The members come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Committee members

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Mary Kent

Vice Principal, Cardiff and Vale College

Mary is Vice Principal at Cardiff and Vale College, she has established successful international partnerships in Europe, China, India and South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and has a particular passion for developing technical and vocational education international partnerships. Previously, Mary was a Director at a Global Recruitment Plc. She holds qualifications in marketing; business, international relations and the political economy and an executive MBA.

Michelle Carwardine-Palmer

Michelle Carwardine-Palmer

Managing Director, National Theatre Wales

Michelle is the managing director of National Theatre Wales (NTW). Prior to joining NTW she was the joint chief executive of the Salisbury Playhouse and has been working within theatre management for more than 20 years. She currently sits on the board for UK Theatre, is part of the What Next? movement, sits on the UK Parents in Performing Arts and Welsh National Companies consortiums and is an RSA Fellow. She graduated from University of Wales Trinity St Davids in Theatre and English.

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Owen Evans

Director, Teach First Cymru

Owen is the Director of Teach First Cymru, an education charity whose mission is to eradicate educational inequality, working closely with schools, local authorities, universities and policymakers across Wales. Owen is also a non-executive director and trustee at The Adolescent and Children’s Trust - the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity. A fluent Welsh-speaker and qualified Maths teacher, Owen is passionate about social justice and tackling inequality. 

Rhiannon Wyn Hughes

Rhiannon Wyn Hughes MBE FRSA

Acting Chair, Wales Advisory Committee / Festival Director, Cidwm Cymru/ Wicked Wales

Rhiannon has spent 19 years creating opportunities for young people through arts and film festivals. She's a founding member of  Wicked Wales, an international youth film festival. In 2017 she joined a team of volunteers to launch Wicked Cinema a community run mobile cinema. She is a former vice chair of Arts Council Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales, trustee of National Museums Wales, chair of the Scala Cinema Trust and former Leader of Denbighshire County Council. She recently joined the Hijinx Board.

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Rob Humphreys

Wales Advisory Committee Chair/British Council Trustee

Rob Humphreys is an education professional with a strong belief in the transformational aspects of adult education. He has strong connections across education, academia, cultural institutions, sport and government in Wales. Until November 2017 Rob was director for Wales at The Open University; a position he held for 10 years. Prior to the Open University, Rob was Director for Wales of the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education.