Pembrokeshire College Corporation Board
Paula represents Welsh hospitality on the Peoples 1st Hospitality Accreditation Panel, contributes to the South West Wales Tourism Forum, is a member of the Wales Tourism Alliance, supports the Regional Skills and Learning Partnership Tourism and Hospitality Cluster Group and is a committee member of St David’s Tourist Association.
Paula has enjoyed a career of 30 years working in the tourism and hospitality industry. A former further education college student, she pursued her tourism career as a travel agent, overseas tour operator, marketing manager of Cardiff Airport, before moving on to hospitality by working at some of Wales’s leading 4 and 5 star hotels including St David’s Hotel and Spa and Vale Resort, prior to relocating to Pembrokeshire to join St Brides Spa Hotel in 2004. Taking a brief break from hospitality, Paula worked as manager of Oriel y Parc Visitor Centre and Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales gallery.
Since 2014, she is the Group General Manager of The Retreats Group, which operates three of Wales’ leading luxury boutique hotels, Twr y Felin Hotel, Roch Castle and Penrhiw Priory.
Vice Chairman – Pembrokeshire College Corporation Board
Sue is Chief Officer of Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS), a position she has held since 2008. Prior to joining PAVS in 2004, Sue worked as a Community Development Officer with PLANED and also gained experience of working with the private sector as Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Chamber of Commerce.
Sue has a strong background in training and development, having worked in the Further Education sector for 12 years. She spent 10 years at Pembrokeshire College, as a lecturer, senior lecturer and programme area manager, before leaving to become a self-employed trainer and consultant.
Sue is in her third term of office on the Pembrokeshire College Board, and was appointed as Vice Chair in 2017. She served for 8 years as a member of the Audit Committee and currently chairs the Quality Improvement Committee. Sue is the link governor for Learners & Curriculum.
Stan McIlvenny OBE MSc, Dip Corp Gov, CMILT
Stan is a Marine Engineer by profession having served on crude, product, gas tankers and also R0-Ro vessels. He has 25 years experience in the port industry as CEO and Company Secretary.
He holds an MSc from Edinburgh Napier University in Corporate Leadership, a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching, both from University College Dublin. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland.
He is currently Chairman of the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone, Chairman of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority and a member of the Stakeholder and Accountability Committee, a sub committee of the board of Milford Haven Port Authority.
Brought up in Begelly, Graham carved a career in banking with the RBS Group, specialising in support for commercial and business customers. Prior to returning to Wales in 2007, Graham was Head of Business Development for Natwest UK.
Between 2009 and 2015, he took over as Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Wales with a specific focus on leveraging connectivity between business, academia and government.
Graham currently holds the master franchise for Business Doctors in Wales, specialising in close support for business owners around growth planning, business development and trouble shooting. He is able to draw from 13 years on the Board of Career Wales Mid Glamorgan and Powys Ltd as Chairman.
Past time activities include running, mountain biking and skiing. Alongside being the Chairman of Panthers F.C. which is the largest junior football club in Wales.
Dr Barry Walters MSc, PhD, PGCE
Pembrokeshire College PrincipalW
Barry was appointed interim Principal at Pembrokeshire College in July 2018 having previously been Deputy Principal (March 2012 – June 2018). Following a brief spell teaching computing at Croydon College, he joined Kingston University in 1990. Lecturing in the Business Faculty, he held various posts before becoming acting Head of School of Business Information Management. Whilst at Kingston, he spent a sabbatical period working at Halmstad University, Sweden and in 1989 spent a year, as part of his postgraduate research, working at Xiamen University, China. As a Peer Inspector with Estyn, he has participated in a number of FE College inspections.
Barry coaches junior football and rugby and has a general interest in sports.
Director of Resources and S151 Officer for Pembrokeshire County Council and ERW
Jon has over 30 years experience working in the public sector, working for five local authorities and the Audit Commission. In his current role, he is responsible for a diverse Directorate which includes all the finance related functions, ICT, procurement, customer services, housing and building maintenance. He is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Council’s transformation programme and 21st Century Schools programme.
Jon has been a Board Member for four years and is also a member of the Audit Committee, utilising his experience gained as a Head of Internal Audit in both English and Welsh local authorities.
Professor Iwan Davies
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation and External Affairs), Swansea University and Chair of the Global Wales Partnership
Professor Davies holds the Hodge Chair in Law at the University and is currently Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor. He is a leading authority on international commercial law and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He is Adjunct Professor of International Commercial Law at the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden and also the Beijing University of Science and Technology and also as Guest Professor of China-ASEAN Research Institute of Guangxi University.
