Judith Evans has been named as the Principal and Chief Executive of Coleg y Cymoedd. The College (which means College of the Valleys) will come into being on 1st August 2013, when The College, Ystrad Mynach and Coleg Morgannwg merge.
Mrs. Evans, an education specialist for more than 30 years, and who has been leading Coleg Morgannwg since 2008, said: “This is an exciting time for the colleges, and we are looking forward to working effectively together for the benefit of learners in the areas of Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
“In a true merger of equals, we will work together to ensure that we implement the best practice to be found in both colleges. We will be much stronger financially which will enable us to shape and influence the future of education in key areas of Wales. Our job now is to ensure that we meet the needs of the learners, business and the communities we serve.”
Bryn Davies who has led The College, Ystrad Mynach for 11 years, said: “I am enormously proud of my staff, and a merger of equals with Coleg Morgannwg will ensure that they continue to deliver a professional and focused service to the learners. I am leaving the college in safe hands and I wish Judith and the management team every success in the future.”
After a consultation involving students, staff and governors, the new branding and logo, for Coleg y Cymoedd was announced today.
The logo was supported by 60% of the 1000+ respondents and based on the design concept of five ‘spires,’ representing the five campuses working alongside each other, that curve into a ‘C’ shape, representing ‘Coleg’ and ‘Cymoedd’.
The logo embodies forward movement with positive and dynamic energy; a symbol of advancement and progression both personal and educational, as individuals and as a group. It was designed by South Wales firm Savage and Gray Design.
The merged College will have more than 20,000 learners, 1,000 staff and a turnover of £42 million.