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HEFCW Council member biography

Bethan Guilfoyle CBE

Mrs Bethan Guilfoyle

Appointment: 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2013; 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2016; 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017; 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

From 1996 to 2011, Bethan was headteacher of Treorchy Comprehensive School situated at the top of Rhondda Fawr Valley, a school of 1,560 students including 325 students in the sixth form.

BethanĀ is a formerĀ member of the Welsh Language Board and the Personnel and Audit Committees of the Arts Council of Wales.

Until 2014 she was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Welsh Government's Department for Education and Skills, a role she undertook for nine years. She was also Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Welsh Government's Department for Health, Social Services and Children.

From 2012-2015 Bethan was working for the Welsh Government as Education Commissioner in Blaenau Gwent and school improvement adviser supporting Local Authorities in Special Measures. After a six month period as the Chair of the Recovery Board for Blaenau Gwent, she worked as the Welsh Government Adviser for all three recovery boards in the South East Wales Consortium.

Bethan was a governor of the University of Glamorgan from 2001 to 2010, and the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Governing Body.

In January 2010 she was awarded a CBE for services to education in the New Year Honours List and was awarded an Honorary Doctor in Education by the University of Glamorgan in June 2012.

A member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales for the last seven years, Bethan is now also the Chair of the Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee of the Council.

In November 2016 she was appointed as a member of the Task and Finish Group to review the activities of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Declared interests
Organisation in which interest existsNature of interest
1. University of GlamorganHonorary Doctor of Education
2. Welsh Government Task and Finish Group to review the activities of the Coleg Cymraeg CenedlaetholMember of the Group, as a former secondary head teacher

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