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New chair for Welsh college body

Former principal David Jones, who transformed Deeside College, has been appointed chair of the Colegau / CollegesWales association.

Mr Jones is credited for helping Deeside College become the first in Wales to win the highest possible grades for FE and work-based learning from Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate.

“We need to ensure that the entire further education college sector continues to improve, and raise standards, as we all strive for excellence within our individual colleges, and build on ColegauCymru’s status as the voice of FE in Wales,” he said.

He has also chaired the ColegauCymru Improving Quality and Reducing Bureaucracy Group, and played a significant role in the development of the association’s National strategy for Bilingualism in FE.

John Graystone, chief executive of Colegau / CollegesWales, said: “David is a strong leader; he is dynamic and always ready to challenge the status quo, continually driving for

“He takes up this two year post at an exciting time for the post-16 education and training. Colleges face many challenges in widening access, raising standards, contributing to the social and economic well-being of Wales and improving the delivery of learning bilingually and through the medium of the Welsh.”

Ben Spencer

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