteers with The Alzheimer’s Society and is a Dementia Friends Champion, recently supporting City of Newport Campus to achieve ‘Dementia Friendly’ status. Ray is strongly committed to improving the care sector through training and partnership working and serves on a number of groups across Gwent to support this.
John began his career as an apprentice engineer and worked in industry for several years before retraining as a teacher. He worked in education for over thirty years and much of that time was spent in the FE sector. He was Vice Principal at Coleg y Cymoedd for ten years, with responsibility for curriculum and quality development. Since retiring, he has worked as a self-employed educational consultant and adviser. John is Governor with responsibility for Health & Safety.
Matt is a highly experienced manager with extensive experience in the retail sector at store and regional level. He is now self-employed and works under the Business Doctors banner as a management consultant and business coach. His role provides support with strategic planning and implementation as well as ongoing support and mentoring to SME business owners in the region. Matt is Governor with responsibility for Diversity & Inclusion.
Wendy was first elected as Teaching Staff Governor in August 2018 and has worked for the College for over thirty years. She holds an MA in Leadership & Management and works as a lecturer in Heath & Social Care. She is also seconded part-time to a European funded project supporting those learners identified as being at risk of dropping out of education. Wendy is Vice Chair of the University & College Lecturers’ Union and represents UCU members on the Coleg Gwent/UCU negotiating team.
Moawia works in investments and property development alongside which he fulfils a number of public, charity and voluntary roles. These roles include monitoring health services and prison and detainee conditions and advising on diversity & inclusion. Moawia is also a School Governor, a Justice of the Peace and a Senior Independent Panel Member for Public & Civil Appointments in Wales. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Educators and has received the Freedom of the City of London.
Rhiannon was elected as Business Support Staff Governor in December 2021. She has worked as a Science Technician in the education sector for 21 years and joined Coleg Gwent in 2007. As well as delivering technician services for all science subjects at City of Newport Campus, Rhiannon undertakes other roles including Duke of Edinburgh Leader and Campus Health & Safety, Environment & Wellbeing Advisor. A mum to two young girls, Rhiannon is a keen hiker and enjoys learning new skills.
John was elected as Student Governor (FE) in January 2022 and is studying Bricklaying at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone. John originally began his course in 2004 but left to join the Army. He served in the Royal Logistic Corps and then worked as a driver before deciding to return to college last year. He hopes to eventually gain a PGCE and teach in the FE sector. He is keen to ensure that the student voice is heard.
Shannon was elected as Student Governor (FE) in March 2022. She is studying A Levels at the college’s newest campus, Torfaen Learning Zone and is a Class Representative. She is passionate about promoting the learner voice and at school she Chaired the School Council and was a member of the Welsh Council. Shannon is enjoying the independence of being at college and is keen to ensure it is an inclusive environment for all.
Lizzie is Chair of the Curriculum & Quality Committee. She is a Welsh speaker and brings to the Board extensive experience of the public sector, especially partnership working in the education sector. She currently works for an educational charity and has previously held roles at Qualifications Wales, UWTSD, the Heads of the Valleys Education Programme and in local government.
Martin is Chair of the Audit Committee and brings to this role experience and expertise gained over 30 years in senior finance, audit and governance roles in the Welsh public sector. He is a Justice of the Peace and holds a number of Board and Audit Committee roles at organisations including Sport Wales, Velindre University NHS Trust and Pembrokeshire County Council.
Bal is Senior Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Companies House. She has worked in the equalities and community cohesion field for over 23 years, including roles in Welsh Government, South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner’s Office, The Equality & Human Rights Commission and The Commission for Racial Equality. She lives in Newport and was formerly a School Governor as well as a Trustee at Torfaen People First.
External Co-opted Members
Gareth has served as an external Member of the Audit Committee since November 2015. He brings to the committee experience as an accountancy and audit professional in both the domestic and international public sector. Gareth is Head of Internal Audit at Senedd Cymru. He has previously held posts at the Wales Audit Office and the United Nations Board of Audit. Gareth is also a School Governor and an honorary auditor for the Unitarian Church.
Dorota was appointed as an External Member of the Audit Committee in July 2021 and has extensive public sector accounting and audit experience. She is currently Head of Data Assurance at the Office for Students where she is responsible for ensuring the quality of data that drives national policy. Dorota is also a Magistrate and volunteers as an Independent Member of the Monitoring Board for Usk Prison.
Marie has been Governance Officer since June 2015. She is responsible for the day to day operation of the Board, providing it with advice on procedure and policy, organising and recording meetings and record keeping. She also acts as Freedom of Information Officer for the College. Marie has worked at Coleg Gwent since 2008, previously in learner support and teaching roles. Prior to that she had a career in the Civil Service which included several years as Clerk to a Government advisory committee in London.