College appoints new principal
COLEG y Cymoedd has appointed its next principal and chief executive.
The college, which has campuses in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach, has appointed Karen Phillips, who has served as deputy principal since 2008.
She succeeds current principal, Judith Evans, when she retires from January 1.
As Deputy Principal, Ms Phillips has been credited for the leading role she has played in guiding the college through a continuous curriculum development process, major infrastructure projects and strategic analysis of relevant market trends influencing the further education sector.
Most notable highlights include the merger of Coleg Morgannwg and The College Ystrad Mynach in 2014 to form Coleg y Cymoedd, and, her management of a capital investment programme encompassing several multimillion-pound projects across four campuses, including the construction of the college’s £40m Nantgarw campus which opened in 2012.
Prior to entering the education sector, Ms Phillips enjoyed a highly successful career in the commercial sector, which included over 11 years as chief executive of one of Wales’ leading law firms, Capital Law.
Coleg y Cymoedd serves more than 12,000 learners from the boroughs of Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
In addition to vocational training the college also provides the largest choice of A-levels on one site to around 400 learners.
The college employs 800 people.