He is the Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor leading on the University’s Internationalisation Strategy and also on the development and delivery of Swansea University’s new £450M Bay Campus which includes academic strategy and planning considerations involving external partnerships within the UK and also overseas.
Professor Davies holds a number of external roles. He is currently Chair of Global Wales which is a partnership between Universities Wales, British Council, Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) that aims to promote Wales through its world-class higher education (HE) sector in priority overseas markets.
Cllr Cris Tomos
Cris has been heavily involved with community development for over 25 years and has been a volunteer on several organisations & projects – from Treasurer of the local Village Hall to Board Member of 4CG Cooperative – Community owned Car Parks, Retail, Offices. Workshops & Craft Centre who in 2013 also bought the old Police Station and Court House in Cardigan.
Cris is the Chair of Cwm Arian Renewable Energy cooperative with plans to develop renewable energy and low carbon solutions for communities in West Wales. Cris received the award of Welsh Co-operator of the Year in 2012 and Welsh Social Enterprise Champion of the year in 2013
Cris supported the community purchase of Tafarn Sinc where 509 people raised over £400,000 to buy the iconic pub in North Pembrokeshire.
He works part-time for PLANED in Narberth and as of May 2017, was elected as the county councillor for Crymych ward and is now the Pembrokeshire county council cabinet member for the Environment and the Welsh Language.
Chris Martin B Pharm (Hons) FRPharmS D Litt (Honorary)
Chairman of the Audit committee and member of the Search and Remuneration Committee
A pharmacist by profession Chris is currently Chairman of Milford Haven Port Authority, Non-Executive Advisor for Alliance Healthcare Distribution Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the Bevan Commission (Lead Commissioner for Innovation and EOL care), Vice-Chairman of Life Science Hub Wales Ltd, Trustee and Director of Marie Curie UK, Chairman of the Wales Advisory Board for Marie Curie, a member of Swansea University School of Management Advisory Board, Chairman of the Welsh Government ESNR Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC), a member of the Welsh Government ARAC and MD of Richam Developments Ltd.
He has had a successful career running his own group of independent community pharmacies and worked in the public sector for over 15 years having been Chairman of four separate health organisation in West Wales. Pursuing a portfolio career in the trust port, public, private and charity sector he has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Swansea University and was given a fellowship by the RPSGB in 2006 for distinction in the profession of pharmacy.
Pembrokeshire College Marketing and Learner Recruitment Manager
Charlie Royal is responsible for marketing the College’s provision across, A-levels, diplomas, apprenticeships, degrees, part-time and business courses as well as the College’s commercial activities. Charlie also has responsibility for the College’s Admissions, Learner Voice and International activities.
With a Master’s degree in FE Leadership and Management, Charlie has more than 15 years’ experience of FE college marketing and has spent the last eight years at Pembrokeshire College. Prior to working in the FE sector Charlie worked in management roles within the hospitality industry and has a wealth of experience in customer service.
Charlie became a staff governor in 2017.
Andy Jones is acting Interim Chief Executive at the Port of Milford Haven. Andy joined the Port as Finance Director in 2011, and then in 2014 became the Deputy Chief Executive.
Andy is qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cardiff before continuing on with the firm in Toronto, Canada. In 2000, he was appointed as Finance Director for a division of S&P500-listed machinery and equipment manufacturing giant Manitowoc. He subsequently moved into an Operations Director role within its commercial cooking equipment business and worked closely with chefs, restaurant owners and food chains such as McDonalds. In 2007, Andy took over as Commercial Director for the Canadian distribution business of Manitowoc, growing the business by double digits each year. In 2009, he started his own successful company focused on providing trusted advisory services to SME business owners, before returning to the UK.
Andy is a member of the Haven Waterway Enterprise Board, the CBI Council in Wales and a Trustee Director of the Pilots National Pension Fund.
Caroline Oakley (MBE, MA, RN)
Chairman of Pembrokeshire College Corporation Board
Employee of the NHS for 37 Years. She was Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety for Hywel Dda University Health Board before retiring in July 2016. Prior to this she was Director of Nursing, Hywel Dda NHS Trust April 2007 – October 2009 and Acting CEO, of Pembrokeshire and Derwen NHS Trust, September 2005 – March 2007.
Caroline received an MBE in July 2017 for services to the nursing profession and NHS Wales.
Caroline was a member of Pembrokeshire College Advisory Forum for 3 years prior to becoming a Board Member in 2016. She became Chairman in 2017. With her wealth of experience she is also the link governor for Safeguarding.
Caroline is a trustee for Sandy Bears, which is a children and young people bereavement service.